Dogs & Hot Dogs
Annually, Argus Recreation Club holds a picnic at Germán Park, consume hundreds of hot
dogs and drink gallons of beer. The party is usually held early enough in the evening so children
can come with their parents; after the early birds leave, the gang enjoy an evening of dancing under
the trees. The pictures show a cross section of the party and we can recognize many people there. In
spite of heavy rain earlier in the day the party was a great success.
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 ÍJerry Davenport 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.
Most of the department have had their vacation and return to a new home, and it is really nice.
We welcome Lucille Brazee (now Mrs. Gala) back to the department, and we wish her the best of luck.
We also welcome Betty Morehouse and Elaine Hawell f rom Plant II. Hope you like it here. Betty spent
her vacation at home, while Elaine says she visited in Missouri with friends. Esther H. spent a week
in Wisconsin with her parents. Had fun af ter getting there, but oh! was she tired from standing up
on the train. Doris looks rested after spending a week up North. She is displaying a beautiful
diamond and we are waiting for the one that goes with it. Cecille went on a two weeks trip to
Niágara Falls and up in Canada and back to Boston. Was it a belated honymoon, Cecille? Mary
Jane and Mary Beth spent a week at Cedar Point, and then visited Mary Jane's home in Ohio. Laura and
Leola spent a week at Saginaw Bay (with their men along, of course), after which Laura and hubby
spent a weekend at Cleveland, while Leola saw the Tigers play and then went on a boat trip to
Bob-lo. Of course that good-looking man she knows was along.
Louise spent her week welcoming her son home from the Navy. Forrest spent his time away at East
Tawas. Arthur took a trip to Alpena and did some fishing. Lillian went to Illinois to visit and
played nurse-maid to her sister who was ill. Nina says she visited her sister in West Branch. Ida
doesn't say much, but seems she just worked and slept. Tony tried his art in painting on his house .
. . how does it look Tony? Beatrice went visiting in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Lafayette, Ga. and she
let Ross go along, too. We welcome Harold Lesperance as our new supervisor. (Handsome guy, girls?)
Amanda says she didn't do anything while away, but we know she worked hard. She acquired a new
daughter, her son Duane having been married. Had to put Helen in a cage to keep the wolves away.
Sign reads "Keep out." Stuart looks rested. Guess inventory didn't wear him down too much.
Marguerit enjoyed a rest in Louisville, Ky. and visited her brother. Bessie went fishing at Loan
Lake and says its the first time she ever had all the fish she wanted. Of course Pappy was along,
too. Louie says he went to Flint and can't decide if it was work or play - anyhow, he bought a cozy
country home for future use. We are sorry to lose Clara Schallhorn who left on July 6th. She was
presented with a pin. Best of luck, Clara.
JOIN THE FLYING CLUB
"Hey, Buddy, how long must you work to be eligible for social security retirement
benefits?" That's a question asked a lot of times around the plant, inside and out. Well,
here's the answer. You must work long enough in covered jobs - jobs in private industry or business,
that is - to become "fully insured" under old age and survivors insurance. That's a
general answer. Here is exactly what "fully insured" means. To become "fully
insured" a wage earner must have worked in covered jobs approximately half the time between the
beginning of the old-age and survivors insurance program on January 1, 1937 (or his twenty-first
birthday. if that was later) and the date on which he reaches 65 or dies, whichever is earlier. More
precisely stated, this period is divided into calendar quarters of 3 months each. The wage earner
must have been paid $50 in wages in covered jobs in at least half the calendar quarters between
January 1, 1937 (or the time he became 21, if that occurred at a later date) and his sixty-fifth
birthday, or the date of his death. whichever comes first. There is a minimum. In no case can a
worker become "fully insured" unless he has at least 6 quarters of coverage. There is also
a maximum. Once a wage earner has acquired 40 quarters of coverage - that is 10 f uil years in
covered jobs - he is "fully insured" for life. This, however, does not mean that his
benefit amount stands still. If he continúes to work in covered employment after he acquires
40 quarters of coverage, his benefit, generally speaking, increases; if he leaves covered
employment, it decreases. The Social Security Board office which serves Washtenaw County is located
at 709 Reynolds Building, Jackson. Michigan. The telephone number is 25588.
NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES AU 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.
Mr. And Mrs. Gordon Holliday
Pleasant-spoken, industrious shipping elerk in the Service Department, where she has spent the
last seven years deciphering customer's return addresses, zone numbers, etc. . . Her first
appearance at Argus, however, dates back to August 12, 1935 when she started in the radio
división working her way through all the camera, enlarger and radio phases. Stays in Ann
Arbor during the week but visits Jackson on weekends where she has her home. Was born in Paducah,
Kentucky but spent most of her school days in Illinois. Is 31 years old and at the moment - single.
Is engaged, however, to Ed "Fish" Keuhn of the shipping department and there is a question
as to whether it is five or four years. Has a large collection of over 200 Russian, Germán
and English glass and china shoes which she has accumulated as an interesting hobby which may well
turn into a lucrative one since she claims possession of several old and valuable specimens. Is open
to any valuable suggestions that may lead to the discovery of more glass and china shoes of any
nationality. Would also like suggestions about where she is going to keep them all, - and how she is
going to explain them all to Ed some day.
Do You Feel Generous?
Some time ago, someone in the Engineering Department did. He wanted to contribute some money to a
worthy cause, and would just as soon send it somewhere where it was really needed and wouldn't be
wasted. He said he'd like to do something for the relief of needy people in the Netherlands, and
asked me how to go about it. 5o, I wrote my mothcr, who still lives there, and asked Jh about it.
The answer came back partially in the form of a newspaper clippiLüf! It read as follows :
"Sometime in September 1944, during the occupation, unidentifined individuals attempted the
assasination of a number of Germán offkers. Their attempt failed, but this was no reason for
the Germans to with-hold punishment. On the first of October 1944, the village of Putten, near which
the crime was committed, was the scène of a terrible reprisal. The village was virtually aid
in ashes. Of the male population 675 were departed in Germany, where the majority were murdered.
Only forty of these men lived to return to their burned homes, broken in body and spirit. Today, in
the remains of the village of Putten, there live three hundred widows and a thousand fatherless
children; the families of the farmers and laborers who gave their lives to Germán tyranny.
Putten wSll remain a monument, an eternal protest against Germán terrorism, jut its widows
and orphans are alive today and they need your help." The story then goes on to teil how Dutch
citizens organized a committee for their relief. This committee collects and distributes funds for
that purpose, [f you feel generous, too, íf you would like to dónate to this worthy
cause, come and see me and I will be happy to give you the details.
We are pleased to announce two new appointments to the staff of the Argus Recreation Club. Mrs.
Gerry Brown will take over the duties of Treasurer as Eddie Girvin is unable, due to increased
production schedules, to continue in this capacity. Miss Clem Donner has taken over the secretarial
duties, as Mrs. Nelie Meyers is no longer with the Company. These appointments were made by the
Board of Directors and we feel certain that both Mrs. Brown and Miss Donner will capably handle
their jobs. The date of the Fall Dance will be announced in the next Argus Eyes. ARGUS RECREATION
CLUB Norm Tweed, President
Argus now has a dyed-in-the-wool "Beau Brunnel"! Here's proof - every time he goes to
the Moose the M. C. dedicates love songs to him, and the entertainers (especially those cute little
ones) fuss over him, too. Speaking of sailors having a "Gal" in every port, our
"Argus Beau" has one in every block. Just inquire in Hamtramick and Clarence, and what
about that certain
Wac in Germany? Why not give a few pointers to some of the "wall-flowers" around here.
Have you noticed how Harry LeA is "walking on clouds" these days. EWJ since his daughters
picture was in the Ann Arbor News . . . Cpl. Mary Letsis. If you see something whizzing past you -
'tis only the buttons off Harry's vest. We're all very proud along wkh you, Harry, for after all,
we're just one "Big Happy Family."
Congratulations On Your Tenth Anniversary At Argus
"a Dollar A Month"
No .... this isn't a membership drive for some book club. This "dollar a month" is the
equivalent of the salary an American teacher in Hungary is paid . . . Why most of us spend more than
that a week just at coffee time! Naturally enough, this father can't feed a family of three (the
daughter is four) on a dollar a month, but they're managing to starve on it. Your help and mine can
ward off the death that stalks them daily. Did you know that women in Yugoslavia are forced to till
fields at night because they have no clothes to wear in the daytime? The writer has direct contacts
in Yugoslavia, Hungary and Finland, where the need for used clothing is so much greater than she can
hope to supply from her own wardrobe and that of her friends. Henee, this appeal to YOU and YOU and
YOU to go over your own wardrobe for any articles of clothing - still wearable - which you are no
longer using. This includes all sizes, all ages, for men, women and children. Articles should be
clean, of course, for soap is a luxury in Europe, and they should be ready to put right on ; thread
is a luxury, also. Won't you look over your wardrobes and bring to the writer's office in the Sales
Department any clothing you are through weaiïng. If you could read the heartfelt letters of
gratitude the writer has received, you would need no scond ihese people are not 'foreigners' - but
our brothers ! They need your help and
mine ! WILL you help ?
You can take a boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of a bay - admits the
one and only Jack Covey as he breaks out with the news of his return to the open fields. During his
vacation Jack says nix on vacationing until the family is settled in their new home on Geddes Road,
and then maybe if he isn't too exhausted there will be a house warming; that is, if we are good. We
are all hoping that Leona Breisch has caught her daily limit of fish and might add that we are
expecting our share of the catch. Poor Norrine doesn't get a vacation this year and doesn't want one
because she feels that she has had a vacation during her years in the service . . . it says
Mr. and Mrs. Jan Gala (newly weds) thank their many Argus friends for the lovely wedding
Congratulations On Your Fifth Anniversary At Argus
The Gals In White
It seems good to have the First Aid back to normal again - with its "Favorite Boss",
Francis Watterworth, back after a wonderful vacation in Northern Michigan, and in Gobles - don't get
me wrong, this "Gobles" doesn't come in bottles, but is a suburb of Kalamazoo, so she
says. Seems Gobles put on a little show for her. There was quite a fire and not being able to resist
the temptation, "Fritz" arrived there the same time as the firemen. She hasn't informed
us, as yet, if any first aid was needed. In addition to being one of the best R. N.'s in these
parts, she has also received considerable recognition as an industrious nurse, and has built up the
First Aid at Argus from a 2 x 4 under the stairs, to an ideal First Aid for a Dlant this size. A
group of nurses taking a summer course at the U. of M. were at Argus recently, and studied our
medical "set-up" (under the able guidance of Mrs. Watterworth) to use as an ideal First
Aid for Industries the size of ours. We're pretty proud of F. W. and of her accomplishments. In
addition to "Dishing out Pilis", the First Aid Department is receiving many requests for
reducing diets, plus a few to put on weight. It might be that Argus will one day be completely
Dear Flying Enthusiast
Here I am sitting on the ground - or sometimes in the hangar; with all the nice days and
evenings, why don't you come out and give me a work out. I have lots of time. Of course, there have
been several Sunday morning trips crosscountry. I just know my riders have enjoyed them, for that is
just all they talk about during the week. Maybe you have noticed that my oil temperature gage was on
the fritz. Thanks to my good maintenance crew, they repaired it. So, be very careful now if you see
that temperature go up above the normal mark. I hear that John Poeton wishes that he was 'Old King
Solomon'. It seems that his and several others' instructors have moved out of town to another field.
Problem is how to get me over to the instructor without breaking any of the C.A.A. Rules. I might be
wrong, but it seems to me that there are several of the boys who are easing up on their flying. I
sure wish they would come out more of ten and fly. I just know that they will have a wonderful time
after they solo. Sure hope it's just due to their vacations. Jack Beamsderfer, Ted Bragg. and Kurt
Adams have been flying with Van for the orientation period and from the way they handle the controls
they are ready to start official dual and it should not take them too long to solo. Peggy Allen wins
a cupid doll - she is the first girl in our Club to solo. She sure did a nice job of handling the
controls and breezing thru her training. Now comes that thirty hours of hard solo practice for that
highly coveted Private license. Anyone interested in joining the flying club, can get the necessary
information from any member. Faithfully yours,
Thank You Note
Mrs. Lucille (Brazee) Gala wishes to thank the Argus Recreation Vlub for the flowers sent during
her recent illness.
Recv'g, Expediting And Prod. Control
Larry Williams. Jack Stults and Harold Hopper have left Argus. Larry and Harold for other jobs
and Jack to attend the University of Illinois. Good luck boys. In their places we welcome Charles
Cotton, Kenneth Pratt and Hazen Sylvester to the Expediting Desartment. We also welcome Florence
Esslinger who is replacing Alfrieda Overmann in the Production Central Office. Alfrieda has left for
a teaching position at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Harry Rookes spent his vacation on the sands
of Lake Michigan. He reports a wonderful time. Lucille Beauchamp spent a week visiting her sister in
Boston, Massachusetts. Says those "Boston Baked Beans" are really good. Edgar Fowler and
son spent their vacation in Arkansas visiting old friends. Joe Brahm spent his two weeks vacation
visiting Niágara Falls, going by way of Canada and coming back via Ohio. Reports he had a
very nice time.
Cupid's still riding high in the Service Department. Now it's wedding bells for Cameron Figg,
formerly with the U. S. Marines. The "lucky" girl is Earlyne Krapf, in the Argus Sales
Last week we were visited by two former employees of our office, Joyce Sager and Mary lane Truax.
Joyce is in town temporarily, while her husband is enroute to Alaska. He has re-inlisted in the
regular Army and Joyce plans to join him in Alaska later. Mary Jane now resides in Pontiac where has
husband is a doctor in one of the hospitals there. We miss Beulah Newman from our midst beginning
this week. She is on a vacation tour of California and other places west, which include Tiajuana,
Mexico and Catalina Islands. Yes, Beulah, you are being envied by many. Along with all of our
figures - we had the situation all "figgered" out that our desks would have all been
transferred to the second floor bv this date: well, those
calculations were incorrect, but perhaps by next issue of "Argus Eyes" we will be found
in our new location. But never let it be said that wc won't miss certain features of the good ol'
basement with its inconspicuous little 'caverns' which have come in so handy to we girls for various
operations, such as to straighten a blouse, skirt or hose. Also, we will miss the frigid air of the
cooling system that Mr. Schwanbeck tells us will be lixed "to-morrow." Martha Price Young
and husband, Danny, have moved into their brand new house in Dexter. The Argus picnic at
Germán Park was well attended and a good time reported by all; however, our department was
poorly represented. Only Juanita Boyd and her husband showed up to enjoy the good refreshments and
music. Sandy Repola was the lucky one to have her vacation this past month, which she and her
husband spent at Ishpeming and Elo in Northern Michigan. Virginia Hurst spends her evenings,
week-ends and holidays assisting her husband with the building of their new home on Marlboro. Wilmot
Gray's daughter, Beverly, is ■spending her summer with her grandmother in the northern part of the
State. Wilmot starts her vacation next week when she, too, will go north.
Elmer Miller. formerly of the Argus offices, stopped by to say "helio" to old friends,
and to attend the picnic. Lois Palmer's husband, Donnally. will be leaving Argus and the paint shop
soon, to take up his studies on the Campus. Here's more about Lois - she experienced her first tooth
extraction last week - yes, with stitches and all that goes with it.
If anyone ever needs information about running an outboard motor, just ask Torn Westall. Next
time Tom takes his wife "Ginny" on a vacation she threatens to have a fire-boat in tow
Seems Tom had a little trouble and he and "Ginny" had to jump overboarc 'till the fire
burned itself out. How do you like the "Dog-house" Tom? Maybe you'd better stick to your
Barb-qued Spareribs, and leave boating to your better-half.
There is an old adage, "If you build a better mouse trap than your neighjor - ."
Glenney is waiting for the world to beat a path to his door. He ïas worked out a plan for the
electroution of mice. We know that it works and if you are troubled with the little vermin, see G.
B. Harrie. Norm has been spending part of the month taking his family to Chicago and hen trying to
get them home again. 3e figures that by the time school starts lis family roll cali will be
complete. Have you seen anyone walking around on a rosy cloud lately? If so, it was only Marilyn
awaiting the arrival of her Big Moment from overseas. Her dreams have finally come true and she is
now on vacation in order to do a thorough job of celebrating.
The Lcmgstaffs are shining examples these days. They have been weilding a wint brush on 300 West
Summit until vou wouldn't know the place, and their car has been transformed from a dull grey to a
gleaming black. Grace took a week's vacation in which she did some more polishing on the inside of
the house. That is the penalty of being a lome owner. You spend your vacations working. Ask Eunice,
she did pretty nearly the same thing on her vacation - only she did more sleeping. Speaking of
fixing up the house, Bob is busy building rooms down in his basement. The last I heard he hadn't
figured out where he was going to put the door. So if he doesn't show up for work, you will know
that he has walled himself in. A word should be said of the attentive husbands of some of the girls.
Gert came to work wearing a corsage of Four Roses (flowers, of course) which she said were for no
special occasion, but just because. Mary Jane celebrated her first wedding anniversary displaying a
brand new watch from Art. So much for the first year, Mary Jane, and may every coming year be as
happy. Kathryn visited a number of states in Western United States during her vacation and is now
visiting the local spots of interest such as Greenfield Viliage. Our Boss, Roy, has proved himself
to be good at other things besides juggling gures, by coming thru with second place in the
Duplícate Bridge Tournament at the League.
The Jim Harveys became the proud parents of a 7 Ib. 6 oz. daughter, Noreen Ann, on July 24th.
Five of the boys, Smitty, Vanden Broek, Jim Steel, Dick Foster and Ed Palmer took in the air show at
Selfridge Field. It is reported that "Smitty' snapped his neck out of joint watching the P-80
jet plane. Dick Foster is leaving us for a while to take his army physical . . . and to be married
September 7th. A new face in this department is Vern Nelson. Warren Kays is enjoying a vacation trip
through New England and New Jersey. Rodney Frost is taking his vacation at his home on Silver
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Sales & Advertising Departments
The Sales Department and Grand Central Station! People come and PfjjTk go. This month Hazel Rebbe
and m 1 Wright bade us farewell, and Yvo? . West joined our staff. Yvonne, like most of the rest of
us, is working her husmnd's way through college. She and Wally are spending most of their spare ime
watching the progress of their new ïome- they're one of the lucky couples who will soon be
living in the new University Apartments. Earlyne Krapf will be leaving us - with no regrets - on the
23rd, giving her a week to get ready for the Big Day on August 31st. She and Cernieron are olanning
a trip to California for the loneymoon. Lucky people. Woody Ploettner is back helping us out for a
few weeks, and we're very glad to have her. Another old friend dropped in to see us last week.
Thelma Fuller, who has been with her Navy tiusband in San Francisco, persuaded him to spend part of
a 30-day leave here in Ann Arbor, so we could have a look at the Man. They are spending the rest of
his leave in Florida with his family.
Audrey Harding and Evelyn Navarre spent last Saturday "playing house." Their unusual
burst of domesticity netted them some 40 pints of beeootifully canned peaches. lerry Davenport has
been telling us all that he has a new car. He has painted his maroon convertible blue, and we've
seen so few new cars, he almost had us believing his was really new. Bill Armstrong has been
fighting a losing battle with Mr. Greyhound and his Detroit busses. Seems as though every time Bill
gets a bus that will bring him to work on time (or get him home early, which is more important) the
bus breaks down or has a flat tire. We hope he soon finds a place to live in Ann Arbor.
Isabelle Bruckner had a two-day ' catión last week when her little man arrived home after
a year in China. Doris and Don Strite and Jackie Schaffer and Don Naylor spent the week end of
August 9th in the N jPïv Country. The high point of the f'. was an out-of-this world chicken
dinner at Frankenmuth. Helen O'Sullivan finished up her vacation last week, spending the week with
her parents at Houghton Lake. She had lots of fun and acquired a wonderful tan. By the way, did
everyone notice that dreamy look in Helen's eyes while she was dancing at the Argus Picnic ?
Although I wasn't able to attend the picnic, from all reports, I understand a wonderful time was had
by all. Jimmy Barker and Mac (Mephistopheles) McCoy found they couldn't get along without Helen
while she was vacationing, so they took off for New York City, ostensibly on business with Henry A.
Loudon, Advertising Agency. Norm Booth also had his vacation this month. He went up North for a few
days, but spent most of his time working on the Booth Photostat Business. Guess Bud and Norm's
extra-curricular activities are keeping them both jumping. Miss Lundahl has been so busy collecting
clothes to send to Europe, she hasn't had time for social activities. If anyone has used clothing
they are through with and would like to dónate it, or would like further information about
the project, please see her. Jim Steel provided a little diversion for the girls who transcribe
dictaphone rolls by dictating a roll in Germán. We hope they saved the roll, as it is really
a collector's item. The Argus Public Relations program is off to a good start, with Ed Drury here to
see all, hear all and teil all for the Loudon Advertising Agency. Marge, Becky, Audrey, Evelyn, and
Clare are happy as can be that their husbands are thru summer school and won't be hitting the books
again for about six weeks.
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