United States Security Bond Drive
Our bond quota is $31,632, issue price. Any bonds bought by us At the date of going to press, our
report shows payroll deductions between April 1 and June 30, in any of the following ways, will be
from April 1 in the amount of $2,792. counted toward that quota: As an opening gun in the drive, 4 -
$1,000 bonds are promised if 1. Cash there are 50 of us who want to invest in 1 - $100 bond. 29 -
$100 bonds 2. Cash in 4 payroll deductions. have already been subscribed. 3. Regular long term
payroll savings deductions. It's a big quota, it's an excellent investment - $4 for $3 in 10 years.
The Drive Is On - Who Will Buy A Bond?
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Argus Eyes is published íor the employeea oí Argus Incorporated and their families.
It is intended to be a means ol 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.
Did You Know
This writer discovered something interesting the other day, quite by accident. In the future we
will try and do it on purpose. It had never occurred to us before that the manufacture of shutter
blades requires a very special type of steel. The specifications for this steel are exacting, and it
is called "Blue tempered clock spring steel" and it is .002" thick. What really makes
us shudder, though, is the price we must pay. The vendors of this material are kind enough to let us
have what we need at $1.00 per ounce, or $16.00 a pound. It didn't help our shudders any either when
we discovered that in stamping these blades out of a strip of stock, only about half of the strip is
used, and the rest is scrapped. This is true because of the peculiar shape of the blade and also the
fact that the blades must be as nearly flat as it is possible to make them, and they must be free of
dents and other flaws, so we have to have sufficient stock all around the blade to hold the steel
flat while it is being blanked. After the shutter leaves are blanked, degreased, oiled and de-burred
there are some fifteen operations required to blacken the steel. This is where the corn cobs come
in. The leaves are rolled in a mixture of oil and ground corn cobs and then they are rolled in dry
corn cob meal. The fish oil is used (when we can get it) to lubrícate the shutter escapement.
If you think fish oil isn't scarce, just read the following letter we recently received from our
only source for this oil. "Excuse this letter in longhand but your order chased me down here on
Cape Cod where I am hunting for the fish from which I refine my oil. Sorry that I could send only 1
doz. on your 2 doz. order but this doz. cleans me out. I don't know when I will get some more. Now
as to why there isn't any of this oil on the market : This oil comes from the jaw sockets of a
marine mammal, such as porpoises etc, that sometimes in some summers visits the shores of New
England on its way north or south. If a school of them gets close enough to shore, we drive them
upon the beach and take out the oil. Ever since the beginning of the past war airplanes in their
practice work have been dropping bombs on floating targets and bombing everthing they saw swimming
in the water. It was good practice and good sport, but the consequences were that the fish kept
scattered, and passed us way out to sea where they could not be located. A fish is very sensitive to
vibration. These bombings have considerably much ceased now, altho there is some still going on now
and then and I am in hopes that the fish will learn to visit their old haunts again and then maybe
we can get some, but until that time comes there will be no Kelly's Oil. There was no fish located
this summer. Please cancel the balance of this order 38605 and if ever I get some oil again will let
you know. Yours,
(Chronometer, Watch and Clock Oils) New Bedford, Mass. Fortunately there is a syntheic oil we can
use as a substitute.
Income Tax Withholding Rates
The new income tax withholding rates apply to all wages paid after May 1, .1948. This change will
appear on the bi-weekly payroll checks, dated May 14, and on the semi-monthly payroll checks, dated
May 15. There are two methods of arriving at the amount of tax to be withheld ; the wage bracket
method and the percentage method. Both methods have been changed to take into account the tax
reduction and increased value of exemptions. Prior to this month the payroll department has used the
wage bracket method. In the future, in order to simplify payroll procedure, the percentage method
will be used on the bi-weekly payroll. For everyone who is paid every other Friday, the percentage
method works like this : Twenty-six dollars is alowed for EACH exemption and a tax of 15% is figured
on the balance; for instance, if your gross earnings for the two week period are $100 and you have
two exemptions, the amount to be withheld is $100 minus $52 ($26 for each exemption) leaving a
balance of $48, then 15% of $48 is $7.20.
Memorial Day And Holiday Pay
Memorial Day is one of our six paid holidays. Since it falls on Sunday this year, Monday is the
legal holiday and will be so observed by Argus. The plants will be closed Monday, May 31st. For our
new employees who have not been with us over a paid holiday, and as a reminder to the rest of us,
the following re-statement of the company policy with regard to holiday pay is made: In order to
qualify for holiday pay, it is necessary to work the last working day prior to the holiday and the
íirst working day following the holiday. This does not mean half a day, leaving early, or
reporting late. It means working the regular eight hour working day. No absence of any sort is
acceptable except for personal illness substantiated by our First Aid Department or by a written
statement from your doctor. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Harry Axelson on the death oí
his 12 year oíd daughter, Charlotte Ann.
Recreation Club Notes
In the minds of many employees exists the question, "What does my membership in the Argus
Recreation Club mean to me?" The Club is financed by seven per cent of the gross receipts from
the Cafetería and the dues of fifty cents a member, and in turn the Club contributes $75.00 a
month toward the publication expense of Argus Eyes. Other activities of the Club are the planning
and financing of the f ollowing events : the Spring Frolic, the Men's Bowling Party, the Women's
Bowling Party, the Summer Picnic, the Autumn Frolic and the Basketball Dinner. Flowers are sent by
the Club to employees who are ill, and to funerals of employees and their families. In addition to
these scheduled activities, your committee of representatives may decide to sponsor other functions
as the need arises.
The club hopes to become an integral part of the year's worth-while activities, and this can be
accomplished only with the cooperation and interest of each member. Your minimum share in making our
Recreation Club an important, useful organization is to pay your dues and attend the parties. SEE
YOU AT THE SPRING FROLIC! Due to departmental changes, the following employees have been appointed
to fill the following vacancies : Vice President - Lewis Belleau Representatives : Optical Assembly
and Final Process Inspection - Betty Robinson. Camera Assembly - Lillian Jedele Tool Room - Delton
Maple Chelsea Plant - Reuben Koch Salvage and Receiving Inspection - Helen Breining
Red Cross Report
For the 1948 Red Cross Drive, Ann Arbor Industry was given a quota of $7,250 to meet. It was not
only met but oversubscribed 379.42, the total receipts from industry being $7,629.42.
Plans For Chelsea Plant
We are quite sure that there are very few of us who have not already noticed that our punch
presses have been moved out of the building. We recently leased a factory building having about
16,000 square feet of floor space at Chelsea. This building was formerly occupied by Hoover Ball
& Bearing Company. We intend to tooi up as rapidly as possible to make all of our own stampings
at the Chelsea Plant. This looks like it might mean more work for us and also make possible better
long range planning of the production of these parts. Certain idle presses were moved from one of
our Minneapolis plants to our plant at Chelsea, and these, together with those we took from Ann
Arbor, make an impressive looking shop. (Stop in sometime if you are ever in the neighborhood).
There are thirty-seven presses ranging in size from eighteen tons to one hundred ton?. Oscar Clymer.
formerly one of Bill Bone's assistants, has been promoted to foreman in full charge of production
operations reporting directly to Bob Parker. Frank Stickney is supervisor of inspection, and Roland
White is responsible for most of the clerical work, including timekeeping and the requisitioning of
materials and supplies. In addition to a very well equipped press shop, we have an equally well
equipped die room so that we can make most of our own dies, as well as keep them in repair. Cari
Bates has been given full authority as foreman of the die shop reporting directly to Dave Lowber.
Several men and women from Argus have been transferréd to Chelsea. They are, in addition to
those already mentioned, Russell Abdon, Robert Elmore. Adelbert Foster, Howard Hintz. Cari Huston,
Charley Kline, Wilma McGarry, Dorothy Oesterle. Edd Olson. John Perry. Phil Street. Ernest Tomiord,
Cliff Travioli, Julián Van Buren, Athol Ward. Cecil Wise. Harry Bates, Fred Christ, James
Fraser, Eermit Gleason, William Glover, Stephen Jardno, Wilhio Kelly, Reuben Koch, Malcolm Reith,
Robert Abdon, Jane Rayment, and Imogene Slocum. We will miss seeing all of these good people, but we
hope they are happy in their new location. Besides those transferréd we have added several
locally. We welcome Ezra Feldkamp, Howard Hitchingham. Fred Prinzing, Elba Gage, Fred Koch, and Earl
Supervisor in the Service Department on the fourth floor. Has been with Argus over 11 years and
was formerly a radio trouble shooter in the old days. Born at Barnesville, Ohio, on January 23,
1903, and worked at the Lotus Glass Company there for several years, having charge of the silver
plating department. Lives at 807 Oakwood and has three married children and one grandchild. Like
most Argusites is keen about photography and is now working on schemes for constructing a basement
workshop and darkroom.
The Safety Committee hasn't been heard from lately, but never the less we are still on the job.
We are happy to announce that we have some new members. They are: Harold Horning. Dennis O'Hare,
Jess Cope, Forrest Graves, and Meivin Bahnmiller. You may see them roaming around, lookinp for
things to be cofl rected in order to make Argus a safer place to work. At the last meeting, both
plants were divided into inspection areas, which will be covered by the members of the committee.
Reports of the inspection tours will be given and discussed by the group as a wíhole at each
meeting, and any conditions reported that are not safe will be taken care of immediately. We also
want to ask the co-operation of all employees to report to the committee anything which might be
observed as not safe. We can assure you of our immediate attention. By working together, it then
becomes team work and that means a more successful program which will be of benefit to all.
Having just returned from a simulated vacation which I tried to sandwich in with a business trip
for the company pertaining to outside camera service, I thought it might be of interest to some of
the people here who have not been to California to hear a little of my fleeting impressions while
scurrying from place to place, with one eye on my pocketbook and the other one on the calendar, all
of which were of the utmost importance to keep on schedule. I went to St. Louis from here and then
took Route 66 as far as the Canyon, and from there down to Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego; Tijuana,
Mexico; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Reno; Salt Lake City; Denver; Des Meines, Iowa; Rochester,
Minnesota; Chicago and then back to Ann Arbor. The total trip involved 6,956 miles without mishap. I
couldn't begin to teil you all of the wonderful sights in that part of the country, and especially
in California. For detailed information on what to see and what not to see, unless you have already
been there, I might be able to give you some useful information if you ever decide to make the trip.
We took a number of pictures in the Canyon and various other places of interest and, without
exaggeration, I saw more Argus cameras being used than any other type. I fixed a Model C3 camera for
a fellow at Oak Creek Canyon and sent him merrily on his way taking more pictures. Even though my
wife was with me on this trip, I doubt very much if I would have had a better time without her,
because she acted as my navigator,
which kept her pretty busy watching road signs and detours as well as me.
Remember us? Yup, we're still here. Sub-assembly carries on. We thought we'd drop in for a chat
and let you know about Barbara Sibert's engagemen. Herrín "Herb" Spradlin is the
lucky guy. Our best wishes for your happiness, Barb and Herb. Lucy Hawks is busy re-decorating her
home these days. Seems her daughter Shirley, formerly an employee of Plant II, has come home for a
June wedding. We're all happy to have Clara Smith back with us after her extended sick leave. Sid
Spannuth just got back from a wonderful week in Corpus Cristi, Texas. She says they were swimming
there! Oh, will summer ever come to Michigan? Mary Roy is in the old eviction dither. If any one has
an apartment for rent, won't they please notify either her or Colette Darnell? We promise you that
either of them would sure be happy to get one. Blanche Crocker's daughter Nan and Florence Bartell's
son Doug, both seniors at Ann Arbor High School, spent an exciting week in Washington D.C. and New
York City. Nancy was one of four lucky students chosen by an usher at the play "Harvey" to
go backstage and meet The Jimmie Stewart. She victoriflj ously brought back bis autograph. Doui took
some memorable pictures with his ARGUS C3. Well, I guess I'll shove off. Your "lanky"
Signs Of Spring
Celebrating Fifth Year With Argus
Eunice Buss is the proud mama of a seven pound, ten ounce boy. We received a report that the
father is doing nicely. What is this we hear about Roy Craik and his Missus being locked out of
their house the other day? It would have been interesting to see the window climbing episode. At
long last Will Van Dyke will be allowed to open the windows in the Cost Department. Kathryn is
Florida bound, and gave him permission to open them wide while she is away. Now we know why Mary
always seems so busy - all that multiplying we had to do while she was sick ! ! ! Will and Madeline
have not received a single movie offer since their pictures appeared in ARGUS EYES. Ask Virginia how
much space and how many people it takes to park a Buick. rrs -
Travel is a wonderful thing Department. Mac McCoy sails Sunday the 25th for U.S. Naval Station,
Glenview, to don Navy blues and catch up with Uncle Sam's Naval Minds and all the mental gymnastics
they've been doing since 1945. Mac will see the sea on a two-weeks cruise, which sounds very
pleasant to us. We wish him happy landings and a speedy return. While Mac'a away, Becky the
Beautiful Beachcomber will carry on. Just a week ago she left Coronado Beach in Florida - returning
with a healthy tan, a few freckles and clutching a box of Spanish Moss and little shells. She still
clings to that tropical temperament and we catch her dreaming occasionally, past Fourth Street and
Plant Two- raptly transported to the land of splashing surf, hominy grits and breakfast at noon.
Ah-h-h-h. Here are her words written in the spirit of the southland: "Here we sit on the sea
wall watching the sun set over the ocean ! Please send my typewriter and desk down here, my
husband and I are now living in a sand castle. Oh, the night-blooming jasmine ! Why does anyone
live in the frozen North?" See what we mean! While this Department is talking about Travel,
please note that the most charming interloper of the month was our dynamic salesman Bob Woolson. who
transformed the walls of the Advertising Department and transfixed the members of the same
Department with his eloquent information on the advertising activities of Detroit Dealers. We have
finally finished our calculations on Edith Keig's mileage this month. She likes her brisk morning
walk, and the healthy glow it gives is mighty attractive. No tabula ting machines were used, but we
estimated approximately 80 miles of sidewalk pounding, per month that is. A lovely young lady of the
Saddle Shoes Set paid us a visit the other afternoon. Sandy McCoy. age 2 34 brought us the news of
the playground and an idea of what the smart young lady is wearing this spring. Sandy has fun in the
Advertising Department on her visits - and we think she's wonderful. That brings you up-to-date on
the comings and goings of this Department where Spring Fever is following its natural course.
Purchasing has been kept extra busy lately with the orders for the new Chelsea plant. Bonnie
Haley had a very long face during our spring thunderstorm the other afternoon. You'd be woeful too,
had you listened to "Our Gal Sunday" instead of taking down the washing. Mr. Reifel has a
very faraway look in his eyes these bright spring days. Some think he yearns for the sea, but it is
my humble opinión it's only a northern trout stream that's on his mind. We're all glad to
have Fred Mercer back after several weeks illness last month. Upon his return he had to have a
search party to find his desk. Norm Symons is still house-hunting. Good luck, Norm.
Around The In-process Stock Room
We are all going to miss Cliff Travioli, who has transferred to the Chelsea Plant. Did everyone
notice that flashy tie Ken Geiger has been wearing lately? His son brought it to him from New York,
when he visited there recently on a Senior Trip. We think Pop got as big a thrill out of the trip as
Marvin did. We really are going to miss those scales in the Stock Room. The girls will all be
putting on pounds now. Gordon Clark flew up to Owasso one Saturday and dropped in on Bill Bronson,
former expeditor in our department. Seems he was very busy with a paint brush. We
congratúlate Lynn Dancer on winning a gold cup on his rabbit "Pee Wee" at a Rabbit
Show in Detroit recently.
Lloyd And Melton Adams
-Ote y ou -f) Membet? Argus Recreation Club Enroll Today
Lines From The Camera Line
"Lula Belle" Blud helped Thelma Hopper and Barbara Sibert celébrate their
birthdays with coffee, cake and even candles. The loss of Miss Hopper's
wallet, containing her pay, dimmed her outlook later. Continuing with birthdays, Nina Fahrner and
John Kendrovics enjoyed the vocal talents of the "C" line on theirs. We are glad to
welcome back Ila Sutfin after an eight week absence. The "new look" is with us plus
various other "looks". This one being Nanette. the baby daughter of Nina Clements. The old
look? Baseball. It is heard everywhere after and before the game begins. The worried look comes on
Bernie Merritt. Will it be a trailer or a house threshold over which he carries his June bride ? ? ?
? The dreamiest look I found was Anna Thorsch wishing she was Manila bound. She was caught in the
act - looking at an airline schedule. The green-eyed monster appeared when watching Eileen Grennan
knitting those argyle socks. Maybe, girls, if you ask her, she will teach you. Well, to close this
column we have an advertisement- The latest in perfumes, by Wilson Springer. "Afternoon in
Hamtramick" - Only five cents a gallon. Order now. Limited supply.
Every one is glad to have Red Peterson back after a two weeks absence. The appendix that gave him
so many unhappy moments has finally been removed. Dorothy T. visited in Columbia, Kentucky during
the week of April 19th. Lucky gal! The house Eddie G. is building seems to be going up fine. He
hopes to be in it by early summer. Some party Ma Green attended at Dexter one of these past week
ends! Only one other celebrity from Optical shared her good time. Why aren't we told about these
things? Looks like oíd times in here with Tiny back repairing CP's. Hope Chuckie L. is
improving after his recent illness. Happy to see Ann Lawrence back in Inspection after a long
Of Mice And Men
Cal Foster, well known zoologist, has just concluded some extensive experiments with mice, the
results of which may be read at some future date in his forthcoming book, "Mus Musculus".
This volume will be of special interest to those who own copies of an earlier work, "Rattus
Norvegicus", which features a rare specie with luminous fur. Marilyn Widmayer visited us
recently. We were naturally glad to see her, and are glad she likes her new job, but Oh, how we wish
she would come back to us! Gerry Meddaugh is trying to decide whether or not to have her appendix
removed. Her doctor thinks it might be a good idea, but Gerry says she is attached to it, and it to
her. Rennes, Fe, 19 April 1948 Madame Giséle Journay to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alian 107 Myrtle
St. Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. Sir and Madam : I have got from the Friendship's train a box of
"Dependable mustard greens" on which I have seen your address written and that permit me
to thank you very much for your generosity. I am married and I have two little daughters of three
and one year oíd. They and my husband are united to me to send all our gratitude to you and
to all the American people for the aid you bring to our poor people. We wish you good luck and I am
yours, sincerely. Giséle Journay P.S. I am learning English and I should be very, pleased if
you would sometime correspond with me. Thanking you to excuse me for my faults of English. G. J. M.
and Madame Henri Journay au Comfe Víctor Rault "Cantine" Rennes (Ule et Vilaine) (B
Violet And Barbara Desmond
Mother And Son
The mercury is getting on the more comfortable level up here on the north side of the fourth
floor . . . The old familiar "play ball" is regularly being heard these afternoons on the
loud speaker . . . Cecil Lewis is seen reading during his lunch hour Tips Every Fisherman Should
Know by that great contemporary, Ivan Hammerhead. Doe has hit the road for Argus and last week sent
the department a card from Arizona. All he could teil us was, "Boy! It's hot here,
fellas." All in all, Mr. Benson will be gone five weeks. For those who are not attached to the
grapevine, Doe is on a strictly business trip for Argus. He promised, though, to set aside a little
time for snap shooting, so that we stick-in-the-Middle-West people will get a first hand account of
the beauty that lies on the other side of the Rockies. Gordon Fleming, Doc's right hand man, has
taken over the helm till Doe gets back.
Boss Jack went smelt fishing over a recent weekend. They didn't get many smelt but several perch.
Also, they report that a good time was had by all. We in the office were all glad when Glen Harrie
dropped in for a visit recently. He reports everything is up to par up in Cheboygan and wants us to
drop in on him come vacation time. Gordon Bunn has been seen limping around in moccasins. Says those
fishing boots are really hard on the feet. Leona has sold her house now, so
they better hurry and get that house at Whitmore finished or she will be sleeping in the street.
Harry Rookes has really been working. One weekend he constructed a fence around the backyard of his
home out on Cedar Bend Drive. Yes, he went to work with fence stretcher and everything. Since then
he has been busy painting the ceilings and walls. Nice work, Harry. We welcome Oscar Tyre to our
midst. He transfered from the Burring Department and is replacing Gordon Bunn who is going into a
business of his own.
Viola Tyler, that nice nurse in Plant II, just retumed from a two weeks vacation. From all I
hear, there was considerable cleaning done during that time, including the basement and garage.
Those purple socks must have taken a beating. Mr. Reid is now considered a true Ann Arborite, even
though he lives in the country. He and Mrs. Reid moved to their new home on Ayrshire Drive the first
of the month. Roy Hiscock getting itchy feet to get out to his cottage. His excuse being he wants to
get the fruit trees sprayed, but we all know how Roy loves to fish. He can't fooi us. If you've been
wondering . why it's necessary for Mrs. Radford to make so many trips to Detroit, I'll teil you.
It's because the stork dropped a bundie labeled "Carol Lee" at her son and
daughter-in-law's house, and grandmother just can't stay away. Carol and Cousin Georgië will be
pretty busy. After all, grandchildren ïave to be spoiled just a little bit anyhow. Barbara
Titus did some house cleaning right here in the plant. She sorted out records and has several that
are available for 10c, in case you are interested. She hopes sales will be good so she can buy some
new recordings. Another year, another birthday, and even tho' Betty tried desperately to prevent the
26th of April stopping this year - it came anyway. Still, what does it matter how many birthdays she
has f rom now on? She plans to stay 21 for the rest of her life. We have reason to believe that Mrs.
Watterworth will put her children on a diet next winter. It seems when she got out Jeannie and Mary
Jane's nummer clothes they were found to be much too small, so - a shopping trip had to be arranged.
The gleam in Bev's mischievous eyes lately has been enhanced by Bill Bone's startling statement.
Both Bill and Eddie Girvan insist that Bev resembles to a "T" the gal Eleanor Parker, who
had the lead in "The Voice of the Turtle". If seeing is believing, catch the movie the
next time it appears in Ann Arbor.
Everything was so peaceful and quiet in the Sales Department, as per usual, when Dick Cutting
piped up with, "It is my thought that we should all take off for the baseball game today."
Seeing's how it was the first game of the season, and the weather was beautiful, every one agreed.
Bonnie was first to volunteer to drive. Marg G. and Irene graciously proceeded to hook a trailer to
the rear of Bonnie's little '33 Chevy coupe deluxe, and we were ready to shove off. Well, we got
there, enjoyed the game immensely, and had a wonderful time. Dort, Nancy. Agnes, Earlyne. Mary,
Jackie P., lackie N., Margaret C. lean C Marilyn. Wilmot, Barbara, Janet, Elaine. Joy. Del, Lizzie.
Marci, Lee, Evelyn K., Dorothy M.. Kelly. Bill. Jack P„ Doug. Dick. Cari, Herb and Elma, rode
in the trailer, but not far, cuz while on our way home we met them in Inkster. Apparently Marg G.
and Irene are not good mechanics, cuz that is where the Chevy and trailer parted. Every one seemed
to enjoy the game. Guess they didn't realize they weren't watching the Tigers, but Inkster High.
Inspection And Salvage
A birthday party was given for Laura Egeler at Kay Pfabe's. Nina, Olive, Leola, and Agnes
attended. Every one had a grand time. Nina and Leola went to Detroit on a shopping trip. While they
were in the city they called on Marjorie Young who served them tea. Marjorie must have new cups,
because the handles didn't fall off. The spring party sounds like it will be quite an affair. Amanda
promises to sing if she can find a partner. She said if she found a person that could sing as awful
as she does, they would have a wonderful duet. Does anyone have a tub to loan ? Wert is leaving to
attend a smelt run and expects to bring back at least two tubs full If you happen to go by Hermans
house, don't be frightened by the noise Herman is in the midst of remodeling the kitchen. The big
question in Raw Inspection and Salvage is, "What is the mystery song?"
Peck Loy is the proud papa of a nice baby boy. Roy, Walter and Bob all enjoyed a week end at East
Tawas dipping smelt. They all agree that a tub of smelt is an awful lot of fish to clean. We are all
sorry that Berniece Wilson is lea ving us. Rube spent a week end in Rochester New York at the Elks
Bowling Tournament. There is never a dull moment in our department since Louis Birch arrived We
would like to welcome all newcomers to Department 15 : Rudolph, Becky, Cecille. Agnes. Marguerite,
Hazel, Francés, Einny, Mary. Please forgive us if we missed any one.
The 1947-48 Argus bowling season was brought to a successful conclusión on VEay 3rd when
the Annual Banquet was ïeld at the Farm Cupboard. A delicious chicken dinner was served, and
the bowlers then proceeded to exchange the earnings they had taken eight months to accumulate. This
year the Argus Inspection five walked off with first place, and enjoyed a seven game margin over the
second place Methods team. Even though the margin seems to be quite heavy, the newly crowned champs
had to wait until the final night to nail down the title. The Inspectors had a three game nudge
going into the final night, and needed two wins for the crown. After grabbing off the first game and
cinching the top spot, because the Methods had taken it en the nose from Bakelite, the Champs cept
applying the pressure and took all :our points from Tool Room 2. The Methods, on the other hand,
lost all our games and wound up with only a game margin over the third place Skunks entry. The
Inspection team proved themselves to be true champs by taking over the league lead early in the
season, and not once being ousted from that spot. The pressure is always on the team setting the
pace, but the Inspectors were equal to any occasion, and any time that another entry threatened
their position they were able to come through with the wins that they needed. Their victorious
season was one of the most popular, because it was achieved by a team that was a long way from being
the "best team on paper". Many of the other entries boasted averages much higher, but when
the chips were down they would just not give up. Congratulations to Captain Don Crump. Larry Jones.
Johnny Shattuck, Ralph Flick and Eric Soderholm for their championship winning year. Last year's
championship Methods five salvaged second place money, but were pushed all the way by the Skunks
entry. Here was another team that was far down in the averages, but seemed to have the knack of
winning th ose close ones. When two of the first three teams in a league are ones which do not carry
high averages, it is not only very popular with the other members of the league, but lends support
to a handicap league where each team has an excellent chance of winning the title.
There were many outstanding achievements by individuals, and some of the fireworks was left to
the last night of the season. Earlier in the season Elmer Pfister and Johnny Eendrovics -kad spared
the opening frame and the Ijk ried eight in a row with possible scoi of 290. Elmer had his first
ball in the pocket in the tenth frame, but a stubborn ten pin refused to topple, and after losing a
good hit Elmer missed his spare and counted 257. On the second shift this same night Johnny
Kendrovks started out the same as Elmer, but covered his spare in the tenth and ended with 263. It
seemed impossible that this would be topped, but on the final night Greg Letsis caught fire and
fired a se'nsational 267 game. The other members of his team caught the idea and the team total of
1007 was reached. This total was the highest of the year, and is only the second time since the
league was first organized that the thousand total has been topped. Congratulations to the entire
Argüí League for again showing that it is one of the best in the city of Ann Arbor.
With only two more nights to bowl, i Mast's Shoes have the edge on Hickey's Service by one game
to become the league champions. It has been nip and tuck between these two teams all season. City
Slickers and Happy Gang are tied f or third place with the Atom Busters following by one game. The
Anti-Q's have proven themselves a fine team this year by holding sixth place. The other teams follow
in this order: Harley Davidson, Alley Wrens, Sales, Screwballs, Ar-Gals and Paint Shop. There has
been no change in the high i individual scores. The "Screwballs" after losing fifteen i
consecutive games of the season, and were beginning to take bottoms for granted, have climbed to
ninth place (fourth f rom bottom) and are now on j the 'other' side of the blackboard - as of this
writing ? ? ? Robbins and Leabu can each truthfully boast of a 202 single game, Leak with five
consecutive strikes. Pfeifle has honors for raising hef average from 70 to IOS, a total of 35 pins.
This is Kathryn's first year of bowling. Klager is sharing with two, the tops in consecutive spares,
which is eight to date.
Screwballs Upward Bound
Aurevoir But Not Goodbye