The Children's Christmas Party
Annuallv the Araus Recreation Club gives a Christmas Party for the Children of Argus. This year
was the best ever. To the contributed so much to its' success.
This paper is an employees' publication. lts aims e: 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 Becky Matson Sports Harold Peterson , Sam Schneider Photographers . . . . Jerry havenport -,
. . . ƒ Marie Barbier Cartoomsts Ed Palmer 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.
T'was the Monday before Christmas and the Personnel Office was as busy as Santa Claus' Work Shop.
Christmas greens and a large bowl of hard candy greeted everyone as he came in to extend the
season's greetings. Of course, Barb and Fran missec all the fun as they left for various points in
Illinois the Friday before al 5:00 p.m. sharp. They probably hac fun too, as they were "going
home for Christmas" - and that's something. Mr. Howse was out by the Christmas tree, .extending
the season's greetings as t'hë'itÖiristrnas turkeys were distributed. Mrs. Radford was in
the hal directing traffic so that everyone would be in line to receive his turkey. Roy B had charge
of the turkeys and, as usual everything went off per schedule. The boys in Receiving and Stock
Handling did a wonderful job of distribution. In the meantime, Bev was wishing someone would loan
her a pair of roller skates as she was busy trying to answer five teleDhones !
As the turkeys were distributed, everyone started home for the Christmas holiday, exchanging
Merry Christmases and Happy New Years on his way. Finally the turkeys were distributed and everyone
sat down to catch a breath and have that contented feeling of what a wonderful time Christmas really
is. That is, everyone was sitting down except Vi Tyler. She was home and very much on her feet,
putting a luscious ham in the oven to bake. You see, the Personnel and First Aid Departments were
going to have dinner together. Bev and Francés arrived early at Vi's house and acted
as'"second cooks". I'm sure Bev sampled every kind of pickles, olive and what-have-you,
but somehow she was able to sit right up and eat ham and all the fixings. It is surprising as she is
such a "little" girl! Finally, the gang had all assembled and Roy could hardly wait for
the potatoes to get done. A peek in the oven every once in a while helped - as the smell of ham and
sweet potatoes was sure something. We ate - and ate some more, but everything was so delicious we
just couldn't stop. Incidentially, Don Reid can handle a carving set very skillfully. We
"retired" to the living room where a beautiful tree was laden with gifts for each and
every one. The "ohs" and "how lovely" were enough to let everyone know he was
pleased. It was so much fun and we all had a "Merry" Christmas together. We hope you did
Are You A Member ? Argus Recreation Club
How About This, Bowlers?
Half of the schedule has been completed and last year's championship vïethods team has taken
over the lead with a ten game nudge. It is almost ertain that they will annex the title again this
year. Methods is boasting a ;eam average of well over 800, and the other teams in the league feel it
quite an accomplishment when that total is rolled. It does not take much of a mathematician to
figure the chances that other teams have in bowling against the leaders. In the past two years there
has been considerable talk about having the three leading bowlers of the entire league on one team.
In a shop league such as we have here, the interest is greatest when the race is close and this
seems to be impossible with one team boasting most of the better bowlers at Argus. Most of the
teams were picked from departments or offices, but the league leading team consists of bowlers
who work in four different departments. These things are not being written with any malice towards
the team 's members, but to express a general belief that such circumstances are not beneficial to
the league as a whole. Despite the run-away pace set by Methods and posting highs in most of the
individual departments, Brice Bennett has given 'em something to shoot at in the single high game.
Brice, who is a member of the Lens Grinding entry, rolled a sparkling 259 game. This not only is
high game for this year, but to the writer's knowledge is the highest game rolled in the Argus
League since it was organized six years ago.
Prevention Instead Of Cure Is Aim Of Safety Committee
A few weeks ago. two representaties of the Standard Accident Insurance Company spent a day
visiting at Argus. They later attended a meeting of our Plant Safety Committee. talked with its
members and made several pertinent suggestions. The members of the Plant Committee suggested that a
permanent safety program be established. _ As a culmination of that meeting, the following plan was
evolyed: that there would be (1) an executive safety committee comprised of Cl"n Harris,
Executive Chairman; members, lohn Lee. Irv. Braatz. Francés Watterworth, and (2) a plant
committee, comprised of Leshe Carlson, permanent Chairman in charge of safety, and his committee as
follows: Plants I & II- Harry Kaufman. Plant I- Robert Price. Harold Lesperance, Wilhio Kelly.
Plant II- Dick Dorow, Robert Barsantee. The purpose of the Plant Committee is as follows: A. To work
with foremen to eliminóte accidents in their departments. B. To assist in the procurement of
equipment as may be deemed necessary. , The Plant Committee will meet once a month. Activities and
reports ol Plant Committee will be sent to Executive Committee for approval and for authorization of
special appropriations, if necessary. To prevent accidents is a great responsibility, not only of
the committee, but of each individual. It takes alert thinking to analyze hazords; ït takes
full cooperation in following all safety recommendations and in using safety equipment. By thinking
along these Unes and becoming safety conscious, suggestions for safety will develop. Your
suggestions will be welcome to the Safety Committee. Turn them in to a Plant Safety Committee
member, who will see that they are given proper consideration.. Our safety record is good, but, if
there is anything that should be perfect, it is accident prevention.
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.
Decking The Hall
Genial, rotund Falstaff of the Cost Department where it is reported that he has spent the last
lew years in blissíul serenity. Casual but secretive inventory of his desk reveáis an
oíd bicycle lamp, half-a-pound oí cheese, three potatoes and a horseshoe, but few
signs oí cost analysis íorms, bilis oí material and so forth. Was bom 31 years
ago in Vincennes, Indiana, carne to Ann Arbor to major in Political Science and Municipal
Administration at the U. oí Michigan. Spent 3 years in post gradúate engineering and
still covers the backs oí job order íorms with cross-sectional drawings of Archimedean
screws. beehives, etc. Was formerly with Goodyear Aircraft of Akron and started with Argus in the
Material Control Department in 1941. Is married and owns his own home at 1017 Arbor View. Has a
daugher, Sally, who is three and isi currently and proudly flourishing; 8 x 10 enlargements of
newly-arrived Terry. Travels northward anxiously and annually in search of deer and made his first
kill this season, with appropriate exaggerations. Ambles off, occassionally, to the Zal-Gaz-Grotto
where he is a member of the drum and bugle corps, but in quietei and more thoughtful moments is a
Masón Likes to cook, has a íondness for weird, unheard-of dishes and is currently
deciphering the most unpalatable ormulas in an early American cookbook. At the moment is threatening
to un for Alderman of the Third Ward. Community-shaking results will, no oubt, be announced in due
Everyone is taking a deep breath íese days - relaxing from the tensión nd
excitement that Christmas always Dtings and resting up for the New Year's celebration yet to come.
Everyone reports a very nice Christmas. Guess Santa Claus looked after he Cost Department pretty
well. Speaking of Santa Claus, Bob Ward donned whiskers again this season and promised all the kids
of Argus everyhing their little hearts could desire. Gert has a nice Christmas present - a new home
in Muskegon. She is lèavng Argus December 31. We all hate to ee her go, but are glad that she
is movng into a new home. The gang wish you the best of everything, Gert, and we want you to stop in
and see us anyime you are in Ann Arbor.
Art, Mary Jane's husband, has been on the sick list for several weeks. The ast report I heard was
that he was much better and back to work again. So Mary Jane's Christmas was much ïappier than
she had expected it to be. After all the razing the Department gave them, Bob and Norm did come back
from the North Woods with a deer a piece. So now we have to take back everything we said. Maybe they
do know how to shoot after all. Grace is glad Christmas is over. She entertained her family and
Jack's family Christmas Day. She said, much to her surprise, her turkey and pumpkin pies turned out
perfect. So I suppose Jack gained a few more pounds. Eleonor spent a happy Christmas with her folks
in Bay City. Still likes home the best, so she is going back again for the weekend. A newcomer to
our Department is Janet Main, a former college roommate of Eleanor's. She hails from Battle Creek,
but will be practically an Ann Arborite now that she works for Argus. She and Eleanor hope to find
an apartment soon.
Kathryn said that Christmas was somewhat different this year. It was the first time in ages that
just the family were together for Christmas. Roy spent Christmas with friends in Kalamazoo and
reports that a merry time was had by all. Eunice spent Christmas as usual wit her folks in Saline,
and as usual had much too much to eat.
The Gals In White
Happy New Year to all employees of The First Aid Department saysTvr with more than just a casual
greeting, because we are here to do what we can to make you truly happy by helping you to be a
healthy worker. Some of you who are relatively new here perhaps do not fully understand what the
First Aid has to offer you. Of course, we are here to care for any injury that may happen during
your working hours and to take care of minor things such as headaches, colds, sore throats and such.
But we want you all to feel f ree to come in for treatment or advice about things that may happen
while you are at home. Be it ever so small, we want you to come in and have the slightest cut or
cratch taken care of. Neglect on your art may prove to be very costly, and ertainly can be very
unpleasant and uncomfortable to you. Please report, at once, anything that may happen to you while
you are at work, such as falling on stairs, bumping nto things that might not in any way ie too
serious at the time, but later omething might develop as a result. This is for your own protection.
Feel free to come in and get a little better acquainted. We like to see you when you are well, too !
Happy New Year to you all - from your First Aid Nurses.
"Doe" Benson spent the Christmas Holiday with his brother-in-law in Chicago.
"Doe" says he had a swell time. Charley Miller spent the week with one of his sons in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Roberta Jones had her vacation during Christmas week and spent the week at her
home in Jackson. Bob Lucas went home to see his folks in Kokomo, Indiana. Viv Vokovich drove to
Clevetó Ohio to spend the holiday witKJsl} folks. Were those Argus turkeys wohderful and big!
In f act, we thought the turkey was walking out with Gloria Bourdlais. We want to take this
opportunity to thank the Management for the swell turkeys and, the holiday with pay. We hope they
had a grand Christmas too.
Fifteen Year Anniversaries! Congratulations!
They say that even the best of them have a nightmare once in a while. I don't mean a horse they
ride at night, I mean a bad dream. Funny thing is most people dream they're falling or someone is
chasing them but mine was worse ... I dreamed about the Sales Department. Seemed like I must have
been in London because it was foggy. Guess I didn't know where I wanted to go so I called a cab. It
quite a while for it to get there but if I'd known who was going to be driving, I would have
expected it to be late. Yes, it was Pat at the wheel. She had on one of those cute hats that cag
drivers wear. I told her to take me to a hotel so she took me to STRITE'S SUPER SALOON. There was
Doris behind the desk acting like she knew what was doing. She gave me a room and called a bell boy
to carry my bagsand who should come out but Bud Davis. Naturally, I was surprised but that was
nothing compared to the shock I got when we walked over to the switchboard and there was Phylis. The
Bell Boy said to hold my nose in the air and act like I was really (wmebody and the society reporter
on the "London Hourly" would surely give me honorable mention. I looked at the reporter
and it was Katy. Up in the balcony there was a sign "This way to have your babies tended,
Expert Care by Bill Armstrong". About now I was fairly bewildered so I sent the boy up with my
and I went into the bar for a drink. Mind you, I hadn't been drinking but I swear I saw Ann
behind the bar mixing drinks and Dorothy was on the stage, dancing and Kelly was singing. He was
wearing a bow tie and singing "To Each Hls Own". I left the bar and passed the head
Dietitian and her assistant's office. There sat Irene and Catherine working on some menus. The next
door I passed had a sign over it which read, "Hints to Newlyweds". Elsie was at the desk
and who should be consulting her but Barb. There was a beautiful library so I went in to get a book
of Plato, and there was Miss Lundahl. She was the Librarían. I left ther and looked to see
where the noise was coming from. Over in the corner Elaine and Laura were giving a lecture on
"How to Share An Apartment House and Be Happy". By this time I was pretty confused. I was
just ready to go up to my room and I turned to look at the desk. Jean and Heather were standing
there registering. I went up to my room. This was all I could take but the end was yet to come. It
seemed like there was someone I hadn't seen. Sure enough, I met Jackie and Don walking down the
hall. I stopped and talked to them and they told me they were on their honeymoon. I just got to my
door and was turning the door knob when I heard a bell ringing . . . thank goodness it was the alarm
clock and I was awake.
A Note From The Editor
Fifteen year Anniversaries are, we believe, extra special occasions. However, we were unable to
obtain pictures of two celebrators, Ellsworth Lau, Camera Assembly Superintendent and Merrill
Rayment, Shipping Foreman. Here's best wishes for a Happy Anniversary, anyway. Our apologies go to
the people celebrating their Fifth Anniversary at Argus this month. Space just didn't permit
printing all their pictures so rather than showing partiality to a few, we'll hold them all until
next month. We're sure they understand our space limitations and hope they will accept our sincere
Topics In Optics
Norma is spending a two weeks vavatlon with her folks in New York. Lucky girl! Wish we were f rom
Brooklyn. Now that Phyllis has such nice fishing equipment, maybe we'll have fish instead of
stories. Thanks, George. The Christmas party at Wilma Wahl's for the Inspection girls was a big
success even though Dorow wasn't there to chaperone. We did miss you, Dick. Happy New Year anyway !
We hope our next party will be at Alta's when that new house is completed. How about it, Alta?
Speaking of Christmas letters to Santa, we're going to ask him to bring Betty N. an alarm clock so
she can catch that Willow Village bus early enough ! Must be Jennie got everything she wanted for
Christmas, from the gleam in her eye ! Have you noticed the song Audrey sings all the time now? In
case you haven't, it goes like this - "Either It's Love, Or It Isn't". Betty said she
might not be in Thursday after New Years! . . . (mmmm) According to the New Year resolutions we've
heard, either the language in the Department will improve or Wilma will have a bank f uil of money !
How did you like our pin-up picture last month? We feit Dick's picture should have been on the front
page of Argus Eyes! All W.ilma wanted for Christmas was a new sweater. It must get cold out there on
We extend seasons greetings and best wishes to all those we have had the pleasure of working with
us in the past year. Everyone was busy trying to get their Xmas shopping done and preparations for a
merry time. The Department party was held at Lakeiand Inn and a big time was had by those who
attended. Gifts were exchanged. We understand that during the holidays many big parties were held by
people in our Department. They all sounded like fun was had by all. We welcome Evelyn Burd who works
a few hours with us everyday. Also, Willard Martin is a welcome newcomer. We are sorry to hear
Helen's son is ill in the hospital. Hope he will soon be well and out again. We also have heard that
Cecille's son, who is in the Service in the Philippines, is ill. Cheer up Cecille. We are sure he
will be better soon. Here's hoping Ben Martin is successful in his home town, Peoria, Illinois. We
sure hate to see him go. Everyone seemed to have a good time at the children's Christmcts party,
last Saturday, put on by the Argus Recreation Club. Doris wanted Santa to bring her some snow for a
white Xmas ! Now we wish she'd teil him that Christmas is over!
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Basketball Team Wins First Game
The Argus entry in the Industrial League served notice to the other teams that it will be a
strong contender for the title. In their opening game, the Argus five smothered a game but
under-manned Kroger quintet by a convincing score of 47-18. The Kroger contest is hardly a true
test, but the brand of ball played by the Argus team indicates it has the makings of a very strong
entry. At this early date, the players seem far advanced with their ball handling, shooting, and
general play. In their pre-season practice games the team's scoring was evenly divided, anri this
same characteristic was evident
in their opening league tussle. Future opponents are going to find it difficult to set up an
adequate defense to stop the well-balanced five. This year's quintet seems to be the strongest to
represent Argus in the past few years. The Argus Recreation Club has outfitted the team with new
uniforms, and as a result, the team is the classiest looking outfit in the league. Manager Torn Neff
has a roster consisting of Elmer Gus Crist, Sam Neustadt. Paul Dianetti. Jim Devlin, Red Weid. Bud
Roberts, Wojie Wojciehowski, Harry Bates, Vic Tasker and Don Crump. The competition has been so keen
this year that only a few of the starting ssignments are sewed up. The ambitious play of the
reserves is increasing the efficiency of the starting group. This should tend to make the team
stronger, and it is hoped that our team will cop the title that has eluded Argus for too many
Notes From The Pencil Pushers
Out East Ann Arbor way, Smitty is slowly being surrounded by former Rochesterites who are buying
houses there. Flash .... John Barnes has finally found a house which he moved into just before
Christmas. Dick Foster, John Barnes. Ed Palmer, Don Feder, Joe Dianetti and Bob Beach spent the
holidays in Rochester. Little Jan has been remodeling the Van den Broek home with the carpenter
tools that Santa gave him. Pat Bartell got a pair of skiis for Christmas. (Perhaps "The legs
that launched a thousand draw-tubes" might get broken!) Ginnv Winans is moving into her
new home in the near future. Now we know why Vern Nelson has all the pretty visitors . . . It's
that big box of chocolates that he has - or had! The boys found out about it, and helped him finish
them up. The steam engine that Cliff Coniway gave his son Richard, has caused quite a commotion in
the neighborhood. The neighbors are afraid that he'll blow up the place with it. Flash . . .
Searching parties are vainly looking for traces of Santa Claus, who was last seen heading for Hobe
French's house, in the wilds of Brighton. Bill Patton had some of the fellows over to his house for
a Christmas party. A swell time was had by all!
Welcome Home, Veterans!
That "super weight-lifter" P. McCoy as again hit the sport sheet. He lifted 12 pounds -
a red head, Paul? Vic (Van Johnson) Lasker, the star asketball player (woops), is holding or a
better offer ... He has received wo already. One from the Girl Scouts nd one from the Y.M.C.A. ...
(Oh! You man you!) The boxing teams also had their workut Monday night before Christmas. t was held
at Roy Hoyer's "hall". Sugar-Blues Bentz, the only man in history who can blow a trumpet,
whisle at a girl and brush his teeth at the ame time. Bill Gillespie has been brushing up on the 100
yard dash. His starting point s Wayne. Leo Wiederhoft bowled his average ast Friday night, now he
o the rest of the team ! J. Swaney had his workout at the hospital a few weeks back. He has
entered the 'Tacing'1 team. Congratulaions, Jim! Bob (The Whip) McFarland enjoys early morning hikes
on Jackson Avenue. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of a battery, please get in touch with Potrillo!
We hear Kay M. enjoyed her plane trip home over Christmas, especictlly crossing Lake Michigan. Rough
riding, we'd say, but she still maintains "It's the best way to travel". Marshall not only
sold Christmas trees, but did a good job of trimming them, too. Artistic boy! Whitmore received a
nice rattle for Christmas. He makes enough noise as is is, so we're really in for it now! By the
time everyone reads this, Spitz (Bad Boy) has broken all his New Year resolutions, he did it and he
says he' glad! So long, best of luck in 1947 everyone
Mixed Doubles Have Bowling Party
The Argus Mixed Doubles bowling party was held at the Twentieth Century Bowling Alleys, January
Sth. The following won prizes. Total Pins Prizes L. Snearly & J. Kenne 1149 $16.00 Mr. &
Mrs. L. Bement 1106 12.00 M Briggs & Tom Nerf 1093 10.00 S. Gala & R. Hiscock 1059 8.00 G.
& B. Peterson 1053 6.00 Della & Les Schwanbeck 1052 6.00 Ruth & M. Howe 1049 6.00 Mr.
& Mrs. G. Hilge 1043 6.00 Mr. & Mrs. H. Krasney 1036 6.00 A. Fox & N. Egeler 1035 6.00
BOOBY PRIZES Verald & Curt Adams 1034 $ .80 Muriel & Jack Raaf 1034 .80
Weather You No It Or Not
Due to the very cold weather, Robera Jones was very pleased when she eceived one of her Christmas
presents arly. Unfortunately, she doesn't know whom to thank for her very practical gift, 'cause it
was sent through the mail. 'f you ask Roberta, maybe she'll teil you what it is.
Smudges From The Paint Shop
Christmas is over but memory lingers on. Meaning of course, the Xmas mrty. The night was cold and
rainy, jut when we arrived at Kaufmans at Whitmore Lake, they had thrown plenty of logs on the fire
and had lots of steaks, chicken and ham all ready for us. The place just rang with the Xmas spirit
as we ate, drank and exchanged gifts. Everyone received a lovely gift as we had exchanged names. We
presented Sy with a nice jacket which he liked very much and Rube was extremely pleased with his
Shaeffer pen and pencil set. Some of us motored over to Anchor Inn after dinner and finished the
evening in regular Paint Shop style. Leona Baltezor left for Tennessee on Friday before Christmas to
spend the holidays with her folks. The Paint Shop is wondering how Rube got that lovely black eye.
But Rube can't Jremember (?) and we haven't been able to find out. Then to top it all off George
comes in after Christmas and he has a black eye too, plus a few scratches . . . Hope it isn't
catching Just can't find out where they got them.
Our Christmas party turned out to ae a great success. The Optical AssemDly resembled the
"Wild & Wooly West" ind presented Eddie Girvan with a horse just about his size (five
f eet high). Of course, it wasn't a real one only a power saw covered with burlap. But very
convincing. The gang gave Red a Time-A-Lite, or in other words, a timer for enlarging pictures. All
the while Red thought he was getting an alarm clock so he could make it here at eight sharp every
morning. We really had him worried! Schwaben Inn did a good job of entertaining Argusites before
Christmas. The hospitality excelled that of the South and everyone left there in high
We wish to thank Argus lor the sweli turkeys. They were super ! It was nice to have our two sick
members back for our Christmas party, namely Alice Weir and Virginia Busch. Hope it won't be too
long girls before you are back permanently. The Optical Gang want to thank Eddie and Red for the
very nice pencils they gave us for Christmas. We liked that personal touch they added. (And of
course we mean having our ñames engraved on the pencils.) Now Mary R. won't have to eat with
her fingers any more. Santa left her that long awaited silverware. Cologne ran freely in Optical one
morning . . . What was the name of it Janet ? We all agree Girvan has the best taste for Undies. On
him they look
gOOd! Ma Green was happy to be remembered by her friends who had left Argus. Among them were
Isablle Watson, Beverly Harpster, Norma Robinson and Stew McLean. Then we have our little gal from
Iron Mountain who has been such a good girl all year that Santa let her fly home for Christmas. Yes,
both Alyce and her sister Catherine flew North and we do mean North, with all the snow and ice that
goes with it. They had a wonderful time, of course. We hear that it was quite windy over Lake
Michigan that day and several on the plane almost lost their wind too!
Our famous red head was doing quite a bit of running around trying to find a washing machine to
make it easier for her hubby to do the washing. At least she's sympathetic! How about it Koebnick?
Wonder what the patch on Red's neck is for? Betcha someone bit him .... with forty-five girls in one
room, it's hard to pin it on just one. Mae Wright's smile is brighter these days. The reason, of
course, is the pretty new diamond on her third finger, right hand. Even the Pólice aren't
free from gf$ cidents. Knowing how to drive and all the laws doesn't mean a thing, does it Betty?
Sorry Bob was hurt, and yet we're happy it wasn't too rough ! Hurry back, Bertha Jedele. we miss
"operation - Cheboygan!"
And One To Grow On