Volume One, September 1943, Number Seven
Wherever super cleanliness is vital to health - in hospitals, restaurants, food industries, etc., the Westinghouse Sterilamp is doing a man-size job. Its rays spell doom for germs. In our cafeteria (above) a Sterilamp constantly stands guard over the cutlery.
THE DEATH RAY THAT GUARDS LIFE
Westinghouse is fighting two wars at once. Everyone knows about the many types of weapons manufactured here for effective use against the Nazis. But few are aware that fixtures and bulbs for the Sterilamp, which protects health by killing germs, are made in the West End Plant.
The Sterilamp wars against bacteria on many fronts. By producing strong ultra-violet rays it does its biggest health job in hospitals. Infections which formerly occurred after major operations are now controllable through installation of these wonder lamps over operating tables. Sanitary conditions are similarly maintained in food industries, laboratories engaged in the preparation of essential vaccines, restaurants, meat stores, etc.
In appearance, the Westinghouse Sterilamp is a slender rod-shaped glass tube, flaring slightly at each end where the electrodes are located. Sterilamps operate on alternating current through the medium of current regulating transformers.
Although installations are restricted for the duration to essential industries and services, many new uses for the Sterilamp are anticipated in post-war years. A device that guards public health by killing germs in the millions deserves a bright future.
INFLATION WILL GET US IF WE DON’T WATCH OUT
Those of us who remember the last war have vivid recollections of how high the prices of common things soared. In Hamilton, for instance, butter sold for 65c, a pound, sugar for 29c potatoes for $1.22 a ten-pound bag, and work boots, which were very often of only imitation leather, were $12.00 a pair. In fact, in those days, we paid nearly twice as much as we are paying for the same articles today, and to add to the difficulties, there was a shortage of practically everything, which, in turn, resulted in higher prices being demanded.
You see, people were making very high wages- more money in fact than they could spend in wartime- and with the surplus money they were continually striving to outbid each other for the scarce goods. This forced the prices up, which necessitated an increase in wages. Thus, alternately, prices and wages went higher and higher, with the wages never quite catching up- always coming out second best. The Government in that day took no effective steps to prevent this trend.
That is inflation. True, it wasn’t called by that name in the last war, but it has occured- to a great or less degree- during every war period.
Of course, all of us would like to have more money. Actually what we want is to be able to purchase more goods- to improve our standard of living. Under conditions of inflation, however, getting more money does not improve the standard of living, since an increase in wages results in an increase in the price of goods which is greater in proportion than the wage increase. Thus, the standard of living is actually lowered.
This is what happened in the last war and is what the Government is now trying to prevent by rationing scarce goods, putting a ceiling price on necessary goods, stabilizing wages, providing a Cost-of-Living Bonus, and increasing taxes.
But the Government cannot accomplish this great task alone. It takes the co-operation of every individual to make it an actual success. The Government can’t prevent inflation unless you- and you- and I are willing to undertake to carry out those things which are necessary to prevent it.
THe first requirement is to purchase only those things which we need. It is true that the temptation is great to purchase those things which we have wanted - but not actually needed- for a long time, especially when we have a bit of extra money in hand. If we confine our purchases to our needs, there will be enough of everything to go around.
Secondly, if we refuse to pay more than a fair price for what we buy, and ask only a fair price for what we have to sell- be it goods or labour- prices are bound to stay where they are at present.
Then with our surplus money, there are the old debts and mortgages to be paid off, life insurance to buy, bank accounts to be increased and Victory Bonds to purchase, and when the war is over, the slate will be clean- no bad debts, no things that have to be settled. However, there will be a “nest egg” of considerable size that we will be free to spend on long-desired luxuries, to make a down payment on a new home, or to give our boys and girls an education. All industry, freed from war production, can thus be concentrated on providing goods for the civilian population, and give full employment to thousands to supply the demand for those articles which we have done without in wartime.
We shall then have paid for the war as we went along, kept all fronts supplied with necessities, and ensured stability of our currency by preventing inflation.
John R Reed
Westinghouse Employees Magazine
Vol. 1, No. 7 September, 1943
“THERE’S NOTHING TO IT”
…say Westinghouse Employees who regularly contribute their blood to the Red Cross Blood Bank.
Just one of the gang, Albert Hawkins (WX Department) has donated blood to the Red Cross 22 times! “Nothing to it”, he says.
What would you do if your next door neighbour suddenly took ill and needed a blood transfusion? “Why,” you say, “I’d go right to the hospital and offer to give my blood.”
Now your next door neighbour’s son may be in the Armed Forces. He may be wounded and in need of a blood transfusion this very minute. Of course you can’t rush to his aid overseas as you would to his Dad who lives next door.
But like 1,000 fellow Westinghouse workers you can become a Blood Donor and thus make sure that no Canadian soldier will ever die for want of a blood transfusion.
Being a Blood Donor is easy. There’s absolutely nothing to it. Look at the pictures on this page for definite proof. We’ll just say this: There are 10,000 Blood donors in Wentworth County. Of this number one-tenth are Westinghouse people who have been organized in a great humanitarian cause mostly through the efforts of B. B. Hodge, Personnel Manager.
Let’s keep up the good work. See your Foreman today about becoming a Blood Donor. Your blood may save a Canadian soldier’s life. (Continued on page 15)
Off we go. Pretty Red Cross driver, Margaret Ambrose is about to whisk these smiling chaps off to the Blood clinic. Shown are Blood DOnors George Worthingham (No. 2 Store Room), Joe De FOrest (BX), Joe Harrison (B6), Dave McKay (A2), Terrence Brady (D5) and George Greenaway (BX).
“Your name please?” asks Miss Margaret Templin and the Westinghouse Blood Donor answers “Dave McKay, A2”. Other donors wait to register.
Temperature taking: The nurse places a thermometer in each man’s mouth. Regular Donors, they relax knowing that there’s nothing to it.
“No change in health?” asks Dr. Crack as Joe De Forest (BX) takes a Hemoglobin Test and Mrs. Radcliffe checks the record. WHat happens next is shown on page 15.
Our Years of Tool Making Experience has Proved Invaluable in the Switchover of Production from Peace to War.
FOR THE TOOLS OF WAR…
Proud of their craftsmanship are Tool Room men like Bill Sawbridge, left, and Bill Hay who do the assembly and finishing operations on the hundreds of jigs and fixtures turned out by the Tool Room every year. Working against time, the Tool Room worked seven days a week for the first two years of the war.
In mass production one of the most important groups of men in a plant like ours are the tool makers. These are the men who design and build the jigs, fixtures, dies and gauges that make possible the mass production of millions of parts and hundreds of pieces of finished equipment with accuracy.
To many in the East Plant Tool ROom this is the second time that the Tool Room has put aside the products of peace to build the tools for the tools of war.
Although Westinghouse tool makers are aided in their work by the most modern machines money can buy, tool making requires a high degree of craftsmanship. Information contained in the engineer’s blueprints must be carefully transferred to metal and the metal in turn accurately machined and finished to the required shape. Whereas machinists in other departments may work to tolerances of thousands of an inch, tool makers think in terms of hundred thousandths!
Just as jigs and fixtures require time to build, the art of tool making cannot be learned in a hurry. Many Westinghouse Tool makers, like East Plant Tool Room Foreman Ernie Porthouse, served their apprenticeship in the Tool Room. Apprentices spend four years at the bench under the guidance of an experienced tool maker as well as attending classes during the daytime and one evening a week. In spite of the exacting apprenticeship there are always many boys eagerly awaiting the opportunity to take up this course.
One of the most accurate machines of its kind is this jig borer operated by Tom MacAulay is used to drill gauges and fixtures made by the Tool Room. Extremely accurate, it came from Switzerland before the war.
Used to shape small punches and forming tools, this high speed shaper operated by William Fern makes 200 cuts a minute, can be slowed down to 14 strokes a minute when working on extremely hard steels.
THE PICTURE ON THE COVER
Our cover this month shows a few of the more than 200 different kinds and sizes of tool steel which are kept always on hand in the East Plant Tool Room. In many cases harder than diamonds, some of these special steels are worth more than $3.00 a pound. Checking over the compact $36,000 pile of steel are William Barr, who has charge of No. 18 Stores tool steel stock, and Fred Bannister.
Variations of 1/10,000th of an inch can be quickly detected by this electric comparator which Frank Turner, Chief Tool Room Inspector, is here testing for accuracy with a set of Johansson inspection gauges. Used by the tool and gauge rooms to check the accuracy of other testing devices, the “Jo” blocks are accurate to within 8/1,000,000th of an inch!
Many elaborate and costly gauges are used by Westinghouse tool makers to assure accuracy in their work. Here BIll Coleman demonstrates how a height scale is used in laying out intricate work.
Learning from the ground up. Many Westinghouse tool makers learned the art of tool making while serving their apprenticeship in the East Plant Tool Room. Here apprentice Jim McEdwards gets a lesson in blueprint reading from Instructor Alec Newlands.
Handle with care!
Production of many parts at Westinghouse requires precision machining at extremely close tolerances, perfect fitting of tiny moving parts, utmost cleanliness of all mechanisms. Measurements on some operations are so exact that many of them are equivalent to splitting a human hair 10 times.
To maintain these standards of perfection requires thousands of tests and inspections every day using 15,000 or more micrometers and gauges. Any of these precision tools cost as much as an electric refrigerator or a fur coat. If damaged they may take six months to a year to replace, so great is the need for these tools in war plants.
Under the heading, “Handle With Care”, the INspection Department gives the following 10 simple suggestions for maintaining our micrometers and other precision tools in perfect condition:
Micrometers and precision gauges are delicate instruments. Handle the as you would a fine watch.
Don’t drop micrometers or gauges on the floor or work bench. If accidentally dropped, precision gauges should be returned to the Gauge Room for inspection before being used again.
Never tap a precision gauge on the edge of the work bench. Even slight jarring will affect its accuracy.
Don’t mix gauges and micrometers with ordinary bench tools. Lay precision tools down gently away from other tools.
Don’t spring or force gauges over the work. THis will damage the gauge and cause the work to be rejected.
Don’t gauge work while the machine is in motion. This strains the gauge and work gauged while in motion is never accurate.
Don’t tamper with the adjustment. Micrometers or gauges no longer accurate should be returned to the Gauge Room for test and adjustment.
Don’t use ordinary machine oil or cutting fluid on micrometers and gauges. All precision tools should be returned to the Gauge Room for inspection and oiling.
Keep gauges and micrometers clean. Perspiration from hot hands will corrode the highly polished surfaces. After using dry with a clean soft cloth.
Return gauges and micrometers promptly when not in use so fellow-workers will not be kept waiting because tools are out of stock.
OUR LANCASTER BOMBER PARTS NOW FLY OVER GERMANY
Bomber parts made by Westinghouse war workers in Hamilton went to complete a giant Lancaster bomber last month which by now is helping to blast Germany into submission.
The first of the big Lancaster to be made in Canada, the plane was christened “The Ruhr Express” by Mrs. C. G. Power, wife of Canada’s Minister for Air, at a huge celebration at the Victory Aircraft plant at Malton early in August. Immediately after the ceremony the bomber took off for overseas.
A proud moment for Victory Aircraft workers, the honors were also shared by several of our departments at Hamilton. One of several supplier firms selected to build parts and fittings for the largest of all British heavy bombers, our plant furnished a variety of essential component parts which our years of electrical and manufacturing experience has fitted us to carry out with dispatch.
A condensed list of the equipment being produced for the Lancaster by Canadian Westinghouse includes bomb racks and bomb release mechanism, identification signal boxes, electric circuit terminal blocks, emergency aerial winch and reel, aerial insulators and ice shields, tubes for the transmitting, receiving and inter-communications sets, and flare releases. Our tool room also built special tool and assembly jigs and fixtures for use on assembly work in the Victory AIrcraft plant.
Rated the world’s largest, fastest and most devastating heavy bomber, the first Canadian Lancaster was completed, ready for action, 16 months after the arrival of blue prints from England. To produce a ship of such size in such relatively short time is a feat in itself dwarfed only by the knowledge that this was only the first of a long production line of Lancasters that will now start to roll from Canada’s largest aircraft line.
Exclusive of rivets, nuts and bolts, the Lancaster has more than 50,000 parts and assemblies, not counting the engines and gun turrets. Over 4,000 square feet of aluminum sheets are needed to cover the fuselage and wings, and approximately one million rivets and 14,250 bolts are used in the construction. The huge 69½-foot fuselage is built and assembled in sections, each section being wired and fitted before it reaches the final assembly floor. This unique assembly not only saves time in building the ships but permits sections damaged in action to be quickly replaced by boltin in new sections. THe radio, inter-communication, control and lighting circuits are likewise wired in sections for quick replacement, using hundreds of little Westinghouse-built terminal blocks.
The tremendous size of the Lancaster is apparent in the photos on these pages. From tip to tip the wings measure 102 feet. Seated at his controls the pilot is 18 feet off the ground. The wheels are fix feet six inches in diameter and are retractable. Including the eight ton bomb load, the plane weighs 30 tons. With its four motors, each developing 1,250 horsepower, it can fly 1,000 miles non-stop with a full load of bombs or 3,000 miles with a partial load.
The 69½-foot Lancaster fuselage is built and assembled in sections. The sections arrive on the final assembly floor fitted and wired ready to be joined together. Exclusive of rivets, nuts and bolt,s the plane has 50,000 different assemblies, yet is one of the best aircraft to build from a production standpoint.
The only components of the Lancaster which are not made in the Dominion are the four Rolls Royce Merlin engines which power the 30-ton ship. In flight the wheels are drawn up to increase speed.
It was a proud moment for Victory Aircraft workers when the first giant Lancaster bomber to bue built in Canada took to the air recently. Here the huge crowd assembles for the christening ceremony.
Bristling with armament, the big Lancaster has Browning aircraft machine guns mounted in the turrets in the nose, tail, top and belly.
Looking up inside the big 33-foot bomb bay of the Canadian-made Lancaster. Installed in the ceiling are the bomb racks which hold up the eight tons of bombs. Built in our Hamilton plant, the racks are so arranged that bombs may be released a few at a time or all at once! The bomb bay doors open in less than five seconds.
On the instrument panel, immediately below the head of this Victory Aircraft worker, is one of the two Westinghouse-built identification switch boxes on which the crew may tap out the plane’s identification blinker lights should the radio set be damaged.
Bird’s - eye view of beautiful Vancouver showing BUrrard Inlet and distant snow-tipped mountains. Westinghouse Officers are located in the Marine Building (left foreground).
VANCOUVER … Pacific Gateway
2,685 miles westward from Head Office in beautiful Vancouver, Westinghouse people conduct the Company’s business with characteristic aggressiveness
When Horace Greeley coined his famous saying, “Go West young man, go West”, he was referring to Pennsylvania, the far West of that day. Nowadays the far West is where the blue Pacific laps the shore and soft trade winds blow. In other words, it’s Vancouver - Gateway to the Pacific.
The city of 400,000 is comparatively young, so much so in fact that it can remember its birth just 57 years ago. Ideally located on Burrard Inlet, the Pacific Gateway is 15 miles north of the international boundary.
These are facts that community-minded people in the Vancouver Offices of Westinghouse will tell you at the drop of a hat. They also have another proud boast. President John R. Read came to Vancouver as Westinghouse District Manager shortly after the offices were opened, and served in that capacity until 1936 when he was appointed Executive Vice-President of the Company.
It was in 1905, just as Vancouver entered the adolescent period at 19 years of age, that Westinghouse opened a small office in Hastings Street. S. B. Smith was the first District Manager.
Many advances in the electrical industry, not a few of which were pioneered by Westinghouse, have taken place since that early date. And in the interval the sales volume of Vancouver Office, on the 14th floor of the imposing Marine Building, has steadily enlarged. Today, with T. H. Crosby as District Manager, the Vancouver Sales Department has successfully adapted itself to provide electrical equipment for a highly diversified industrial set-up. Wartime requirements have brought about an amazing expansion in hydro electric power development, ship-building, lumbering, airplane manufacturing and fishing. Efficient running mate of the Sales Office is the Repair Department, with shop and offices inThe Service Building, 1090 Homer Street. This Department is fully equipped with trained personnel to handle the repairs and renovating of all types of electrical equipment.
Since it has grown from a small hamlet to a large and important metropolitan centre in little more than half a century, future possibilities do not overaw Vancouver. The Gateway to the Pacific confidently expects a post-war business development unparalleled in history. Sharing this vision, and working towards its realization, is the enterprising Vancouver Branch of Canadian Westinghouse.
The Warehouse and Service Department Building at 1090 Homer Street houses Service Department SHop and Offices, also facilities for storing and distributing apparatus, merchandise, lamps, etc.
Close up of the Marine Building on the fourteenth floor of which are located our Vancouver Offices. From this vantage point a commanding view of the city is available.
Members of the Sales Office Staff. (Back row, l to r.) Bob Vernon and Bert Robertson. (Front row, l to r.) Muriel Murdock, Lorraine Smith, Gladys Nightingale, Charlotte McDonald and (Mrs.) Agnes Cameron.
Members of the Service and Warehouse Departments recently posed for their picture. (l to r) L. Rimmer, R. Sigurdson, A. Grischuck, N. Dillabough, L. Beal, L. Dohm, W. Millar, R. Jarratt, J. James, G. Lautsch, M. McIsaacs, H. Wilson, W. Thomson, E. Davies, J. Derhousow (absent), J.D. Gregory, W. Ferguson, and L. Marshall.
P. D. Ferguson
T. H. Crosby
Appliance and Lighting Sales
NEWS IN REVIEW
General Office- The Service Department had the pleasure of a visit from Tom Eastwood, Foreman of our Service Repair Shop at Winnipeg. Tom was on his way to attend the presentation of Wings to his son, Glenn, formerly one of our employees, at Uplands, on August 6th. Glenn was an apprentice at Hamilton before joining up in March of last year.
Engineering- Joe Thwaites was recently made a member of the Electronics Committee, American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Joe is the only Canadian on the Committee and is to be congratulated on his appointment.
Attractive Thelma Gent rests her horse somewhere along a Wasaga Beach bridle path. THelma, recently back from her vacation, is Editor K.J. Farthing’s secretary.
M4- The girls in this Department were thrilled recently to receive letters from the Women’s Voluntary Services for Civil Defence in London, England, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. THese letters tell the girls of these organizations’ great pleasure in receiving gifts from Canadian donors.
Space will not permit the printing of these letters, but they both convey to all members of M4 Overseas Club very deep appreciation of their generosity, and the Magazine wishes to congratulate Margaret Gray and her energetic committee, who carry on this splendid effort.
D6- Friends of Al Brown, formerly of this Department, who enlisted in April this year in the R.C.A.F., will be sorry to learn that he has contracted infantile paralysis and is at present in Alexandra Hospital at Montreal.
Nine “Western Gentlemen”, herded by Manager Hamilton, and a like number of “City Slickers”, under questionable guidance of Syd Marshall, are making soft ball history for D6, besides a lot of fun for their fans. Selected players from the above teams, “precision ground” and “inspected” by Captain Howard Priest and Coach Carpenter, take this opportunity of throwing down the mitt to any group of “Pill Pounders” who wish to try their luck in getting to first base. So come on with your teams! Try us out.-But keep in mind that when you can’t see it you can’t hit it.
H1-We suffered the loss of one of our fellow workers very unexpectedly on the Civic Holiday week-end, when John Law, who has been an employee of the Department for several years, was drowned at Puslinch Lake on Sunday, August 1st. The sympathy of the Department and other friends is extended to his parents.
Grace Thresher, Secretary to Chairman of the Board, Paul J. Myler, is here shown receiving a beautiful gold watch from her “chief” in recognition of 35 years’ service with the Company. Jack Holk (centre) is PResident of the Senior Veterans’ Association which sponsors such presentations.
Young Dick Skillen, whose father, Pres, is in the Engineering Dept., spent a good part of the summer playing Cowboys and Indians. Now, like scores of other youngsters, he’s back at school studying “readin, ritin, and arithmetic.” The realities of life are tough on little guys.
R3- Congratulations are offered to Jim Mann, Assistant Foreman, Tom Summers, Tool Engineer, and Harry Newton, Supervisor on Brown & Sharpe Automatics, on their recent promotions to these positions in R3.
M1-L1-We have often heard about (Continued on Page 12)
Twenty-three years ago these boys comprised a championship team in the Westinghouse Softball League. How many Kings of Swat do you recognize? Legend has it they made up one of the smartest teams ever seen around these parts.
Fat pedestrian (knocked down by a car):
“Couldn’t you have gone around me?”
Motorist: “I wasn’t sure whether I had enough gas left.”
The general was lecturing a class of student officers. “A 40-foot flagpole has fallen down,” he said. “You have a sergeant and a squad of ten men. How do you erect the flagpole again?” The candidates offered suggestions involving a block-and-tackle, derrick and so on. “You’re all wrong,” replied the seasoned officer. “You’d say, ‘Sergeant, get that flagpole up.”
FAMOUS FIGHTER SQUADRON THANKS WESTINGHOUSE PEOPLE FOR CIGARETTES
No. 401 Squadron was First to Fly in Many Fights over Britain and the Continent.
C.N. SALVISBURG, Treasurer of the War Services and Charities Fund has received numerous letters from overseas, thanking our employees for their gifts of cigarettes, etc. One very interesting letter was from Squadron Leader Neal, Officer Commanding, No. 401 Squadron, R.C.A.F., Overseas, which is the Squadron that Henry Sprague, son of VIce-President W.E. Sprague was attached to before being taken prisoner some time ago. Squadron Leader Neal points out that cigarettes purchased in the Old Country are very expensive, about 24c. For ten. Tobacco costs the equivalent of $6.50 a pound, which is a practical reason why our gifts are so welcome and so greatly appreciated.
This is rather a famous unit, being the first R.C.A.F. Squadron in action in the Battle of Britain, three years ago. It was first to escort Flying FOrtresses over Europe, first to provide fighter cover over Rotterdam, first Squadron to use the most advanced type of fighters in July, 1942, and the first R.C.A.F. Squadron to engage the Focke-Wulfe 190 Fighters. The Squadron has a total credit of 56 enemy aircraft destroyed and over 100 probably destroyed or damaged.
Our little monthly contributions are helping to keep these splendid representatives of our country in good spirits, and the little we contribute is not missed by any of us.
We have been asked by A.L. Meynell, Secretary of the Senior Veteran Employees’ Association, to invite any eligible employee to join this Association. Please communicate with him at The Benefit Department, Works Office.
“Injury”, said the workman.
“Inattention”, said the foreman,
“Inflammation”, said the physician.
“Incurable”, said the hospital.
“Incredible”, said the mourners.
“Interred”, said the undertaker.
“In Peace”, said the tombstone.
When the word got around that three of their fellow-workers, (l to r) Tom Shimmell, John Bull and Bob Gavey were retiring, members of the Foundry tendered them a dinner and social evening which was enjoyed by all present. Combined service records of the Old-Timers total 73 years. (See story on page 13)
…the big one that got away, but Russ Bea (M1) not only let the big one get away, but his line, rod, reel and a two dollar spinner went with it. We are all wondering how Russ is going to explain the loss to his brother-in-law, the late owner of the aforementioned equipment.
Every day Westinghouse Main Office elevators travel about four miles in taking passengers to and from their offices. When it seems that an elevator will never come, be patient. Maybe, like this one in charge of Doris Ellis, they are delivering other busy war workers to all seven floors.
“Going Up,'' sings Lois Pickard and a few seconds later her elevator was filled to capacity. Don’t be like one passenger who said “Oh, three please” just as Lois “landed” at the fifth floor. Call your floor early.
F-7-The Ladies’ Soft Ball Teams of F7 and F` got together on Friday evening, August 6th and had a very enjoyable time. P.S.-Your editor hopes that at his gathering it was decided which was the better team.
This is the Westinghouse championship relay team, members of which streaked past the tape to take first place in the Industrial Relay Race event at the Hamilton Police Meet on July 1st. On August 21st the same team won the Open Industrial 440-yard relay at the Buffalo Uniformed Firemen’s Meet for the fifth straight year. (l to r) Tom Dumbill, Doug Cousins, Mike Katz, Arnold Dafoe, Dave Strang and Jim Honrsby; (inset) Bill Champagne.
F1-The sympathy of all members of this Department is extended to Mrs. Bonnallie, of Mount Hamilton, whose son was drowned on July 29th at Wasaga Beach. William was admired by everyone in this Department and always had a smile which will be long remembered.
A draw was recently held in this Department in aid of the Greek Relief Fund, and the sum of $56.00 raised. This opportunity is taken to thank all who made this event an outstanding success.
Our ball team played the White Air Craft on August 5th at Mahoney Park: Score: F1 Dept.-12; White Air Craft-10.
Q Department- Sam Taylor, of this Department, who recently received his Wings at Brantford, was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, and the congratulations of this Department go forward to him.
BX and B7 should be proud of its members who are members of the Voluntary Blood Donors Group. Over 120 donations have been given by 26 members of these Departments. Your editor regrets that space does not permit the printing of all names. Special mention, however, must be made of Albert Boult, Frank Jones, Wes Houston and Jim Brown, who are mainly responsible for the splendid record achieved.
WJ1-Berg Clegg, draughtsman in the Illumination Division is back on the job again after being dangerously ill for several weeks. We are very glad to see you back, Bert.
His friends in the East PLant will be interested to know that Sam McKNight, formerly of the Engineering Department, is now with us in Department WJ1.
WD2-On behalf of members of the Lamp Engineering Department, we extend our sympathy to Carman Cantlon, whose mother passed away recently at Seaforth. Also to James Radcliffe, Pipe Fitter (WD2) who lost his wife on July 31st.
Here is LEading Air Woman Bessie Tunstead who enlisted in December, 1942. ‘Member when Bessie was a Timekeeper in F7?
WD1-The numerous friends of Jessie MacNaughton, who for years was an employee of this Department, will be pleased to hear of her safe arrival overseas. Jessie, who is a daughter of Tom MacNaughton, (Department H, East Plant,) is a Lieut. Nursing Sister with No. 13 Canadian General Hospital, which is under the command of Lt.-Col. L.A. Carr, M.D., of this city. She has already seen considerable service, having been with the R.C.A.M.C. for over 2½ years.
Congratulations to Geroge Horbett, who, on July 31st, joined the R.C.A.F. and is now stationed at Manning Pool, Toronto. George was presented with a purse as a farewell gift.
WX-Distinguished visitors to this Department recently were: Representatives of the Chinese Government, G.W. Chu, M.C. Tung, E.N. Yen and R.C. Lynn. They were accompanied by representatives of the Westinghouse International Company from U.S. Also Petty Officer Arnold War, R.C.N., previously foreman of Planers, WX.
Foundry News- Tom Shimmell, John Bull and Bov Gavey were tendered a farewell dinner by their fellow employees at the Royal Connaught Hotel on July 30th. Having each attained the age of 70 years and being eligible to retire under the company pension provision, their friends thought they should be honored, and organized this entertainment. John Bull, under ordinary circumstances, should have retired in December, 1942; and Bob Gavey in October of this year; but owing to the war these two have now decided to carry on for the duration doing their share to hasten Victory. Tom Shimmell who was recently advised by his physician that a rest was essential, received from the hands of Vice-President C.H. Mitchell a signet ring, as a token of the esteem in which he is held by Foundry men and other employees who gathered to pay a merited tribute to these three Westinghouse veterans. A very pleasing program was arranged by George Green, who capably acted as Chairman for the evening.
TORONTO- Friends of Captain Rolly Cleworth, formerly of Swastika Office will be interested to know that his name is mentioned in press dispatches as being one of the officers in the Cliff Assault in a recent campaign in Sicily. His regiment clambered up a 2,500 foot precipice and stormed a crest in a pre-dawn attack, capturing the town of Assoro.
Ever see a fireless engine? This one does yeoman duty in the West Plant yards every day of the week .Twice a day it is charged with sufficient steam at the boiler house to ensure operation for four hours. Charlie Mace, World War 2 veteran is at the controls.
Here comes the bride in the person of Ruth (Strathmann) Long (centre) who before her recent marriage worked in the Correspondence Department. THelma Gent (same Dept.) stands to the left of the bride as a bride’s maid.
WINNIPEG- We regret to record the death of David Stewart, formerly Shipper in our Winnipeg Branch, on Monday, July 12th. He retired in 1936, due to ill health, after faithfully serving as Winnipeg’s Shipper for thirty years. To his wife and son, we offer our heart-felt sympathy. Davie will be long remembered by us all.
We are pleased to renew acquaintances with Gorgon Finch, of our Ottawa Office, who visited Winnipeg during July while on holidays in the West. Gordon formerly worked here and in Calgary, and is well known in these parts.
Your reporter had the opportunity of saying “Hello” to Walt. Baylis, en route from Hamilton Office to Calgary Office to take on new duties there. Winnipeg staff is ready to give you any help that might be required, Walter, and wishes you the best of luck.
This sturdy soldier is Fred Marshall of “A” Squadron, Tank Corps, Camp Borden. Soldiers like Fred, who used to work in K4, are loud in their praise of Westinghouse people who keep them well supplied with war equipment. Fred’s Dad carries on that at the plant.
BRIDES AND GROOMS
Irene Walton (F1) to AC2 Reg. Bovaird, on July 9th, at Hamilton.
Marie Lowriss (F1) to LAC George Kennedy, on July 17th at Hamilton.
Marjorie Sharp (WD1) to Joe Campbell (R1), on July 24th at Hamilton.
Ella WHitney (R1) to Mike Kohan (F1), on July 31st at Hamilton.
Margorie Cardno (F1) to Harold Race, on July 31st, at Hamilton.
Dorothy Cooper (WD1) to A.B. (Bill) Heinhold, R.C.N.V.R., on August 9th at Hamilton.
Betty Jones, Comptroller’s Department, to William Davies (WD1-WD2), on August 14th at Hamilton.
Dorothy WIllis (WD2) to LAC Hugh Morgan, R.A.F. of Wales, on August 14th at Hamilton.
Muriel Willson (WD1) to Archie Davey, on August 21st at Hamilton.
Do you know?
A submarine’s maximum speed under water is 11 knots. Running at this speed it will use up batteries in an hour. At a speed of 3 or 4 knots the submarine can go 24 hours without recharging batteries, which it can only do by coming to the surface.
Half-a-million man-hours and many, many tons of critical materials have been saved by employees of one firm alone through suggestions of its employees. Employees of this firm-Westinghouse Electric Company- turned 22,788 ideas, of which 7,365 were put to use.
More than 23 railway tank cars of heavy fuel are needed to supply a single destroyer on a round-trip between the East Coast of Canada and North Africa.
Westinghouse at Vancouver has a sub-office in Trail, B.C. ably presided over by B. James (above) His attractive daughter looks after the secretarial work.
To Tom (D6) and Mrs. Hulme, on May 23rd, a daughter, Anne Elizabeth.
To Rodger (M4) and Mrs. Woodcroft, on July 6th, a daughter, Mary Olef.
To Walter (Edmonton Sales) and Mrs. Powell, on July 14th, a son, Donald Gary Jr.
To Jack (Eng. Dept.) and Mrs. Leech-Porter, on July 18th, a son, Jack Colin George.
To Jack (Storeroom 28 W.P.) and Mrs. Heritage, on July 20th, a daughter, Judith Ann.
To A1. (R1) and Mrs. Nicholls, on July 31st, a daughter.
To Tom (F7) and Mrs. Dilks, on August 9th a son.
To Jack (E6) and Mrs. Dorey, on August 14th, a son, James David.
Wearers of Canadian Red Cross Society Silver Pin
Westinghouse Employees who have given Six or more Blood Donations to the Red Cross
“THERE’S NOTHING TO IT”
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Blood for Victory: Senior Veteran Terrence Brady (D5) almost goes to sleep on the comfortable cot while Nurse Dean watches fighting Irish blood accumulate in a bottle.
Now for refreshments: Having made a real contribution to Victory these four Westinghouse men enjoy doughnuts and coffee. Soon afterwards they returned to the plant.
Saving a life: Soldiers, wounded in battle, are grateful to thousands of Canadian Blood Donors. Maybe this is your blood being prepared for a transfusion.
Kenneth Holden Sergeant R.C.A.F. After working four years in our Vancouver Office, Kenneth enlisted in 1941. Since that time he has often flown over enemy land.
Robert Henry Pte. R.H.L.I. Bob worked two years in the Shipping Dept. Enlisted before the war was a month old. His wife and little brother, Sharon, remain here.
William Dohm Able Seaman, R.C.N.V.R. was in the Vancouver Office 5 years before joining the Navy in 1940. He likes the life but will be glad to return to his former job.
J.A. Turner Leading Air Craftsman, R.C.A.F. Joe was a well-liked member of the Winnipeg Service Dept. before joining the air force three years ago this Sept.
James Walker R.Q.M., Fifth Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C. “Mickey” was in X2 Deparmtnet for 17 years. He joined up in 1939. His father is in R.I. Dept.
Milton Edwards, Flying Officer, R.C.A.F. Milt. enlisted in July, 1942, after working for five years in our Hamilton and Vancouver Offices where he has many old friends.
Donald McLeod F/O R.C.A.F. First Rate Dept. man to enlist. He was commissioned overseas in 1942, and taken prisoner in action against the German fleet.
Owen Boylan Lance Corporal, R.C.O.C., Fifth Canadian Division Overseas. Owen worked for more than a year in P-2 Department before going active in 1941.
John McGurrin Corporal, R.C.A.S.C., Canadian Army Overseas. John was a member of the Carpenter Shop for twelve years prior to donning the uniform in 1940.
J. Tuckett Steward, H.M.C.S. Protector No. 2, Point Edward Base, Sydney, N.S. He joined the Canadian Navy in May, 1942 after working one year in WD-1.
Roy Spree Able Seaman, R.C.N.V.R. Roy decided in favour of His Majesty’s Navy in October 1941. Was previously employed for six months in the Lamp Dept.
Ernie Goodwin Sgt. R.C.A.F. Overseas. He donned a uniform in April 1942 and before that worked for a year in FI and CI Dept. His wife, Lorraine, works in FI Dept.
Jack Arnold Sgt. 40th Battery, Canadian Army Overseas. Worked in Dept. B-4 eleven years. Joined the colours day war declared. A brother Frank, in K-1 Dept.
A. Normally Ships Writer, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. Before deciding to cast his lot with the Navy, Austin worked in the Stores Department 6 months.
Fred Kneebone, Jr. Stoker 1st Class, R.C.N.V.R. Fred was in A-2 Dept. as a welder for three years. He enlisted in April 1943. His father, Fred Sr., works in A-2 Dept.
Gordon Bone Flight Sergeant R.C.A.F. Gord enlisted from the Stores Office in January 1941. He is now attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force in Cairo, Egypt.
William Lawson Pte., Royal Regiment of Canada, Canadian Army Overseas. Bill worked for one year in the Stores Office before enlisting in July 1942. Likes the Army.
L. Baldasero Trooper, British Columbia Dragoons. Lorne, who worked for 2 years in E-6 Department, joined up in March 1942. Writes Home Front Friends.
D. Caldbeck Leading Air Craftsman R.C.A.F. Was well-known in Vancouver Branch where he worked for nine years. Don enlisted in May, 1943 and was soon overseas.
Joseph Prior Leading Air Craftsman, R.C.A.F. Joe was a valued member of the Stores Office for two years before going active in July 1941. He is now in Ceylon.
Joe Clayton P.O., E.R.A., R.C.N.V.R. Joined Company six years ago and upon enlistment in April, 1943, was a Sheet Metal Worker in A-2. His brother in B-4.
Frank May Flying Officer, R.C.A.F. Frank was with the Company for four years as an Inspector in E-I Shipping and Receiving Department. He enlisted in April 1941.
Art Blackwell Pte., Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, Canadian Army Overseas. Art was well-known in Hamilton and Vancouver Office, where he worked for 17 years.
Comrades in Arms
*Only difference between these lads and us is that they fight dangerously overseas while we carry on Freedom’s battle safe in a Westinghouse War Plant. It’s like rugby - We pass the ball, they make the touchdown. The more war materials made here, the easier it becomes for our boys to score against the enemy.
Perhaps you have photos of Westinghouse men overseas. Please send them to Editor K. J. Farthing, Room 415, General Office. Such pictures are urgently needed in order to continue this back page feature.
Volume Two, May, 1944, Number Three
Death-Dealing MOSQUITOS *See Pages 3-4
Looking like some delicacy from the “frig”, these aircraft rivets are taken out of a refrigerator cabinet where they are placed, oddly enough, to keep them soft. Shown in picture is Jean Taylor.
RIVETS FOR MOSQUITOS ARE FROZEN SOFT
Many foods, such as meat, butter, ice cream, fruits and vegetables, are frozen to preserve them for long periods. Different are two of three kinds of rivets used in X-2 making tail elevator assemblies for the Mosquito bomber. They are frozen to keep them soft.
The rivets are first heat-treated in a salt bath which anneals or softens the metal so that the riveting operation may be performed without damage to the thin aluminum skins which cover the framework. The heat-treating is done at 930 degrees for 20 minutes after which the rivets are cooled by dipping in cold water.
Since the rivets harden quickly at ordinary room temperature, they are kept pliable in refrigerated cabinets at 15 degrees above zero. Thus stored they “keep” for 4 to 5 days against 4 to 5 hours when exposed to the air.
As the rivets are required they are taken out of the cabinet in small quantities.
Westinghouse Employee’s Magazine
Published on the 15th of every month at Hamilton by and for Westinghouse employees throughout Canada.
All articles and photographs in this issue that pertain to our war work have been approved by the Censor.
Address all correspondence to Room 415, General Office, Canadian Westinghouse Company Limited, Hamilton, ONt.
K. J. Farthing - Editor
Thelma Gent - Assistant Editor
It is with regret that I inform all our people of the retirement from active service on April 26th 1944, of Mr. Paul Judson Myler, heretofore Chairman of the Board, and of Mr. Norman Short Braden, heretofore Vice Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Myler will continue as a Director of the Company and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and I am sure you will all be glad to know that he has also consented to continue as a member of the Board of Pension Trustees.
Mr. Mayler was born and educated in Pittsburgh, and entered the employ of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company in the year 1886, which brings his total Westinghouse service at this date to the remarkable span of fifty-eight years.
In 1894 he became Assistant General Auditor of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, and in 1896 he came to Hamilton as Secretary and Treasurer of the newly formed Canadian Company, which then made Air Brake equipment only. In 1898 he became General Manager of the Company, and, in 1903, when the Company was reorganized under its present name to manufacture electrical apparatus as well as air brake equipment, he became Vice PResident of the new Company. In 1917 he was elected President, and in 1934 Chairman of the Board.
Throughout his forty-eight years with our Company in Canada he was in every way the organizer and leader of this Canadian enterprise. He has, in fact, often been referred to as the father of the Canadian Westinghouse Company. He has also throughout that time been an outstanding figure in the community life of the city of Hamilton, in charitable and religious works, and in patriotic and sports activities.
Mr. Braden joined the sales forces of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1899 at Cleveland, Ohio, and five years later came to Hamilton as Sales Manager of the Canadian Company. He has to his credit throughout his long span of service many outstanding commercial achievements, and his activity and perseverance in promoting the sale of our various new products as they came along have been a great factor in the Company’s consistent record of success. We are pleased that he has consented to remain as a member of our Board of Directors.
In the retirement of Mr. Myler and Mr. Braden we lose two men whose outstanding ability and long experience it will be difficult to replace. I am sure we all wish them both a long and happy life and the enjoyment of those recreations and hobbies in their newly acquired leisure which they have so fully earned.
John R Reed
Chairman and President
The “Vancouver”, one of the first Canadian-built Mosquito bombers to go overseas, saw action over Germany last year.
PUTTING ON THE FINISHING TOUCHES
The Mosquito tail elevator assembly is here practically complete. Trudy Foran, left, and Margaret Ross expertly fill the “pop” rivet holes with zinc chromate which gives the surface a smooth finish when the elevator has received its final coat of paint. Smoothness reduces wind resistance when the completed plane goes into action.
A NEW WAR CONTRACT FINDS WESTINGHOUSE PEOPLE MAKING PARTS FOR MOSQUITO BOMBERS
Westinghouse men and women are a versatile lot. And the odd part of it is that most of them didn’t realize the extent of their abilities until the war started. Many have learned new arts and trades and helped to make intricate weapons far beyond their pre-war imagination. Latest achievement in this regard is the Mosquito Bomber. Several vital parts for the sky warrior (see diagram on next page) are now being made by Westinghouse for the de Havilland plant at Malton.
Some idea of the tremendous scope of the Mosquito programme is the fact that besides 6,000 workers in the de Havilland plant, there are more than 18,000 men and women in sub-contracting plants, and 36,000 making parts in the plants of Mosquito suppliers in Canada and the United States.
The newest and perhaps the most interesting section of the Mosquito built at Westinghouse is the tail elevator assembly of which there are two for every plane. Construction of this unit takes place largely in X-2 Building. The tail elevator is covered with a thin sheet of aluminum alloy just 22/1000 of an inch thick! No wonder that once carefully cut to size, the sheets are called “skins”. Each skin is coated on both sides with pure aluminum 3/1000 to 5/1000th of an inch. The alloy gives strength and
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Also saves aluminum, while the pure aluminum coating is protection against corrosion and electrolytic action. Incidentally, the sheets are numbered in manufacture and a complete record kept of each skin to facilitate any necessary replacements.
When the sheets are received from the aluminum mill they are first degreased in Dept. R-1. Then they are sent to K-1 Building Paint Shop to be sprayed with zinc chromate. This yellow coating keeps down scratches in processing and assembling, also provides a primer for the final paint job.
Now the sheets go to the Punch Shop where they are blanked roughly to size but not to shape. In the K-1 Building sub-skin assembly the sheets are fastened under steel templates, scribed and precision cut by hand to shape. Drilling is done through holes in the templates to assure accuracy.
Skins Flush Riveted
Stiffener ribs used in the assembly are blanked and shaped in Dept. R-2. They are drilled on templates in K-1 sub-skin assembly and the skin flush-riveted to them. Wherever possible rivets are made flush with the skin to keep down wind resistance, yet the metal must not be even slightly warped or damaged to give an “oil can” effect which might result in the skin tearing loose when the plane is in flight. Pop riveting, employed where it is impossible to get a bucking block behind the rivet, uses a special gun developed by Canadian Westinghouse engineers. Exerting 400 lbs. pull with ease, this ingenious tool replaces the hand-operated pullers at present used in most aircraft plants.
Tail elevators produced in X-2 have already won high praise from both de Havilland and R.C.A.F. officials although X-2 has been engaged in this work for only the past three months. It is expected that 100 workers will be needed in the department shortly.
Arrows indicated locations of Westinghouse-built equipment on the Mosquito Bomber.
OUR JOB ON THE “MOSQUITO”
Tail Elevator Assembly (2)
Emergency Aerial WInch and Reel
Auxiliary Gas Tank Release (2)
Bomb Rack Winch
Bomb Carriers (2)
Terminal Wiring BLocks
Radio & Intercommunication System Tubes
Identification Switch Boxes
Bomb Selector Release Switch
Mark IX-E Bomb Sight
Cutting aluminum skins for the tail assembly. Gladys Nabb using shears to cut sheets and Nancy Thornton (both of K Building) scribing a section of the elevator prior to cutting.
Riveting leading edge of the tail assembly. Operating air riveting gun in foreground is Madeleine Salm. Holding the bucking block on rivet head is Mrs. Pearl Gray.
Mabel Olson, left, and Jean Stephenson operate a “pop” rivet air gun. Gun was developed by Westinghouse engineers and replaces hand-operated pullers.
THE PICTURE ON THE COVER
This tail elevator assembly will ultimately take its place on a Mosquito Bomber destined for action over Germany. Here Sgt. F. Wenjina, No. 54 A.I.D., inspects rivet holes drilled by Mary Arnold, left, and Ileen Ratelle, both new-comers to the Westinghouse organization.
Man-Made Rubber to the RESCUE
Westinghouse Ingenuity Rebuilt Turbines and Supplied Motors for Canada’s Synthetic Rubber Plant
Last February Canada began producing synthetic rubber at the top capacity rate of the huge Polymer Corporation plant in Sarnia. This was less than a year from the day the first sod was turned on the 185-acre property.
In peacetime the $48,000,000 project would have taken about three years to build. Among those who helped rush the job to completion in order that Canada would have sufficient synthetic rubber to meet all the wartime requirements, were many experts from Westinghouse. They rolled up their sleeves and thoroughly rebuilt two 30-year-old turbo-generators and supplied special motors, controls for their operation, big transformers and 220 large-sized Nofuz breakers, a Westinghouse development. Almost every department of the electric building, plus the foundry, were instrumental in making, repairing, or overhauling parts of the huge turbo-generators and their auxiliaries.
Here’s the story behind that record breaking job, which is a tribute to the ingenuity and skill of Canadian Westinghouse workers and others concerned.
Designed for 60 Cycles
It takes more than rubber experts to produce an annual output of 34,000 long tons of buna-S and 4,000 long tons of butyl rubber. Originally there were many tough problems facing the engineers and designers of Polymer. One of these was the fact that all the synthetic rubber machinery in the United States was built for speeds obtainable from 60-cycle power sources.
Speeds available from 25-cycle power were unsuitable and would have required considerable further development or the use of gearings causing reduction in efficiency. It was accordingly decided that although the plant would be installed in a 25-cycle district, some sources of 60-cycle power would be necessary.
Since a great amount of steam is required in processing, the logical solution of the problem would be steam turbine driven generators, using the exhaust steam for processing. But all such equipment then being made was ear-marked for the Navy and a long wait for deliveries was out of the question if Canada was to have adequate supplies of synthetic rubber quickly.
Old Turbines Rebuilt
The Polymer Corporation was successful in having one 4,000 KW. high pressure turbo-generator diverted from another contract somewhat less vital to the war effort, to their plant. This however, would not supply quite half the power needed which was estimated to be in the neighbourhood of between 10,000 and 12,000 KW.
Finally, two 10,000 KW. turbo-generators installed in the old steam plant here in Hamilton, were purchased from the Hydro-Electric Power Commission. Installed in 1914 and 1917 respectively, these veterans had long been in disuse and were badly rusted and corroded.
That’s when Canadian Westinghouse came to the rescue. Under the direction of L. P. Papelian, Turbine Engineer from the New York office of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, the old units were dismantled and brought to our plant for overhauling and repairs.
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When wartime priorities made it impossible to obtain new steam turbo-generators for the Polymer Synthetic Rubber Plant at Sarnia, disused Hamilton equipment was rebuilt by Westinghouse experts. Photo shows steam being valved into one of the two 30-year-old machines which now help to make Canada’s synthetic rubber.
Almost all departments of the electric building and the foundry took part in the race against time, the winning of which would mean man-made rubber for Allied Armies at a time when it was most needed.
Since Westinghouse people have contributed no small share of brains and effort in the construction of Polymer, perhaps a word or two about synthetic rubber would prove interesting. It is made from the most part from oil, coal, salt and water. To produce Polymer’s annual output of some 40,000 long tons of synthetic rubber requires 500,000 tons of coal, more than 45 billion imperial gallons of water, 19 million imperial gallons of light end petroleum, 2½ billion cubic feet of petroleum gas, 2¼ million imperial gallons of benzol, and enough brine to contain 3,5000 long tons of salt. In addition, great quantities of soap, acids and other raw materials are used. Engineers point out that at one stage in the making of synthetic rubber a temperature of 150 degrees below zero is required, and a second later this must be raised to 150 degrees above zero.
Without claiming any hand in the actual production of Canadian synthetic rubber, Westinghouse people know who was mainly responsible for the fact that Polymer produces its own steam and electric power. A toast then to those who rebuilt giant turbines and fashioned special motors that man could make rubber for vital war purposes.
From the cutting machine come blocks of synthetic rubber ready for shipment to the rubber companies. Capacity of the Polymer Plant at Sarnia is only sufficient for Canada’s wartime needs.
World War II Hero
Harold Atkinson, Decorated for Bravery, Now Turns Out the Tools of War for his Former Comrades.
Harold Atkinson, F-4, is typical of the young Canadians fighting overseas. Harold joined up with a Canadian unit, was transferred to the Imperial Army and soon found himself fighting in Africa. Twice wounded and twice decorated (he received the D.C.M. and Bar and the Military Medal). Harold was often promoted and rose to Warrant Officer First Class. Finally, he was honourably discharged and returned home to work for Westinghouse.
Harold Atkinson, D.C.M. and Bar and Military Medal, is our No. 1 War Hero, not because he was decorated for bravery in battle but because he was the first World War II veteran to work at Westinghouse.
In his working clothes Harold doesn’t look any different from his fellow-workers in F-4 Dept. and in Africa, where he served so gallantly with the FIrst and Eighty Armies this unassuming chap must have looked much like others in that battle area.
Here’s our No. 1 Hero’s record as a fighting Canadian. He went overseas with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, later transferring to the Imperial Army. He qualified as a R.Q.M. Sergeant and was promoted to Drill Sergeant (W.O.2>) of a Commando and Weapons Course in Scotland.
Received Medal in First Action
Next Harold was put on draft for overseas service with the First Imperial Army, B.E.F. under command of Lieut.General Anderson. Right off the bat he took part in a fierce assault landing near El Alamein. Following this engagement, in which he distinguished himself, he was awarded the Military Medal and promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major.
When Tobruk fell Harold was taken prisoner by the Germans and, suffering from crushed ribs and other injuries, remained under medical officers’ care for almost eight months.
THen he was rescued by the Eighty Army when that famous power-house pushed the Germans clear across Egypt and into Africa far beyond Tobruk.
Harold took part in the capture of Bizerti, Tripoli and Tunis. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal at Long Stop Hill and promoted to Conductor of Infantry, W.O.1. At the battle of Hellfire Pass, this Westinghouse serviceman won a Bar to his D.C.M. After the fall of Tunis he was again seriously wounded and spent, as he states, a vacation in hospital at Algiers.
Upon recovery he was considered medically unfit and received his honourable discharge. Incidentally, Harold’s wife serves with the C.W.A.C., and his brother is Commander of the Aircraft Carrier, H.M.S. Eagle.
Not invasion barges but electric pump barges used to drain Steep Rock Lake to reach underwater iron deposits in northwestern Ontario.
Westinghouse Service Department crew at the Steep Rock mining development. Left to right-R. Shaw, W. Baird, L. Haines, W. Rattray, W. Offerhaus and A. Elliott.
Snow and ice form attractive patterns on the control dam for Moose Lake power house.
ORE FOR WAR
Westinghouse Service Department Installs Equipment to Help Bring Iron Ore from Lake Bed
Pictures by A. Elliott, Service Department
War makes necessary the seemingly impossible. Canada needed more iron ore for weapon making but the problem was where to get it.
By drilling and geophysical surveys, three bodies of high-grade hematite ore were found at the bottom of Steep Rock Lake, 142 miles west of Port Arthur. How to get at these rich deposits seemed a baffling question.
Then someone asked, “Why not drain the lake dry?”
Mining engineers agreed, made plans to empty Steep ROck Lake of its 125,000,000,000 gallons of water. The first task was to re-route a river system of which Steep ROck Lake was a link. This included stoppage of the flow through the Moose Lake turbines which emptied into Steep Rock Lake. The Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario supplied power to replace that of the privately owned power plant, but with the additional Steep Rock load it was decided to convert the generators for operation as synchronous condensers to regulate the voltage and increase the carrying capacity of the transmission line.
One of the first firms consulted was Westinghouse at Hamilton. Our engineers designed a control system and alterations for the machines and last November a Service Department crew went to make the changes. Meantime, in our shops twelve 500-H.P. electric motors to run the pumps, were nearing completion.
Work in Remote Places
The Westinghouse Service Department has a long tradition of service. Its members install most of the larger equipment we make including big generators and transformers, rectifiers, complicated switchboards, relay equipment, circuit breakers, etc. Their job may take them anywhere anytime. Installations have been made at remote places where the only means of travel was by dog-team in winter and canoe in summer.
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Railyways or roads are used most frequently, however, since the amount of equipment to be brought in usually requires an adequate system of transportation. Camp life is the rule rather than the exception for Service Department men. The Steep ROck camp consisted of three tents - one for a mess “hall” and two for sleeping quarters. A large camp stove kept crew members warm when the thermometer fell to 30 degrees below.
Lake Frozen Over
The crew had gone in from the railway by motor car and boat but the lake soon froze over making it necessary to bring mail and supplies across the lake by dog-team.
Finally it was time for the Service Department men to push on to their next assignment. The big pumps, Westinghouse-powered, continue to lift 300,000 gallons of water a minute, day and night, from the lake.
Four months have passed since the pumps started and it is estimated they will operate three more before the first ore body comes into sight. When that day arrives Westinghouse Service Department men will be as excited as anyone.
Service Department camp at Moose Lake. Below- Installing rotor in 6,000 K.V.A. synchronous condenser. L. to R. - R. Haines, W. Offerhaus, W. Rattray and R. Shaw.
“I saw a BLIND MAN today …”
I passed a blind man today and like most others, I passed him. I didn’t even drop a penny in his empty cup. His heart was probably empty also. For, when his sight went out, there also went out opportunity, hope, happiness. To him all that remains are memories of the wonderful world he once knew. Memories that tear at his heart because of the accident that robbed him of his sight, an accident that could have been prevented, an accident that will happen again and again until men whose work endangers their eyes learn to protect them. Eye injuries take a terrific tol.
Do you men know that Canada imports from eleven manufacturers of glass eyes? They turn out bushels of them - gray ones, brown ones, blue ones, but you can’t see a hole in a ladder through any of them. If your work is such that you may get a serious eye injury, wear your goggles. Ninety per cent of all eye injuries are caused by flying objects. They cost over $50,000,000 a year. They cause the working man to lose over three and a half million working days, and above all, they cost the loss of a precious eye-sight which might have been saved.
Do you know that 80% of your actions are guided by your eyes; that 85% of your knowledge comes through them? How would you like to see black, to grope about in eternal darkness for life? Shut your eyes, shut them tight. Now, keep them shut for ten seconds. What do you see? Nothing! That’s what a blind man sees and he sees a lot of it. A pretty girl doesn’t mean a thing to a blind man. He wouldn’t know whether she was black or white. Outside, on a windy day, he might get an eyefull, but it would be nothing but dust.
Men, you cannot buy one good eye with all the money in the world. You should care enough for your eyesight to wear goggles when necessary. Not just any old goggles, but the ones best suited to your work. You never can tell when your goggles will save your sight, when that sturdy lens will stop a flying particle that might otherwise rob you of nature’s most precious gift. If but once in a lifetime you were exposed to the loss of an eye, that time would be of vital importance and then the best is not too good. Remember that a blind man wants nothing but his eyes.
Westinghouse Overseas Veterans’ Band in action.
JUNIOR VETS HOLD ANNUAL PARTY
Smiling faces were numerous and everybody had a wonderful time at the Junior Veterans Annual Ladies’ Night. Following an outstanding stage presentation a drawing contest was held and many winners announced.
Leave it to the Westinghouse Junior Veterans to have a good time. They did just that to the satisfaction of everyone present when on March 28th Ladies’ Night was held at the Delta Collegiate Auditorium.
More than 1,000 Junior Veterans and their wifes attended, making the affair one of the most successful held in years.
Entertainment furnished was particularly excellent. The Canadian Westinghouse Overseas War Veteran’s Band, making their first concert appearance, delighted the party-goers with several well-rendered selections and were repeatedly called upon for encores. The Golden Crest choir also entertained with enjoyable choral numbers. Then followed a first-class vaudeville programme.
During the evening Gordon McKay was presented with the retiring President’s pen and pencil set. As a concluding feature, a drawing contest was held, the winners being as follows:
East- Mrs. William Bridge (Montreal)
West- Mrs. Dave Hunter (Winnipeg).
Hamilton Section (Ladies) Mrs. J. Lightheart; Mrs. P. Bokalaki; Mrs. C. Moorehouse; Mrs. L. F. Merrick; Audry Simpson. (Men) P. R. Powell; I. Harris; J. Beveridge; A. Kimmins and T. Sanders.
Much of the credit for a splendid evening is due to the energetic Committee which was comprised of President George Dews, Vice-President Jack Fox, Treasurer Joe Walkling and Secretary B. B. Hodge, Assisted by Trustees Nor Fearn, John Hutton, C. Skeltes, Art Hamilton, S. Lupton and J. R. Ekins. More evenings such as Ladies’ Night are being looked forward to eagerly.
NEWS IN REVIEW
WEST PLANT NEWS
WD-2-by Florence Weston - Congratulations to Joe Donnelly on being promoted to Foreman of the Lamp Units. Joe was formerly maintenance man on the units.
Jack Marshall, who recently graduated as a “Tool Designer”, was presented with a ring and writing kit upon leaving to join the Navy. Fred Phillips and George Neal, also of the Machine Shop, were both presented with a purse by their fellow workers when they left to join the Senior Service. All three boys have gone into the Navy as “Engine Room Artificers”.
(Above: These smiling faces reflect the enjoyment of a large number of A-2 Social Club Members at their annual diner at the Royal Connaught Hotel.
The Head Table at the A-2 Annual Dinner: Jack and Mrs. Singleton; George (Secty.) and Mrs. Stewart, William (Pres.) and Mrs. Scott, Arthur and Mrs. Tennant, and Mrs. Jack Young.
Anna McConnell, who left recently for her home in Fruitland in an effort to win back her health, was presented with a number of personal gifts by her fellow workers and received many wishes for a speedy recovery. Ann worked in the Spray Room (WD-2).
Dave McCoy, who retired recently after 34 years of service, was a guest of honor at a dinner in the Sergeants’ Mess at the Armouries. Dave was presented with a purse by his fellow workers of WD-2 and many were the wishes that he continue in good health to enjoy his well earned pension.
WD-1- by Mary Gettings - We were pleased to see Squadron Leader J. M. Cameron, Chaplain, R.A.F., Kingston, recently. His brother is Malcolm Cameron, Foreman of Special Radio Dept. and he himself used to be a Foreman in the Lamp Dept. He left in 1923 to enter the Ministry.
(Above): Another “shot” of the guests at the annual A-2 party. From the happy expressions everyone was having a good time. (Below): The staff of the Employment Office who have rendered valuable service to this magazine in checking names and providing any information asked for by your editor: (L. to R.) Betty Chamberlain, Elsie Pelvin, Jack Danforth, and Marion Chappell.
There were a lot of people he remembered, however, and he renewed their acquaintance during his all too short visit.
P.O. “Bud” Taylor, husband of Betty Taylor, dropped in to see us. Home from Halifax, he will report to Washington when his leave is over. Shirley Richardson (nee Vallee) was floating on air April 13th, when her husband came home from South America.
Alex Woosey also had a surprise the other day when he went home and found an unexpected arrival- a furnace which had been ordered last August and given up for lost.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery are extended to Muriel Demerling and Norma Birgie, who were recently in the hospital for appendix operations. Also to LAC Jimmie Kappele, who was home on 21-day sick leave from Newfoundland, and to Margaret Brook (Special Radio) who has been ill for eight weeks.
Congratulations are in order to Jean Russell on her appointment as supervisor of the Acorn Unit
A husband drew up his chair beside his wife’s sewing machine.
“Don’t you think you’re running too fast?” he asked. “Look out! You’ll sew the wrong seams. Slow down, watch your fingers! Steady!”
“What’s the matter with you, John?” said his wife in alarm. “I’ve been running this machine for years.”
“Well, dear, I thought you might like me to help you, since you help me drive the car.”
LAW Jean Machek, formerly of special radio (WD-1) was recently promoted to her present rank.
Dick Pryde, whose dad works in K-1, had this picture snapped on top of the house in which he is billeted in Italy.
WF-1- by Lyle Caswell - Congratulations once again to the boys and girls of the Special Radio Dept. The Little Tin Box, where they deposit their spare pennies produced another five dollars recently for the Westinghouse Overseas Tobacco Fund.
The Foundry boys were pleased to receive a visit recently from Pilot Officer Andrew Knox. All will remember him as the Cost Clerk in the Foundry before enlistment.
THE NAVY LEAGUE OF CANADA “AFFILIATED WITH THE NAVY LEAGUE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE” INSTITUTED 1895 INCORPORATED 1917
Presented to the employees of Canadian Westinghouse Co Ltd
In sincere appreciation of services rendered on behalf of The Sailors of the Allied Nation
Date April 10 1944 Signed President
EAST PLANT NEWS
Schedule Division - by “Bill” McCrone -
Gracye Fyffe was recently chosen to sing on the CBL programme “Stars of the Future”. This is a sponsored programme to discover future operatic singers and offers a valuable scholarship for the winner. We predict a great career for this young lady, and wish to extend our best wishes and the hope that she will be chosen as one of the CBL finalists.
The many friends of Bob McCulloch (Schedule Dept.) will be glad to know he is out of the hospital looking hale and hearty as ever. We are glad to see you back, Bob.
Len Hawe is also out of the hospital and progressing favourably, although we are informed it will be some time before he is able to return to work. Keep the old chin up, Len.
Q Dept.- by “Bud” Clark - Bob Quibel, who left our Department on pension on March 31st, was the recipient of a cash presentation. Bob, who had been in our Shop for 28 years, left with
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the good wishes of all his former associated who hope that he will enjoy a well-deserved rest.
F-5- by George Bailey - We are very glad to report that Harris Clark, our Foreman, and Herb Scherer, Assistant Foreman, are improving rapidly. We hope it will not be long before they are back with us again.
Our good wishes are extended to Tom Fraswer, who is at present ill. All hope he will have a speedy recovery.
A welcome visitor recently was Flight Sergeant Ray Owen, who was in from Labrador to see his friends of F-5. He looks very well and enjoys his work with the R.C.A.F.
K-1 - Jack Pryde, K-1 reporter, received a very lovely Easter greeting from his son with the R.C.O.C. in Italy. Jack was naturally glad to hear from one of his boys in the fighting services, particularly at Easter time.
WESTINGHOUSE RIFLE CLUB - by A. E. Cudlip - The League Competition is rapidly coming to an exciting finish as two teams are still running on even terms at the top of the league. The teams are the “Nimrods”, captained by J. H. Kempling, and the “Marksmen”, captained by W. Montgomery. They have lost but on match each so far and compiled a grand total of 22 points. The winners will hold the Westinghouse Trophy emblematic of the League championship for the year 1944.
The individual “Grand Aggregate Trophy” has produced some very remarkable shooting. J. H. Kempling to date has compiled a score of 1,199 out of a possible 1,200. Close behind is Elmer Snider (D-3) with 1,196 and Albert Hannon (F-3) with 1,194. The Annual Banquet will be held shortly and on this occasion the presentation of Trophies and prizes will take place.
Grace Fyffe (Schedule Division) who was recently awarded her A.T.C.M., sang on the C.B.L. Program, “Stars of The Future”. Those in the know say she has a bright future as a singer.
(Left): Lieutenant Commander Fred Clairmonte and his charming bride on the occasion of their marriage recently in Halifax. Mrs. Clairmonte and her sister, who also appears in the picture, are Lieutenants in the Nursing Service. (Top Right): The wedding of Mary Watts, (Comptroller’s Department) and P-O Johnstone, R.C.A.F. (Lower Right): Shirley Godfrey (WD-2), with her husband LAC Walter Davies, R.C.A.F., on their wedding day.
Lieutenant Hugh Brown, formerly of Winnipeg Office, while taking shelter in the ruins of an Italian house ran across this magazine advertisement. Hugh writes: “It’s a small world.”
D-3- by A. E. Cudlip - The sympathy of the entire Department is extended to Frank Bishop, recently bereaved by the loss of his mother.
Many of us miss the smiling faces of “Ab” Rankine, Tommy England and Horace Wheelock these days. “Ab” joined the Navy to help keep our seas free, and Tommy and Horace are both in the Army, and knowing them as we do, we expect to hear great things from them.
Recent visitors include Fred Watson (Army), Gerald McNair and Lieutenant John Savory (Navy), who dropped in to see that we are not letting them down.
They have high praise for our efforts and the good food and care, also the equipment they get for their training, and last but not least the smokes that we send and the letters some of us write. They would like to get those that some of us promised to write.
“Bus” Featherstone wrote this reporter recently giving his best regards to all the boys from across the pond. “Bus” boasts that he is going to round up the entire enemy himself and get back to God’s country, which he states is the best place in this old world. “Bus” points out that so few of us really appreciate our country as compared to some corners of the earth. Let’s all remember how much we owe to our Westinghouse boys in uniform and look after them by continuing to send letters, cigarettes, parcels, etc.
M-3- by B. E. Harris - Archie Ferguson, (M-3) returned to work last month following a long period of illness. We were all glad to have Archie back with us again and wish him a continuance of good health. (Continued on page 14)
WE RECORD WITH REGRET
Jim Nuttall, Radio Tube Engineer, was the recipient of many expressions of sympathy from his associates at West Plant when his mother passed away in England.
His many friends in the Tool Room, (D-5) and other Departments where he was well-known, expressed their deepest sympathy to the family of Cory Stidwell, who passed away April 21st.
The sympathy of all his friends at the West Plant goes to Gordon McKay, Foreman of Shipping Floor (WD), in the loss of his mother on April 2nd.
Some of the Executive Committee who supervised the prize drawing for the Overseas War Veterans’ Association. (L. to R.) Tom Newell; Vice-Pres. Adam Turnbull; Supt. F. S. Strickland who drew the tickets; Archie Akerman who announced the winners, and Pres. George Green. (Inset) Helen Sweeney won the capital prize, a beautiful chest of sterling silver.
TWO HUNDRED ENJOY OVERSEAS VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION NIGHT
The Canadian Westinghouse Overseas Veterans’ Association held their Annual Ladies’ Night on March 23rd, and once again it proved to be a very successful affair. Approximately 200 gathered at the Rainbow Room to enjoy splendid entertainment, and a dance, the feature of which was the draw held for the Cigarette and Comfort Fund.
Winner of the capital prize was Helen Sweeney; other prize winners were A. McKay, Miss H. Morris, Dorothy Armes, Y. Clermont, Mrs. Morris, Charles Thorne, Mary Vorsin, H. Wilson (Vancouver), R. Strong, W. A. Scott, and another lucky person whose ticket bore only the name, “Alex”. President George Green was in charge and thanked everyone for their kindness and particularly the employees of the Company, who assisted in the successful draw.
Maybe you’d like to know something about the Canadian Westinghouse Overseas War Veterans’ Band which has added interest to a number of functions recently. After considerable effort and the use of notice boards, this magazine, and other forms of contact, George Graves, Manager of the band, was able to assemble twenty-one Westinghouse men to hold the first band practice on September 30, 1943, in the Auditorium.
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Some of those who attended the annual Ladies’ Night of the Westinghouse Overseas Association, anxiously watch the draw and hope to be lucky.
Earl Lawson was elected Band Master.
To date approximately twenty-six practices have been held, with an average attendance of thirty-three bandsmen. The first public appearance was at the Victory Loan FLag Raising on November 5, 1943, with thirty-four bandsmen on hand. On November 7th, the Annual Church Parade was held with forty bandsmen in attendance, and at the Delta Collegiate on Monday, March 28th, the Junior Veterans were entertained by forty-seven bandsmen. On April 19th a concert was given at the Senior Veterans Employees’ Association Banquet, which was well received. Both Earl Lawson and George Graves deserve great credit for the splendid band they have made possible and the bandsmen also are to be complimented on their outstanding efforts.
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F-1- by Isabel Richmond - Private Bud Anderson, who worked in the Wire Room, sent an airgraph message from Italy thanking us for the Christmas box and asking to be remembered to all his former friends in the Department who are so kind to him.
PE Dept. - Your editor, through the kindness of Tom Robinson of the Proctor Gamble Company, received a letter written by Private Russ McCarthy who was an outstanding amateur boxer before joining up. Russ tells of winning the Canadian Army Lightweight Championship in England and being trained by Corporal Harry Clark, formerly a watchman in PE Dept. Harry apparently did an outstanding job in getting Russ ready for the many bouts he has won since going to England.
A-2- Dept. - by Jack Fox - On April 1st, A-2 Social Club held its Annual Banquet in the Crystal Ballroom of the Royal Connaught Hotel, and regardless of the date no one was fooled, as there was a full turnout of members and friends, including two who recently joined the Armed FOrces, Pte. Dave Strang, R.C.A., LAC Russ Payne, R.C.A.F., and a visitor from Regina, LAW Ileen Linems, R.C.A.F. (W.D.). After a delicious dinner, entertainment supplied by Charlie Jackson was well received, and everyone agreed it was one of the best nights in Club history. Lucky winners of door prizes were: Mrs. E. Lomax, Mrs. A Robertson, A. Buckley, and LAC Thorgood, R.C.A.F. (Pictures appear elsewhere in the magazine - Editor).
First Floor, Main Office- by Joyce Tonks - Her Many friends in the General Office were pleased to see Audrey Bainbridge, formerly of the Purchasing Dept., now in the CWAC Headquarters Staff, Ottawa, who was proudly wearing her badges showing the rank of Warrant Officer, Class 2, to which rank she has recently been promoted. We were all glad to see Audrey, and hope she will visit us again shortly.
(Left) Members of A-2 Department League ready for action. A few moments after this picture was taken head pins were really flying. (Right) More pictures of A-2 League Members. Bill Ball looks ready for the Crying Room while a head (!!!) pin is about to be struck on the left hand side of the picture.
(Above) Members of B-6 League prepar to “do or die” for their team. (Below Left) More members of B-6 League, with high hopes of knocking off J. Hunter’s 344 single and A Crompass’ 798 high triple. (Below) A group at the Westinghouse Fireman’s Association Annual Ladies’ Night enjoying a game of euchre. (inset) Free Furry grins as he prepares to trump Mrs. Furry’s right bower.
More card players enjoying themselves at the Fireman’s Annual Ladies’ Night. It was an event to be remembered.
Jim Gillespie, (Stationery Dept.), was presented with a watch by his friends when he left on April 15th to join the Navy. This brings the members of the Purchasing Dept. who have joined the Armed Services up to 19.
Many friends of Joan Harley, who is now stationed at Camp Borden with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, were pleased to see her recently. Joan looked well and loves her work at Camp Borden.
Another visitor was Sgt. William Pettigrew who was home on leave.
DISTRICT OFFICE NEWS
Edmonton Office - by M. Thomas - It has just been learned that F/O Pete Heron, formerly of this office and now Overseas, has been promoted to the rank of FLight Lieutenant. (we are sure all his friends in Edmonton and those who have read about him in this magazine, will be pleased to learn of his promotion and extend their congratulations.) Pete comes from a fighting family, his younger brother being with the 8th Army in Italy.
Shades of the past! Lamp Department Champions of 1929 - still bowling if not so briskly in the Office Men’s League.
Montreal Service - by Norm Dunlop - Many friends in the Montreal Service Dept. extend their sincere sympathy to C. Ashton (Storeroom), whose mother passed away on Sunday, April 2nd.
H. O. Hewitt of Toronto Service Dept., called in on his way to Toronto from Chaleur Bay where he has been doing some installation work.
Winnipeg Office- by R. K. Crowe- Bill Whitwell, Bill Morris and Bob Meldrum of the Service Dept., and Jack McKenzie and John Sigurdson of the Sales Dept., who have the Westinghouse entry in the Winnipeg Electrical Bowling League, won the fourth and final quarter, thus qualifying for the play-off.
Congratulations were received by John Sigurdson recently when he became the proud father of a baby girl. It is anticipated that John will come down to earth again shortly.
John Harvey, Service Dept., is the first in our District to receive notice that a suggestion of his had been accepted by the Suggestion Committee.
LAC’s Jack McDonald and George Jervis visited us recently while on leave. Jack, a former Sales employee has been with the R.C.A.F. in Newfoundland and George, formerly of the Service Dept., was en route to the Pacific Coast. They enjoy their work with the R.C.A.F. immensely.
Many Hamilton friends and his former associates here will be pleased to know that Capt. Walter Sorby, who has been overseas for some time, has been transferred to Headquarters Staff in England, and appointed Technical Staff Officer, Grade III. His immediate superior is Colonel Fulton, who was formerly with the Northern Electric Company, Montreal. Walter is well and sends his best regards to all his friends at Westinghouse.
The Westinghouse kids are here in a gang,
When we arrive things start with a bang;
We’ve lots of pep, we get things done,
We love each other, and have much fun.
We never quarrel, we never fight;
Just a department we think you’d like.
For Westinghouse we give three cheers
And let it resound down through the years.
We like our bosses, we think they’re tops,
Our boys and girls are the pick of the crops;
Come on, give out, let praises sound
We’ll never let a good name down.
Submitted by Kay King and Stella Webb, (Special Radio.)
This Picture was taken on Bowling Night as members of A-2 League happily awaited their turn, with Bert Heaps trusting that a little slight of hand will improve his score.
Last night I held a lovely hand
A hand so soft and neat,
I thought my heart would burst with joy,
So wildly did it beat.
No other hand unto my heart
Could greater solace bring
Than the dear hand I held last night-
Four aces and a king.
To Frank (WD-2) and Mrs. Krouse, on March 8th, a son, Edward Elroy.
To Donald (M-3) and Mrs. Shaw, a daughter, Donna Marie, on March 18th.
To John (Winnipeg Sales Dept.) and Mrs. Sigurdson, a daughter, Beverly Ardell, on April 4th.
Canadian troops storm a beach and “Hold on”. Like our gallant overseas fighters, civilians can serve by “Holding on” to their Victory Bonds which speed Victory, hasten the Post-war world.
HOLD ON! That’s an order given to troops spearheading the Invasion. It’s an order for you too, or a plea, from the boys overseas.
You bought a Bond during the recent Victory Loan Campaign, Well, hold on to it! Retaining your Bonds is a sure way to simplify the task of those who advance under fire.
Here’s why. Your $50.00 BOnd may seem an insignificant part of the $1,200,000,000 objective for the recent Loan, but it isn’t. That $50.00 plays a big part in Victory. It aids Westinghouse Servicemen and thousands of other because it pays for ten anti-tank mines, eight light anti-aircraft shells, one 500-lb. Bomb, a tank periscope, about 1,425 rifle bullets, or 25 hand grenades, among many other invasion requirements.
True, it seems absolutely impossible sometimes to hold on to a Bond when you really need the money. It’s tougher though to stand firm against the enemy when the order is, “HOLD ON.” Especially if you don’t have needed weapons- even the weapons that $50.00 will buy.
For your own sake and that of your family and friends overseas- HOLD ON!
If you have a relative or friend now in the Armed Forces overseas, who formerly worked at Westinghouse, please send his photo to the Editor, K. J. Farthing, Room 415, General Office, for production on this page. All pictures will be returned but be sure to include your address.
Lorne McNichol has been with the Royal Canadian Air Force since enlisting in June, 1941. Before that he was with Westinghouse in A-2.
Doug Blamey P.O. in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Doug is now overseas. Was in E-6 four years prior to enlisting in October, 1941. Likes Air Force.
Don Suthers Sgt. Pilot, R.C.A.F., now back from overseas. In Stores Office four years before enlisting in 1941. His father is in Dept. Q.
Albert Millard in B06 Dept. four years, Al now is an LAC with the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas. He joined up in January, 1943.
George Haslam George was a Westinghouse man for 20 years before joining the R.C.N.V.R. February, 1944. Now an ERA, he was in M-4.
Bill Coulson Gunner, 102nd L.A.A. Battery, 8th Canadian L.A.A. Regt., R.C.A.C.A.O.S. Bill left C-2 Department to enlist in May, 3 years ago.
Leslie May left Westinghouse in October, 1943 to join the R.C.N.V.R. Leslie was in WX toolroom before enlisting and at present is an ERA.
James Cram P.O., R.C.A.F. in Gander Bay, Nfld. James was in the Purchasing Dept. for four years before he enlisted in October, 2 years ago.
C. “Rep” Kerr Now overseas with the Canadian Army, Pte. Clifford (“Re” to you) Kerr was in the Foundry. He enlisted in the Army last year.
George Turner came to Westinghouse in 1929 and after 13 years’ service joined the R.C.O.C. in August 1942. Was in B-7 before he enlisted.
Wilf Day was in Q Department before joining the Canadian Army in November, 1942. Now overseas, Wilf plans to come back
Some R.C.A.F. fellows taken in Hamilton, 1943.
A black and white photograph of a car draped with the Canadian Red Ensign over the hood in celebration of Victory in Europe, May 8 1945. Taken on Wellington Street in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Reverse of photograph reads:
V. Day May 8/45
Our car on Wellington St.
Dad, Cath + Mom in it.
Union Jack on top of hood didn't show very good.
rec'd in Germany
A black and white photograph of a formation of four De Havilland Tiger Moths flying over Hamilton.
Typewritten with red ink on rear surface reads:
No. 119 Bomber Squadron.
Formation over Hamilton.
Portrait photograph of Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO2) Wireless Air Gunner (WAG) Roy Cook Fenton of No. 44 Rhodesia Squadron in his Royal Canadian Air Force uniform.
A photograph of the factory floor at Otis-Fensom Elevator, Hamilton ON where 40mm Bofors Anti-aircraft guns were produced. Manufacturing by was located at 414 Victoria Avenue North in Hamilton, Ontario.
A black and white photograph photograph of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mom) at their stop in Hamilton, Ontario 1939 before the outbreak of war.
A black and white photograph photograph of members of B Flight in Hamilton, 1943.
Dougal Mark McMillan is second row, last on the right.
A black and white photograph of a Spitfire loaded on a flatbed truck at King Street East and James street during the Second World War.
A black and white photograph of airmen and Spitfire at King Street East and James Street, Gore Park, Hamilton, Ontario.
A black and white photograph of a parade on King Street East in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.
Black and white photograph of King Street East in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.
A black and white photograph of Royal Flying Corps (RFC) officers at the James Street Armoury, Hamilton, Ontario.
A black and white photograph of a Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo (THB) Railway caboose.
The Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway existed from1892 through 1987 as a separate railway serving the Hamilton area. It joined lines of its corporate parents, Canadian Pacific and New York Central (now CSX), and was established as alternative to the Grand Trunk or Canadian National route for Hamilton-area industries to ship products to customers in the United States and Canada.
A characteristic feature of the caboose is the cupola on the roof. This is an elevated observation post from which the crew can observe the behaviour of the train ahead. The cupola usually featured a brake line pressure gauge and an emergency brake valve. As freight cars grew in height and length during the 1960's, the cupola gradually became redundant and many railroads began to use cabooses equipped with bay windows instead.
A black and white photograph of Air Cadet, F. Martin, age 14.
Canadian Ration Book 6
Prefix and Serial Number HN 188828
Book contains 6 pages of various unused stamps.
Canadian Ration Book 2.
Most of the book ration/contents are missing. Change of address card and canning instructions are still present.
Book is a faded green colour with black ink used to complete owners information.
A Royal Canadian Air Force kit bag. The exterior canvas colour has faded but it likely was once air force blue. The bag has the words Hamilton Ont. in block capitals in red paint and J38344 F/O Wilson R.R. in block capitals in white paint. The name Wilson R. R. and the service number R193064 are stenciled in black on the opposite side of the body of the bag.
A blue wool RCAF Women's Division (WD) service tunic with original brass buckled waist belt. The tunic is a small size and has the embroidered RCAF eagle badge on each shoulder. The Leading Aircraft Woman (LAW) embroidered propeller rank badge is sewn to each sleeve.
Framed items belonging to Eric Higgenbottom from his wartime service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Items have been mounted on a green felted backdrop. Items included are:
Warrant Officer badge
Warrant Officer 2nd Class badge
RCAF cap badge
"Canada" shoulder flash attached to ribbon of France and Germany Star Medals
France and Germany Star
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas bar
Defense Medal 1939-1945
War Medal 1939 -1945. (Note - Defense medal and war medal are on the incorrect ribbons.)
RCAF Reserves pin
Two Warrant Officer Class I general pins (crown and eagle)
Two WAG (wireless air gunner) wing badges
Photograph of Vern Mephan, Eric Higginbottom and Alan Armstrong on leave in 1943. (All three were from Hamilton)
1943 Canada "Victory" nickel
1944 Canada "Victory" nickel
V for victory pin
Certificate of medals to be issued and RCAF Active Service Certificate for Eric Higginbottom have been encapsulated and attached to rear surface of frame. Photograph description located beneath RCAF Active Service Certificate reads: 1943 Loch Lomond Scotland (On Leave) Vern Mephan, Hamilton. Eric Higginbottom, Hamilton. Alan Armstrong, Hamilton.