New Addition Will Be Completed Ahead Of Schedule
At the end of August the new addition to the Optical Plant neared completion ahead of schedule.
When completed it will be used to expand production for our govemment contracts for optical fire
control instruments. The building and its equipment will be the most modern optical plant of its
size in the country. The many new faces in Plant II are the new members of the Argus family. They
have come and more will come as a result of our expansión.
Argus Eyes is publlshed for the employees of Argus, Incorporated and their families. It is
intended to be a means of friendly communication between them, and to provlde 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 obtalned and arranged in readable fashion for
publication about the lOth of each month. Charles A. Barker, "Jimmy" to all, Is Art
Director and Art Consultant. The profiles are done by Harry Rookes. Sam Schneiderof the Photographlc
Department furnishes pictures. Reporters for this month Ts Argus Eyes were: James Meidrum, Bob
Wollam, Olin Robinson, Bill Courtright, Babe Peter son, Bob Isaac son, Jim Rohrbaugh, Bob Alian, Don
Crump, and Betty Shattuck.
Here And There
Ed Blattenberger decided the best way to get rid of trouble was to sell it, so he got rid of his
old Ford and boughta Dodge. Another newcar buyer is Esther McAuliffe who has a nice new Mercury. A
potential new car prospect is Don Hochgreve who just had a rod changed in his Nash. We have a new
father in the Service Department. Bob Lucas made the traditional rounds passing out the cigars and
candy on the Monday morning following Friday, July 20, when his daughter, Mary Martha, was bom.
Louis Birch, looking chipper as ever, came to see us during his furlough. He dep arts soon for New
York. -- JEcfcH -jurdelais had the misfortune of breaking a bone in her foot while on vacation.
Statistics For Children's Christmas Party
It seems rather early to begin talking about Christmas, but plans must be made well ahead of time
for our annual Children's Christmas Party. We must have some idea of how many children will attend
the party, so that toyscan beordered. Please fill out the form below, and turn it in to the
Personnel Department. All children of Argus employees are invited.
Reviewing Argus Progress
I havejustreturned f rom a tripthrough themidwest. At the Professional Photographers show in
Milwaukee and at the many camera dealers I called on in the Milwaukee and Chicago área, I was
continually impressed by one f act. Argus has the reputation of maintaining the high quality of its
camera. The additional efforts and costs of the Inspection and Production departments has not been
without gain. The efforts of everyone in the plant are helping do the job of keeping our sights on
high quality cameras. Actually I look forward to a buyers market when our quality and prices will
help us even more than today. Our sales last year hit a record high of 8,882,000 against the
previous year's 5,334,000. This excellent performance was aided by the scare buying immediately
following the Korean war. Interestingly enough our high level of sales continued even after the
scare buying spree was over. This was not true in the majority of the consumer durable lines, such
as electrical appliances. August shipments were off somewhat this year compared to last year as a
result of the two week vacation shut down. We are still backordered in all of our major camera
lines. The dealers I talked to during my recent trip are crying for C-3's. Blower 200 projectors are
also getting a heavy play after a fairly slow spring.
Metal Shortage May Hamper Production
The most serious obstacle in our future production is the current metal shortage. Brass and
aluminum are in extremely short supply at the present time. We are fortúnate to have
government contracts on which directives can be issued for metal. This is particularly helpful now
that military contracts are at the beginning stages of heavy production. Within a few months
military production will be a significant part of our overall sales. In themeantime the Purchasing
and Planning Departments are doing everything in their power to maintain our current commercial
production level. The strikes in the copper and brass industry have reduced metal production when it
has been most needed. You can do your share by doing everything possible to reduce -particularly of
brass and aluminum parts. The new plant addition was
tially completed and turned over to the Company on August 28. Machinery has already started to
come in and the first moves into the new building have started. It is hoped that we will be in
production by the middle of October.
Mac Mccoy To Leave Argus
At the August 15 Key Man dinner, it was announced that Mac McCoy plans to resign as Advertising
Manager. He will assume the dutiesof Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager at Graflex, Ind., in
Rochester, N.Y. We have all enjoyed working with Mac during the past ten years. He has been
instrumental in increasing the coverage of Argus advertising to the current all time high. Everyone
wishes him the best of luck in his new venture.
Average Earned Rate Up Since Last Year
The question has come up as to how well we at Argus have done with respect to Wage Stabilization
Regulations. Actually, we have been able to give greater increases than most. Our average hourly
earned ra te in January 1950 was $1.51. This is the base figure used for stabilization calculations.
The general increase regulation allows increases of 10% from January 1950. The 10% of $1.51 is just
over 15$ per hour. This amount is the allowable general increase from January 1950 to the present
date. During 1950, however, Argus gave general increases amounting to 15$ for skilled tra des and
10$ for all others in the factory. Under the cost of living plan, Argus has given an additional 9$
per hour. In addition to that, the Annual Improvement Factor of 4$ per hour has been added to your
earnings. As a result, instead of granting the allowable 15$ per hour, more than 23$ per hour has
been added to the average earned rate. This of course has been made possible because Argus
voluntarily adopted the General Motors' plan before the wage freeze date. The General Motors' plan
allowed Argus wage rates to pierce the ceiling. In addition to raising our rates substantially,
early estimates indicate the company's contribution to the Profit Sharing Fund will be the largest
in the history of the Plan. Payment will bemade to the Profit Sharing Fund late in September. By the
time of the annual banquet, the booklets will be ready showing the balances credited to each
individuales account. Many who have been in the plan since the beginning will have balances of over
$7,000 to their credit.
Children's Christmas Party Number of Children Boys Ages , , Girls Ages , Name of Employee
Argus Golf News
Congratulations to the Argus team champion of Herb Pfabe and Lefty Schlenker. This team won the
coveted title as well as the beautiful trophies when, after winning the Thursday night league, they
met and defeated the Tuesday night championship team of Berkimer and Fraser. The big news at this
time is that of the Argus Field Day which was held at the Plymouth Country Club on August 17.
Chairman Bob Isaacsonand nis committee members of Joe Dobransky and Carlos Chapman arranged a day
that left nothing to be desired by the fifty members who attended the af f air. Nine hole rounds of
golf were played to establish the low net winners on the front and the back nine. On the front and
tougher nine the low net prize was won by Merle Myers with a score of 29.6. The winner was pushed
heaviest by Bob Lewis who took second place. Jack Grimston got into the act by taking third place,
and Bill Courtright, who had the lowest round of the day with a par 36, was the fourth place winner.
After the winners of the golf rounds had been determined, the Hole in One toumament was held. Dave
Lowber, who had not won a match all year, really showed the boys how it should be done when he
planted his tee shot only four feet from the pin. Willy VanDyke was the only other golfer who
approache Lowber's accuracy when he placed his shot six feet from the hole. To conclude the golfing
events, the members were given a good dinner in the dining room of the club house. The very talented
and capable Eddie Girvan acted as MC in the presentation of the golfing awards for the season as
well as for the Field Day. Eddie did a wonderfully smooth job and kept the members in an uproar
throughout the proceedings. One of the bright spots of this part of the program was the presenting
of a special trophy to Bill Besenick and Dave Lowber. All in all the day was a complete success and
sincere thanks are given to Joe Dobransky, Bob Isaacson, and Carlos Chapman for a job well done. The
Argus Open is now being played, and this event will close for this year the golf for this
"I want to thank each and everyone of you for your kindness and thoughtfulness during the
sickness and death of my
Argus Gole League 1951
Chief Sitting "bull"
The Army has taken care of two week vacation plans for some of the fellows in Engineering. May
nar d Wellman and Jim Lodwick, both in the active reserves, spent two weeks at Camp McCoy in
Wisconsin. They came back all tanned, tired and toughened-up from the rough army life. Dick Delano
went to Camp Grayling.
For Shirley and Art Dersham and Helen Muil and family, it was Mackinaw Island. Helen was on the
ferry at the same time Governor Williams was.although she didn't knowit at the time. The DershanTs
went over to the Island in a speed boat which rnay have thrilled Art and Shirley but left their
daughter so unimpressed that she feil asleep in spite of the salt spray.
Grace and Charlie Drechsel went to Meivin, Illinois. If you don't believe Charlie's mother can
fry chicken, look at Grace's waist. Audra and Paul Stotts made a leisurely trip to Columbia,
Kentucky. They timed it justright so that theygot to attend the local county fair where they saw
more old friends and acquaintances than they would have ordinarily. Francés Riggs visited
relatives in Middleville, Ohio. Charlie Miller went to Arcadia, Michigan, to see his sister. Bill
Martin took his wife back to Hartford, Connecticut, to visit her parents.
Cecil Lewis would just as soon not be reminded about his vacation at Hubbard Lake. The weather
was cold most of the time and, as a result, Cecil picked up a cold. Then, to top it all off, he had
to come home early because his dog jumped out of the boat and got caught in the propeller of his
outboard motor. Héctor Haas and his family rented a cottage at Vineyard Lake. Pat Yek rested,
swam and went sailing while staying at a cottage on Portage Lake. She drove back and forth to work.
The State Amateur Golf Meet at Charlevoix attracted Gerry Space and husband. Bill Armstrong went to
New York to meet his wife and mother-in-law. Gee, Bill won't have to cook his meals anymore. ril bet
he'll miss that. Don and Peggy Crump went to see Larry and Susie Jones. Report an excellent time.
Carolyn Dancer vacationed in Northern Michigan. She said they had a lot of fun and wished she didn't
have to come back. Red Peterson saw "Red" Conway and Norm Hartman in Wisconsin. Speaking
of "Red," he sent his picture (in Indian head gear) by way of "Doe" Benson for
all his friends at Argus. Doug MacPherson went to Lions Head, Ontario for a two weeks of rest.
Blanche went to her home town in Iowa. Wilmot Gray is going to Calumet, Michigan for two weeks. She
says she will probably work harder there than she does at Argus.
August, 1 95 1
The awide open spaces of the west attracted Cecille FitzGerald. She started with the Bad Lands
and Black Hills of South Dakota, went on to Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City, Grand Canyon,
Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, and Denver, Colorado. Irene and Walter Root got as far as
Tennessee when car trouble sent them back north. Trudie Studer visited her mother in Missouri. Becky
Thomas visited her mother in Tennessee, then headed for Pike's Peak, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming;
South Dakota, and Minnesota. Dick Keeton and his family visited relatives in Kentucky. Florence
White went to Silverwood, Michigan. We think she has a boy friend there, but she isn't talking.
Vince Swickerath covered the Black Hills and all points west. Jimmy and Donny met American Horse,
Chief of the Sioux. Also, the cowboys sang Happy Birthday to Jimmy. Jim Meidrum visited Mammoth
Cave, in Kentucky, and the Smoky Mountains.
Others spent most of their vacations at home taking care of incidentals that one never seems to
find time to take care of at any other time of the year. Such was the case with Ed Nimke, who put
his free time to good use by working in his flower garden, although he found time to slip in a
couple of fishing trips on the side. Bud FarrePs vacation allowed him to build a fence for his dog,
as well as take a trip through Petosky, Charlevoix and Houghton Lake. Eric Soderholm spent his time
perfecting his already nearly perfect home. Ruth Beekman loafed the first week, but plans something
very exciting for the remainder of her vacation. Jack Pelton painted his house. Looks very nice Mr.
P. Barbara Spradlin moved into her new home on Sunnyside Drive. Jean Camelet rested so that she
could tear into her work when she returned to Argus. Carolyn Cole gave her attention to her house
and garden, but took a few days to go with her husband to visit relatives in Greenville, Ohio.
Barbara Titus had a bad-luck vacation. She cut her finger very badly.but it's healed now. She had a
previous week of enjoyment at a friend's house. Margaret Sargent went apartment hunting. Can any one
help her find one?
Laura Gaiser, husband and son flew to Wannwill, Germany for a few weeks. Luella Bafs also took to
the skyways. She made a flying trip to Long Beach, California.
Dick Cutting vacationed in Charlevoix and saw a lot of friends. While fishing.he caught a hook in
his thumb and it became infected. Oh yes, he also caught some fish. The Gillen 's visited Fork
Wilkins and Copper Harbor. They also caught 150 fish at Stoner's place on Saginaw Bay. Now Naomi
believes Leola's stories. Bob Gramprie fished at Camp Interlochen, while Herman Bauer and Del Cooper
tried their luck at Brophy Lake. It was two weeks in Tampa, Florida for Harry DeBruyne. He went deep
sea fishing in the gulf .
Accounting Department Activities
In our last issue, we acquainted you with the general duties of the Accounting Department. Now
let's look at some of the people who are primarily responsible for our accounting activities. Roy
Craik, our Chief Accountant was with us during the last war, and has a wealth of experience with
material short - ages and government purchase requirements. Under his direction.a set of standard
costs are established for each part made or purchased and a continual comparison bet ween our actual
costs and the established standards is maintained throughout the year. At the end of each month, the
profit or loss resulting f rom our operations for that month, together with a set of reports
outlining our performance, is prepared and submitted to management and our Board of Directors so
that whatever steps necessary to improve or correct our operations may be taken. Mary Jane Rutledge
is in charge of our Accounts Payable operations. Under her direction, an accurate record is
maintained of the amount that we owe to other companies for the purchase of materials,
supplies, or other items. Following established business practice, she makes sure that we have a
copy of our Purchase Order authorizing purchase, a copy of the vendor 's invoice billing us for a
definite amount and a copy of our own Receiving Report proving that we received the material. With
all this at hand, she will allow the bill to be paid. The Accounts Receivable Department, headed by
Roger Westphal, is concerned with the recording of the amounts owed Argus by dealers to whom we have
shipped our products. Seeing that each dealer 's account is properly credited for any payment that
he makes is a major effort of this department handled by Milly Jones. Roger also acts as Cashier,
controlling our petty cash disbursements and general bank account disbursements. Our Credit Manager,
Kirk Fisher, is charged with a knowledge of the financial conditionand the payment record of every
customer. It is his responsibility to determine to whom we may safely ship on credit, and he is also
the one who follows up past due accounts.
Suggestion Plan News
More and more money is being awarded for suggestions each month, but the number of people
participating is still small. Otir machine shop turns in more suggestions than the rest of the plant
combined. If y ou have an idea in your head, it's costing you money tokeep it there. TURN IN YOUR
SUGGESTIONS. In the last month $ 1 19.61 was paid out for suggestions. Max Robinson collected $37.32
onone idea and$2i.84 foranother. Louis Davis's proposal paid him $20.00. Torn Loy, Henry Smith, Torn
Doll, and Juanita Tweedy all received $10 apiece for their suggestions. Many persons are interested
in what happens to a suggestion af ter it is turned in. Watch for our pictorial story in the next
Ladies' Bowling Gets Underway
The annual fall meeting of the Argus Ladies' Bowling League was held August 16, at the Twentieth
Century Bowling Alley. Twelve teams entered the league, and will start bowling on September 5, at
6:45 P.M. Old and new members of the league are looking forward to a year of fun.