Looking Back At Summer
(See pages 6-7)
Reviewing Argus Progress
Members of our profit-sharing fund will be glad to hear that once again this has been an
excellent year. Final accounting for the fiscal year ended July 31 shows that the Company will meet
last yearTs all-time high contribution (the maximum) of $4 for every $1 invested by a member.
COMPANY' S TOTAL PROFITSHARING CONTRIBUTION SOARS It is interesting to note that although the
Company' s contribution for each employee will be at the same maximum ratio of 4 to 1 this year as
it was last year, the total Company contribution is substantially higher than it was last year. Our
profit-sharing group grew to 398 members last year. In order to contribute 4 to 1 for the increased
number of members, the Company' s total contribution necessarily increased from $253,551 last year
to $308,357 this year.
The significance of our profitsharing fund strikes me most sharply when I talk to employees who
are retired and benefiting from their investment. When Ray Imus retired in July, he told me what a
satis - faction it was to receive his share in the fund. Ray mentioned that he feit particularly
fortúnate when he talked to his retired friends who had worked for industrial firms with no
or relatively small retirementprovisions. So many of these people, he said, have little or no
savings to show for their many years of work. FUNDS USED FOR RETIREMENT ONLY There has been some
discussion about allowing employees to withdraw savings from the profit-sharing fund bef ore they
actually retire. The decisión, however, was against such a move. Too often, immediate needs
seem all important and needs for the future very distant.
Were an employee able to withdraw his savings f rom the fund for a purpose which might seem
necessary at the moment, he is likely to reach retirement in the same predicament as the men that
Ray Imus mentioned. GERMÁN SUBSIDIARY IS POSSIBILITY Since 1949 it has been virtually
impossible for us to export cameras throughout the world- this is because of dollar shortages and
import regulations. We are now considering licensing a company in Stuttgart, Germany, to manufacture
Argus products for distribution in Europe, South America, África, and other export markets .
Manufacturing in Germany will permit us to develop this export market and it will not interfere
with, or detract f rom, our Ann Arbor operations. Like the Canadian subsidiary, the Germán
operation would commence on a very modest basis.
Cover contest winner this month is Elizabeth Hopkins, Receiving Inspection, who took the
"duck pond" scène with an Argus "75" while on vacation at Saginaw Bay in
Editor Dorothy Burge Photoprinting Jan Gala Published every month for the employés of
Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Reporters Machine Shop . . . .Dorothy Lixey Paint Shop ....
Wilma Simmons Camera Assembly . . Ruth O' Hare Govt. Opt. Assembly . Bea Frisinger, Thressel Conley
Lens Processing. . .Betty Shattuck Maintenance Emil Johnson Optical Assembly, Inspection .... Jean
FitzGerald Engineering Jim Meldrum Standards Virginia Birney Production Planning . Patt DuCharme
Tool Room Bill Fike Shipping Hilda White Service Ted Watt Accounting Beulah Newman Sales Jane
Maulbetsch Purchasing . . Dolores Helzerman Night Shift. . . . Bill Ambrazevich George Navarre
Features Writers Andy Argus and Robert Lewis
Jimmy's Box Wins Again
The Argus wide-angle lens box, designed by Art Director "Jimmy" Barker, won a 2nd place
award in the National Paper Box Manufacturéis Competition held in New York the first week in
July. A "best end use performance' award was given the box for the fine protection it gives the
lens through shipping. Last year, the C4 camera display case, also designed by Jimmy, walked off
with prizes at the same competition.
Argusites Get Around!
from Patt DuCharme Proof that this is a small worldand you'll find an Argusite in almost any
corner of it is supplied by this vacation story: Yellowstone National Park was one of the vacation
stops of John and Betty Shattuck this summer. Upon their arrival at the park, John and Betty rented
a cabin, then went out for ice cream. Returning, they were amazed to find that the other half of
their doublé cabin had been rented by Vince and Viola Swickerath. The meeting was a surprise
to both couples. John works in Production Planning, Betty in Timekeeping and Vince in Receiving
Inspection at Argus. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for
what he gave. -Calvin Coolidge
Argus Helps To Make Blood Bank Drive A Success
Argus people, along with other Ann Arbor industrial employees, donated a total of 290 pints of
blood in August to make the Industrial Blood Bank Drive a success. Industry was in "debt"
102 pints of blood bef ore the drive, Mrs. Radford, Argus blood bank chairman reported. Because of
the excellent August response, Ann Arbor industry now has a "credit" balance of 188 pints,
the largest balance ever held by this group. Only those people who have signed cards volunteering to
contribute to the blood bank are entitled to receive blood, without charge, in case of illness for
themselves or their families .
"is This Seat Taken?"
Credit Union Gets Off To A Good Start
People who worked hard to start those credit union wheels turning were the eleven employees who
signed the credit union charter at the Cafeteria meeting on June 8. These people automatically
became members of the credit union charter committee and initial organization duties were theirs.
Officers for the committee (elected by and from committee members) were Chairman Russ Trombly,
Quality Control, and Secretary Elwood May, Engineering. The committee's principal duties were to
arrange for the organizational meeting and to study the credit union charter and by-laws submitted
to Argus by the state of Michigan. The committee unanimously approved the charter and temporarily
approved the by-laws. Once the credit union begins to opérate, it is possible that members
might want to change som e of the by-laws, committee members said. The slate for the regular
officers who were elected at the organizational meeting was made up of candidates picked by the
committee and candidates nominated from the floor. Candidates picked by the committee were chosen
according to administrative abilities and their interest in credit union activities, committee
The Canada Story
The decisión to use the new Argus Canadian subsidiary as a sales organization rather than
as an assem - bly plant was announced recently by Robert Lewis. Because the plant manager fs job
will be primarily concerned with the distributing of Argus products to Canadian dealers instead of
factory management, Fred Leeman, who is currently setting-up operations in Canada, will eventually
return to Ann Arbor and his job of Methods and Standards Supervisor. A new, permanent office manager
will be appointed to replace him. Argus Cameras of Canada, Ltd., with office, warehouse and
factoryservice facilities at One Scott Street, Toronto, Ontario, will include three employees in
addition to the manager. William Franklin, a resident of Whitby, Ontario, who has been undergoing
extensive training in the Sales
Department, will direct sales activities. In the near future, he will cali on all Canadian photo
- graphic dealers toexplain the new Argus program . Service repairman, Al ex Krezel, will be s ent
to Canada to serve as tempo rar y
pairman for the plant while John Strauch, a Canadian resident, comes to Ann Arbor to train for a
regular positionas Canadian plant repairman. Rita Maillet, also a Canadian resident, will be the
Offices Keep Growing
With new jobs and new men, the Sales Department, already bursting at the seams in its crowded
office, annexed the former Mail Room for use until quarters in Plant III are available. The Mail
Room moved temporarily to Plant II into the room adjoining Optical Assembly. Three new men in Sales
are Bill Krantz and Howard Smith in the wholesale sales división and Ralph Beuhler, who will
be assigned to work with one of the Regional Sales Managers . New assistant to Carlos Chapman,
Market Research, is George Milroy, who will be working on surveys and other marketing problems. John
Daziens is the new assistant to Doug McPherson in Order Control. Service also has a new sales
trainee, Jack Pearson, and a service correspondent, Harry Hughes. In advertising, Joel Rowley has
been appointed to the newly-formed position of advertising publicity writer .
Fisherman Finds Mail In Floating Bottle
Sea Mail thrown from a passing freighter was rescued by Al Dawson when he fished off the coast of
Miami Beach on his vacation this summer . Although no records can be found to prove that Sea Mail is
a usual form of mail delivery, men on board ships sometimes do enclose stamped letters in bottles
and throw them overboard, hoping that the finder will mail them.
Nimke's Glads Win Ribbon
Gladiola-grower Ed Nimke entered his rose-pink beauties, named "Rose Charm", in the
Annual Región Show of the Michigan Gladiolas Society in August and again emerged a winner .
Ed, who has a collection of prizes won by his glads in the past, won this blue ribbon and rosette
for the best Gladiolas in the 3 -spike open class . When he isn't working in the Argus Service
Department, Ed spends his time as a commercial flower grower. Right now, Ed says that he has about
Nick Proves This Is A "land Of Opportunity"
20-year-old Nick Pazuros has lived in this country just2-l2 years, but already he has a good
start up that ladder to success. Nick came to America f rom Greece, a 17-year-old, in November of
1951. Like many Americans, Nick dreamed of a business of his own, but lacking capital and business
know-howfor this kind of venture, he took his first job in Ann Arbor- that of a bus boy at Preketes
Sugar Bowl. Then in August, 1952, with his good friend, Andrew Kokinakes, Production
Planning, as interpreter (Nick didn't speak English too well at that time) he became an Argus
stock handler. Af ter that, Nick buckled down and really worked. He worked as a stock handler all
day. At night, he worked at the University of Michigan soda fountain. And he saved his money, buying
only the necessities for living. Nick learned to speak English quite fluently, and with his quick gr
in and likable personality, he gained friends throughout the plant. Last month climaxed his 2 years
of thrift and day-and-night employment. Nick's bank account, which had grown by leaps and bounds,
made him eligible to go into his uncle's ice cream and candy store business in Chicago. Through
ambition, persistence and thrift, in just 2-12 years and at the age of 20, Nick had made his dream
of owning a business a reality.
New Conference Program Initiated In Sales
New York, Chicago and Ann Arbor were locations for Argus sales conferences last month. This
newlyinstigated middle-of-the-year conference program will continue each year in addition to the
annual conference held in Ann Arbor each spring. Attending the Ann Arbor conference in Mr. LewisT
office on August 7 and 8 were: Jack Pelton, William Houck, David Carto and Dan Schurz. In New York
on August 13 and 14 attending the conference at the Garden City Hotel on Long Island were: Arnold
Macdonald, Walter Rickhoff, William Weeden and salesmen from O. W. Ray distributors . The Chicago
conference at the Edgewater Beach Hotel on August 20 and 21 was attended by: Ted Humphreys, Robert
Dunlap, Al Dawson, William Spicer, BobShondell, Charles Murphy and Robert Dorinson. Salesmen, who
were enthusiastic about the new conference program, said that it gave them a better opportunity to
express their ideas and to talk informally to members of the home office.
18 Inch Long Beans Keep Right On Growing
18-inch long string beans grown by Lucille Baker, Camera Assembly, were one of the first
vegetable entries in the Recreation Club's Gardening Contest. Named tTYard-Long Beans, " this
vegetable sometimes grows as long as 2 feet, the University Botanical Garden claims. Lucille, who
has 6 poles of beans growing in her backyard at 72 Jerome, Ypsilanti, says they are good to eat
providing they are cooked longer than is usual for beans to make them tender.
July 16 was a great day for the Paint Shop-and for Ray Imus who retired from work after 13 years
at Argus. Ray, who has been ill for several months, returned to Argus to retire formally and to say
goodbye to his old friends here. When Argus president, Robert Lewis, greeted him, Ray expressed
appreciation for his membership in the Argus Profit-Sharing Fund which will help to make his
retirement years financially secure. Holiday turkeys, invitations to all Company dinners and special
occasions, mailing of "Argus Eyes," and assistance from the Personnel Office when needed
are in store for him, also. 67-year-old Ray who began working for Argus in 1941 as a stock handler,
was probably better known around Argus as a janitor. His last job as janitor was in the Paint Shop
where he also worked at the oven conveyor . From now on, youTll find Ray at home with his wife at
1211 Wright in Ann Arbor.
CECILE LALLY, Camera Assembly (above, left) who was guest of honor at a lunch period stork shower
opens her gifts while Louise Koebnick, Alice Alt and Marión Coats look on. FRIED CHICKEN was
a special luncheon treat given Don Waters before he left Government Optical Assembly to become
assistant to Jim Brinkerhoff, Factory Manager. Below, Annie Bird presents a chocolate cake just as
Don digs into that drumstick!
5-YEAR-OLD SANDRA HARRISON, daughter of Orville (Production Planning) presented a father's day
card to Governor G. Mennen Williams who,with Hopalong Cassidy, was elected a "father for the
day" at the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Sandra bashfully accepted a kiss as
a token of appreciation.
"RIVER, STAY 'WA Y FROM MY DOOR" was the theme song of Harry Piper, Irv Halman and Bill
McCrie (below) who fought f looding waters f rom a backed-up storm sewer main in Plant I on that
rainy Saturday, July 31. The men struggled successfully to keep water from flowing downstairs to
damage valuable electrical equipment in the Tabulating Department. Bill Brackney, Don Dempsey, Bill
Sieloff, Ed Makielski and Lorie Johnson, all working on inventory, added their help to keep the
Biggest Crowd Ever At Family Picnic
July 10 was the big day f or that annualaff air -the Family Picnic!
You Asked Andy
Nothing like a pot full of questions to get me back into the swing of things af ter a long, lazy
vacation! Let's look into this letter f rom the Tool Room first. It's a long one, and we don!t have
the space to print it in. But her e's the answer:
Rebuilding Tools and Dies in the Tool Room This letter, suggesting that old tools and dies be
redesigned or discarded instead of rebuilt, was given to Art Parker, Sr., in Engineering. He told me
that he appreciates your suggestion and agrees with you that tools should not be rebuilt unless they
are worth repair ing. Your suggestion to have the production engineer take up the problem of faulty
dies with the tooi and process engineer bef ore having them rebuilt is exactly what does happen.
None of our tools or dies are repair ed unless Art Parker, Sr., who is the Chief Tool and Process
Engineer, considers them worth repair ing. Your suggestion to run usable parts on deviation until a
parts change order comes through is also done whenever this method is economical. As a further
precaution against unnecessary repairing and other tooi and die problems, Argus has a Tool, Gauge
and Processing Coordinating Committee composed of eight members who represent every phase of
Engineering, the Tool Room, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Inspection and Quality Control to handle all
problems in respect to tools and gauges . Guard for Back Entrance of Plant I "Wonder why we
couldn't have a guard at the back entrance. Itfs a long walk from the front entrance to Third Street
and then a couple of blocks down the street, especially on rainy days." I checked this note
with Torn Spitier and Gene Rossbach and they both agreed that your idea is a fine one . But right
now our guard staff is small and we donTt have an extra man to guard that door. However, your
suggestion will be kept in mind should the size of the staff ever be increased . Suggestion to Play
MThe NameTs the Same" "Wonder if you would play "The Name's the Same" for us .
We would like to see some pictures of the people with famous names that are paged over the public
address system. Thank you." I talked this over with the "Argus Eyes" editor who
agreed to help me out. Beginning with the next issue, "Argus EyesM will contain pictures of
some of the famous people around
Argus. Look for these Mfamous names" under committee pictures - such as the picture of the
Suggestion Plan Committee scheduled for the October issue. Or, to make sure we get pictures of
people you want to see, you might drop their names in one of the Andy Argus boxes. Sales of Argus
Products in Ypsilanti MWhy can't the Company sell cameras to Gerber 's Jewelers in Ypsilanti? I was
told by Mr. Gerber himself that we would not sell him cameras for resale." Bill Armstrong in
Sales answered this question by first explaining that we sell products in two ways- direct f rom the
factory, in which case the dealer gets a "factory franchise," or to a wholesaler, who in
turn sells to a dealer. In order to extend a direct factory franchise, we have to be sure that the
dealer will sell enough products each year so our percentage of his photographic sales will at least
cover our cost of displays, merchandising aids, salesmen's calis and other basic sales costs. Gerber
Jewelers filled out a standard dealer application for us which indicated that their volume of
photographic sales during 1952 and part of 1953 was not great enough so we would break even on the
cost of our sales services should we extend the franchise. Then, we already have two
factory-franchised dealers in Ypsilanti- Al Green Jewelers and Moray Jewelers, located 1-12 blocks
away f rom Gerber Jewelers. The city of Ypsilanti would not justify an additional factory franchise
from a jeweler located this close to two other franchised dealers. However, if Gerber Jewelers is
interested in selling Argus products, they can obtain them through any one of several wholesale
outlets in this area- although the wholesaler discount is admittedly less attr active than the
factory discount. Bill Armstrong added that he would be very happy to discuss this question further
with any interested employees or with a representative from Gerber Jewelers. Recreation Club Sports
Events "Is it true that the Recreation Club is going to admit outsiders to all Argus sports
teams as bowling, golf, basketball, etc., as has so
ly been done with the softball team? Attending a softball game the other night, I saw exactly
three players on the team who worked at Argus. I, along with many others, am indeed sorry that my
two-dollar membership was partly spent in this manner, and will be certain that it will not happen
again.M Don Crump gave the answer to this question. Outsiders will not be admitted to any other
Argus sports team but the softball team . League rules permit us to have 3 people who do not work at
Argus on our softball team. Because there are few pitchers who work at Argus and since good pitchers
are essential for a good softball team, we do have outsiders for this position. These same pitchers
are allowed to play other positions on the team. However, only 3 outsiders are allowed on the team,
so when you attend an Argus softball game, you know that at least 6 of the people on our team work
for Argus. CASH FOR A CALF MADE A CAREFREE VACATION! A Guernsey calí was won by Dick
Bradmon's (Lens Grinding) wife, Donna, at the Dixon County Dairy Festival while they vacationed in
Nashville, Tennessee. The prize calf, more practical than it first appeared, sold for $50 and the
Bradmon'spocketed extra spending money for the rest of their vacation!
Suggestion Award Winners
$660.90 was the total dollars awarded for suggestions last month. The money went to these people:
Dept . Name $ Won 15 Bruce Junod $138.42 11 Amos Kline 100.13 10 Paul Higgins 94.97 15 John Lawrence
68.70 19 Lucy Hawk 52.40 49 Janet Schulze 40.00 53 Jesse Cope 20.00 19 Louis Davis 19.28 62 Charles
Wier and 15.00 Francis Wright 19 John Kenne 12.00 15 Hazel Egeler 10.00 26 Keith Tripp 10.00 48
Irene Root 10.00 54 Rube Koch 20.00 (2 awards of $10 each) 10 Robert Mclntyre 10.00 10 Dick Towner
10.00 62 Jerome Dunn 10.00 62 Cari Toler 5.00 53 Orville Harrison 5.00 29 Adeline Opheim 5.00 19
Mildred Yuhas 5.00 15 Ron Kaufman Certificate of Merit
Final Telescopes Pass Government Inspection
government contract work nearingcompletion, Government Optical Assembly people made routine
duties of passing the scopes through government inspection a special occasion. On this page,
employees proudly accept the final telescopes f rom the government inspector- all ready for packing
and shipping to the U.S. Army. The Panoramic Telescope was designed and developed by Argus engineers
who were given basic requirements for the scope by Army Ordnance .
Dawn Ramsey Is Engaged
Dawn Ramsey (Sales) is engaged to Robert Halleen, a senior in the University of Michigan College
of Engineering, her father A. M. Ramsey, announced recently. Robert is the son of Mr . and Mrs .
E. N. Halleen of Dearborn. The couple is planning a January wedding.
Robert Taylor Weded Rena Rhan July 24
Robert Taylor, Paint Shop, was married to Rena Rhan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rhan,
Chatham, Ontario at the 2nd Baptist Church in Ann Arbor on July 24. After a honeymoon trip to
Vandailia, Michigan, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor are now at home at 326 Beakes Street in Ann Arbor.
Gerald Schlee's (Standards) new son, Robert Gerald, was born August 2 weighing 9 lbs . , 3 oz .
Little Robert has a 2-12-year-old sister, Kathryn. Judy Lynn is the name of Alton Grau's (Standards)
new daughter born July 13, weighing 9 lbs., 2 oz. The Graus have two other girls, ages 5 and 4, and
one boy, age 3. 8 Ib . , 8 oz . Barbara Ann was born tothe Paul McCoys on July 28. Paul, who works
in the Suggestion Plan Office, has two daughter s, ages 4 and 2 years, and one son, 5-12 years . Joe
O'Donnell, Final Inspection, is proud father of a 7-lb. girl, Patricia, born August 5. The
Oüonnells have three other children. Audrey Lou is the name of Willie Parson's (Machine Shop)
new 10-lb. daughter. Audrey has a 5-yearold brother, David, and a sister, 3-year-old Kathleen. First
child for the Daniel SmithTs (Machine Shop) is 5 lb., 15 oz., Sally Danette, born July 13. Jack
Cummings' (Engineering) new daughter, Jacqueline Rene, was born August 26 weighing 7 lbs., 8 oz.
This blue-eyed, blond baby has a 12-year-old brother, Fritz, and a 7-year-old sister, Marcia. Bill
McGinn (Service) is proud father of a 5 lb. , 14 oz. son, James, born August 15. This is Bill's
third son. Craig Richard is the 6 lb., 9 oz. brown-haired son born to the Harvey Bennetts on August
19. Harvey, Engineering Drafting Room, also has a 3-year-old daughter, Cheryl. Norm Symons,
Purchasing, has a new 7 lb., 11 oz. son, Gregory Scott, born August 23. The Symons have a 9-year-old
son, Alan Craig, and a 6-year-old son, Gary Bruce. Marge Yokoyama, Camera Assem - bly, became the
mother of a 8-12lb. boy on July 6. Joan Baker, Shipping, became the mother of a 6 lb., 13 oz. girl,
Mary Pamala on July 25. Herb Oliver, Shipping, has a son, David Parker, born July 25, weighing 6 lbs
. , 3 oz . ARTHUR PRESTON VISITS PLANT Arthur Preston, U.S. Army, visited Argus while home on a 6day
pass f rom Ft. Knox, Kentucky, in August. He stopped in the plant to greet his friends here,
especially those in the Optical Assembly Department where he works.
Joyce Hughes Is Bride
July 31 was the date Joyce Hughes (Purchasing) became the bride of William Aiken, son of Louis
Aiken of Manchester and the late Mrs. Aiken. Both wedding and reception were held at the Bethel
Evangelical and Reformed Church, Freedom Township . After their wedding trip to Niágara
Falls, the gr oom left for San Diego, California, where he is enrolled in a U.S. Navy School,
Hazel Pedigo Becomes Mrs Norman Egeler
A romance which began in the Argus Paint Shop and ended in a wedding on June 30 tells the story
of two well-known Argus people, Hazel Pedigo and Norm Egeler. The marriage ceremony was held at the
residence of Mrs. Francis Landon, Whitmore Lake, at 8 p.m. Hazel has been an Argus employee for 7
years; Norm has been with Argus for 20 years. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Egeler are now at home at 1320 Kay
Parkway in Ann Arbor.
Movie Star Poses For Argus Vacationer
Dolores Helzerman, Purchasing, who vacationed in Silver Springs, Florida, had an
honest-to-goodness celebrity, movie and swimming star Esther Williams, as model f or photos which
she took with her Argus "75". Miss Williams was on location for a new movie in which she
is starring, Dolores said. She chattedwith, and graciously consented to pose for Dolores and other
photo fans who caught her off the set.
Men's Golf Outings
RAIN RULED THE DAY at the 2nd Men's Golf Outing, held August 17, also at Plymouth Course.
Gathering place was the clubhouse until just bef ore the end of the day when the rain stopped to let
the men play a bit of golf. Prizes were awarded to Bill Lamb who won the first prize of a leather
overnight bag; 2nd prize, a stadium cushion, to John Borgerson; 3rd prize, a golf umbrella, to Torn
Heermans; 4th prize, a rain jacket, to Herb Pfabe, and 5th prize, wood mitts, to Bill Underwood
Dick Towner carne through with the low net of 31.4 and the low putt of 13.
THE SUN SHINED on the lst Men's Golf Outing, held June 19 at Plymouth Golf Course. A round of
golf, filled with fun-provoking situations and a good clubhouse dinner made it a memorable day.