"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who
fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great
task remaining before us - that from these honored dead wè take increased devotion to that
cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these
dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God# shall have a new birth of freedom -
and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the
Argus Eyes is published for the employee of Argus Infcorporated and their families. It is
intended to be a means of friendly communication between them, and to provide a reliable source of
information concerning the company's business. Beverly Bullis of the Personnei department makes sure
that news is gathered and that pictures are obtained and arranged in readable iashion for
publication about the lOth of each month. Sam Schneider and Gerry Davenport will furnish the
pictures, unless they are to be made with a pen or pencil, in which case Marie Barbier and Ed Palmer
are called upon. Charles A. Barker, "Jimmy" to all, will be Art Director and Art
Consultant. The profile will be done by Harry Rookes.
Your committee has been working all this time doing things that seem small and unimportant but it
is the little things that really count. In the past two months we have had a couple of rather close
calis by employees who have had loose clothing caught in moving machinery. These employees have
learned a lesson by personal experience and it is up to the rest of you to profit by it too. No
doubt you have all seen safety posters illustrating the very same situation, but I doubt if many of
you ever give it serious thought. That is true of all safety posters. Even though they seem
humorous, they all have a serious thought behind them. They convey the idea or situations which are
for you to observe and consider for your safety. Nothing serious happened in these two cases;
however, only a few more seconds would have made both of them into serious accidents. So let us all
be careful of what we do and how we do it. If any of you see any unsafe practices being carried on
by your fellow employees, caution the employee. If he persists, report it to your foreman, or a
member of the Safety Committee. Lets be safe in '48.
This is a pretty cold place these days but we will try to thaw out long enough to let you know
that being chilly does not stop inspection from rolling along. Lloyd would like, more than anything
else, a nice home in Ann Arbor as he drives from Wayne every day. Bill is more fortúnate as
he hails from Pittsfield Village along with several other Argusites. The speakers table, which
includes Laura. Olive, Jerry. Bernice, Mary Beth, Alice. Art, Bessie, and Charlie, is keeping very
busy these days and just don't ever do a thing - much - . Cecille and Mary Jane are taking sewing
lessons. Any dressmaking you would like to have done just let them know. Ask Mei how he likes flying
to work. Wilbur is all excited about his plans for spring, you know what kind - Ed is the silent
partner but probably thinks a lot. Elmer Milbrandt is one of the newer folks and thinks Argus is a
place. Becky is simply too cold to talk, ;here's one consolation Becky, it can't last forever.
Harriett flits from first floor to third, we never know just where she will be. Del is one of those
real nice boys you just caan't help but ike - and1 we all do. Lucille and Marguerite work along
constantly with a recipe thrown in now and then. Helen and Irene are new to this department but not
to Argus as they were transferred from fourth floor. Tom wishes sometimes that he were two people,
as he has quite a time covering so much territory in so little time. There's Bob in the back row,
one would never know he was here if he didn't walk up to the crib now and then. Betty can stay right
at home for her entertainment as they have a new televisión set. Cathy seems unusually happy.
I wonder if it could be a new boy friend. Olive had a birthday the 23rd which was cause for
celebration. Leola and Amanda, Aggie, Laura and Nina spent the evening at Katherine's with
everything from chicken dinner in a box to a birthday cake with her name on it. Last but not least
is the tooi crib. Red has been very busy with inventory and has hardly had time to spend his weekly
allowance. Ted has been married a few months now so he just phones his wife every other hour. Archie
is the busy man with his duties as Cub Scout leader in Ypsilanti. Harold is our talented boy. He not
only sketched the covers for Argus Eyes, but he also makes hammered lamps, however it was a
different sort of lamp he gave a friend New Years Eve. Leola, Katherine and Olive went to Detroit
shopping and had lots of fun, but decided next time they would take a leash, as one of them got
Profit Sharing Notes
The number of employees enrolled in the Profit Sharing Fund is 372, 58 having been added August
1, 1947. At a meeting of the Management Committee held in November, 1947, a number of questions of
interest to members were asked and discussed. Of these the first was: Why is there a three year
waiting period required for eligibility? Ans. It was explained by the chairman that the reason for
this requirement was and is that we must be sure that new employees have defmitely decided that our
company is the one they intend to make their company and is the place they intend to work for some
time. The second was: Is the Managing Committee advised on the matter of investments before
investments are made by the trustee? Ans. The portion of the Fund contributed by employees, and
interest actually earned on same is always kept invested in United States Government Bonds, or other
securities guaranteed by the United States Government. The portion of the Fund contributed by the
company is invested by the Trustee, who consults with the Managing Committee. The third question
was: Why can't a general loan fund for houses, real estáte, etc. be created under the Profit
Sharing Plan? Ans. It is not desirable to créate a loan fund because: 1. The risk involved in
determining whether a loan should be made to an individual or not would créate considerable
embarrassment to both the individual and the Managing Committee and possibilities of discrimination
could be raised. 2. The cost of operation in connection with a loan fund would be too great. This
would involve the necessary personnel and book work in connection with the checking of loans, the
checking of titles and the approval of the loan by the committee. 3. Delays in the granting of loans
by a committee of the Fund would be much greater and much longer than if the individual obtained his
funds from banks. 4. Since most of the loans would be on real estáte, such type of loans at
today's market would be considered unwise. 5. Rate of interest necessary to cover cost would be
higher than bank otherwise it would not be fair to rest of members who naturally want the highest
safe interest rate on their money.
Argus Responds To Friendship Food Caravan
Income Tax Reports
Mr. Kenneth Leighton is here at Argus to help us with income tax returns. A check has been made
in your department oí all who wish help. Any who may have been missed, get in contact with
the Personnel Department. Arrangements have been made with your department head for the time
necess'ary to prepare returns. In order to accommodate everyone, a schedule has been made to meet
Mr. Leighton and time assigned by departments. However, it is not always possible to meet these
schedules exactly, due to reasons such as absences and pressure oí work, and it is necessary
to make substitutions. Therefore, to all who will be consulting Mr. Leighton, this is important:
Please bring with you each day: 1. Your W-2 íorm (company statement of 1947 earnings and
withholding) 2. List oí outside income other than wages, if any. 3. List oí allowable
income tax deductions. This includes taxes (real estáte, sales, auto license, gas tax),
contributions (church and organized charities), medical and dental expenses (ií over 5%
oí gross income). This service is a courtesy of the company to us, and is furnished free of
Wanted to trade- 1 1935 Ford Deluxe in fair(?) condition for a good dog sled team, with or
without sled. It's a beautiful day here in Cheboygan (so says the Chamber of Commerce) only three
below, so draw up a chair by our coal stove and we'll continue with our saga of the Northwoods. Our
inspector, Don Gauthier, has been going around with that look in his eyes these days and rumors have
it that about springtime he is to set out to prove that two can live as cheap as one. Kenny moved
into his new home over the holidays, and so far we haven't heard of any music coming out of the
faucets or water out of the radio, so apparently he is all set. As for our weaker sex (they'll
dispute that) Marie managed to get up home over the holidays and had a swell time, doing nothing but
eating and sleeping. Maybe we shouldn't have mentioned eating, because Helen Baier has a very strict
diet which she adheres to very faithfully, except for those few days when she Iets herself go on a
spree of chocolate cake or candy. Eva is concentrating on bowling these days and in one of the
Cheboygan leagues she carnes a nice average of 156 - not bad, eh girls? Tony has his fish shanty out
on Duncan Bay but to date hasn't had much luck. Your reporter could teil you about the big one that
he missed with a spear, but why go into that. Our commuters have been doing pretty well in getting
to work on time, namely Bud Berden and his father Earl who live out in the country, also Ray
Hánsen who drives in every day from Topinabee. Now that the hunting season is over (or is
it?) George Hansen will be getting in a little ice fishing to try out his home made decoys and hand
turnee spears. He guarantees his decoys to catch fish - or else. In fact he claims they are so real
that if he doesn't watch them closely they will go after the perch and pike. Frank Stempky keeps
himself busy in the off hours by helping his father
haul the mail and parcel post to and from the depot. We can't seem to get much dope on Fred Bur's
activities outside of the plant, but he's a handy guy to have around here about six thirty in the
morning to get the fires going in order to have the plant nice and warm by 8 o'clock. Our boss Gerry
can well understand the meaning of "sick as a dog" these days because his prize Schnauser
has been down in the dumps with distemper, but we hope by this writing he will be as perky and
lively as ever. Until next month, and with oceans of snow, this is your northwoods correspondent
saying - so long. Please address inquines co Igloo No. 474 - Cheboygan.
Christmas has come and gone, and with the New Year in progress everyone is wishing for success
and happiness in this year 1948. Sorry to hear that Peggy Girvan feil while skating and broke her
arm. We hope she is getting along nicely, and will be able to use her arm again soon. We would Hke
to welcome Jerry McDonald to Optical. Hope you'll like it here Jerry. Virginia S. spent a few days
in Pittsburgh, the dusty city. She visited with her husband's folks and had a grand time. Lucky Gal.
A note from Jackson contained a "helio" to everyone - signed Alyce. Drop in and see us
Alyce. Barb S. will be busy these next few months making plans for her wedding on March 12. Good
luck Barb. Not too much news on New Years Eve parties, guess most of the gals stayed at home. Betty
H. did say she attended a swanky affair, and stayed out until the wee hours tho. Better watch that
beauty sleep kiddo. Esther has been transfered from Optical, but hasn't strayed so far that she
can't come back for a visit. The same goes for Alice London. who is now working in the Paint
Around The In-process Room
Bob Kosal. expediter, has left Argus. We are going to miss him, but believe that Bill Hartwig
will keep up his good work. Dennis O'Hare was feeling pretty blue for a few days, but has perked up
considerably. We are glad your wife's operation was so successful and also that you are able to
enjoy her good cooking again. Gordon Bunn is the new fellow trailing Fred Pearsall these days. Seems
Fred is trying to acquaint him with parts, part numbers, routing sheets, stock status, etc. Gordon
hails from South Lyon. We hope you will like it here at Argus, Gordon. Harry DeBruyne has just about
recovered from New Years Eve. We are sorry about your nice car and also those nasty scratches you
received. Shirley Miller is still telling us about the Rose Bowl game and her trip to California
over the holidays.
Helen Fraser Weds
Likeable, popular manager of the Accounts Payable department where he presides over- and is aided
and abetted by- several attractive and whistlearovoking secretaries, stenographers, etc. Was born in
Chicago in 1912 and is open to any interesting and intriguing suggestions for celebrating the event
this January 30. Was sales engineer at the Dole Refrigerator Company at Chicago (bef ore his
appearance at Argus in 1941) and was one of the few employees of the company who could successfully
explain the disappearance of the little light inside iceboxes when the door closed. May be seen any
morning in front of his house on 220 Third street trying to re-park his car af ter unsuccessfully
trying to find a vacant parking place a little nearer the factory. Is quite keen about fishing and
hunting and disappears annually northward with fairly successful results. Likes to travel and has
been in every state in the Union except Maine and recalls his first trip to Florida when eight years
old which took three weeks. Is kept fairly busy at home repairing sleds, skates, doll houses etc.
resulting f rom the wear and tear brought about naturally and instinctively by two boys and two
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. Wl
Mr. And Mrs. Harry Bates
At a ceremony períormed in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Dexter, on January 3, Miss
Dorothy Gainsley became the bride of Harry Bates. B Following a honeymoon in New Orleans, Dorothy
and Harry are now at home in their apartment at 7871 Ann Arbor St., Dexter.
Mr. And Mrs. Louis Farrell
The íormer Mary H. Howard and Louis A. Farrell, both of Dexter. were married November 15,
in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church." Since their return from a wedding trip to Mount St.
Joseph, Ohio, and Northern Michigan, the newlyweds have made their home in Dexter.
In case you're wondering, the new memb3r in Payroll is Mildred Young. She is the wife of a
student in our fair city but she can teil you about South África if you would be interested.
Mildred spent about 19 years in that country, in fact she just came to this country a few years ago.
The face that will be missing from now on is Janet Johnson. Janet was given a grand send-off by the
Payroll gang and was pressnted with a lovely tablecloth with matching napkins. We hated to see her
leave, but she has accepted a position at Sentinel Aircraft, Inc. and has already assumed her duties
there. Lots of luck Janet.
Now that Christmas is over and we all are back to work, We look back and wonder which of us was
the biggest jerk. We would wander around the stores from morning till night, Trying to find a gift
that would be just right. Now we are saying next year we are not going thru all this bother, And low
and behold, we add to our lists someone else's father. Now next year when you make out your list
Don't forget the true meaning of all this: Be thankful for your blessings and try to bring others
bliss. Frank Heger is a new member in our department and there hasn't been a dull moment since he
arrived. Hcmk Christopherson is now seen driving a new "Fleetline" - hot stuff, Hank. We
understand Elsie Ostrander has a new grandchild. Congratulations, Grandma. We all are in a dither
wondering who is going upstairs. We have gotten to be such a happy family that none of us like to be
parted. That's what come when working at Argus.
From Turkey, To Fish, To?
The old saying we heard so many times after Christmas about eating so much turkey that it stuck
out of one's ears has now changed to fish Yes, some of the boys in department 43 are practically
swimming to work. Torn Westfall. Steve Jardno, lim Danby. Al Kesler, and Lee Skinner are going to
great lengths, and I do mean lengths, on the sizes of the fish they caught. It won't be long before
the smallest perch will be at least 59" long ,the smallest bluegill 40", and the smallest
pike - wel-1-1, brother you'll need a truck to bring it home. Lee seems to have all the boys agape
on his latest catch. Some weeks or months ago, Lee had the urge to go fishing, but he had loaned out
his tackle - what to do???? Idea!!! He took down the wife's clothes line, tied on a small ships
anchor, stole a ham out of the ice box for bait, and went down to the lake. After getting a hole
through the ice Lee dropped his lure, which was tied to a railroad tie so it would span the hole.
While waiting Lee got the chills and on looking around found himself standing in a foot or two of
water. Upon investigating Lee found he had such a big pike on his line that it was pulling the ice
covering the lake under water. Well folks, that fish could never be landed so - Lee just stalked him
out on the spot. Now you wonder how Lee gets his fish steaks - its no problem at all. Ht puts on a
diving suit once a .veek and goes down to hack off anPther pike steak. According to Lee, the tail
has hardly been dented and it is always-fresh. - For proof of this fable Lee brings in a fish
sandwich every Friday for lunch and boasts, "well fellers, here it is." (We only hope his
wife does not run out of canned fish.) A new face has been added to our Department, Leslie Church.
Welcome Les. we hope you will like it here.
Dere Patrons of Thee "Argus Eyes": Seein as how eye haven't much two dew, eye taught
that maybee u mite bee intressdid inn what's goin' on inn yore shipping department. This hear room
is where thee "elite meet" 'n acktually all work hard, thoh everi oncet inn awhile wee dew
stop two fine out about thee gang hear. Take Gerry Meddaugh - since know alarm kloek kan drag her
out of bed in the mourning, we have turned too a knew methud. Slim's first duti of thee momin' is to
punch in, tear up the stairs and kall Gerri. Then there's Steffie, (Burns, that iss) our faithful 6
term gurl, who never ceases to chatter about Jimmy who always pies hur up at five p.m. Cal Foster
(the most consheenshush of our lot) gave her a dawg with a hint that they should raise a familli.
Eager Beaver ! Now to something that makes sense - We wish to welcome Barbara Cook who is occupying
the desk that Sonny White left. We're gonna miss Sonny and her ' fabulous" stories. Time
Marches On - and so do the cameras as the boys in back send them out, thanks to the efforts of
Shrimp and Herb. According to Fish, no news is good news, but we're still hoping for something big.
Harold's looking for a pooch to pull his dog-sled in the morning, whereby Ed is looking for more
riders to help him on the straight and narrow on his way into A2. . . . Any suggestions? More
troubles, with Rolly looking for someone to help move a sandpile and a hill in front of his house
and Al figuring more ways to cut down his income tax. Dave's blocking every night, trying to finish
his house. -Van is-so busy filtering through the day that he doesn't have a chanace to sign his
name. Everybody has their troubles, but have you heard the story where Art killed two steers with
one shot? (A bullet, that is!) We haven't heard the details, ourselves.
Looking down the "Old Wishinf, Well," we heard the following peopl wish : Bill- that he
could sell his car. Nancy - that the steno rolls woulc come out a little more clearly. Dick - would
like more movies during the week. Janet- that she had a little gray home in the west. Del - just
wants a little gray home Irene - that she could go visiting South America for a one years rest. Walt
- for a new Buick and to hit the road for dear old "Argus." Lee - that she had an
automatic typewriter. Elaine - wants a maid to answer the telephone calis inquiring about
apartments, when she is taking her weekly bath. Herb - that he had his house settlec and paid for.
Dorothy M. - that she had a new file Miss Lundahl - for peace on earth Agnes - wants an ideal
apartmrnt with a private bath. Jean- that she could take that trip to Arizona. Dorothy B. - her
wishes have all come true now that she and Harry are happily married. lackie P. - that summer would
coine around soon, so that she can brighten up her desk with flowers from her garden. Caroline -
also has her wish, as she will soon be Oklahoma bound. Judy - that the blessed event would be twins.
Kelly - that he could have just one day without a telephone cali. Marcie - wouldn't make a wish, but
we know what it would be. Elizabeth - wished for a toboggan before the snow melts this year. Bob -
thinks it best not to wish for anything this year. Margaret & Bonnie - that people would please
straighten their files out when they finish pawing through them. lackie N. - wished that the
Salesmen would be a little more considérate when requesting reports for her to do. When
passing through the Sales Department you may notice some new faces. They are : Mary Bandrofchak. who
is from Ann Arbor, Pat Schommer, who hails from St. Paul, Minnesota ad Vaunnie Matson. who is from
Kansas City, Missouri. We hope your stay will be a long and pleasant one. Also we seem to be missing
a féw, they are : Ann, Lois, Jeanne, Caroline and Judy. To them, we wish the best of luck in
their new ventures.
This is our 3-in-l column, in other words, news of the personalities in Department 65 of the
past, present, and future. Bev says that everyone is so enthusiastic about writing news for the
Argus Eyes that she can't squeeze all the news in the paper. The Thursday bef ore Christmas, we
decked out in our new look to go to a party. We ate yummy steaks at the "House of Good
Foods" - then traveled to Fran Watterworth's home to spend the evening in a jolly manner. We
exchanged presents - how pleased we all were. January was a month of great activity. After Christmas
we thought that our bargain counter would have the customary holiday lull. However, the employees
found the Minneapolis products extremely pleasing to the eye and easy on the paycheck, so they
continued to flow into Mrs. Radford's office. Barb has been kept busy answering telephone calis -
"How about Mammy, Barb," or "Golly, you've only played l'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf
Clover üve times today; play it again, please!" Two of the gals, Vi and Bev, have
birthdays in February. Both say they're going to be 21. What again! Anyway, the rest of us, Mr.
Reid, Roy, and Betty, are anxiously awaiting the "goodies" that these parties will bring
on February llth and the 19th respectively. And say - have you night people taken a look into the
First Aid recently? The medies have a new colleague, Charles Kramer. He is replacing Bill Newlander.
Bill did a grand job; we're sorry to lose him, but sure that Chuck and Bob Evans will keep the night
King basketball has made his way to the front as we go to press, andb Argus basketball team is
right in JLthick of the struggle for the Industrial League Crown. To date they have won 2 and lost
1, dropping their first game to Chelsea by a 36 to 24 count, then bouncing back to beat University
of Michigan Hospital 36 to 22 and East Quad 34 to 24. The team is slow in reaching top form, but is
expected to reach its peak by the time they meet King Seeley, who is currently leading the league
with Argus second. King Seeley will be favored but when these two teams meet anything can happen and
usually does. Coach Torn Neff is hampered this year by the lack of height, but this is offset
somewhat by the play of three veterans, Sam Neusíadt. Gus Christ and Jim Devlin. With this to
start from, a very formidable combination is in the making - with Elmer Pfister and Jim Streiter at
forward, Neustadt at center, and Christ and Devlin at guard. The small but fast replacements are:
Glen Merryfield, Don Crump, Cliff Swanson, Art Sel ent, George Bock, and Bob Yakley. Let's go out
and watch the boys perform and give them a hand. We'll see you at the Argus-King Seeley game.
The Graphite Boys
Some of the boys in the Drafting and Designing Department had a farewell dinner last month for
Ernie Olsen who left to take a position in California. Best of luck to y_ou Ernie and also to
Charlie Mahler who is leaving on January 31. We wish to welcome to our department Charles Tuthill.
We hope that Beverley Knight, wb C has been ill for over a month, will b% back with us soon. We are
glad to have Cliff Coniway back after being ill with the mumps. Now that Rodney Mast has eyeglasses,
he can see what he's drawing. Touche ! We hope that Howard Kern is recovering from his injuries,
received when his car turned over in Indiana.
Grinders And Shiners
Paul McCoy is really sold on the aonus system. He says he can eat three meáis a day now.
(Confidentially, he needs them too). Al Koernke has a 1939 Plymouth for sale - and he's not the
least bit worried about the excess profit tax. Julius Pepper seemed quite excited :he other day when
he handed in his minutes per hour. His usual calm comjosure relaxed, and so help me, he smiled. Jim
Swaney is sporting a new hair do, looks rather becoming, it is an angle part on a bias. Bob Whitmore
has a new hobby, arming for Hutzel - personally we think it's to reduce the second front. Favorite
song hits of Department 28 Ted Tirb- ' Have I Come Too Early or Too Late?" George Snyder -
"Baby Boogie" Conrad Ganzhorn - "My Cabin of }reams" Fred Bentz - "The
Whiffenpoof Song" Karl Kaschner - "Ack Du Lieber Augustine" Earnie B. - "Pass
that Peace Pipe" Lauren Lutz - "Fat Man's Polka" Elmer P. - "How Soon"
Harry Link - "Home Is Where the Heart Is" Harold - "Made for Each Other" Eddie
Dow - 'Til Dance at Your Wedding" Spitz- "Snatch It and Grab It" Bill Gillespie -
'Feuding and Fightng" Harry Crist - "The Best Things in Áíc are Free"
John B.- "So Far"