Westinghouse Employee Newsletter (May 1944)



Westinghouse Employee Newsletter (May 1944)


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.


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


Death-Dealing MOSQUITOS

The “Vancouver”, one of the first Canadian-built Mosquito bombers to go overseas, saw action over Germany last year.

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.

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.

Tail Elevator Assembly (2)
Aerial Insulators
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.

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.


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.


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.



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.

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

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)

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.


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.

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.

“Another Pome”
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






Westinghouse Employees' 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

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