Lost Camera Found In Shark
Honolulú - TSgt. J. H. Fisher dropped his Argus C-3 camera into the sea while fishing off
Oahu. A week later he went back, caught a shark and - guess what - found his camera inside the fish.
And Fisher said, "This is no "fish story." - Detroit Free Press The clipping above
was sent to Argus from a former employee, Headley Downey, with the f ollowing letter : "My dear
Mrs. Radford: No doubt you too noticed this nice little news item in this dates morning Free Press ;
it is too good to let slip entirely unnoticed. It shows the wide scope of use and travel that the
C-3, along with many other Argus producís, get and just what they can take. I know, and we
all know, that they are indeed good; but of some of the stories we have heard of the many
unbelieveable hardships the various items have gone through and came out still in good use, I firmly
believe they need a hearty congratulation. Let me here say, CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done. Will
you pass along my sincere wishes to all the friends in the shop, and the best to all. I appreciate
the opportunity of passing the time of day with any of the old timers, and wish only the best for
all. Stop and say, "Howdy Do" whenever possible. Thank you for your time, your past
kindness, your friendship, and may the best be yours. I beg only to be remembered as a friend. In
Planning And Expediting
Grace Schwind and Shirley Fisher are no longer with us. We sure will miss you girls. Leona
Breisch has been transferred to the Purchasing Department. Has everyone noticed that new Buick that
Harry DeBryne is cruising around in these days? It certainly is nice looking, so how about a ride,
Harry. Jack Covey is spending the latter part of his vacation entertaining relatives f rom
Pennsylvania. Hope they enjoyed the High Spots of A A, Jack. The wedding uniting Ida Starks and
Walter Hubbard was of doublé importance to the paint shop, as both are members of this
department. The wedding took place at the west side Methodist Church on October 23. Sally and Basil
Wentworth were the attendants. Sally gave a lovely party for Ida the previous week at which time she
received many beautiful gifts. They also were presented with a cocktail table from the whole
department. We know the newlyweds will be very happy. Della has had quite a siege in and out of the
hospital for several weeks. It was finally decided that her appendix was causing all the excitement
so they removed it. She is recovering at her mother's home. Martha was called to Texas because her
mother-in-law is ill. We all decided it was about time for a party, and Holloween being close was a
good excuse, so ... we're all going out to the Rustic Tavern for dinner and fun.
The Engineering Department wishes to extend best wishes to Don Feder and June Pollard, who were
married on October 2nd. John and Peg Barnes are now hearing "the patter of little feet"
for the third time. Little Cathy was born September 2nd. Some of the boys still haven't recovered
from their flight to the Photographic Show held in Cleveland on October 14th. As the pilot was
warming up the motors before take-off, John Barnes was heard saying, "There's a Kodak man
letting the air out of the tires ! !" We're still trying to find out what Eddie Palmer was
doing up in the pilot's compartment, with the stewardess ! !- They say he took her home after he
returned to Willow Run. Note : Anyone wishing the addresses or pictures of the two stewardesses -
please contact Ralph Ridenour. But seriously, we all wish to extend to the management, and
especially to Mr. Harris, our sincere appreciation for a wonderful trip. We hope that we may be
spurred on to new and greater things, having seen the newest products of our competitors.
Last Saturday the Sales Department started out on a hunting trip. Barb loaned us the horses from
her dairy farm. After we saddled our horses, Jack and his bugle corps blew the note and we were off.
Joan and Mary M. who
always like to see where they have been, wouldn't turn around and face the front of the horses so
they could be sociable ' with the rest of us. Pat, Margaret, Georgië, Bonnie and Lee kept
straying away. It seems they got their hunting seasons mixed and were "dear" hunting
instead. When we reached our destination, Doris volunteered to be official water girl for the
horses, since she gets along with animáis so well. The rest of us started to hunt. Carlos was
the first to spot a pheasant but he didn't shoot it because his golf club kept jamming. A duck lit
on the end of Herb's gun, but thinking it was just a fly, he shooed it away. Dick and Bill didn't
get a thing. Bill forgot his caps for his cap gun and Dick couldn't find any water for his water
pistol. Progressing along we noticed Elizabeth petting a skunk. She mistook it for a cat. Poor
Jackie N. had a hard time keeping up with us because she had so much food with her. Wilmot was more
interested in her newspaper (comic strip, that is) than in hunting. We had to bail Jackie P.,
Dorothy, Jean, Mary B. and Helene out of jail that night because they were arrested for trespassing
on a farm. Doug was the only one who could brag about catching anything. He caught a (We still don't
know for sure if it was caused from hunting or other obvious reasons.) We thought Elaine tried to
commit suicide, but we found out later that she became so excited when seeing a pheasant that she
turned the gun the wrong way.
Boxes! Boxes! Boxes! Big and small with crayoned labels are flying around the Advertising and Art
Departments and Mac McCoy and Jimmy B. bring order around here after the wham and whiz prior to the
CONVENTION. Check lists are now crumbled and worn, and doomed to the bottom of a waste basket. Jimmy
isn't playing hide and seek any more, and the Grand Central atmosphere is diminishing. Now that the
lonesome week (for those who stayed behind) is over, we are really back to normal. While the
Cleveland Crew was away, we had a surprise visit from Edythe Keig who now wears a sparkling diamond
and will be married in June. The Bulletin Board in the Public Relations Department is usually
crammed with interesting pictures and articles of Argus achievement and mention throughout the
Nation. We are dubious about the latest addition to this collection - a candid print of a fellow we
know, who doesn't seem, in this picture, to be in the best of health or frame of mind. Anita can
imagine the life and letters of a check room girl even though she hasn't really tried it. When half
a hundred optical society gentlemen arrived for a tour of the Company, Anita graciously accepted
hats and coats and draped them about PA headquarters. It's still a secret as to how she unscrambled
them for the rightful owners - but she obviously has an eye for color for when the group left - hats
and coats seemed to match.Business in the Projection Room seems to be improving - especially since
we have seen the work of an Argus owner who has traveled abroad and brought back a marvelous
collection of slides. A letter from Becky Matson last week proves conclusively that this live-wire
Argus alumna has settled down to Southern comfort and domesticity: "Tis Sunday morning. Last
night's buffet supper and bridge is now a fond recollection of a seven spade bid (and made) southern
f ried hamburgers, and a Yankee tossed salad." Well, that's how we're doing - past and present,
here in the Advertising Department along with the hope that next year the Alaskian Icebergs win the
Series pennant and the MPDFA convention is held in Dallas.
The Argus Recreation Club will sponsor the annual Fall Frolic on Friday, November 4, at The
American Legión Memorial Home. Come and dance írom 9 to 1 to the tunes of Freddie
Bentz and his Music Makers. Admittance only if you have your Recreation Club membership card. Cards
will not be sold at the door so GET YOUR TICKETS NOW from your representative. This card entitles
you to bring one guest. Come and have an enjoyable evening.
Winners Of $100 Suggestions Bond Awards
Bob Price and Rube Koch were awarded special $100 bonds for having the most accepted suggestions
in a six month period. Bob, a trouble shooter, was winner over the January, 1947, to July. 1947 six
months, while Rube, who is a working supervisor in
our Chelsea plant was winner in the July, 1947, to January, 1948, period. There was no winner for
the period January, 1948 to July, 1948. Turn in your suggestions, you may be the next big
Two Cup Winner
Dick And Dave
Argus Eyes is published for the employees of Argus. Incorporated 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 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 of the Photographic Department will furnish
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.
Small Tools Insure Precision
One of the big reasons why Americans turn out more and better goods for more people is that they
are constantly alert to the importance of designing and manufacturing time-saving tools. Someone's
always saying, "must be a quicker way to do this!" In the picture below is shown one of
the tools which Argus uses to get precision-built cameras off the production line in volume.
The little drill, held next to a safety pin for comparison, is made of one of the hardest
man-made substances, carbide steel. It is used to drill such holes as that in the center of the ring
gauge shown in the picture. All of the tiny parts which go into cameras are tested for size by
inserting them into such gauges as this one, which tests parts 27 thousandths of an inch in
At the time of going to press, we, at Argus have raised $2280.25 for the Community Chest. This
fine showing has been due to the splendid co-operation and teamwork of everyone. As in the past, the
company will match our contribution dollar for dollar. We wish to extend our appreciation to the
Argus Chest captains, Harry Rookes, John Barnes, Vern Peterson, Bob Barsantee, Lewis Belleau, Bill
Armstrong, Thelma Burke, Grace Hinz, and Wilhio Kelly, for the help they gave us in making this
drive a success. Our boys and girls at Chelsea were well represented. The drawing for the cameras
given by the Company was made in the Personnel office Friday, October 29. Roy Hiscock did the
drawing in the presence of the Chest captains. The Argofiex was up first and, with much shaking of
the dish, Roy delved down and brought up Eddie Girvan's name. For the 21, he brought up Omer Parks.
Eddie is in Optical Assembly, and Omer is in the Machine Shop. Congratulations boys, and thanks to
you all for a job well done.
An Extra Dollar With Every Three You Save In Bonds
Treasury Department Washington October 28, 1948 "Dear Mr. Howse : My attention has been
called to the significant results of your efforts to encourage the regular purchase of U. S. Savings
Bonds by employees of your company through the Payroll Savings Plan. Your Payroll Savings record is
truly a commendable achievement and one for which you and the other members of your organization who
took part in making it possible are to be congratulated. For those of your people now on the Payroll
Savings Plan and for those who will join them in the future, Payroll Savings means building security
on a safe, systematic basis. It means increasing the value of that part of their pay which is
invested in U. S. Savings Bonds. It means a way of getting ahead - a way for both to provide for
emergencies and for future needs and security. For your company this is a demonstration of
effective, practical, patriotic service in behalf of your employees and in the interest of the
nation. I wish to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the Treasury Department for your
wonderful cooperation and for your support of this important program. This commendation is indeed
merited by you, the other officials of your
pany and your employees, who have worked together to achieve this splendid accomplishment.
Sincerely, Vernon L. Clark Assistant to the secretary" An excerpt from Mr. Howse's reply to Mr.
Clark: "It is, of course, our privilege to help make possible the easy purchase of U. S.
Savings Bonds by our employees, and we are glad of the opportunity to support the Payroll Savings
Bond Program as well as to serve them." The Personnel Department is available to help you to
take advantage of the Payroll Deduction Plan.
Holidays With Pay
Holidays come fast in November and December. There are always a few employees who are new or who
have missed the notices on Holiday with Pay policy. In order to qualify for holiday pay, it is
necessary to work the last working day prior to the holiday and the firsi 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.
Recreation Club Fishing Contest
The first Annual Fishing Contest sponsored by the Recreation Club proved to be very successful.
We were well pleased with the number of entries received; there were 50 all told. Next year the
classes or groups wil] be extended to cover a larger variety of fish, since some of the employees
had catches that were not 'classified in this contest. George Kline Sr., who is employed in our
Chelsea Plant, was the champ fisherman, taking two $10.00 awards. Listed below are the winners of
the various classes : PIKE $10.00 (1) Dorothy Minges, Dept. No 15- Weight 5 lbs., 14 ozs. length 31
inches, girth Hinches $5.00 (2) Marie Nagel, Dept. No. 31 - Weight 3 lbs., 2 ozs., length 29 inches,
girth 9 inches. BASS $10.00 (1) George Kline Sr., Dept. No 11- Weight 6 lbs., 4 ozs., length 23
inches, girth 16 inches. $5.00 (2) Norman Egeler, Dept. No 43_Weight 4 lbs., 7 ozs., length 19 78
inches, girth 14 i2 inches. BLUEGILLS AND SUNFISH $10.00 (1) George Kline Sr., Dept. No 11- Weight
14 ozs., length 11 inches, girth 11 inches.
$5.00 (2) Alfred Kesler, Dept. No. 43 - Weight 11 lh ozs., length 10 V2 inches. It is a pleasure
to present you with this cash award for your winning catch. Contest Committee.
Inspection And Salvage
Lester Budlong has been walking with his head in the clouds these last few weeks .... we wondered
why. Then he told us. He and his wife wanted to adopt a boy they had taken care of since he was
three weeks old. After three years of wondering and waiting, the adoption papers finally carme
through stating that he is their son. So .... can we blame him for flying around in a fog???? It was
ful thing to do, and we know lit'tle Billy is just as proud of his mother and dad as they are of
him. Olive bought herself a Chev'y - watch the corners, Olive. Laura, Rube, and Johnny went fishing
on Saginaw Bay. They brought home a nice catch of pike.
The following producís may be obtained by employees this Christmas: Combination fan
heaters, Hamilton fountain pens, and children's garden tools. The American Woman's Cook Book will
also be available if requested by a number of employees. PLACE YOUR ORDERS EARLY.
Member of the maintenance department, Plant I, has been with Argus since 1936 and served as a
sergeant in the plant guard f orce during the war years. Was born in Gibson City, Illinois on
September 6, 1895, is married and lives at 3284 Dexter Road. Has one daughter, Beverley Jane, 14
years. 'Served as corporal in lst World War and worked in the pasteurizing department of Superior
Dairy before coming to Argus. Is a member of the Moose and Gleaner Lodges, travels north on hunting
and fishing expeditions yearly, and hopes to retire to California some day on the strength of his
Profit Sharing Fund.
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.
Argus Display At Master Photo Deers' And Finishers' Association Show
Argus Display At Master Photo Deers' And Finishers' Association Show
The feature attraction in our department this last month was the celebrated good-bye given to a
great guy, Torn Marshall, by the entire service departJnent. Torn worked with us approximately [wo
years. A crackerjack at repairing precisión cameras, we naturally hated to see him go.
However, we wish him all the luck in his new venture as a student at Valparaiso Tech. To remember
good old Argus by, we urprised the boy with a handsome Ronson lighter, a screaming necktie and a
beautiful box of bold monogramed handkerchiefs. Then, to round out the occasion in a grand manner,
an appetizSng "pot luck" was given during the jioon hour. The menu included Boston baked
beans, sandwiches of all kinds, olives, crisp potato chips and potato salad. Bernice Kearney
receives our excellent rating for that wonderful po[tatoe salad. Emily Davis surprised us recently
when she related the wonderful news of ffter coming marriage to William Olbrich, gL Brighton. Miss
Davis is originlally from Davenport, Florida. They will speak their vows at the Lutheran Church in
Brighton on November 6th. Did you observe that big sparkling ■ck on Paulina Merritt's finger ? ?
Confratulations, Pauline, that was a splentdid article in the Ann Arbor News announcing your
engagement to Don
Murphy. We were sorry to see Mrs. Ellen. McGregor leave our receiving department. We hope it's a
boy, Ellen. Announcing new members : It is with great pleasure that we welcome Roger Howard and
Ellsworth Bekker to our department. Mr. Howard was formerly with Stinson Aircraft and Mr. Bekker
from the Railway Express Agency in Holland, Michigan.
This is my last will and testament : To Lizz goes my desk (complete with six used paper clips),
two 1946 issues of Good Housekeeping, and one bottle of Anacin. To Jerry I am leaving my old
turquoise coat because it looks so nice with her color of hair. To Betty, and I do regret this, goes
my unfinished work. Slim, you may have "George" since
he was always so fond of you. I hope you will give him a decent burial. All kidding aside, it has
been swell working with all of you and I'm going to miss you. - Polly. Lizz has a beautiful new ring
and she's going to be married soon. When?? That all depends on the housing situation. Betty and
Jerry are not quite so definite about their matrimonial plans but they are thinking about it and
that's the ñrst step. We expect Cal Foster is having a wonderful time in New York. The latest
report is that he ate in an Italian restaurant and is crazy about some kind of pie with tomatoes and
cheese in it. How hungry can you get ? ? ? Jerry will be glad when the hunting season is over - Wes
hunts day and night, she says.
Everyone here seems to have buckled down to work again after recuperating from their
"rest." Ethel Roos has joined our clan in this "back to work regime." Clara
Smith is calling a halt to this working game. She's leaving us as of October 29th, to become a
"mama." We all hope she'll be very happy. Helen Kennedy and Dorothy Flick saw Argus in
different surroundings for a few days. They built the Argus 21 at the camera show in Cleveland. From
the pictures we've seen they did a swell job of representing us. Gladys Ratti gained a new son-inlaw
on October 9th. Her daughter Kathy became Mrs. Harvey Rotarius on that date. She had the beautiful
wedding that would be the delight of any girl as lovely as she. Mary Mickelson is busy dreaming
about her new home. Anyone with a genius for interior decorating - your suggestions will be
-Q Memltet? Argus Recreation Club Enroll Today
Bow Arrow Deer Season Oct. 1 To Nov. 5
Team Won Lost Methods 23 9 Polishers 22 10 Bakelite 20 12 Tool Inspection 17 IS Paint 17 15 Tool
Room II 17 15 Hoiman Koeglers 17 15 Maintenance 16 16 Model Shop 16 16 Argus Inspection 15 17 Cellar
Aces 15 17 Lens Grinders 15 17 Ten Pins 15 17 Office I 14 18 Camera Assembly 14 18 Hawks 13 19
Gutter Guys 12 20 Skunks 10 22
Mrs. Radford and' Bev Bullis attended the Industrial Editors Institute in Cleveland October 7 and
8, and sat in on many interesting and helpful lectures. Mrs. R. stayed on for the Photographic Show.
We certainly missed her and were glad to see her when she returned. She reported that she was very
proud of the Argus exhibit and of every one connected with it. Betty Steffy has left us, since she
and George are preparing to welcome the stork in February. Ruth Adams arrived on August 26 to
replace Betty. Ruth is fi ve feet three, has brown eyes and weighs all of nintyeight pounds. She
keeps house in Ypsilanti for her handsome husband Wallie, who is a dental student, and for two
yellow kittens. It is a very lively household. Barbara Titus would like it known that she is not
growing feeble; it is a sprained ankle that makes her walk that way.
Francés Watterworth has been at home for two days with a severe cold, but is back at work.
Roy and Mr. Reid are fine, but insist that they have done nothing newsworthy. This is hard to
believe, but we are forced to accept their word for it.
Argus Ladies' Bowling
The Plant I Argus Ladie's League has Deen in session seven weeks. The league is beginning its
eighth year as an organization. Many of the girls bowling this year were the originators of the
eague. Each year competition becomes keener and more interesting. It is a well organized league. At
this time the team standing and honor positions are as follows: lst place - Atom Busters 2nd "
- Hickey's Service 3rd " -Blue Front 4th " - Victorettes Sth ' -Tip Toppers 6th " -
Card and Camera 7th ' - Schmidts Beer 8th " - Sales Sirens 9th " - Harley Davidson and
Happy Gang lOth " - Alley Wrens llth " - Ar-Gals High team single game with handicap -
Blue Front, 766. High team single game without handicap - Hickeys' Service, 759. High team series
with handicap - Blue Front, 2043. High team series without handicap - Hickey's Service, 2082 High
individual game - Boris Lyons, 190. High individual series - Lucille Gala, 473. Consecutive strikes
- L. Elliot and Myrtle Coleman, 4. Consecutive spares - S. Stoll and Jerry Hepner, 6.
Vacation Is Just A Memory Now
The Land Of Make Believe
Father And Son