1946-11-21; Saline Observer
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■4'x^r F- _ '. The Saline Observer VOLUME 64 SALINE. WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 1946 NUMBER 7 Industry To Move To The Smaller Towns Mounting Costs and Labor Troubles Will Drive It To Seek The Peace Of Rural Communities (Gene .AHeman's Michigan Mirror.) Another round of strikes in big cities, now in the offing as a result of Washington's lifting of wage and price controls, will only accelerate migration of industry to small towns. That's the belief of a number of labor relations experts who make a business of finding out, why workers become dissatisfied and what the employer" can do to keep them happy. Industrial plants in small towns where the boss knows the worker personally, are comparatively free of employee turmoil. There is more democracy in living; home ownership is not penalized by high taxes; transportation is no great problem; food is relatively easy, to get, and prices are reasonable. Our authority? The sedate Wall Street Journal which has just conducted a nation-wide survey. A minority factor contributing to employee satisfaction : Profit-sharing. Cost-of- living adjustment in wages work fine when costs are going up, but not when costs are going down. In the Cities it's the high cost of living. On the farms it's the high cost of production. For example: A consumers' council in Detroit raised a howl when the price of milk is adjusted to bring the Detroit market in line with Toledo and Chicago. Latest figures from the bureau of agricultural statistics (U. S. department of agriculture) show that farm production costs have more than doubled since the five-year period, 1935-39. Production costs jumped from 5y% billions to 11% billions. This increase of cost to the farmer does not include such items as clothing, household goods, automobiles, trucks, .and so forth—things which farmers need just as city people need. The Michigan Milk Producers' association, serving some 15,- 000 Michigan dairy farmers, made a study this year of production costs. Whereas milk sold for $3.90 per hundredweight, including federal subsidy, production costs averaged $3.78. The profit per cwt. was 12 cents. And what was the hourly wage of the dairy farmer—the man who is required to make a substantial investment in dollars for buildings, cows' and equipment? In theses days of boom-time wages, you'll be surprised to know that the farmer and farm ■workers receive the generous sum of 74 cents an hour. During the war the price of dairy products was relatively low in comparision to industrial wages. Butter retailed at approximately 56 cents a pound, milk at 15 to 17 cents a quart. Since June dairy prices have gone up temporarily—butter as high as $1 a pound, and milk to 20 and 22 cents a quart. Charles Figy, state director of agriculture, recently forcast that prices would remain "firm" for several years, due to limited production and an expectancy of continued demand. The American industrial situation is full of paradoxes-— facts which appear to be a direct contradiction. For example: George T. Christopher, president of the Packard Motor Car company, Detroit, said the other day that absenteeism is greater today than it was during war-time. "More absenteeism! Why?" you ask. Christopher's conclusion is that many workers shun work because they are getting the highest wage in history! "Here is a summary in the case of one women employee who was absent and was interviewed by a nurse sent to find out if she was ill," he said. "The woman declared quite frankly that her 'spending monejr was backing up' and she wanted time to get rid of it." The worker's candid comment explains the illogic of why we have low production per "worker in a period of our greatest prosperity—a veritable fantastic situation. By reverse, you may assume that employee production will increase in a period of hard times when spending money can't back up! ; It reminds .us of a remark made by the director of a major state department following the Nov. 5 election. Reading the news that the people had voted a $270 million bonus and had diverted 76 per cent of the sales tax back to local governments, he remarked: "This department should proceed with its previously adopted program oi state-wide improvements, i am convinced the people want to spend money." While strikes have been more numerous, in 1946 than in any war-time year, industrial production continues at a high rate. Try to explain that. In fact, we have just about _ attained Wallace's promised land of "full employment" within 12 or so months after V-J Day. Unless labor and industry stage a costly cat-and-dog fight paralyzing our industrial production, economists *■ predict a mild economic "recession" in 1947 to be followed by a fairly stable period of good times. Federal labor courts, proposed by Senator Homer Ferguson, would assist the nation in averting disastrous nation-wide tie-ups. .As we analyze political trends, the Nov. 5 "mandate" was more of a program against the federal administration in power than a clear-cut directive to victorious Republicans. We were weary of restrictions, tired of shortages, disgusted :>sjth brtfeaucracy. It is easy, to move toward the right when your pocket- book is full. It is another matter to do so when your pocketbook is empty. 40th Anniversary of St. Paul's Church J;!^1^ gfp^§ UM Enrollment Eighty Per Cent of Men Students Are Former Servicemen . This week St. Paul's church is observing its 40th anniversary in a church family night on Friday and in two services of worship on Sunday. Under the sponsorship of St. Paul's Churchmen's Brotherhood the congregation will meet at the Sahne high school auditorium on Friday night at 7:30 to. enjoy a potluck dinner and to be reminded of significant events in the life of the church up to the present day. The program committee is enlisting the aid of some of the earliest members to furnish background material for events of .1906 and the years immedi ately following. Other features of the program have also been planned to provide entertainment and instruction for the assembly. On Sunday morning Rev. Fred C. • Schweinfurth, who heads the commission on evangelism of the Evangelical and Reformed church will occupy the pulpit as guest speaker. His chosen topic for the sermon is "The Task Before Us—A Challenge And A Promise." For tbe Sunday evening worship service Rev. Edward Drews of St. Andrews church at Dexter has been secured to bring an anniversary message on the theme "You Can Add To It" Christmas gift boxes for ev- ©_«._•.,».« J O—_*. _».!..-«..» ery one of Michigan's 12,000 fxCCOl U DrCclKCl hospitalized war veterans is the goal of The American Legion's "Gifts for the Yanks Who Gave" campaign, just getting under way for the third successive year. All Legion . -^ posts in the state, with their Although the University of Auxiliary units, will cooperate Michigan campus is overflow- in the program, to the end that ing with a record-breaking en- no sick or disabled veteran rollment of over 18,000 stu- shall be forgotten on Christ- dents, University President mas day. Alexander G. Ruthven declares The generous aid of all citi- the quality of instruction has -zens will be solicited to help not been lessened, provide the great array of Pre-war peak in enrollment gifts required. * Donors may was 12,132 students in the Fall either contribute cash for the of 1939. At that time, the purchase of gifts by the Le- University had 773 faculty gion committees, or prepare members with the rank of in- their boxes individually. structor or higher plus 145 lee- Legion posts will act as re- turers or teaching fellows. This" ceivinor stations for the Christ- made a total of 918 or an mas boxes and assemble them average of one faculty member for delivery late in December for each 13 students, to all hospitals in the state This fall, to handle the vast- where veterans are patients.. ly heavier enrollment, President Ruthven said the University teaching staff contained 927. faculty members holding the rank of instructor or higher with 375 lecturers or teaching fellows and additional faculty members are still being added. This made a total of 1,302 on the teaching staif or one for each 14 students. Late registrations should bring the final registration figures for the Fall Semester Give Program Sunday Night Young People of Berkey, Ohio, Will Be Guests Of Federated Church Sc&utietfy and 'Demwiacy Walter MacPeek New Pastor At Federated Rev. Henry McKenzie Comes To Saline To Locate Permanently Rev. Henry McKenzie of Berkey, Ohio, has accepted a call to the Federated church and will be in Saline permanently on, Sunday, December 15th. Until then he will be present at the prayer meetings on Wednesday nights and at the Sunday evening service. Rev. McKenzie, former pastor of the Community Church in Berkey, Ohio, was born in Falkirk, Scotland, and came with his parents to this country while still a child. He received his education in the public schools of Chicago and attended Blackburn University and Monmouth College in Illinois, later graduating from MeCormick Theological Seminary. He did graduate work in the philosophy department of Washington University, St. Louis, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rev. McKenzie served in World War I, and is a member of the various organizations, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League, as well as B. .P. O. Elks, and the various Masonic bodies. Has been connected with both Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and served as- president of the South Side Kiwanis Club in St. Louis. He is married and has two sons, Hillis, 17, and Douglas, four years old. Mrs. McKenzie received her education in Leland Stanford University, California, and was formerly a teacher. They have served pastorates in Missouri, Arizona, Colorado and Ohio. Mrs. Rosie Woodbridge is serving on the jury in Ann Arbor. "Aw, there isn't anything I can do about Democracy. I'm only twelve. I can't vote or hold an office or anything," the Scout was thinking out loud. "But, you are Democracy, son," a voice seemed to say to him. Startled, he looked around, but there he sat alone, with his Scout Handbook on his knee. "I'd Uke to do something to help. I'd like to do something big." As he walked along toward home, there kept going through his mind fleeting thoughts of what he might do to "help strengthen and invigorate Democracy." * * The members of the Owl Patrol were in session, five eager-faced boys in the Peterson living room. "Aw, they don't run. the school right. They ought to do a lot of things different, my dad says," one boy had volun- tered. "Who do you mean 'they'? Remember Unk Barnes said at Scout meeting that in a Democracy we say 'we' about our church and our-school and community and home and everything." "What's that got to do with Democracy? Just what words you use?" Tom Bain had demanded quickly. - "It ain't just the words. It's the way you feel down inside. The words are-just sort of thermometers." * * The next morning at breakfast, a Scout, with the enthusiasm of youth, always eager to share whatever good things it discovers, expounded at some length on his newly grasped understanding of the importance of the 'we' attitude. "And," he added, "the important ^thing about Democracy is how you feel down inside." Parents exchanged knowing glances. George's older brother seemed strangely silent. As the day unfolded, each member of the Rogers family found an occasion to tell acquaintances about George's interpretation of the 'we' spirit in a living Democracy. Adults had smiled, somewhat thoughtfully though. One had said, "I wish it were as simple as that. And yet—." He h£d left the sentence unfinished as he explored the thought silently. "I wish I could vote or do something big to help my country," Bill said a few afternoons later as he looked out across the landscape. "Maybe you have helped make Democracy more real to many people by helping them to build a 'we' spirit," a voice inside the khakiclad Scout suggested. "Maybe you've helped some people to see that Democracy isn't just procedures, but that it is the way you feel toward people, down inside." A serious sort of a smile played over the face of the twelve-year-old boy. At least he was going to try to keep on helping. Sunday evening service, at to approximately 18,500. There the Federated church will be were 18,125 registered when in charge of a group of young, classes began with veterans not people oi the Berkey, Ohio com- attending the University last munity church who will present Spring still eligible to enroll, the iollowing prograr__, begin- Also to be included were regis- ning at 7:30 o'clock. trations for some special cours- Call to Worship—Herbert esv* * Spanh. ~. >-^}~--/)^m,&§jis comprise 60 per 'JhVoca^ori," Lord's Prayer-^- eent^or^ffie total student body Paul HasMns. ^and account for 80 per cent of Hymn No. 165, "There Shalf Be "the men students, statistics Showers of Blessing" prepared by Registrar Ira; M. Responsive Reading, No. 565— omrcn's office show. This fall's Ileda Kneiran. " record enrollment surpassed the Cornet Solo—Robert Ford. previous mark established last Accompanist, Jean Dennis. Spring when 14,387 students Scripture Lesson, Psalm- luu— registered. Ellis Tripp. Anthem, "Come Ye Thankful ADRIAN MAN SPEAKS People, Come"^-Chorus. ON RUSSIA Evening Prayer—Doris Has- kins. • Ben p_ Bagrow, of the Sim- Announcements. piex paper Corporation, Adrian, Offertory, Instrumental Quar- was the guest speaker at the tet—Joan Cox, Donald Cox, Thursday dinner meeting of • Sratho^e Shker and EUa the Saline Rotary Club and Mae Shker. spoke on the subject of"^us- Vocal Duet—Joan Carr and sia's tispirations in its natural Catherine Shker. . sohere of influence. He treated Hymn No. 367, "O Beautiful the subject from the stand- _ for Spacious Skies" point 0f the Russians, who seek Sermonette—The, Pastor. acCess to the sea, and who Soprano Solo—Jean Dennis WOuld break through the ring Instrumental Duet—Catherine 0f buffer states which have and EUa Mae Sliker kept it a remote country Hymn Na 391, "The Call for through the centuries. Benediction. X ;T STUDY CLUB HEARS DR. LICHTY NATIVE OF COUNTY BURIED TODAY Private funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock this afternoon for Mrs. Louise Eisemann, 77, lifelong resident of Washtenaw county, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Feldkamp in Clinton. Public services will follow at the Rogers Comers church atJ2:30 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Adolph Bruechner and interment will take place in the Zion Lutheran cemetery. Mrs. Eisemann passed away Monday after a lingering illness. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Feldkamp and Mrs. Ralph Grossman;, Ann Arbor; two sons, Otto Eisemann, Chelsea, and Erwin Eisemann, Ann Arbor; a brother, Julius Schmid, Cnel- sea, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. UNION THANKSGIVING SERVICES - Thirty members of the Child m, . __ , . . Study Club met Tuesday eve- • union,Thanksgiving ser- ning at the home of Mrs. Har- vice will be held m the Feder- ry Anderson and heard Dr. ated church at 10 o'clock Thurs- Dorman Lichtv sneak on "Child- day morning with Rev. Alvin rens Diseases.'" He stated that Seimsen of the St. Paul s church medical treatment had been bringing the message. He will revolutionized during recent be assisted1 by Rev. R S. Hock- years by the discovery of new mg of the Methodist church and drugs aild serums. Hostesses, Rev. Henry McKenzie of the Mrs. Walter Cook, Mrs.*Hollis Federated church Music will Carr, and Mr. Hoyt Wilson .1e.iu,rmih^d by the Federated served a delicious lunch. The December 3rd meeting will be held at the school when Mrs. Florence Newby will discuss infantile paralysis, showing the picture "A Report to church choir. NOVEMBER MEETING OF ETUDE MUSIC CLUB The November meeting ofthe the People. Etude Music Club was -held BIRTHDAY DINNER Lewis Scherdt was honored Sunday with a birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Larmee. Guests present were Mr. and Mrs, Elmer Scherdt and family, Ypsilanti; Mr., and Mrs. Wilham Scherdt and Louise, Whitmore lake; Mr. ?.cnd Mrs. Albert Scherdt and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew- Kappler, Ann Arbor; and Miss Lcrena Scherdt, Manchester. Saturday afternoon, at -the YPSILANTI MAN GIVES home of Mrs. Wilma Hinderer. TALK ON INDIA The meeting opened with Amer- ica, the club song. Marlene Enjoyed by approximately 35 Hirth, read the life of Handel; ladies present at the November questions and answers followed, meeting of the Methodist W.S,. A program of music opened C.S. Wednesday evening of last with; Air from Surprise Sym- week was the talk on "India" phony, Hayden, Donald Jeppe- by Robert Royal of Ypsilanti, sen; The Nightingale and The son-in-law of Mr: and Mrs. Cuckoo, Thompsons,.. Marie Walter MacArthur. Stationed Socks; Sarabande, Handel, Mar- in the fa* east while serving lene Hirth; A Spanish Fiesta, in the U.S. Army, Mr. Royal Thompsons,. M^ry Lou Lee; gathered a first hand know- duet, Up to Date March, Geibel, ledge of the,people and their Ruth Wild and Mrs. Hinderer; habits and he displayed a great Ruth Wild, Mary Lou Lee and many beautiful souvenirs which Mane Socks were awarded he brought from that country. P1^- Mrs. Frank Campbell sang Eighteen members and guests two solos. Election of officers were present. The next meeting followed; the same ones who will, be a Christmas party, served during the past year December 21st. were retained.
|Title||1946-11-21; Saline Observer|
|Publisher||LeBaron & Nissly|
|Description||An issue of the Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1880. No longer published.|
|Subject/Keywords||Saline (Mich.) - Newspapers; Washtenaw County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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