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Knitting No. 1, Second Shift
Well, well here if it isn’t time
once again to view the big mo
ments of—“Who’s Doing What” on
the “Merry-Go-Round” ?
Walker is going to make sure
that the next time Roy Wayne
rides to work with him that their
lunches aren’t mixed up. For six
ham sandwiches are a great loss
in these days of meat shortage.
We are inclined to believe that
Hubert Payne’s shoulder bones
will fail to hold up many bone
We heartily welcome R. F.
Haney (Jack), as a machine fixer
on our shift.
“The hide-and-seek-boys”, are
better known, as Lloyd Pearce and
Richard Crouse. But, next time
you play the game Richard be sure
that you make it Lloyd’s tool box
instead of Johnny Wardells.
A few evenings ago Bryant Mit
chell was seen in the office ad
ministering first-aid to his leg in
jury which he sustained from a
fall while working on his hog pen.
He was asked a few questions
about the accident and he replied,
“He was making it difficult for
Roy Wayne’s haughty appetite for
We are all glad to see Lewis
Humble (Cowboy), back with us
after recuperating from an ap
Fridays just prove to be unlucky
days for Charlie Helmsetter while
en route to work. One Friday the
clutch flew out of his car and the
followmg Friday he lost his bat
tery, but maybe by this time Char
lie has his car so it will bring him
to work on Fridays.
Ah yes. Walkers ravishing thirst
for squirrels proves to be more re
markable for opossums.
Hubert Payne should hereaft-
er give his head a second thought
when it comes to sticking it under
a certain window while plavinir
peeping tom. ^ ^ ^
So long, until January—“Wish
ing you everyone a Merry Christ
mas and a prosperous New Year.”
FULL FASHION FINISHING
The full fashion finishing de-
partment are glad to announce
that we are one hundred per cent
for the beautiful baby contest,
^very parent who has a child un
der six years of age has entered
them in the contest.
We welcome at this time Ever-
ette Jester and Maud Bradsher.
Maud being a former employee has
come in for a few weeks ,i;o help
us catch up with the folding.
. We are sorry that Ora Bryant
IS 111 again, and wish for her a
jn the hos
pital, Boulevard unit, where she
underwent an operation. Last re
ports are she is doing fine. We
hope you will be well soon Anna
We miss you lots.
Everyone is getting the Christ-
nias spirit and are looking forward
10 the Christmas party.
The reports from employees on
action, or no action, taken in re
sponse to the company’s recom
mendations following the Ortho-
Rater tests have been tabulated.
In a large measure workers have
cooperated and have given volun
tarily the best sort of testimonies
of help received.
It needs to be re-stated that
these tests are a service to work
ers. Employees who have acted
upon recommendations have bene-
fitted. In view of all the facts, it
is futile to question the accuracy
and reliability of the Ortho Rater.
In thousands of cases in industry,
and in the navy during the war, it
has proven to be a marvelous in
The analysis of reports shows
substantially the following items.
After each item there is a cour
teous statement to stimulate your
The number after each state
ment represents number making
1. “Went to eye doctor”, 147.
Approximately 150 prescriptions
(including “went” and “just been”)
were issued (glasses ordered).
This grouping also lists those
who in good conscience went to
the eye doctor and were advised
that, due to age, etc., nothing more
could be done. Many had adjust
ments made. There have been
scores of testimonials (many of
which were printed in these col
umns) stating that unexpected
help was received. Subsequently
such statements as these have
been made: “I wouldn’t be without
my glasses again for anything.”
All these people are strongly urged
to call for a re-test to see how
Ortho-Rater scores now.
2. “Not taken time, too busy”
are those who have
6. “Didn’t understand,” etc., 2.
This is a small group who sin
cerely did not understand the na
ture of recommendation. In view
of all the clarification, it is lioped
that these people who still go to
the eye doctor.
7. Had just been to doctor,”
These are people who had been
to doctor before tests were made,
but probably immediately after
service was announced. These peo
ple did need attention and received
prescription (glasses or treat
Obviously these people need help
as much as others; they probably
would benefit as much as others.
Procrastination — putting off
such an important matter as the
eyes is hard to understand. There
are few things that any of us can
do with “a little time” that will
pay dividends more than time giv
en to pay attention to such an im
3. “Intend to go; have appoint
LOOPER LEARNERS NEWS
I want to thank all the learners
for the nice gift and surprise party
they gave me last month. I don’t
know how to go about showinfif mv
appreciation, all I can say is
thanks for everything.—Ida Bod-
I think it would be very nice to
have one night out of each week
for entertainment, such as sing-
i^^’i and games. It would
be lots of fun for a group from
the mill to meet and have some
good clean fun.—A Learner.
What about it learners, let’s get
9® V"?. "P ^ basketball
team. Don t you think it would
be fun? Let’s talk to Mr. Boyd,
j —A Learner
Did you happen to see Ida Bod-
enheimer flashing a new watch
around? Wonder where she got
it ?—A Learner
Wonder why all the learners
come in here sleepy on Monday
morning? Too many dates I bet.
It is hoped that this group will
carry through their good inten
tions. New resolutions time is
here. The only thing to do, is to
do it now!
4. “No reason” 24.
This is the most tragic answer.
If you know that this matter of
eyes is so important that for near
ly a year (and as a policy for the
future) persons who are lacking
in eye skill (such as those who have
received “2” and “3” reports) are
not being placed on your job in the
plant, it should make you pause
and consider that each new person
who comes into your department
has better eye skill than you have!
5. “Gone; left plant,” etc., 56.
It is highly regrettable that
these people did not take action
on the recommendation and get the
help that is available. Thp con
clusion is inescapable that ’ many
people quit their jobs because of
illness, restlessness, sleeplessness
and other factors that are directly
traceable to the eyes. Over against
that people who were told
of their condition and did npt act,
^^® that since using
the Ortho-Rater the number of
quits has dropped to a point where
practically the only persons quit
ting among newly hired workers
8. “No money; insufficient
funds,” etc., 13.
This, of course, is a personal
problem. It is suggested that over
a period of time it may be possible
to make a place for this thing. In
many cases, the new glasses will
pay for themselves in increased
piece earnings on the job. Credit
payments in small amounts can be
arranged. Consultation will be
welcomed and assistance given
9. “Don’t need; eyes don’t bother,
don t think necessary,” etc., 24.
This is the hardest group to
speak to. If any person in this
group is interested in discussing
the Ortho-Rater score, time will
gladly be given to go over the mat-
ter in detail. Some in this group
1- 1 the minimum only
slightly and it may be that it is
lairly safe to take a chance (how
ever even in these cases the advice
01 the eye doctor would be best).
On the other hand, some of these
persons obviously are in as great
or greater, need as any of those
who went to the professional men
with such satisfying results.
These people, especially, are
urged to read Dr. Stump’s article
in this issue.
10. “Out of shop, sick,” etc., 8.
These people will know whether
they should consider their eyes. In
any event, when they return to the
shop, the merits of the Ortho-Rater
service are urged upon them.
11. “Delayed, put off, no partic
ular reason, etc. ,15.
Here is a group of utterly frank
leports. Many of these people are
under 30. It is suggested that now
IS the time to give attention to
your eyes. Ten, twenty years from
now, you may want to stop put
ting off and find that the eye doc
tor cannot help you nearly so much
as if you had come to him earlier.
The above reports are from
workers who received score of “2”
of “3” in the Ortho-Rater tests.
“2” stated: ‘slightly below average
of operators in your department”.
‘3” stated: “considerably below
average and below minimum
standards that have been found
important for satisfactory per-
performance on your job.”
Appreciation is expressed for the
high degree of cooperation on the
of everyone. Melrose started
the Ortho-Rater program feeling
that it was bound to accept the ex-
perience and testimony of others
that It IS a good thing. Our con
fidence in the service grows each
day as workers themselves ex
press appreciation for benefit re
ceived . We have had numerous in
quiries from other plants who
want to render the same service
to their workers. The Ortho-Rater
is a permanent all-year-round fea
ture of our mills. Inquiries and
conversations are welcomed. If you
have interest in any phase of the
work you are welcome. The pro
gram is here to serve.
Life on the Production Line
(Continued from Page 1)
10:4?—Goes to Asst. Foreman and
says, “Look, what that
damn night shift did.”
11:00—Sees female employee —
tries to get a date.
11:30—Group leader is watching—
no time to wash for lunch
1:00—Punches in one minute ear
ly—time for smoke.
1:10—Goes to machine—sees big
shot watching; starts hitt
ing mallet on piece of steel.
1:30—Hits finger with mallet—
Talks to God about it for
1:55—Goes to First Aid, waits
while nurse takes care of
fifteen other people.
2:00—Goes back to machine, de
cides it’s time to go to the
2’15—Goes to rest room. Does a
little drawing over picture
started day before. Thinks
of poem and writes same
3:00—Back to machine—looks at
new girls as they came in.
(Red sweater isn’t bad.)
^ '^5 Goes to office to see if draw,
ings on new models have
come in yet.
4:00—Can’t work—smoking time.
4:10—Goes to rest room—should
n’t have eaten that stuff in
the cafeteria. Puts whiskers
on picture drawn on wall.
4:40—Back to machine; tells gr
oup leader he doesn’t feel
well, wants a sitting down
4:45—Sorts rivets; drops can on
floor—has to stand up wl;iile
kicking rivets under table
instead of picking them up.
5:15—Needs a drink^goes to fou
ntain at far end of build
6:00 Back to machine. Figures
out overtime. Starts clean
ing up and putting tools
away. Watches for group
leader or Asst. Foreman.
Watch for Foreman; Watch
for Superintendent. Watch
6:30—Gawd, I’m tired. But boy—
got a date with a new girl.
Next Day—Same Thing—Only
Asked For Raise
Mrs. G. W. A., Alton, 111.
Electrical equipment is recorded
as having saved the housewife 224
hours of work in eight months.
^l^'.®*"®®* linen closet equipped
with sliding doors that will be air
tight as well as moth and vermin
proof, will be on the market soon
a manufacturer reports. ’
The heat necessary to melt one
gallon of ice would, if converted
into pumping power, lift more than
of lol) X^t.
There are 123 individuals in
listed above ( not counting
(5) _ left plant,” (7) “had just
been ) who were referred to eye
doctor. Although they have not
this analysis may stimulate
P®"P'® y®t take
care of this matter.
. The following are testimonials on
benefit of service:
• don t have headaches so much
now and I get more dozens.”
“It helped my nerves.”
‘I can see so much better with
my new glasses.”
Headaches are stopped and I
have gained in production.”
I can see better and have gained
“I can see better and am not so
Tha^L improved lots.
“I can see better.”
“Great improvement in mv vi
Can loop with more ease.”
“Eyesight much better.”
I think it is very beneficial to