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CIO Council Appeals To Washington To Avert Lay-Offs
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New Contracts Urged
I For Local Industries
l To Improve Situation
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(Gradual Reduction in Production Reported in Local
^ Plants, With Drastic Reductions Slated After
|| June 1; Action Demanded
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In an appeal forwarded today to all Connecticut solons
in Washington the CIO Industrial Union Council, in urging
immediate action by government authorities in providing
means of off-setting the unemployment factor resulting
from cut-backs, cited the following as the picture for Water
bury’s war workers.
Many war contracts will be can
celled and there will be heavy lay
offs. Thousands of workers will be
unemployed. Many of these will
experience hardship because high
taxes and high living costs have
prevented the accumulation of cash
"The immediate remedy, as al
ready indicated, lies in either new
war contracts for Waterbury in
dustrties or allocation of materials
for civilian production. The com
bined pressure of management and
labor and representatives in con
gress will be needed to obtain prac
tical action from the contract-mak
ing agencies, the War Production
Board of the Office of War Mobili
Meanwhile employes are being let
go in local plants in small num
bers with any large bulk lay-offs
rot expected before July 1.
Scheduled Lay-Offs
Aa reported here previously lay
off notices have been scheduled as
follows: Scovill Mfg. Co., 1,500 work
ers by July 1, because of production
curtailment in the manufacture of
time fuses: 75 mm. 95 mm., and
101 mm. shell cases. French Small
Tube division of American Brass
Co., 300 workers already dismissed
because of cut-backs on small tub
ing for Russian tanks and tractors.
Waterbury Mfg. Co., of the Chase
Brass & Copper Co., 87 full time
and 138 part-time employes to be
let go by July 1; production cur
tailed on 90 mm. and 105 mm. shell
cases. U. S. Time Corp 700 em
ployes to be let go by July 1 with
production curtailed on time fuses.
A total of 180 employes were laid off
at the Union Hardware Co , in Tor
As reported previously further
cut-backs arc expected particularly
on Navy Ordnance work which will
further accelerate the lay-off situa
The CIO has also called for the
removal of Waterbury from a No. 1
critijal war area so as to permit
procurement of materials need for
peace-time production. The union
yesterday, as stated here, accused
government agencies of failure to
prepare a program designed to off
set the results of production slack
stemming from the end of the Eur
opean war. By placing Waterbury
In a class 3 designation the factories
tould revert to a 40 hour week.
Springfield Ordnance Department
officers reiterated yesterday that
'.he ammunition cutbacks affecting
Waterbury war industries will not
oecome operative until June and
'.hat leveling off of the production
paring will set in during July.
After this readjustment to a one
front war, conditions are expected
to hold the line through January,
1946, according to best available es
timates of spokesmen for Ord
nance, War Production Board and
the War Manpower Commission,
the Army’s spokesmen asserted.
Night Shift Dropped
Night-shifts have oeen closed
down at the Waterbury Tool Co.,
with sources declaring that no more
women will be used on machines at
the company during night shifts. A
few worlds were let go this morn
ing at t^^t. s. Time Corp. Other
companies '^o arc dropping work
Internatioribl Observance
Planned Jointly By
3,200 Societies
The Walther League Society of
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran
church last evening entertained the
Naugatuck Lutheran church Wal
ther League in conjunction with a
candlelight service commemorat
ing the 52nd birthday of the Wal
ther League.
Arrangements had been made to
begin the anniversary service at 10
p. m. by lighting a candle all over
the United States and Canada. 3
200 such societies participated in
the service at the appointed time.
Rev. John N. C. Mohrmann, pastor
of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran
church, acted as master of cere
monies at the local celebration.
Edward Pettersen entertained the
guests showing several reels of mo
vies. The party adjourned with a
prayer for fellow Walther Leaguers
in the armed forces.
The committee in charge of the
local celebration included Mrs. Emi
lie Schmollinger, Mrs. Victoria
Schmollinger. Mrs. Alfreda Jabs,
Mrs. Alice Relyea. Warren Helm
ing. Harry Kalpin and Edward Pet
Oscar Schultz, organist, also en
tertained offering several piano
ers at a slow-stream rate.
In its statement to the Connecti
cut so'.ons the CIO also notes the
' Until such time as the War Pro
duction Board either sends new war
contracts into the Waterburv area
or allocates the materials for civilian
goods production, the number of un
employed will steadily increase. The
taking of a grave view is justified at
this time because no assurances are
given that either new war contracts
or civilian goods allocations are on
their way.
"Prom the worker's point of view,
th° situation is critical in many
cases. There are few workers who
can withstand a prolonged pericd
of unemployment. Unemployment
compensation allowances are small
ar.d are paid for a short time only.
The very maximum payment is $22
a week and the maximum period is
18 weeks. From a number of angles,
resort to the cashing cf War Bonds
would be highly regrettable at this
Talbot's Solution
As reported here yesterday Cong.
Joseph E. Talbot has set down the
following three point program for
possible solution by government
agencies to the problem:
1.—Holding off on further cut
backs for 60 days, giving industry
a chance be get set for peace time
2— Further reallocation of war
3— Resumption of production of
civilian goods immediately.
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Five Haddad Brothers On Various Fighting Fronts
Private First Class
Five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Kalell
Haddad, 110 Baldwin street, are now
serving in various war theaters
Pfc. Fred Haddad, 29. attatched to
the Ordnance department in Ger
many, formerly owned and operated
a grocery store on Cherry street. He
entered the service in November,
1943. and trained at Rossford Ord
inance Depot, Ohio, Jackson, Miss.,
and Camp Houze, Texas. His wife,
the former Ethel Kallas, and his
young son, David Thomas, reside at
140 Cherry street.
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Haddad, 27,
who left Waterbury in January,
1941, when the National Guard was
Staff Sergeant
federalized, has served for the past
several years on island in the New
Hebrides, and was recently trans
ferred to Hawaii. He trained at
Camp Blanding, Fla. Prior to leaving
for duty, he assisted Fred in oper
ating his Grocery store.
Ameen Haddad. 26, pharmascist
mate. 1-c enlisted in the Navy short
ly after his, graduation from Con
necticut College of Pharmacy. Now
stationed with the Marine Corps in
the Southwest Pacific. He trained at
Brooklyn Naval hospital, St. Albans
Naval hospital, and served on the
U. S. S. Biloxi. He later transferred
to the Marine Corps, training for
combat duty at Camp Le Jeune,
Ph. M.
North Carolina. He is now stationed
with the Marine corps in the south
west Pacific.
Pfc. George Haddad. 21, is sta
tioned with the Army Air forces in
Hawaii. Upon entering the service
in March, 1943. he trained at El
lington Field, Texas, Laredo, Texas,
Amarillo, Texas, Peterson Field, Col
orado, and Mount Home, Idaho.
Pvt. Wyhibe Haddad, 18, joined
the service in October, 1944, while
a student at Post Junior College. He
trained at Camp Croft, South Caro
Nicholas and George recently en
joyed a reunion in Hawaii. They
had not seen each other in three
and a half years.
Private First Class
Pfc. James Morotto, son of Mrs.
Josephine Morotto, 55 French street,
is hospitalized in Europe, accord
ing to a War Department telegram.
Although previously reported miss
ing in action several months ago.
the telegram stated the soldier
was never missing.
Sgt. Raymond F. Sullivan, who
has served in England for 18 months
with an Eighth Air Force ground
crew, arrived at Bradley Field re
cently. His furlough papers will be
issued at Fort Devens, Mass., within
a day or two ar.d he will spend a
furlough here.
James J. Campbell. Sic, son of
Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell, 154
Plaza avenue, is spending a leave
here. He has served for the past
26 months in the Pacific with a
Navy unit.
Aboard the USS Indianapolis
Somewhere in the Western Pacific
(Delayed)—F. E. Harrison, seaman,
second class. USNR. whose wife,
Mrs. Ruth Harrison, lives at 23 Ro
land street. Waterbury, Conn.,
fought aboard this heavy cruiser
when her big guns pounded the en
emy at Okinawa to avenge the dark
days of 1S42 when they spoke only
defensively against the then-dom
inant Japanese.
S.-Sgt. Joseph W. Bollard has
been liberated from a prisoner-of
war camp in Germany, according
to official notification received by
his wife, Mrs. Margaret C. Bollard.
735 Baldwin street. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bollard, 164
Chestnut avenue.
A former waist gunner with the
Eighth Air Force, Sgt. Bollard was
reported missing December 9 over
Germany. He went overseas last
Alfred Kania. son of Mrs. Steph
anie Kania, Middletown, has been
advanced to the rank of staff ser
geant with an Army unit in Italy,
it has been learned by his wife, Mrs.
Helen Kania. 26 Putnam street.
Private First Class Raymond E.
LeBlanc, a veteran of several cam- ]
paigns in the Pacific, has arrived |
at Fort MacDowell, Calif., and is j
expected home shortly, according j
to word received by his parents. Mr.
and Mrs. J. LeBlanc, 153 South
Main street.
Leaving for overseas duty with
Battery E. 208th C. A. from Camp
Edwards in January, 1942. LeBlanc
served for 38 months overseas, be
ing iiv active combat in the New
Guinea the Adimralities and the
Philippines. He holds the Purple
Heart and his unit was awarded the
Presidential Citation for combat in
the Papuan campaign. He was em
ployed at the J. E. Smith Lumber
Company prior to entering the serv
Euroute east with a group of men
formerly with the 208th Coast Artil
lery regiment which arrived on the
West Coast Friday. Cpl. Herbert
Karpelman, son of Patrolman and
Mrs. Michael Karpelman, 79 Mel
rose avenue, was stricken ill and
taken from the train, it was learned
by his parents.
The other men will arrive in Wa
terbury this weekend after receiv
ing furlough papers at Fort Dev
ens, Mass. Heading the contingent
are Lt. Wilbur Sullivan, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Francis W. Sullivan, 71
Robbins street, and Lt. Arthur
Goodson. son of Mrs. Nellie Good
son, 273 Monroe avenue.
Lt. William T. Schmollinger, 21,
was liberated from Stalag Luft 1
on May 2 by the Russians, where
he was imprisoned since last Sep
tember. according to a letter re
ceived from the airmen by his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. William Schmol
linger, 265 Hauser street.
Flown to rFance, the lieutenant
is now resting at a hospital there.
He reported he is enjoying the sun
shine and the abundant food after
his many months of confinement,
and hopes to return home as soon
as transportation is available.
A first pilot of a B-17 bomber
based in England, his plane was
shot down over Germany.
Lt. Schollinger was a student at
Northeastern university, when he
enlisted in the service in April, 1943.
He trained at various bases in Ala
bama, Miss., and Texas and went
overseas last July. He holds the
Air Medal.
Medford Couple
Burned To Death
Medford, Mass., May 24.—(UP)—
Frank J. Pearson, 78-year old re
tired bank guard, and his wife,
Mary, 76, were burned to death
early today when fire swept their
apartment house on Water street.
The bodies of the couple, parents
of' Deputy Fire Chief Ernest F.
Pearson who is now on vacation,
were found in the attic of the
apartment house. Pearson, sleeping
on the second floor, apparently went
to aid his wife who was asleep in
the third floor attic.
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Maj. James P. Walsh, serving
with the adjutant-general's de
partment of mails and distribu
tion, has been advanced to the
rank of lieutenant colonel at
Wright Field. Ohio. Headquar
ters of the Air Service command.
Major Walsh, veteran of World
War I. entered active service in
October. 1040. His wife, Mrs. Alice
Walsh and five children, reside at
16 Calumet street.
Capt. Francis Crowe, a veteran of
38 months service in the South
Pacific, is spending a 22-day fur
lough with his parents. Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Crow:, Last street
Hitchcock Lake.
Leaving Waterburv when the Na
tional Guard was federalized in
January, 1941. the Waterburv of
ficer trained at Camp Edwards.
Mass. Serving with an anti-air
craft artillery unit. Capt. Crowe
participated in tiie campaigns in
Papau. New Guinea, and Dutch
East Indies. He was commissioned
April 1, 1943 in Australia.
Upon completion of his leave,
he will report to Asheville, N. C.
for reassignment.
Several Waterbury servicemen,
who have been engaged in active
combat duty during the past sev
eral years, have arrived in this
country are:
A participant in the Iwo Jimo
campaign, Cpl. John J. Kenny who
spent 28 months in the South Pacific
with the 21st. Marines. Third Divi
sion is now at his home on Home
stead avenue. He also served at
New Zealand. Guadalcanal, Bou
gainville, Gloucester, and Guam.
He was hospitalized at Guadal
canal following action in Bougain
ville. Cpl. Kenny is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. John J. Kenny, 326 Home
stead avenue. His father held the
late of chief petty officer during
World War I.
T-Sgt. Clayton L. Blick. 263 Wil
low St., Waterbury 38, Conn., has
reported for duty at the Air Tech
nical Service Command, Wright
Field, Dayton, Ohio, and has been
assigned to 4000th AAF Base Unit,
Sqd. "K”. Wright Field is the Air
Forces' engineering, procurement,
maintenance and supply center.
Veterans, Attention!
Do you know when are the
effective dates of awards of
disability and provisions for
filing claims?
Do you understand the proper
procedure for filing claims?
These and any other ques
tions pertaining to your service
benefits will be answered by
the personnel of Waterbury’s
Veteran Advisory and Re-Em
ployment Center. This Center
has been established for you
and your families and is locat
ed at the corner of Grove street,
and Central avenue.
Located there are the Vet
eran Advisory Center — Miss
Nancy Delaney, director: Vet
erans Administration Bureau,
Mr. Edward Kelley, director;:
the four local Draft Boards and
the office of the Home Service
Bureau of the Red Cross.
Use the facilities of this Cen
ter whenever required. It has
been established for your pur
poses and needs!
Lt. Stuart. Meyerhans, commander i
of the 492 Engineer Equipment Co. I
has arrived in this country and will !
unc'.erlgo hospital treatment before
spending a furlough here. Tire of
ficer served in New Guinea, the
Admiraltis and the Philippines. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
F. Meyerhans, 137 Frost road, and
the husband of Mrs. Stuart (Mac- j
Donald Meyerhans, 132 Chestnut ■
No Age Limit for Those In=
terested; Corp. Holmes
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Correspondent’s Phone—3-6511
Waterville, May 24—An attempt is
being made to organize a Water
ville girls' softball team. There is
no age limit and any girl or woman
interested in playing with the team
is asked to contact Miss Alice Mac
Mullen at 5-1510 or to be at the
small diamond near the bridge in
the park on Friday evening at 6:30
o'clock for a tryout.
The Weavers Club of St Paul's '
Episcopal church will give a dance
on Friday evening at 8 p. m. for
the young people of the church and
their friends. These dances have
proved very popular in the past.
The Methodist Youth Fellowship
wiil meet this evening at 8 o'clock in
the church parlors.
The Junior choir of Grace Metho
dist church met this afternocon a:
3:30 at the church immediately fol
lowing the religious instructions
Troop 72 Brownie Scouts met this
afternoon in St. Paul’s parish hall
from 3:30 to 5 o'clock, wuth their
leader Mrs. Coscia.
The mid-week prayer meeting of
the Waterville Union Church will
be held this evening at the church
on Dwight street at 7:45. Rev. Mil
ton S. Nilson will conduct the serv
The Swedish Weaving club met
Tuesday evening at the home ot
Mrs. Bertha Platt on Parker street.
A social hour was enjoyed following
the sewing session. Those present
were: Mrs. John W. Platt Jr., Mrs.
J. M. E. Johnson, Mrs. Ralph Ben
son, Mrs. Harry Lattimer and Miss
Ruth Norton.
Corp. John R. Holmes, son of Mrs.
Katherine Holmes of 72 Chester ave
nue who is with the 362nd Fighter
Group of the Ninth Air Force which
has been awarded the presidential
unit citation for "extreme heroism”
in action against the enemy. John
is an airplane armorer in a P-47 and
is at an advanced base in Germany.
He also has three battle stars for
action in England. France and Ger
many. He entered the Air Forces in
October of 1941 and has been over
seas for 18 months.
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A small pocket Booklet entitled
CIO Veterans Guide is offered free
of charge to all veterans. The
pamphlet contains the following
table of contents pertaining to vet
erans interests:
What Happens When You Are
Discharged; Your Education After
the War; Getting a Job; Borrowing
Money; If Something Happens to
You: If You Are in the Merchant
Marine; Keep Track of What’s Hap
Veterans may obtain a copy by
writing to the Connecticut State
Industrial Council CIO, 96 North.
Main street, Waterbary.
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