A Dog-gone Good Picture By Argoflex
In the current Argus advertisements these two puppies were models for tbpicture "It
Shouldn't Happen To A Dog" .... like all good models they ed (hand in hand) hard to make a good
impression. So many inquines cam-' in for reprints that publication in Argus Eyes seems in order,
not only to satisfy those who wanted a copy, but also to put in a plug for one of our own products.
In spite of the extreme enlargement of the 2'4 x2l4 picture, plus the loss of about 30 % in detail,
through the coarse screen of the en- gravers, the picture taken at 200th of a second at F 4.5 has
lost little in
volume and detail and nothing in general appeal. Exact focusing and good composition, because you
see the whole picture before you take it, enabled the photographer to give his whole attention to a
difficult subject and select the best possible split second to press the shutter. (Editors note: To
all dog lovers, aside from the intrinsic worth of the Argoflex picture, this seems also a sensible
household hint to those who have recently acquired a new puppy)
This paper is an employees' publication. lts aims are: 1. To present news of individuals
throughout the two plants. 2. To keep former employees now in the service informed as to what is
going on at Argus, Incorporated. 3. To present up-to-date information on all problems vital to
employees which the war has brought about. 4. To give all employees an opportunity to express
themselves. No items will be used which will tend to ridicule or embarrass anyone. Humor and
good-natured fun, however, are always acceptable. EDITORIAL STAFF Editor Chas. A. Barker Assistant
Editor .... Helen O'Sullivan Sports Harold Peterson Jerry Davenport Photographers . . j Norman Booth
Cartoonist Marie Barbier The Representatives of each Department are responsible that the news of
these Departments reach the desk of the Editor in the Advertising Department, Plant 1.
The Switchoard Gals
The switchboard has a complete new staff: Virginia Wilson, formerly with the WASP is the new
supervisor. Louise Gerrard has returned after an absence of two and one-half years. We're glad to
have you back Louise. Last but not least is Evelyn Loy, Louise Gerrard's sister, who is the youngest
member of the switchboard staff.
Have yu got more than one social security card? And do you sometimes show one card to your
employer and sometimes another? If you are doing that, you may take a loss when you file a claim for
benefits. Or your family may take a loss when they file a claim. Why? Because your social security
card is the key to your insurance account with Uncle Sam. If you have more than one card. it means
you have more than one account. It means that the wages reported by your employers are sometimes
credited to one account and sometimes to another. And that may mean trouble when time to draw
benefits comes around. What's the meaning of a social security number anyway? It is something to
identify your insurance account - something to keep your account from getting mixed with somebody
else's of the same name. (If your name is Smith, Johnson, Jones, or Williams, there are tens of
thousands you can get mixed up with.) And it's of the greatest importance to keep your account
straight because the benefits you or your family will get depend on the wages recorded in your
account. So if you have more than one social security card, let the nearest Social Security Board
office know about it. They will straighten out your account and teil you which number to use. And
now suppose you lose your card. What then? The thing to do then is to apply at the nearest Social
Security Board office for a duplícate card. Don't ask for a NEW card. Ask for a
duplícate card with the SAME number on it. Then you can be sure that you will have just one
account and that all your wages will be credited in the same place. Then when you or your family
apply for benefits, there will be no trouble getting everything that's due. So remember. One card,
one number - FOR A LIFETIME. The Social Security Board which serves Washtenaw County is located at
709 Reynolds Building, Jackson, Michigan. The telephone number is 255588.
'thank You' Notes
You've all been wonderful to me, And I'm as pleased as punch So here's a thank you for each one,
And that means all the bunch. - Bennie Kearney The flowers you sent came just on time, I could look
at them and they made me feel fine. These colors of fall, rust and yellow bright, On long sterns
waving, a beautiful sight. They did help me along on some lonesome day, "Thanks Argus
Club", That's all I can say. - Anna Thorsch A sincere Thank You for your thoughtfulness. -
I enjoyed the flowers the Argus club sent me while I was ill. Thank you very much. - Nina
Although this is rather late, it is our first opportunity to thank Argus, Incorporated for the
beautiful turkeys. We are glad that the management chose this generous and practical way to wish us
all a Merry Christmas, and we return a sincere vote of thanks. Personnel headquarters are
temporarily in the old storeroom on the second floor, with the employment office on the first floor,
just off general accounting. Mary Haight entertained us at dinner the week after New Year's. Mary is
a wonderful cook, among other things, and the evening is one of our better memories. Mrs. Radford
attended the National Industrial Conference Board meetings in New York, which began on January 17.
Roy H.'s car was lawfully parked in front of his house one day last week, when a driver in a great
hurry skinned off the left rear fender and slashed a tire to pieces. This is not only an
inconvenience and an expense to Roy, but it curtails some of his Good Fellow activities. Virginia
Fox attended a convention in Detroit on January 22.
Letter From Serviceman
We received a letter from Pfc. Linus Kneiper. Camp Atterbury, Indiana, who says he has enjoyed
Argus Eyes, and hopes to be home soon and back on the job. Linus worked in the Grinding Department
before entering the service. Has been over-seas 18 months, serving in the Medie División in
England, Belguim, Germany and Southern France. We wish you lots of luck and hope to have you back
Lady Luck has smiled on Eunice and Grace. Yep, those gloriously ciad gams are theirs- they got
NYLONS the other day ! They have also deserted the ranks of the War Widows, their husbands are
civilians again. Gertie expects to take off on vacation any day now. That is, as soon as her
husband, who at last word, was 'waiting at the doek' for transportation home from Japan, gets here.
We hope it is soon. We ought to have a skating party so we can all see Marilyn in her new skating
togs. She has a zoomy jacket and that white sweater ! ! Glenn almost copped it. Our Boss-man might
be having casual callers if he doesn't teil us more about the doctor he has living with him. Bob
Ward's penny bank was getting kinda low so he thought he'd try to replenish it by having the guys in
for a bit of poker. The outcome - we haven't found out yet. From the desk of Norm Tweed: Gert (I
wonder how long it takes) Sutton can't understand why anyone's hair turns gray. Who can enlighten
her? Also the Cellar Rats have finally reached their destination. Now starts the hard row back up.
How about some moral support from you gals in 69, 61, and 68? Mary Jane ask your husband for a night
off. General warning to the public - if you have occasion to use the Editor's dictionary, stand up
straight. He is very handy with his ruler and does not resist Life's Little Temptations.
Howard McCombs sure has been missed around these parts, due to a bad case of the ñu,
although I hear Leurs has returned from overseas and that should be sufficient medicine for Howard.
Hurry back Mac. Tex has a lowdown feeling these days and tells me its due to no saüina í
his boat. Let's hope the sun shines ff Tex. r Hotzel had a little flu epidemie too, but his smiling
face is again beaming around oíd Experimental Optical. Glad to have you back Hotz. Dick
Guarino has been going around with an ear to ear grin since that hot 553 series last Friday night;
games of 186-199-168. That's really blasting those maples Dick, keep it up. Greg Letsis seems
contented now that his sister Mary is home for a while on a furlough. Also the other sister Ann
should be home soon, so what a reunión.
Esther Richards is a new member of our office staff. Welcome to the Department Esther. Our
inspector, Edward Sayre, who was just discharged f rom the Army after 3 years service, 28 months of
which was spent in India, is now back with us once again. We all heartily welcome him back to the
Agreeable, industrious machine operator, Plant I, where she has been energetically associated
with miscellaneous jobs since October 1936 . . . particularly weiding, at which she became quite
efficiënt. Can currently be seen flitting in and out of the Milling Department whre she is
concentrating on exceeding any standards set by the time study men. Was born near Owosso, Michigan
in 1916, went to Jackson High School, where she claims a certain amount of efficiency in
mathematics. Became interested in nursing and worked in a doctor's office for a while until the more
interesting position of housewife presented itself . Now ■lives at 717 Dwight Street, Ypsilanti
and owns a bright, new house which has a fine basement, easily converted she says, into an
impressive bar. Belongs to a local "Bunks" club which reaches the height of its activities
in the summer months, when members wander from house to house. Belongs to the Ypsilanti Moose Club,
bowls with an average of 120, and is becoming interested in golf, but admits that her game is still
in the questionable stage.
Advertising And Sales Depts
The Sales Department seems to be spreading to every nook and corner of the building. This month
we are welcoming Mrs. Elizabeth (Toby) Kohier to our department. Toby, whose home is in Ann Arbor,
is just back from New York where she was on the staff of the "Woman's Home Companion"
magazine. We're glad to have you with us and hope you enjoy your work at Argus. Melba Bowden, who is
leaving us this month, has hopes of going by way of Texas, en-route to Lt. Bowden's next station . .
. that is, if the Navy permits. Sorry to have you leave us Melba, but know how anxious you are to
get home to Lubbock, Texas. Glad to see Earlyne Krapf is feeling much better, having recovered from
her recent illness. Lucy Gridley took in a recent swing concert at the Ann Arbor High School,
featuring "Sugar Chile" Robinson, the seven year old piano genius, who will soon be
featured in a Van Johnson picture. From the looks of the new clothes i Kachula and Mary Luszka have
n sporting, the stores in Detroit must be getting in some new merchandise. Say, I'll have to look
into that. Thelma Fuller didn't realize, when helping Jackie Schaffer clean house last week, that it
was in preparation for a surprise shower to be given for Thelma. We're wondering how Bud Davis is
enjoying his bachelor life??? His wife and little daughter have gone to Chicago for two weeks . . .
I'll bet the dishes are really piling up in the sink. Elma Lundahl recently gave a lecture on
"Divine Discontent" at the Michigan League. Did you see the beautiful bracelet Carolyn
Wilson received from her husband, Ray? Ray is now stationed in India, and Carolyn hopes it's not too
long before he will be coming home. Claire and Bob Royal spend all their free time playing bridge .
. . they should be getting pretty good at it. When Jackie Schaffer's fiance called for her last
week, he really got an eye-full when Jackie stepped out in her new fur coat . . . and a pair of
Since the last report there has been little change in the Argus bowling league, and the Office
team has been successful in holding onto first place. The Skunks, Methods, and inspection entrys are
following in that order with none able to cut the lead of the Office team. The leaders proved
themselves to be of the stuff of which champions are made just a few weeks ago. The Skunks, who were
only one game off the pace, had bowled on the first shift and had won all four of its games. The
Office bowling at nine was definitely on the spot needing all four games to retain its rating. The
Lens Polishers furnished the opposition for this test, and although they gave good accounts of
themselves the Office tearrfcame out the winner in all four games and kept their spot at the top of
the ratings. The Cellar Rats are again proving to be quite a disappointment in the showing so far.
This team boasts a fair average team, but does not seem to be able to get going. As in other years
the team started out rather well, but has now fallen into its old habits of losing three and four
games each night. As a result they have now displaced the Machine 3 team at the bottom of the
league's standings. The Machine shop team has shown steady improvement since the acquisition of Norm
Egeler to its team. At the present time this five have been plenty tough for all the teams and is no
longer considered an easy tough.
In local basketball circles the Argus entry in the Industrial League is rapidly proving itself
one of the better teams
in Ann Arbor. In the past years this league has been dominated by the teams representing Argus
and King-Seeley. This year is following along that same pattern and in the play so far these two are
again showing the way. At the present time the King-Seeley is leading the league with a perfect
record not having yet tasted defeat. Argus, however, is only one game away from the leaders and have
only 32-26 defeat from the leaders to mar their record. When these two teams met for the first time
each was carrying an umblemished record into the game, but the odds were all in favor of the veteran
King-Seeley quintet. The fighting Argus team, however, carried the game to their opponents and
played them on even terms and with a minute to go before the half were sporting a one point lead. At
this point, Pete Murphy, former St. Thomas star and now mainstay of the King-Seeley five, pumped in
two quick field goals to give his team a three point lead at the half-time intermission. The second
half continued to be a ding dong battle with Argus continually pressing the league leaders. The
King-Seeley team with more reserve power held on, however, and the final whistle found them with a
hard earned 32-26 win. The Argus team will have an opportunity in the second half of the schedule to
square matters with their respected opponents, but the squad members feel confident that they will
be able to turn the tables in their second encounter. The team will be strengthened for the last
half of the season so there is every reason to believe that this will be accomplished. Sam Neustadt.
who was a member of the Argus teams that were consistently winning the title, has returned to Argus
and having played while in service should rapidly round into shape.
Another veteran who will be returning to glve the Argus squad additional strength is the fiery
and capable Jimmy Neumaier. All of us at Argus will remember the sensational play of Jimmy in
helping Argus to win Industrial League titles and who gave such an outstanding performance when the
Argus team won the city championship. The members of the team who are giving such a good account of
themselves and are deserving of the support of the employees of Argus are: Vic Tasker, Johnny Paup,
Joe Dianetti, Elmer Pfister, Red Weid. Donald Crump, Bud Roberts, and Dick Fredrickson. The coaching
duties are being capably handled by Tommy Neff, one of Ann Arbor High's former greats.
Tool Design And Processing
"Bo" Price is now in University Hospital to undergo an operation. He is in Room 5327
and would appreciate lots and lots of visitors. He is in a private room, so you may drop in any time
between 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. Art Parker went to Pennsylvania for a second honeymoon over the
Christmas holidays. Why was "Red" Weid along? Chaperone? Leonard Thomas has an order in
for a new car, but won't promise any rides upon its arrival. 'Guess we'll have to buy one ourselves
to see how they ride. There are three new men in the department, whom we do not believe you have met
: Les Carlson is the new C.T.D. with Francis Albin and Gardner Parsons also in Tool Design. Why
doesn't Bill Bone ever do anything to write about? - Hiffy the Dope
Ladies' Bowling News
Victory, Cupid Bar and Schwaben Inn are one game apart for top three positions. It looks like a
good race from now on. Hollis and Towner lost their footing a little but they hope to make a
come-back, they say. All the other teams are very close together too. There should be a lot of
changes in the team standings by next Argus Eyes time. Here are some nice series the girls have
bowled : Laura Snearly - 179175-151 for 505; Laura Egeler- 161179-161 for 500; Thelma Livesay-
165-175-169 for 509; Jessie Hack- 161-170-166 for 497 ; Clara Schallhorn -185-151-161 for 497; Joy
Hartman -142-147-197 for 486; Clem Donner - 167-201-117 for 485; Florence Doman- 158-188-136 for
48s2; Irene McCowan- 127-163-189 for 479; Mary Briggs- 152-156-164 for 472; Rhea McLaughlin -
163-134-177 for 474; Sally Stone - 146-161-153 for 460; Julia Apple - 141-175-145 for 461; Grace
Henz - 124-156-159 for 439; Ruth Howe - 115-169-134 for 418; Marjorie Young- 155-115-141 for 411;
Leona Breisch- 138-134-138 for 410. Considering the averages of these girls the series is very good.
The following letter was received by Thelma Livesay, Secretary of the Ladies Bowling League, Plant
One, from 'Dorothy Ketcham, Director of the Social Service Department, University Hospital: My dear
Miss Livesay : May we express to you our very great appreciation of your interest and generosity for
the Christmas patients at the hospital? Our plans followed that of previous years with fun and
gifts, preparation, singing, movies and Santa. Everyone had some participation and the big pine tree
on Observatory Hall was lighted once more. It is very gratifying to face the challenge of the new
year knowing the very real services made possible through your confidence and assistance. May we
extend the season's greetings?
It's Harder To Park Now!
Bond Winners On Victory Loan Drive
With all the confusión of dust and dirt while the shop is being remodeled we still manage
to go along as usual. We are happy to have all our girls back after their long illnesses. Bennie
Kearney dropped in to see us one day. She is enjoying herself very much at home and she looks it.
Amanda Alber's son is home on leave from the Navy after many months in the Pacific área. He
will be discharged in February. Helen Clough has joined the department. She has met many old friends
here at Argus that she knew when she worked here before. Hope you like it here, Helen. Tony Rupas
has also joined us. He served many months in Europe with the Army. Tony tells us some very
interesting stories. The "Four Musketeers", Leola Stoner, Mary Beth Briggs, Doris Layer
and Aggie Thurston had Italian Spaghetti dinner at Doris's apartment one night. We hear Doris serves
nails with her meat sauce.
We are glad to welcome into the department five f ormer Optical gals : A sincere welcome to Helen
Allen, Maxine Wichman, Mary Green, Shirley Montgomery, and Dorothy Morrison. Elsie Paradise's son
arrived home from the service the other night - no wonder that smile these days ! There haven't been
any birthdays lately, so we've missed the modelling. Maybe Eva will oblige again - without another
present. Charlie Van Aken left the department recently and we all miss him. Charlie is going to go
to college down in Dallas, Texas. We hope he'll like it. Eddie's secretary, Virginia Busch, is right
on the beam these days answering the phone. It doesn't even have a chance to ring twice. We are
sorry to hear that Alice Weir's little grandson has been seriously ill. Hope he is better now. We
hope Gertie Haines will be very happy with her husband back from overseas. Hurry back, Gert - we
miss you. Looks like California air and men aren 't. as good as Michigan can offer. Some always come
back to the old hunting grounds. It sure was nice to see Ann Letsis back visiting the plant. She
looks swell and says the Wacs are a grand bunch of girls. Poor Rosie! She'd like to know who could
lend her a slightly used jeep, because she won't be able to get her new car until about '48. We
surely couldn't let her walk from Pinckney every day. My, how Helen Fraser's eyes shine these days !
She seems to be getting out more evenings and seein' the bright lights. Must be Spring is in the air
(and also in her heart) at this time - brrr. Just mention "spinach" and things really buzz
for Jennie Lasky. Alma had quite a time explaining that "shiner" she's had for several
days. Are you sure it was a f all, Alma? Guess Rosie and Wilma Kennedy will have to put signs on
their backs so those men in uniform won't get confused again.
Grinding And Polishing Depts
Spitz, who was recently discharged from the Navy is back with us once again on his Grinding job.
We're glad to have you back with us "Blondie". Bill Walker, a former polisher visited us
the other day. He was also discharged from the Navy and plans to resume his college career. The last
two girls have left the polishroom, namely Jennie and Russel. Poor fellows, who will they have to
whistle at now? They teil us Pepper is really trying to make a success of his Bowling and Grinding.
Quite a task we'd say. The department was so very quiet for about a week; reason, Lucille M. was
absent. Think 111 find some corner to hide in when she hears this. Now MA Green will really have
something to talk about when she gets back to work, "Her Operation". However, we miss you
Ma and are happy to hear you are recovering so nicely. The latest to fall for brass buttons is none
other than Kay. What we'd like to know is the Lt.'s last name. We think you make a striking couple
and like that gleam in your eyes 'these days, Kay.
This is proof of the domestic training Cari Bates receives at home. He can ably handle any
domestic task even
in a hunting camp. By the way, Cari was the only successful hunter in the party. We wish to take
this opportunity to welcome the following returned servicemen : Olen Morris, John Carver and Charles
Ceronsky. Also Harry Bates who recently started working in this department. Harry worked in lens
grinding in the summer of 1941. Chris Korte has given up his duties of Constable of Dexter and moved
to the home he recently purchased on Pontiac road. Loren Bement and Bill Fraser also moved to new
homes recently. Harold Sweet has not had very good luck yet ice fishing, but Harold wil get his
share yet, before the season is over. Ocar Clymer reports his son to be in Shanghai at the present
time. The Independent bowling team composed of members of the toolroom and maintenance had a hot
streak and won 13 out of a possible 16 points but cooled off last week when they met the hot
American Anti Accessories Team and dropped 4 points. Captain Hubert Krasney is going to give the
boys a pep talk. John Snuverink has gone into the butter business. He recently posted a sign on the
bulletin board, "Home Churned Butter" for sale, and was immediately swamped with orders
from the women of optical assembly. loe Majewski was not using the right language while talking to
the galloping dominóes at the recent bowling party. Instead of going home with a pocketful of
dough, Joe went home doughless.
Pvt. Ann Letsis
Pvt. Arm Letsis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Letsis, enlisted in the Wac's on the lSth of
August i945, and is now stationed at the Bordón General Hospital, where she works in the
Personnel Department. Ann Worked for Argus in the Raw Inspection Department and also in Optical
Assembly. A sister Mary, also a Wac, is in the Air Corp División and is stationed at Spokane,
Congratulations On Your Anniversary At Argus
Ten years of service is the record Cario holds with Argus.
Five years of service.
General Accounting Dept. Five years of service.
Lens Cementing and Cleaning Dept. Five years oí service.
General Accounting Dept. Five years of service.
Victory Loan Drive
Quota: $26,000.00 Total Sales: $18750.00 Very special tribute and thanks go to all employees of
the company for the wonderful results of the Victory Bond Drive. Only the complete cooperation of
everyone with the Captains and Sub-Captains, who worked untiringly to achieve the quota, could have
obtained such gratifying results.