Soft and pure feil the snow, Pure, soft the new lomb loy. February in the field, Sun's heat f ar
away, Wave's cry sad and strange, Lamb's cry weak and wild, No buds in the bleak thorn hedge. Spring
is but a tiny child.
Argus Eyes is published for th employees; of Argus Incorpórate and their families. It is
intended to be a means o friendly communication between them, and to provide a reliable source of
information concerning the company's business. Beverly Bullis of the Personnel department makes sure
that news is gathered and that pictures are obtained and arranged in readable fashion 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. The beautiful photograph on our cover this
month was taken by Don Schwemmin, 16 year oíd son of Florence Schwemmin. It was awarded the
combined Class D Picture-of-the-Week prize by the Detroit Free Press last summer.
Appeal For Blood Donors
The American Red Cross is sponsor ing a blood donor drive. Their goal i to build up a large
enough blood bank during the next five years so that any one in the United States may receiv free
blood and blood derivatives when ever necessity demands. This should be of value to all of us. We
never know when we, or someone in our family, may have to ask for this life saving service The Blood
Donor Unit will spenc three days in Ann Arbor for the benefit of those people who wish to
dónate One day will be devoted to the townspeople, one day to the students and the third day
wil} be open to industrial groups. They have asked for twenty-five volunteers from Argus,
Incorporated The day is Thursday, April 22, 1948. We have been asked to have our people come between
5 :30 and 6 :30 p.m. to the Armory on E. Ann St. You will find schedules in the First Aid
Departments of Plant I and II where you may sign your" name, address and telephone number.
Below is some general information that should answer any questions you might have regarding this
program. However, if you have others, feel free to come into the First Aid rooms and we will be
happy to help you.
SELECTION OF DONORS Age : Only persons between 18 and 50 are acceptable as first-time donors; age
limit 60 if donor has been accepted before. Minors: A minor between 18 and 21 is acceptable only
with written consent of a parent or legal guardián. Race : No discrimination is made because
of race. Weight : Person must weigh at least 115 pounds. Health : Only well persons are acceptable
as donors. Blood Pressure : Only persons who have systolic blood pressure within range of 100 to 200
mm. of rnercury are accepted. No person with an acute illness or history of recent illness or
operation is acceptable.
Women who are pregnant or who have babies under nine months of age cannot be accepted as donors.
No person in whose home there has been a case of jaundice within the past 6 months will be accepted
as a donor. No person will be accepted as a donor who gives history of ever having had malaria,
diabetes, Hodgkins disease, pulmonary tuberculosis, undulent fever or epilepsy. Persons who have
allergies of one kind or another are acceptable as donors provided they are free from symptoms and
are otherwise in good health. Nourishment Before Donating Blood : Persons are not acceptable as
donors who have eaten any fats, such as butter, cream, eggs, fat meats and soups, within four hours
of the time of their donation. Work : Unless a person engaged in a hazardous occupation can arrange
to remain away from work for three hours after his donation, he should not be registered as a donor.
Time Required : Allow about 45 minutes
of one day once a year to give, so someone may live. FREE BLOOD PLASMA is made possible to all
hospitals and practicing physicians in the State of Michigan by the individual donors through the
Michigan State Department of Health and the American Red Cross. PLASMA is the fluid part of the
blood used particularly in treatment of burns, accidents, severe hemorrhage, after prolonged
operations, in the treatment of shock following prolonged or difficult childbirth and in many other
ways. THE DERIVATIVES secured from plasma and the red cells are of benefit both in preventing and
treating disease. Immune serum globulin for modification and prevention of measles has already given
invaluable service to humanity. PLASMA can be kept as long as 5 years. WHOLE BLOOD can be kept only
21 days. YOUR PINT OF BLOOD is needed in this program.
Group Insurance During Lay-off
There have been many questions concerning group insurance during lay off. The general policy is
that an employee must be at work and on the payroll when an illness or necessity for surgery occurs,
and the insurance policy of that employee who is not at work is cancelled. However, it has been
decided that in the case of lay off for lack of work, the insurance of employees laid off for lack
of work will be carried in its entirety for 31 days following the lay off - that means life
insurance, sick and accident )enefits, surgical and hospital insurance, and dependent benefits. The
full cost of this coverage during he extensión of 31 days will be carried )y the company and,
at no time will be harged back to the employee. At the end of the 31 days the policies will be
cancelled, but at the time the mployee is re-called to work, his policy will be immediately
re-instated with no waiting period.
Argus Recreation Club Notes
For a number of years the Argus Recreation Club has sent flowers to club members in case of
illness. The officers and representatives of the club have esablished the following polic}'. Flowers
will be sent to club memer who is absent one week or more ue to personal illness. Flowers will be
sent in case of eath as follows: If single employee - to his or her ather or mother. If married
employee (man) - to his wife, mother, father, or children. If married employee (women) - o her
husband, mother, father or lildren.
Red Cross 1948
This is a personal tribute to Argus Employees. The response to the 1948 Red Cross Drive was
unprecedented. It was marked by whole hearted unselfish giving and ran up a total of $1268. That was
our gift to the Red Cross. I wish I could express to all of you, the deep appreciation I have of the
spirit of giving and teamwork evidenced by the result of this drive. As you know, the company policy
is to match the Red Cross contributions dollar for dollar. That means that our team
"Argus" has contributed $2,536 to the American Red Cross. Quite an achievement ! ! ! -
Grace H. Radford
We appreciate very much the splendid results obtained by our able captains, who were : Wilhio
Kelly, Margaret Sindlinger, Wilma McGarry, Elsie Gillespie, James Kane, Clifford Olson, Adeline
Opheim, Walter Root, Bud Wheeler, Norm Symons, Francés Watterworth, Jim Meidrum, Ralph
Ridenour, Harry Kaufman, Gloria Bourdelais, Walter Rickhoff, Walter Weid, Robert MacDonald,
Elizabeth Wrathell, and Barbara Titus, who designed our contribution card. The drawing for
producís given in the drive was made in the Personnel Office on April 1. The following people
were drawn in the $1 thru' $4 contributions : Leota Feldhiser, Dennis O'Hare, Nina Walterhouse,
Helen Stricklen, Gloria Bourdelais, Cecille Fitzgerald, and Elizabeth Kampas. The following people
were drawn in the $5 or more contributions : William Wetzel, Joe Thompson, Joe Rapley and Harold
Cramer. The first group drew a cigarette lighter or children's garden tools and the second group a
combination fan heater, or Minea camera.
We deeply regret the death of Charles Graham. Although he was with us a short time, he made a
very real place in our hearts. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and family.
It's news dead-line again ! ! ! So, I turn myself around and fix the remaining five of this
department with an eagle eye and sternly demand that they give out. Result - five blank stares and a
strange, strange indeed, silence. However, thinking back we recall a few items uch as : the boss-man
Roy and his man Will attended a N.A.C.A. meeting in Detroit, and from all reports the re'reshments
were excellent. Madeline is cruising around in a 3rand new Buick which she says is as )ig as her
house. Have you noticed that
her nose is a little bit flat lately? It's because the new neighbors kept their blind down so
long. Kathryn, our rural resident, didn't lave too bad a time with the snow this winter but is
having trouble with the muddy roads. She can't get home - does anyone have an extra room?????
Virginia has had a terriñc time with he flu - or whatever it is, but since Spring is just
around the córner, we all hope she will be feeling much better. he extra smiles she was
displaying the ther day were because she was going to
see her brother who júst carne home from the Navy. Our quite little Mary is too quiet - no
news ! ! ! However, from the giggles that filter up from the back corner at times, me thinks it
could be the source of good copy. For instance, she and Ginny conclude from the Irish hue of their
friend across the aisle, that she celebrated St. Patrick's Day in gay fashion, and wondered if her
stomach was of the same shade. Don't buy those chances, Van Dyke has already won the radio.
If Argus, Incorporated moved to a new location, we would notify you. It is just as important for
you to notify us if you change your residence.
Stock and Receiving Departments supervisor, Plant 1. Has been with Argus over 6 years and in
charge of excess material disposal after the war. Was born in Ann Arbor on April 19, 1899, is
married and owns his own home at 2615 Valley Drive. Was formerly in charge of pasteurization and ice
cream making at Superior Dhu Varren Farms before coming to Argus. Is keen about all sporting
activities - particularly base ball and likes to skate. Can repair anything with a hammer and a
screwdriver in the vicinity of his Department and has many calis for fixing unworkble desk drawers,
typewriters, electric heaters, and is now working on an elabórate carpentry shelf in his
The Greatest Thrift Club In The World
Payroll Savings knocks the "IF" out of Thrift- Why? Because it is automatic, regular
and convenient - you can't FORGET to save under the Payroll Savings Plan because your saving is done
for you BEFORE you get your pay-it goes right into Savings Bonds AUTOMATICALLY. The United States
Treasury is currently featuring Series E Savings Bonds at $2 per week on the Payroll Savings Plan.
That's only a suggestion. If you can budget $4 per week or any other amount, it will be acceptable
to Argüs, Incorporated. The important thing is to save something every payday. At $2 per week,
you will save systematically $1040, but with interest at 2.9% corn pounded semi-annually, $347 in
pro will be added, or a total after ten years " of $1387. AN EASIER WA Y TO SAVE CANNOT BE
FOUND. All photographs which are published in Argus Eyes can be secured by the owners or subjects
after publication, by calling for them in the Personnel Office.
Spring is here, and has brought many events to the Sales Department. Esther Schaffer had a very
nice thday last week. She was presented U-h a beautiful orchid corsage by the hales, Advertising,
and Switchboard Departments. Congratulations to Irene, who has a new grandson, born on February 31.
Walt Rickhoff has hit the road for "dear old Argus" sporting a new Cadillac. Best of luck,
Walt. Now is the time to welcome Marilyn Miller, who transferred from the riveting department;
Margaret Collins, who is from Jackson; Earlyne Figg, a former employee; Dorothy Kortman, from Roger
City; and Dan Schurz, who is from Grosse He, Michigan and will go on the road as a salesman, April
1. We noticed two girls hurrying home the other night. It must have been Del and Janet with their
new cameras. We also notice Marcy and Margaret G. sporting new cameras. Jackie N. is working out in
her yard these nice spring days. She tells us she is going to have a grape arbor. Miss Lundahl is
after a weeks vacation. She spent some of her tinïB with her brother in East Lansing. We have
missed our receptionist,
Dorothy Bates. We hope she will be well soon. Barbara is quite happy these days, as she has
finished crocheting a baby sweater. . . . Hoping she won't use it too soon. Jack P. is looking for a
larger place, so his two little daughters won't have to use the gas station as their playgrounds.
The two wanderers, Evelyn and Lee just went (m another trip, this time to Grand Haven to visit Lee's
brother. Doug MacPherson really enjoys basketball games, even if he has to go by boat. Agries is in
the progress of making plans to rent a cottage in the Northern part of Michigan for her vacation. We
hear Jackie P. won't be taking any more trips to Detroit until they have a new car. Bonnie is really
busy these days planning her complete Easter outfit. We must end our column now, and we hope no one
has too bad a case of "Spring Fever".
It certainly must be wonderful to be ladies of leisure. From all reports Leona, Barbara H. and
Betty H. are sure enjoying their few weeks off. Be seein' you gals! Congratulations to Barbara Smith
and Jim Helfrich on their marriage of March 12. They honeymooned in Washington, D.C, Ted Schneider
left us recently to take another job. Good luck Ted!! Helen Snyder journeyed to Angola, Indiana to
help her daughter and sonin-law get settled down to housekeeping. Her son-in-law is going to attend
Tri-State College. Record of the month for Optical seems to be 'Til Hold You In My Heart," by
Eddy Arnold. Sorry to report that Joyce Peterson had to have a number of stitches in her hand, the
result of breaking a light bulb. The accident sure put "Red" in a spot - doing the
housekeeping. Everyday he tells us he washed clothes. In fact he washed so often that the machine
broke down. Better take it easy "Red" they're hard to get these days. We understand that
Dick Dorow is in the process of a great deal of digging at his new house. Wonder if it could be for
"GOLD"? The gals around here are planning to give Bill a ;'few lessons in spelling. It
seems he is háving lots of trouble on rejects with his spelling. Millie M's son Harold was
recently discharged from the Coast Guard after serving 18 months of service. Now you know why Millie
has been bursting with joy. Harold is now working for Atlantic and Pacific Airlines in Alexandria,
Claude Rust has joined the maintenance staff. Welcome to the department, Claude. The maintenance
gang is doing a good job at our Chelsea plant. Argus wheels should be turning in the new plant
before too many moons.
Here he is folks, ten year man at Argus, Incorporated. Just "think, it only took ten years
on April 4 to accomplish this ieat. Who is this Apollo, this Atlas, this ah, this mountain of
walking muscle, with a little shortening around the middle? Why it's none other than, excuse me
folks until I inquire at the information desk at the Personnel Office. Sorry it took so long folks,
but the information had to be dug out of the dead files. Just think, it only took ten years too, but
still . . . well, he does look a little alive, m-m-m still one hears that a mortuary can do wonders,
or is it a mortician??? ? ? Well, here it is, everybody. Introducing none other than, darn it, where
in the heek is that piece of paper. Ah ! found it, introducing, Erwin H. Braatz and don't forget
it's spelled with two a's. To all who know him it's just plain Erv. Yes sir, he's always willing to
give a helping hand to those who need it, for a consideration. Did you ask, "was he bom, or,
when was he born?" Well, he was born sometime in the past and you'll have to excuse him on the
date. You see he was born at night and they didn't have electric lights in those days, so he
couldn't see the calendar. Hé says he is only half as old as he looks but twice as old as he
feels. Where was he born? That is something he doesn't know. You see he was a bouncing baby boy and
he never did find out where he was when he quit bouncing. Has he any hobbies ? ? ? Oh yes, many of
them, a wife, two daughters and trying to make a fortune. Here is a confidential report that just
came in folks. Erve will be twentyeight years old next August, believe it or not.
Edna Arnold, who was in an accident which necessitated a leave of absence, is back with us again.
Mary Ann Phelan left Argus recently to await the arrival of a new little Phelan. We wish to welcome
Catherine Pfabe and Bill G. to our department.
Spring has made its subtle impression upon the Advertising Department. We have flung open our
windows to Ann Arbor's bright blue weather and visions of daphodils are dancing in our heads. In
Jimmy Barker's office an orderly Spring Housecleaning has taken place. In the true spirit of the
Season, the desks are now where the chairs were and the chairs are now where the dictionary wasi and
the cameras have changed corners - the whole effect is wonderful, if a little confusing. Mac McCoy
wishes to say thank you to all his kind friends for the thoughtful ':going away" wishes and
trinkets. His ship doesn't sail for a month or more now, but the Navy has already assured him of a
bon voyage. We are standing by with our champagne bottles ready to swing, and Mac murmers something
about passing a physical exam. Across the hall in the tactful and always obliging Public Relations
Headquarters, Edith Keig knows it's Spring. She is wearing Gordon Craig's fraternity pin and we are
humming an old song for her - something to the effect that the Sigma Chi's have a Sweetheart ! Also
newsworthy is the fact that Ed Drury is building a new wing on the City Hall. Besides being very
civicminded he has the advantage of always being able to see his green Ford from his office window.
It's the little men in blue who don't quite get the picture. They keep putting little pieces of
official literature under the wind-shield wiper of Ed's car and looking very disgruntled. The Sam
Schneiders have a new sweetheart named Dodo. Dodo is a French poodle, and very stylish. Dior with
his "new look" is very proud of Dodo and "the powder puff look" . . . It's
something new for Spring.
Bob Roberts, formerly of this department, returned for a visit on Thursday, March 11. He is now
attending Ferris Institute in Big Rapids. We were all very happy to see Bob again. Betty Morehouse
has been transferred to the Blue Print Department in Plant II. Del, who visited Lansing last month,
returned home by way of the Capítol Airlines. Harold is the proud father of a new baby boy.
Congratulations to both Harold and his wife. Cecille attended the midwinter Legion Conference in
Detroit with hubby on March 12 and 13. Lucille, our prized bowler, came through with second spot in
the womens singles in the city tournament. Orchids to you, -Lucille. Kay has been transferred to the
Paint Shop, while Charley changed to the Machine Shop. A baby shower was held at Cecille's house
March 11, in honor of her daughter-in-law. Those attending were Agnes, Berniece, Amanda, Becky,
Marguerite, and Bessie. The gifts were very
nice and a tasty lunch was served. We welcome Lloyd back after his stay at home taking care of
his wife who was ill. Willie spent the weekend with his girl and met the family. Agnes, Olive, Kay,
Nina, Leola, and Laura are going out to dinner on March 25 to celébrate Nina and Leola's
As your vveary reporter lifts her bloodshot eyes from a littered and very untidy desk, she finds
a deadline staring her in the face - so - here we go. Ruth Novotny is back again after leaving us
for a couple of weeks. She is taking Marilyn's job, who left on the 26th to take another job. We're
going to miss Marilyn. We also have Polly Titus in our little clan now. Polly works until noon, then
scoots up to business school for afternoon classes. Steffy is struggling with her export papers. She
mumbles something about "aren't they ever going to let up?" Then buries her nose in her
work again. Gerry peers over the top of a stack of shippers with her ready grin and says . . .
"see you next month".
Double Or Nothing
A Proud Papa
Mother And Son
After a long period of doubt and I must add a trying time to us all, Spring, that season of
budding beauty, has finally made its bid. How do I know? That's easy, man, and I don't have to
figure on a calendar. No sir, just looking around this good old Service Department tells me I can
start forgetting my winter fuel bilis. Trees are budding on Fourth Street ; Ralph Merrell's smile,
when he looks at Merriam, has that, well you know what expression; and Beryl McGee's feet don't get
so cold now and she only wants that window in our office down part way. Ah yes, that early spring
air has the
kick of a mulé. According to some, it reacts like a tonic which brings forth super
ambitions. For example : Doe got a whiff of that spring air last Thursday (he sits right next to the
window) and he resolved to plant trees, mow the lawn, dig up a great big garden and quit smoking.
Father Doing Well. "We never lost a father vet," boasted the doctor when he delivered the
8 lb. 10 oz. bouncing baby boy, on Saturday of March 13, to Mr. and Mrs. Krezel. Father Al Krezel,
awfully tired, but smiling bravely, came to work Monday morning with the fine news. To commemorate
this occasion, the men in the Service Department received big black cigars.
Nothing serious has happened in the Argus Ladies Bowling League - those four first-position teams
are still in there. Hickey's Service dropped two games to City Sikkers, and Atom Busters follow in
third and fourth by one game only. The other positions are as follows; the Happy Gang jumping two
places for fifth; the Anti Q's went ahead of Harley Davidson's, who were tied last issue; the Alley
Wrens follow Harley Davidson's; Sales, Ar-Gals Screwballs, and the Paint Shop remain the same. There
has been no change in high or low scores. The banquet committee is already busy anticipating and
planning the yearly finish of the league; and the nominating committee have their heads together
too, asking for volunteers to run for office. Argus Girls in City Tournament Of the eight teams in
our twelve team league who entered the city tournament, three teams were very proud to have made the
prize list. Hickey's Service placed fourth with 2577 score, the Screwballs thirteenth with 2482, and
Mast's Shoes thirty-eighth with 2462. In the doubles, Laura Egeler and Dorothy Hepner had 1091 for
fifth place, Alma Fox and Betty Abraham had 1042 for 26th place. Lucille Gala and Claudine Shelly
had 1036 for 27th place. Thressel Conley and Doris Lyons had 1016 for 49th place. In the singles we
are proud of Lucille Gala, who held first place with 609 for a week, and then was unluckily nosed
out by two pins to put her in second place. Nice going, Lucy. Dorothy Andres had 476 for lOth place.
Alice esperson had 573 for 15th place. Laura Egeler had 550 for 26th place. Thressel Conley, 537 for
52nd place. Laura Snearly, 534, and Annabelle Farmer also, 534, both for 56th place. Lucille Gala
was the only one who placed in all events, with 1444 for 5th place. I sincerely hope I haven't
missed any other Argus girls who placed on the list. There were many who bowled on teams not in the
Argus League. Congratulatoins to you all.
Barbara Trew has been transí erred o the Tabulating Department. Her duties in the Planning
Office have been aken over by Shirley Miller. Helen Chapman, recently of the 'lanning Department,
invited the girls rom this office out to her house for dinner. The ham, sweet potatoes and pie were
delicious, the girls report. Has everyone noticed the beautiful liamond that Shirley Miller is
wearing hese days? Gerold Fisher is the fellow, jut so far no date has been set for the 3ig e vent.
Gordon Bunn has taken to raising abbits. He recently won two of them. ie says that he just can't
afford to feed hem 2 whole heads of lettuce every !ay. Maybe there is something else that abbits can
eat ??? Leona Breisch is still busy working on her new house out at Whitmore -,ake. They hope to
move in come May. We are already looking forward to a iicnic out there. Jack Covey reports about the
trials ie encountered on a recent shopping rip with his small daughter Mary üarol. Seems the 2
year old little Miss ïas picked up the art of '"pick-pocketng" at a very early age.
There was, ïowever, no harm done except that papa sécame embarrassed and little Mary
Carol quite bewildered.
Barbara Smith Weds
Vows uniting in marriage Barbara Smith and James Helfrich were exchanged in a candlelight
ceremony at 7 'oclo:k, March 12, in Wesley Lounge of the First Methodist Church The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan E. Smith. Mr. Helfrich's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Helfrich.
After a, week's honeymoon, Barb, of Optical Assembly, and Jim will live at 848 E. University
Place Third In Industrial League
Two Future Stars