Doris Connor Represents Argus At Red Feather Rally
For some time plans have been in the making for the Annual Argus Dinner, to be held in the
ballroom of the Michigan Union, Monday, November 12, at 6:45 P.M. An interesting and entertaining
program has been planned. Mr. Lewis will give us a short talk on Argus "past, present and
future." Steve Filipiak will again be our genial master of ceremonies. Be sure tomake your
reservationat the Personnel Department immediately. To make it possible for all of you to be
present, the night shifts on Monday the I2th will be set for Saturday morning, the I7th at 9:00 A.M.
so that those who work Monday night can work Saturday and thus attend the dinner.
Sylvia Kalmbach Is $25 Grand Prize Winner
Prize photo taken by Sylvia Kalmbach was selected by judges as best entered in last summer 's
Argus Photo Contest. Sylvia, of Timekeeping, took this picture "Kissing Cousins" with a
U2l," which she calis her "never fail" camera. These little tykes really are cousins.
Both Linda, Sylvia 's daughter, and Julia Ann are two years old, and they always look forward to
seeing each other.
Argus Queen Helps In Drive For $ 176,600 Community Chest Fund
"Miss Argus" Newcomer in Engineering In a wide contest, Doris Connor won the title
"Miss Argus." Doris, who is all of five f eet, three inches tall is twenty two years old -
and married. A native of Oakland City, Indiana, she moved to Ann Arbor in March, 1950, when her
husband.George, accepted a job at Kurtz Building Company. Miss Argus," a clerk in the
Engineering Department, represented Argus at the Red Feather Kick-off Rally at Hill Auditorium,
October 26. At this time a "Miss Red Feather" was chosen f rom several contestants from
our local firms. Our Red Feather Drive started Monday, October 29, with Mr. Ralph Keyes sparking the
drive with a short talk to us in our departments. The solicitors took over at this point and with
their co-operation and your generosity, there has been contributed to date $2577.00 Final figures
will beposted on the bulletin boards.
Your Contribution Will Be Matched By Argus
The Company is matching our contri-bution, dollar for dollar. That makes the dollars we
contribute go twice as f ar. Contributions will continue to be accepted until November 3, 1951 , so
that any who might have been overlooked can contribute now. The winners of the prizes, donated by
the Company, will be announced on Friday, November 9. If you give five dollars or more, you may win
one of the five prizes to be given away by the Company. The prizes are as follows: I C3 Camera - to
the lucky winner in group giving $12 or over. I 40 Camera I 200 PBB Projector - to two lucky winners
in group giving $ioto $12. I 75 Gift Box - to lucky winner in group giving $8 to $10. I 75 Camera -
to lucky winner in group (Complete) giving $5 to $8.
Argus Eyes is published for the employees of Argus, Incorporated and their families. It is
tntended 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 ga the red and that pictures are obtalned and arranged in readable fashion for
publication a bout the lOth of each month. Charles A. Barker, Jlmmy to all, Is Art Director and Art
Consultant. The profiles are done by Harry Rookes. Sam Schneiderof the Photographic Department
furnishes pictures. Reporters for this month 's Argus Eyes were: Jim Meidrum, Babe Peterson, Jim
Rohrbaugh, Eddie Girvan, Ted Schlemmer, Art Parker, Jr., and Francés Watterworth.
Production worker inbuffing room.with a total of eight years at Argus. Previous to the war years,
was construction foreman on runwayand expressway projects at Willow Run and Selfridge Field. Recalls
that many acres of partially grown sugar beet and corn had to be ploughed up at Selfridge Field
before starting construction on many of the jobs. Was bom in Melrose, Ohio, in 1898 - has been
married thirtythree years, and has two boys and two girls. There is a partial family reunión
in the cafeteria here when two of them (Mary Jane Rutledge and Herbert wBudn) show up from the
Accounts Payable and Lens Departments respectively.
Reviewing Argus Progress
Orders are still being received at a high rate. We have more orders than we can fill for the 03,
C4, 75 gift box and PBB-200. It is doubtful in view of current metal shortages whether production
can even fill the orders earmarked for the Christmas trade. In spite of this backorder position, our
national advertising is continuing at a high level. This is done in order to maintain a consumer
demand for Argus Cameras. The goal is to make people want Argus products even if they have to wait
beforethey are available. This advertising is to sell future customers on the value of Argus
products, which has the effect of improving our job security.
Notes From Our Servicemen
Japan October 9, 1951 "Dear Mrs. Radford, I certainly enjoy the Argus Camera that Dad sent
me. Argus Cameras are well known over here. A shipment of C-3's and FA's came in to the PX recently
and were all gone in no time. I will be sending some pictures home to Dad, in the near future, he
will no doubt show them to y ou. My Dad said he had a good time playing golf with the fellows at the
shop this summer. I sure wish I could have been there and played with them, but I have a job to do
here. Give my regards to Chuck Myers, Louie Belleau, and my fellow workers. Sincerely,
Brass Shortage Slows Camera Production
The metal shortage, particularly brass, has airea dy made itself feit in the plant. The Argoflex
75 schedules have had to be reduced by 25%. We have diverted all available aluminum and brass to
other production by discontinuing the FA, EF and PA-300 projector. There are indications of further
curtailments of brass and aluminum but we are doing everything in our power to keep as high a rate
of production as possible. A reduction of scrap gives us just that much more brass and aluminum to
make into cameras. Fortunately the volume of government production is now beginning to climb. We
have people working on four good sized contracts. Initial production was started on the fifth
contract late in October. One of our largest single contracts will get underway during the first
quarter of 1952, at the same time as three other contracts. The quality standards of our military
production must be rigidly maintained. You who actually work in making these parts are the major
factor in good quality. Inspection provides a review of work already done. Inspection cannot
créate - it must be created by the man on the machine and maintained by the people handling
the parts. The equipment for the new building is arriving behind schedule. We had initially expected
to be in full production in the addition by the end of this month. The blocking department will be
the next one ready for production. The methods engineers are currently testing the induction heating
process of the glass blocking tools so that operation methods can be standardized before production
Tax Burden Growing
Andy Argus rejoined us last month when he described the operation of the Profit Sharing Fund. In
his explanation of the Annual Report in this issue, he points out the Company's tax bill amounted to
nearly $2000 per employee. This is only part of the story. Argus as a going business collected
$1,537,000 in excise taxes for the government, paid $1,207,000 in federal and local taxes, as well
as nearly $200,000 in payroll taxes. The Company also paid wages from which $336,000 was withheld
for employee's income tax. In other words Argus paid $3,277,000 to the Federal Government last year.
This amounts to an average of $ 4544 for each and every one of us on the payroll last year. The
internal revenue bill passed late in October will make taxes a greater burden than ever bef ore.
During this fiscal year the government will get 70% of all profits that we earn in addition to the
other taxes outlined above. These increased taxes are a heavy burden but are slated to handle the
tremendously increased defense spending program in the year ahead. Approximately 58 of each tax
dollar is for the military services. On November 12, Argus is going to have its annual dinner. I
want to take this opportunity to invite each of you to attend. We have some excellent entertainment
scheduled as well as appropriate ceremonies to commemorate Argus' 2Oth anniversary.
Argus Hobbies On Display
Neal, one of our purchasing agents, has a great deal of talent, as evidenced by nis display. He
has never taken an art course, but through his own endeavor, he has created many lovely carvings and
paintings. NeaFs carving was an outgrowth of whittling, which sprung f rom boredom years ago.
Carvings, such as the one he is holding in the picture, are made from either mahogany or wal nut.
When the carving is completed, it is put in a bath of raw linseed oil and left to soak for a period
of one to two weeks. The residue is then wiped off, lea ving a sort of self polishing finish. He
also makes some of his own carving equipment.such as knives and gouges. A desire to paint developed
when he priced good oil paintings. He found that they were too expensive for his budget, and decided
to do his own work. Neal works with plastic, too. He designed and made all thelamps in his home, and
makes costume jewelry. All this, Neal does in his spare time.
Holidays With Pay
November 22 is our next paid holiday. As a reminder of holiday pay, we draw your attention to the
following: In order to qualify for holiday pay, it is necessary to work the full scheduled working
hours on the last working day prior to the holiday, and the full scheduled working hours of the f
irst working day following the holiday. This does not mean half a day, leaving early, or reporting
late. It means working the regular eighthour working day. No absence of any sort is acceptable,
except for personal illness substantiated byour First Aid Department, or by a written statement from
Class I (Any Snap with a person or animal as the main point of interest)
Class II (Any other snap)
Statistics For Children's Christmas Party
Do y ou have a hobby? If so, we would like to know about it.
Please fill out the form below, and turn it in to the Personnel Department. Children's Christmas
Party Number of Children Boys Ages Girls Ages Name of Employee
How Much Profit Should A Company Make?
A few weeks ago some of the boys got talking about business and prices, and I asked how much they
thought a company should keep as profit ? "Oh, about 10% of sales would be fair," was what
most of them said. Well, they 're going to be slightly surprised when they read this. THE TOTAL
ARGUS PROFIT FOR 1950-51 WAS ONLY 4.8% of sales - less than a nickel out of every dollar. Even so,
that amounts to almost a half million dollars, so I asked who got all that money.
Most Of The Profit Stayed Right Here
First of all, the Board of Directors decided to use threequarters of the total profit to build
the company stronger for the future. This additional money makes possible new
ties, new jobs, added selling effort, new product development, more efficiënt production
methods - all of the things that can make a strong company and a steady job even more secure.
Investors Deserve Their Dividends
The remaining profit, $110,900 was paid to Argus Stockholders for the use of their savings during
the fiscal year ($10,000 of this went to the Profit Sharing Fund which is one of the owners of
Argus.) These dividends amounted to just a fraction over a penny f rom each sales dollar.
That's a real bargain when you realize that it takes $2663 of stockholder's money to provide the
tools and buildings and know-how for EACH job now existing at Argus. That's amazing, but true, so I
for one think the stockholders really deserve their small share of the Argus dollar. #
That is just about the whole story behind the Financial Report. There's only one thing the
Accounting Department didn't cover. It takes a lot of people - all kinds, with all talents - working
together to make those big numbers possible. Personally, I think the people who make Argus tick are
the biggest asset of all. We've got a winning team. Be seein' you.
The 1951-52 Argus bowling season is now in high gear, and the first few weeks' results give
promise of a close and interesting title chase. There are twelve hopeful entrys in this year's
league, and each of these teams feels it has an even chance. The league seems to have a better
overall balance than it had in the past few years when the Argus Camera Five dominated the play. At
the present time the Ten Pins, captained by Ernie Billau, and the Argus Quality Control quintet,
captained by Don Crump, are staging a battle for the leader 's spot. The Quality Controllers had led
the standings f rom the first weeks, but the Ten Pins were staying close on their heels. Then, when
the two teams crossed alleys, the challengers were equal to the occasion and came through by winning
three of the four points. This win placed the two teams in a deadlock for the league lead with
twenty-one wins and only seven losses. It is too much to expect either of these teams to maintain
this kind of average throughout the season. Behind the two leading fives are acouple of perpetual
challenging teams. Four games off the pace at the present time are the Engine Ears and the Paint
Shop. Captain Joe Lyons, of the Engine Ears, has moved his team into this spot after they had gotten
off to a slow start. This is a team that should show steady improvement as the season progresses,
and will be sure to play a prominent part in deciding this year's championship team. The Paint Shop
(this is the Camera team of the past few years) is only four games from the lead and are gunning for
their third straight championship. The loss of John Kendrovics by this team will be feit, however,
and their chances have been lessened because of it, but any team that has the Egeler brothers is
going to be dangerous. In fifth place, at the present time, is Jim Fraser's Tool Room five, and they
have been able to gain this spot without bowling at a clip that they will not be able to maintain
for the season. Bill Green has shown his competitive ability by coming through in the anchor
position and winning those close games with tenth frame clutch bowling. Ken Pratt and his Demons
have been the surprise entry of the league so far. After the first few weeks of the season it seemed
that this five would be mired deep in the cellar, but in the last few outings the team has seemed to
find itself and has now moved out of the cellar and is intent on moving up to a contending position.
When the cellar spot was vacated by the Demons, the Skunks were forced into that spot. This team
after being one of the league leaders last year has been the early season disappointment, but their
bowlers are much better than their present standings would seem to indicate and it is certain that
they will soon make a bid to move up in the league standings. President Don Crump and his committee
have instituted weekly prizes for team and individual efforts and this seems to be working out very
well. The various prizes are set up so that all of the members of the league have an equal chance of
winning. The interest shown so far has been very gratifying, and it is hoped that this will continue
until the schedule has been completed next May.
Between The Deadlines
You have really missed something if you did not get to see the medal Caroline Cole had with her
the other day. She has been awarded the degree of Chivalry by the Ann Arbor Rebecca Lodge.
Congratulations, Caroline. Well, the 195 1 vacation season has just about drawn to a close with
Martha Crago and Bob Lucas being among the last to take theirs. Martha spent hers at home getting
caught up on those household chores that seem to wait for vacation time. Bob took his wife and
daughter to her parent 's home in Iron Mountain. He also found time for a little fishing and a si de
trip through Milwaukee. Did you see the fraternity pin that Marión Reed, of Service, is
sporting? Congratula tions, Bill Ripple. Marión is a newcomer from Summit, New Jersey, and
takes a lot of ribbing becauseof her slight Eastern accent. The tooi room is having its facelifted.
They have a new paint job, and the department has been enlarged to a point where you need a
blueprint to find your way around. Cari Bates has time on his hands now, his crops have been
harvested. Joe Brahm is having a new dog house built, with doors on both sides. George Berkimer is
busy these days with a bit of construction work. He is building a table for a collimator. Betty
Dentón is the pretty gal trans - cribing our letters in the Service Department now. (Sorry,
she is married. Husband's name is Paul.) They live in Dexter. MBud" Farrell says Betty was the
best doggone cheer leader Dexter ever had. Incidentally, Judy Estola has taken over the duties of
Ada Karr who is on a leave of absence for a much needed rest. The new men in the department are Jack
Turner and Richard Pardon. Dick has taken over the focometer. (Bill McGinn's repairing cameras now.)
Dick used to be a clerk at Fiegel's clothing store here in town, and still clerks on a part-time
basis. Jack Turner is unmarried. His last job was on a farm working with the United States
Department of Agriculture in Soil Conserva - tion. His job with Argus is in the "backroom"
repairing projectors and miscellaneous equipment.
Your New Federal Withholding Tax
Beginning November I, the amount of Withholding Tax deducted from your wages will be increased
from 18% to 20%. The following explanation for the hourly and the salaried payroll will acquaint you
with the way in which such deductions are made. Hourly Payroll - This payroll is produced on IBM
Tabulating Equipment which allows us to make many mathematical calculations that, if we were using a
manual method in computing the payroll, we would attempt to avoid. As a result, we are able to
compute exactly the amount of withholding from each individuales pay each pay period. No tables are
used as are employed in computing the Salary Payroll. For the year prior to November ist, your tax
rate was 18% of your total earnings, less $26.00 for each dependent. It should be remembered that
your taxable pay includes not only the regular pay, but the over-time, cost of living. Annual
Improvement Factor, and premium pay. If we take for example a man with awife and one child whose
total wages amount to $150.00 for a two week period, his tax would be computed as follows. The
amount of exemption for each dependent was unchanged in the new law and remains at $26.00 each per
two week pay period. Total wage payment $150.00 3 Exemptions (3 x $26.00) 78.00 Taxable wages 72.00
Tax rate .20 Income Tax to be withheld $ 14.40 Salary Payroll - The Salary Payroll is prepared in
the Controller's Office semimonthly. Taxes and other deductions are computed manually. For this
purpose, the Income Tax Withholding Tables provided bv the Bureau of Internal Revenueare used. A
portion of this table is printed at right. It shows the new amounts to be deducted as a result of
the tax increase effective November 1 .
Argus Hunters In Their Glory
Several bow and arrow hunters migrated north again this year, but had no success. Bill Wetzel
says it looks like a lean season for u deerburgers."
As for the birds, Fred Tower and his father got the limit during their two day retreat at Clam
River. That is quite a string of ducks they are showing off. Others who joined in this sport were
Jim Fraser, Bill Green, Walt Hatch, Gene Rossbach, Harry Bates, Cari Bates, Ted Schlemmer, Steve
Jardno, Ralph Moon, Harold Sweet, and Al Terry.
Bill Ruzicka (Engineering) who is pictured above, has reason to smile. His suggestion was worth
$438. Charles Kline (Punch Press), RubeKoch (Tool Room) and Gene Rohde (Machine Shop) are happy with
their awards of $94.00, $50.00 and $17.00 respectively . Others among the joyous troop are Jess Cope
(Planning), Rolly White (Timekeeping), Jennie Lesniewski (Inspection), Anna Mae Bell ( As - sembly),
Eric Rose (Tool Room), Francis Kelly (Machine Shop), Gil Jaeger (Machine Shop), Jim Meidrum
(Engineering), Stanley Fritz (Machine Shop) and Virginia Birney (Standards and Methods). They all
received $10.00 each for their ideas. You, too, may enjoy extra cash by turning in a good useable
idea. Just take a suggestion blank from the box in either plant, jot down your idea and turn it in.
Who knows, you may be on the top of next month's list.
Semimonthly Wage Bracket
And the wages are - And the number of withholding exemptions claimed isAtleast B"less I 0 J
2 3 4 5 tnan The amount of tax to be withheld shall be - 76 I 78 1 15.401 9.80 1 4.30 1 0 0 0 78 80
15.80 10.20 4.70 0 0 0 80 82 . . 16.20 10.60 5.10 0 0 0 82 84 16.60 11.00 5.50 0 0 0 84 86 17.00 1 1
.40 5.90 .30 0 0 86 88 ...... 17.40 1 1 .80 6.30 .70 0 0 88 90 17.80 12.20 6.70 1.10 0 0 90 92 18.20
12.60 7.10 1.50 0 0 92 94 18.60 13.00 7.50 1.90 0 0 94 96 19.00 13.40 7.90 2.30 0 0 96 98 19.40
13.80 8.30 2.70 0 0 98 100 19.80 14.20 8.70 3.10 0 0 100 102 20.20 14.60 9.10 3.50 0 0 102 104 20.60
15.00 9.50 3.90 0 0 1 04 ..... 106 21.00 15.40 9.90 4.30 0 0 106 108 21.40 15.80 10.30 4.70 0 0 108
110 21.80 16.20 10.70 5.10 0 0 110 112 22.20 16.60 11.10 5.50 0 0 112 114 22.60 17.00 11.50 5.90
WÖ 114 116 23.00 17.40 11.90 6.30 .80 0 116 118 23.40 17,80 12.30 6.70 1.20 0 118 120 23.80
18.20 12.70 7.10 1.60 0 $120 $124 $24.40 I $18.80 $13.30 I $7.70 I $2.20 I $0 124 128 25.20 19.60
14.10 8.50 3.00 0 128 132 26.00 20.40 14.90 9.30 3.80 0 132 136 26.80 21.20 15.70 10.10 4.60 0 136
140 27.60 22.00 16.50 10.90 5.40 0 140 144 28.40 22.80 17.30 11.70 6.20 .60 144 148 29.20 23.60
18.10 12.50 7.00 1.40 148 1 52 30.00 24.40 1 8.90 1 3.30 7.80 2.20 152 156 30.80 25.20 19.70 14.10
8.60 3.00 156 160 31.60 26.00 20.50 14.90 9.40 3.80 160 164 32.40 26.80 21.30 15.70 10.20 4.60 1 64
1 68 33.20 27.60 22.1 0 1 6.50 1 1 .00 5.40 1 68 1 72 34.00 28.40 22.90 1 7.30 1 1 .80 6.20 172 176
34.80 29.20 23.70 18.10 12.60 7.00 176 180 35.60 30.00 24.50 18.90 13.40 7.80 180 184 36.40 30.80
25.30 19.70 14.20 8.60 184 188 37.20 31.60 26.10 20.50 15.00 9.40 188 192 38.00 32.40 26.90 21.30
15.80 10.20 192 196 38.80 33.20 27.70 22.10 16.60 11.00 196 200 39.60 34.00 28.50 22.90 17.40 1 1.80
200 210 41.00 35.40 29.90 24.30 18.80 13.20 210 220 43.00 37.40 31.90 26.30 20.80 15.20 220 230
45.00 39.40 33.90 28.30 22.80 17.20 230 240 47.00 41.40 35.90 30.30 24.80 19.20 240 250 49.00 43.40
37.90 32.30 26.80 21.20 250 260 51.00 45.40 39.90 34.30 28.80 23.20 260 270 53.00 47.40 41.90 36.30
30.80 25.20 270 280 55.00 49.40 43.90 38.30 32.80 27.20 280 290 57.00 51.40 45.90 40.30 34.80 29.20
290 300 59.00 53.40 47.90 42.30 36.80 31.20 300 320 62.00 56.40 50.90 45.30 39.80 34.20 320 340
66.00 60.40 54.90 49.30 43.80 38.20
Blood Donors Needed
The boys in Korea are in desperate need of whole blood for transfusions. Experience has shown
that nothing can replace the value of whole blood, as it contains living cells, which are so vital
in the recovery of an injured man. We all hear of plasma and various othersolutions, but they all
fall short of the true value of whole blood. Blood donations by civilians have had a marked drop in
the past few months. This is possibly due to the feeling that with truce talks in progress, the
actual fighting has been lessened. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The need is just as great as
ever. Our blood bank is very short of blood. The situation has become so acute that the armed forces
have started collecting blood from servicemen to try to replenish the bank. But, this is not enough.
The Defense Department and the American Red Cross are appealing to us all to realize theurgency of
this need and to dónate blood, if possible. It would be a terrible thing for any boy of ours
to die in Korea when we could save him. The Red Cross Mobile Unit will be in Ann Arbor during
themonth of November. There will be plans made for Ann Arbor residents and Ypsilanti residents -
evening appointments can be made. Any of you who would like to help by donating a pint of blood,
leave your name and telephone number in the First Aid Room. Up to date information will be available
there at all times.
The Stork Club
The proud papa in Engineering is Harvey Bennett. Harvey's golden haired daughter was bom
September 20. Mother, Ruth, and baby, Cheryl Lynn, are doing fine, but father is a bit weary. It was
a baby girl for Bill Martin and his wife September 21. They are calling her Diana Hilliard. It is
their first. Of course Lorraine went to University Hospital where Bill used to work. Debra arrived
at the home of Jim and Sally Fraser four months ago. Her appearance makes William Fraser Grandpa
Bill. Dick Pardon's wife, Marilyn, has just presented him with a new son - their first child. Steven
Richard was bom October 17. Kathleen Ruth is the new tax exemption at the Willie Parson's residence.
Kathleen weighed nine pounds and five ounces on arrival.
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