Vacation - And Your Camera
With the month of July comes the start of the vacation season. ;s year, for the first time since
the war, thoughts are turning to m open road . . . to a summer place on a lake . . . to the woods .
. . the mountains . . . and to the seashore. Fishing, fun and photography are all in the air. Now
that film is easy to get, it's important to take your camera when you go. Get back into the habit of
making a pictorial record
of your enjoyment, so your 1946 vacation album will be filled with permanent memories in
snapshots. "Argus Eyes" will need some of them when you get back, so take pictures a
plenty . . . snaps you can show off when you brag about the swell time you had, and don't forget the
ones to prove your fish stories. The editor says, "good 'snapping'."
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.
Thank You Notes
The flowers you sent came just as I was waking up, and were very welcome as well as helpful in
brightening up the hospital room. Thank you so much. Sincerely yours, Robert D. Howse Thanks f or
the lovely . flowers sent while I was 11. I enjoyed them very much. Berniece Wilson
The Centering Department wishes to congratúlate and bestow much happiness on Bob (Robert)
Haines who was recently married to Carol Stevens on June 15th, 1946, at 4 o'clock at the home of the
brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Stevens of Traverse City. Bob and Carol are now residing at
Prospect Avenue. We are hoping that all their troubles may be little ones. We wonder why Harry
Erskin is so interested in Reveille? Who was the person who ordered 500 bars of sheep soap at $2.00
a bar? Pretty expensive sheep "Pete". Wilbur Salow has a big interest at the University.
Good luck, Willie, you'll need it. George is now working days and complaining about getting only
eight hours sleep. There seems to be a big attraction on the stairs lately; it seems that production
has dropped 20%.
The other day a young woman carne to an office of the Social Security Board. She was nearly
frantic with anxiety. Her husband had died a few weeks before, leaving her with two small children
to support. He had worked for about a year and a half in a war plant and she knew he had paid
something on social security. Could she get back what he had put into the Old-Age Fund, she wanted
to know. That young widow is today getting regular monthly survivors benefits for herself and her
two children. She will continue to get them until her youngest child is 18. How is that? Well, her
husband worked in covered jobs only 18 months, true; but those 18 months were during the last 3
years of his life. That meant he was "currently insured" under old-age and survivors
insurance. So a worker's family can get survivors benefits even when the wage earner was employed in
covered jobs only 18 months. provided they are in the last 3 years of his life? That's right - so
far as some of his family are concerned. The law shows special consideration for children under 18
and widows with children under 18 in their care. In their case monthly benefits are payable even
when the wage earner worked in private industry or business only approximately half the last 3 years
of his life. However, if a worker is only currently insured when he dies, his widow cannot get
monthly benefits when she gets to be 65. Nor can his aged dependent parents get monthly benefits. To
such persons monthly survivors benefits are payable only if the wage earner was "fully
insured" at death, that is, if he had worked in covered jobs approximately half the time
between the beginning of the old-age and survivors insurance program on January 1 1937, and the date
on which he reached 65 or died. The Social Security Board office which serves Washtenaw County is
located at 709 Reynolds Bldg., Jackson, Mich. The telephone number is 25588.
Will You Give That They May Live?
The Emergency Food Collection on behalf of UNRA is an effort to save the lives of millions of
starving men, women and children caught helpless in the path of famine. Give food canned in tin or
money to buy food today to your local committee. Or, you may mail checks or money orders to National
Headquarters, Emergency Food Collection, 100 Maiden Lane, New York 7, N. Y.
The assembly again extends a hearty welcome to the new arrivals, namely Marión Thompson,
Esther McAuliffe, Leona Waíd. Shirley Hawks and) Dorothy Lang. We hope you'll like it with us
girls. Summer has at last arrived. The proof lies in the beautiful bouquets seen about the assembly.
One gal who enjoyed her rest periods more than anyone else was Helen Allen. The main reason for that
was her husband, Bob, was one of the Edison men working on the transformers in the back of the
building. Who said you can't mix business with pleasure? That's a lie isn't it, Helen? About the
happiest member of our crew is none other than Shirley M. We wonder if those trips to Heiand Lake
have anything to do with it. Could be! Yup, bringing up a family is a full time job, but when it is
done after working eight hours in a factory, it becomes quite a problem. Rocking a howling baby all
night and stumbling into work at the crack of dawn (7 bells to be exact), isn't too nice. Ask
Marguerite Smith who really knows. However she thinks it's worth it because just looking at that
black and white bundie of joy
her heart bursts with pride and soon it will be old enough to hunt rabbits. Incidentally this gal
really swings a mean soldering iron and is seriously thinking of going into the Tatooing business.
Then we have our Rosie, "The Golf Champ". That Pinckney match was quite an event. Bette R.
also participated. The girls are now willing to give instructions for just a small fee. One of our
travelers over the Decoration week end was Cecile Eubank, who visited at her home in Columbus,
Kentucky. When things get too dull we can always count on Ma Green for a good laugh. She can spin
many of those famous stories. We've also enjoyed having Maurice Carr working with us on the Ceiling
Projector. He's the proud daddy of two bouncing boys and we do mean bouncing. Right now any clues to
a vacant home would be greatly appreciated. We'd cali that a project in any language. It's nice
having you back with us once again Etta. You do look kinda lost though without Gravel and Lois.
Congratulations to WAC Ann Letsis on her promotion. Optical Assembly has been like a Flower Show
these last few days, thanks to Mary Wingrove and Gert Haines. We sure all enjoy them.
Popular, diminutive inspection supervisor, Plant I, where she may be found studiously and
methodically passing judgment on the thousands of nuts, bolts, washers and so forth that stream into
the inspection department. Weighs only 97 lbs. and stands 4 ft. 11 ins. but can heave a nifty 16 Ib.
bowling ball and knock up an average of 150. Has been associated with Argus sinpe 1929 .... bef ore
the Company moved to its present site; has worked in almost every production department and
consequently has acquired a vital fact or two about the machinations of production. Was born on
April 27, 1907 in Ann Arbor and is busy finishing a new home . . . held up by the inevitable
material shortage. Has a 20 year oíd son, Pfc. Military Pólice, who is now attending
the Army War College, Washington. Recalls exciting fishing expeditions to Lake LeeLanau, but more
vividly remembers a jaunt to Oklahoma City in a tightly crammed 1931 Ford Roadster with a pick-up
trailer bouncing behind, carrying all the necessary elements for a livable four weeks for a party of
six. Favorite sports are ice skating bowling, and skiing in winter. Claims emphatically and with a
ghnt in her eye' that she scored 78 in her first game of golf. Is president of the Argus Ladies
Bowling League which she founded in 1940, and is currently working on a ponderous history of this
same League, the first six years of which have evidently been packed with interesting goings-on.
By An Unknown Soldier
Here is the mystery poem of World War II. Written on a scrap of papa -and called "A Soldier:
His Prayer"- -it fluttered into the hands of a figh crouched in a trench during the battle
against Rommel for El Agheila. was entered in a poetry contest conducted by "The
Crusader," the Bntish Army's weekly paper. Published anonymously, it won- but its author never
knew it. He is dead or missing.
Stay with me. God. The night ís dark, The night is cold; my little spark Of courage dies.
The night is long; Be with me. God, and make me strong. I love a game. I love a fight. I hate the
dark; I love the light. [ love my child; I love my wife. I am no coward; I love life - Life with its
change of mood and shade. I want to live. I'm not afraid, But me and mine are hard to part; Oh,
unknown God, lift upmy heart. You stilled the waters at Dunkirk And saved Your servants. All Your
work Is wonderful, dear God. You strode Before us down that dreadful road. We were alone, and hope
had fled; We loved our country and our dead. And could not shame them; so we stayed The course, and
were not much afraid. Dear God, that nightmare road! And then That sea! We got there - we were men.
My eyes were blind, my feet were torn, My soul sang like a bird at dawn! I knew that death is but a
door. I knew what we were fighting for; Peace for the kids, our brothers freed, A kinder world, a
cleaner breed. I'm but the son my mother bore. A simple man, and nothing more. But - God of strength
and gentleness, 3e pleased to make me nothing less. Help me, O God, when death is near To mock the
haggard face of fear, That when I fall- If fall I must- My soul may triumph in the dust.
A boy, weighing seven pounds four ounces, was bom at St. Josephs Hospital, on June lOth, to Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Schoen. The baby was named Phillip Crandell Schoen. Mrs. Schoen is better known to
her friends at Argus as Jeanne Crandell, who worked for Herb Oliver in the stock room.
George F. Conn
NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES All employees must notify the Personnel Department of any change of address.
This information is necessary to insure contact with employees in regard to work in their department
as well as with relatives in case of emergency.
Congratulations On Your Fifth Anniversary At Argus
Maintenance And Methods
Well, it happened, we moved into our new quarter, and we sure like it a lot. We were sorry to
leave our friends Ed, Dutch, Gus and the rest of the gang, and we hope we will see them once in a
while. Boyd Head has moved to Chicago, where he intends to open a shop of his fcwn. We all wish you
luck and success, Boyd. We welcome Charles (Hank) Millage to our department. Hope he will like
working with us. Bill was on his vacation last week, $nd we think he had a good time because he
carne back to work Monday with a smile, and that's something after I vacation. ! The guards are all
getting ready for [their vacations. Hope they all have a kood time. I Everyone seems to be wearing a
smile, lince moving down in the new carpen[tcr shop. We are all happy to see our kooss, Mr. Sleezer,
enjoying the first Foor again.
Advertising And Sales Departments
At the expense of sacrificing formality, we can't help thinking of that story of "The Boy
Who Cried Wolf" (and we aren't referring to any particular Argus male-, as we find ourselves in
that same bereft position regarding our new offices. So many times we have proclaimed loud and long
of the super deluxe offices we "will occupy by the next issue of ARGUS EYES", and now that
statement will be an actuality . . . this month. We have been inspecting the daily progress and
needless to say, we think they are simply out of this world. (Golly, they even smell good!) However,
with summer in full bloom, the old office has been seething with stories of golf, tennis, swimming,
etc., too numerous to mention. Best news flash of all, we believe, concerns Carolyn Wilson. Such
excitement ! Lt. Ray Wilson, Carolyn's husband, didn't even take our weak hearts into consideration
. . . He just cruised into California from India and telephoned the unsuspecting Carolyn. Of course
we all were extremely happy for the Wilsons and hope their reunión in Indianapolis was every
bit as wonderful as they planned. Even though our loss is Ray's gain, we do extend to both of them,
our sincere best wishes for happiness and loads of luck in the future. We dood it ! "We"
meaning, Joe Lease, Marjorie Kennedy, Evelyn Navarre, Audrey Harding, Claire Royal, Julia Wright and
Becky Matson . . . Our husbands are college students and we managed to pull them through final
exams. Amazingly enough, we are still alive to teil about it. Oh, happy day ! Betty Collingwood came
in last Monday after a trip to Pittsburgh over the weekend. She said she didn't have time to unpack
and after we looked at the bags under her eyes, we agreed with her ! However, the trip must have
been worth losing two nights of sleep, as they had lots of fun. Did you know that the Krapf-Figg
nuptials have been set for August 31st? The ceremony is to be at 8 :00 o'clock in the First Baptist
Church. We know Earlyne will be the happiest, prettiest bride ever, and her wedding plans sound
"simply terrific". We certainly hope to be among the rice throwers !
A hearty welcome to Irene Schneider. She hails from New York and if you have two hours, just ask
her what that Metropolis has that Ann Arbor doesn't. (We know. The same thing, only more of it !)
Whatta coincidence! We had a double exposure of birthdays in the Sales Department last month. Bud
Davis and Julia Wright celebrated June llth, and Doris Strite and Anri Kachula celebrated June ISth.
Belated as they may be, our sincere best wishes to all of them. The name of our fair city is soon to
be changed. After the gals in the Sales Department discovered that they write the words "Ann
Arbor" approximately one million times every year, they decided to give our Company some extra
publicity and change the name of the town to ANN ARGUS. Claire Royal was on her vacation when Argus
Eyes went to press. We just know she is going to come back all beautifully brown, and the rest of us
will be green . . . with envy. Evelyn and Nelson Navarre spent a recent week-end in Detroit with a
group of friends. They took in a few popular "hot spots" there, then ended up at Wall
Lake, dancing to the tunes of Ted Fio Rito's band. Everyone had a wonderful time and Evelyn still
insists that she didn't suffer a hang-over. Wonder what her prescription is? During the past few
weeks, Jackie Schaffer has acquired a fondness for softbeall games. Could it be that heartthrob Don
Naylor plays on the Dixboro Athletic Club team? Anyway, Jackie dashes around the office singing
"Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and as we understand it, Don does just that.
There was a picnic on June 13th at Roy Hiscock's cottage, at which the Cost Dept., Tabulating
Dept., Personnel, First Aid and Payroll Dept. gathered. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the
refreshments were exceptionally good. Too bad Rockman can't learn to catch a baseball.
Dottie Bisson would like to know how she could chisel a saturday morning off, and not have anyone
know about it. Sid Wiener thinks it a waste of money to buy a movie camera, as every time you wish
to take pictures, it rains. Kay Bond still has hope that someday her husband will have every weekend
off, so she can see him once in a while. Alice Blanchard would like to know where she could find an
extra package of gum to keep on hand for the boss for Saturday mornings. If anyone cares to have a
good breakfast and have no place to go, drop in at Helen Pearce's. She wouldn't mind, as she serves
breakfast for six at 8 :00 A.M.
Garrie And Bruce
The new Vice-President for the Ar?us Ladies League for next season is rene McCowan, instead of
Sally KneiPer as stated in the last Argus Eyes. Your reporter is very sorry.
Payroll And Timekeeping
We do greatly miss Scotty Michal who left our midst last week. Her husband, Terry, having
completed his classes here on the Campus with flying colors - and accepting a position in Forestry,
which takes him to Wisconsin. Well, it s "back home" for Scotty. She will spend a few
weeks with folks in Mosinee, then on to Solon Springs where they hope to find a place of abode,
which shouldn't be difficult 'cause Terry is to have charge of 73,000 acres of Eorest, so surely
there's a cave or a big lollow tree which might be vacant. We lave enjoyed Scotty in our office,
even though it was only for a few months. Our wishes for the best of luck follow them, and we hope
to hear from them often. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dean (Marie Smiley, formerly of Payroll) became the proud
parents of a baby daughter Diane Marie, weighing 0J4 pounds on June Sth. Marie had a phone at her
bed side and was able to cali the girls in payroll and talk to several of them. Congratulations,
Marie, and best of luck. June 13th was a lucky day for the offices who accepted Roy Hiscock's
invitation to dinner and refreshments at his cottage at Lakeiand. A very delicious dinner was
prepared and the crowd arrived at about 6 P. M. The f ollowing menu was served : Hot barbequed
sandwishes potato salad potato chips radishes onions pickles with plenty of coffee
loe Clemens. Mrs. Clemens and Barry stopped in for a short time. Barry certainly enjoyed the fire
and strolling around the group of cars. Gene Schumann arrived when every one had had plenty to eat
and were in a singing mood. Russ Warren and Glenn Harrie gave a very good impersonation of a
Kaliope. Charlie Gray, and Charlie Newman took turns rowing the children and then the Rockman boys
took over. A very fast game of catch ball or "snooks" was played by the more athletic part
of the group with the ball heading for the lake on several occasions. "Ken Tyler" came to
the rescue of Francés Watterworth who found herself getting colder each moment. He
administered first-aid by racing her around the garden to step up her circulation. At about 9 P.M.
we retired to the cottage which was a little more comfortable than the cool out-of-doors at that
time, but four of us certainly enjoyed that bonfire and weren't going to let it go to waste. A very
good time was enjoyed by all and we thank Roy and Mrs. Hiscock for their kind invitation and for
entertaining such a large crowd of our folks, about 40 in all. I wonder if that train ever came in
that Rocky, Terry and Charlie went to meet? Also, anyone raising more onions than they can use,
might let a certain little gal in Personnel know about it. She may be interested in taking them off
your hands. How about that? Are You A Memher ? Argus Recreation Club Enroll Today
Argus Flying Club
Our hero of the month this time is Brother Ace Mervel Smith, who soloed a few weeks ago. He did
an excellent job on that first ride all alone, as we can testiíy from personal observation.
Congratulations, Smitty. From where I am sitting it looks as if John Poeton is going to be the next
member to make a first solo flight. He is getting to the point where he is flying the airplane,
instead of the airplane him. Verne Nelson successfully completed his required solo cross-country
flight last month by flying from here to Saginaw and Port Huron. His trip was uneventful except for
having to sit down in Pontiac to wait for a storm to pass. Hail to the pilot who has seen enough to
know that it doesn't pay to fly through bad weather. Verne has enough time on his book now, and it
should not be too long before he can take a crack at getting his private license. .Smitty has been
appointed Maintenance Officer, and under his direction two or three times a month some of the
members get together to clean the ship and make minor repairs. The ship looks pretty nice, Smitty,
all polished up. Last month Don Feder flew the plane on a weekend cruise to Rochester, N. Y. to
visit his folks. We'll let him teil you about it : "We left at 6 :4S A.M. because the weather
around the lower lakes región was expected to be very poor by afternoon, owing to a low which
was moving in from the west.
It was cloudy and had just stopped raining, but the visibility was okeh and t held all the way
just as the weather man had promised. We stopped at the Cleveland Municipal Airport to gas up and
get a bite to eat. This field is a bit awe-inspiring to a small town boy. We landed in a corner of
the field, however, and taxied a couple of miles up to the hangar line. The wind was so strong that
we had to tie the plane down.
Because of the rail strike there were rumors that all private planes were to be grounded to
conserve fuel. With visions of spending the weekend on a park bench in Cleveland, we grabbed a few
sandwiches and checked out immediately.
Then we flew to Jamestown where my passenger left, and I flew on to Rochester alone. This
territory was familiar and the trip uneventful. On the return trip, we ran into rather spotty
visibility and the air was very rough. We had no difficulty, however, in hitting all our check
points, including the Toledo airport where we landed. This is a beautiful field. You should visit it
sometime. The Coupe performed beautifully, and the engine never gave us any anxiety. The Lycoming is
very quiet and this makes it ideal for cross country. You may be interested in the statistics: total
distance, 775 miles; total time, 10.8 hours; total gasoline, 42 gallons; oil, none, which adds up to
our average cruising speed of 72 miles per hour at I8V2 miles to the gallon at a cost of less than
2'A cents per mile per passenger. Not bad for private air transportation!"
Production Control has two new members, Caroline Wiley and Francés Noreen Conklin. Up
until February, when she was discharged, Noreen was an officer in the Wac's at the Medical Enlisted
Technician School, Camp Ater3ury, Indiana where she was Supply and Transportation Officer for the
school. If you've never seen a one-arm-paperhanger at work, you can get a rough dea of how busy he
is by watching ack Covey answering phone calis, writing requisitions for production
terial, checking in-coming shipments and keeping a puzzled look on his face all simultaneously.
Jack is one of the few people who doesn't believe in the barometer because on his last fishing trip
up North, there was a considerable amount of snow and the fish didn't realize that the season had
opened. Better luck next time Jack; but that just goes to show what can happen to a Material Control
Supervisor who takes time off to go on a fishing trip. Things are in pretty bad shape when an expert
at ordering Raw Material like Leona Breisch stands in line for hours to get a little Raw Meat. You'd
think that with her experience that she could get it without standing in line. Of course, that's
about all you can expect now-a-days when you don't patronize the black market.
The department wished Marjorie Young a fond farewell on June 7th, by presenting her with gifts
and decorating her table with flowers and signs. After five years of service with Argus and the
Inspection Department, she leaves us to become Mrs. Gordon Holliday of Detroit. She will be married
on the 29th of June. Many of her friends from Argus are planning to attend the wedding. Surely
Marjorie will never forget us after the way we teased her. We certainly will not forget her for the
swell sport she is, and we wish she and Gordon the best luck in the world. We welcome to the
department Harold Lesperance, just out of the Marines, and Howard Nelson, back irom the Navy. Hope
you like it here, boys.
Bessie Coon says all good people are born on June 8th. Can't you guess, Bessie celebrated her
birthday on that date. June 8th also proved to be a happy day for Jerry McCroskey, as he was
presented with a fine red headed baby boy. We extend our congratulations. We all enjoyed our little
vacation over Memorial Day. Seems like Leola Stoner and Aggie Thurston just love to shop in the
rain. They went to Jackson the Friday after Memorial day and of course it rained. Leola took a trip
over the holidays
to her parents' cabin on Saginaw Bay, near Standish. Too bad it wasn't bass season. Mary Jane
Fike went to Leipsic, Ohio, to visit her parents, down on the farm. Did you bring home the bacon,
Mary? The rest of us just washed windows, put up screens, went to the farm, visited neighbors, went
to Milan to see "Pappy", cleaned closets and attics and just raised the devil, in general.
Monday we all came back to work with a sigh. If you see something streaking down the highway,
hitting on two, that will be Doris Layer and company in the new buggy, a model T Ford, 1926 vintage.
She says it gets you there and back, anyway.
We are happy to have Bernice Wilson back after a short illness. Laura Egeler's son, Bob, was in
to see us while home on leave from the Army. Cecille FitzGerald and husband, Tom, took a trip to
Alpena to attend the Regional Probation Officers Convention. X We hear Helen Clough, our W ;iy
operator, has a new assistant. "He" lias even invented a new hair-dress called the
"Chicken Cut". How about that, Helen?
June is here and the birds probably are chirping, bees buzzing, etc. We of the Cost Department
would never know. The sound of GREMLINS working below and on all sides of us with air hammers,
regular hammers, pipe wrenches, etc, have drowned out all other sounds. It is getting so people
can't even enjoy spring f ever anymore. One sometimes wonders about ones fellow men. Bob, with a
group of his Brother Masons, goes to Canada supposedly to receive inspiration of some sort or other.
When he returns, all he has to report is what a whallop Canadian beer packs, and the best way to get
it. All useful information, I am sure - providing you are a Canadian. The spring weather has made
Kathryn take a good look at her car. She has discovered three colors showing and says it is time to
add the fourth. Also threatens to paint it herself. That way when she finishes, she and the car will
be the same color.
Roy is also having troubles. Seems like the weeds in his yard manage to keep just one jump ahead
of him. Weeds can be a menace to a game oí golf as well as to the yard. "Happy Birthday
to You" was the theme around the office on the 16th. Marilyn and Glenn were well aware that Old
Father Time had chalked up another year against them. That paddie will convince anyone, especially
if Grace gets her hands on it. However, the day had its brighter side, too. The gang carne through
with ice cream and cake for a celebration. If this food shortage keeps on there won't be anything
the modern girl doesn't know. Gert has met the emergency by learning how to bake bread. What is that
cloud of smoke going down the road? It's only Glenn in his new OIL BURNER ! He now holds the record
for the most oil burned in any car between here and Hancock. Jack will vouch for it. We will end up
with a bit of wisdom. As Barnum's horse said, "There's a foal born every minute."