SHOP NOTES – The Skirvin Entries
Transcribed by Mary Lynn Skirvin Johnson
“Published on alternate Saturdays by the employees of Showers Brothers Company, Bloomington, Ind.”

[Transcriber’s notes:  The eleven bound volumes of the SHOP NOTES newsletters covering the years 1918 to 1927 were found in the Monroe County Library in Bloomington, Indiana.  Showers Brothers Company was a furniture factory that employed anywhere from 1200 to 1700 people.  Every effort was made to get all of the Skirvin entries in the newsletter collection.  Using the index, I was unable to find two or three of the entries listed.

Nurre Mirror Plate Company is also represented in these newsletters.  In several cases, it was unclear as to whether or not Skirvins listed were working in the glass plant or the furniture plant.  Where possible, I have noted definite associations.]

Vol. 1, 1918, #5, Page 6

Lee Skirvin is now in charge of both sand rooms and his experience and knowledge is beginning to show in the results both rooms are giving.

Raymond Skirvin, William Lane and Raymond Sare turned over a new leaf May 1st by discontinuing the use of chewing tobacco.  Not a man on bench line Plant No. 1 uses the weed in that form – so they say.  Up to the present some of them are sticking to it.

Vol. 1, 1918, #5, Page 7

“Chick” Skirvin of Cabinet room Plant 1, spent Sunday in Spencer with his fair one.  Fair is right, we’ve seen her and she isn’t a bit hard on the eyes.

Vol. 1, 1918, #4, Page 9

CAN YOU IMAGINE
Lee Skirvin when he couldn’t talk.

Vol. 1, 1918, #5, Page 11
[It is not clear whether or not these two bits are related to work in the Nurre Mirror Plant.]

Raymond Skirvin is on the sick list.  Again or yet?

“Big Lee” Skirvin now has charge of the Sand room Plant 1.  This Department has been recently equipped with new and up to date machinery and the output shows a marked improvement.

Vol. 1, 1918, #6, Page 5

Raymond Skirvin is on the sick list again.

Vol. 1, 1918, #7, Page 6

Raymond Skirvin is on the sick list again.

Vol. 1, 1918, #7, Page 7

When the boys employed in Plant No. 2 Sanding room heard that Lee Skirvin had registered one of them was heard to remark, “Bet he gets shot in the back..”

Vol. 1, 1918, #8, Page 10

He stayed with it for six full days, but at 8:30 Tuesday morning his nerve(s) failed him and he went home.  Raymond Skirvin is on the sick list again.

Vol. 1, 1918, #17, Page ½

EMPLOYEES OF SHOWERS BROTHERS COMPANY SUBSCRIBE HEAVILY TO LIBERTY LOAN BONDS
349 Subscriptions Result of Big Drive
The employees of Showers Brothers Company have demonstrated that they can be depended on in other activities besides the manufacturing of furniture.  The way the subscriptions from employees have been piling up for Liberty Loan Bonds proves to us that true patriotism and love of country are not lacking in our organization.

We feel that the interest shown in subscribing for the Liberty Bonds by our employees was created through the reading of the interesting editorial in the last issue of Shot Notes by our President, Mr. W. N. Showers.  The Company, under Mr. Shower’s direction has shown its interest in the employees by providing a way whereby they might serve their country in no small degree.

The following is a list of employees who have purchased one or more bonds:

[Among those listed…]
Harley B. Skirvin, …Lee Skirvin

Vol. 1, 1918, #18, Page 9

SPLINTERS – [Among those listed.]  Harley Skirvin, splinter in right hand.  No time lost.

Vol. 1, 1918, #20, Page 9

MINOR INJURIES FOR PERIOD NO. TWENTY-FOUR
CUTS – [Among those listed.] Edge of tool struck hand.  Chick Skirvin, chisel cut on left hand.  No time lost.

Vol. 1, 1918, #20, Page 10

LIST OF NEW EMPLOYEES PERIOD NO. 24
Cabinet No. 1.
C. Stineburg, Nell Polley, Emma Struckmeyer, John Welch, Mable Sexton, Harry Brock, Julia Payton, Maudeline Kale, Maude Coster, Mary Crane, Raymond Skirvin.

Vol. 1, 1918, #11, Page 2

A LARGE NUMBER OF PARTIOTIC EMPLOYEES
Since war was declared on the 6th day of April, our plants have given up sixty-eight of their best young men.  All of this number volunteered for service through a truly patriotic spirit.  During the last period up until August 3rd we had lost nineteen men who belonged to the Battery.  The names of these boys are as follows:

Carl Koons, Wm. Atkins, W. J. Martin, Elvyn Regester, Ralph Cain, Hobart Chandler, Harold Wells, Glen Teague, Clay Gross, Homer Edwards, Fred Stewart, Gilbert Lemon, Ben Clendenning, Fred Skirvin, Burt Lawhead, Fred Funk, Merle Higgins, Millard Spoor and Frank Fordyce.

It will be a hard matter to replace these excellent employees, but that will be our bit toward helping our country.  The firm is lucky to have so many good men to send to the front.

Vol. 1, 1918, #14, Page 2

“Chick” Skirvin has been very anxious to help a certain Mr. Stone of Spencer to get a position.  We supposed that the two boys were just good friends but we found out later that “Chick” has been calling on Mr. Stone’s sister.

Vol. 1, 1918, #16, Page 12

LIST OF NEW EMPLOYEES FOR PERIOD NO. 20
Sanding No. 2.
Lee Skirvin, Allen Pelfere, Estil Layman.

Vol. 1, 1918, #19, Page 7
[Yes, there is a repeated word in this bit.]

Raymond Skirvin, expert cabinet cabinet maker, lately of Rockford, Illinois, is with us once again.  Raymond is known to us as the man of many quits.  Wanderlust has him good and hard.  He tells us this time that there is no place like home, ant that he is now with us for keeps.

Vol. 1, 1918, #21, Page 7

Every time someone mentions to Lee Skirvin that he will have4 to go to war, Lee informs them that he is ready, but his wife objects.

Vol. 2, 1918, #1, Page 7

Lee Skirvin, the block leader of Sanding Room, reports that his wife is getting along nicely.  Mrs. Skirvin was recently vaccinated and her arm became infected to an alarming degree.

Vol. 2, 1918, #1, Page 11

THE PASSING OF THE NICKNAME
A few years ago a large number of men in the factory were called by nicknames.  Several of our men still retain the names that were given them:

Among these are “Weed” (Wm.) Shaw, “Cooney” (Chas.) Stineburg, “Frog” (Clarence) Duncan, “Shag” (Chas.) Duncan, “Chick” (Harley) Skirvin, “Yellar” (Louis) Chandler and “Jack Rabbit” (Ed) Gamble.  These are perhaps the most commonly known.  It is certain that with their shopmates they will always be known by these names.

The circumstances connected with these nicknames are quite interesting.  Mr. Shaw’s name was given him when he first made his appearance with Showers Brothers Co.  Bill Shaw, you know, was raised in Brown County, and when he came here some of the boys immediately thought of Weed Patch Hill.  From that day to this he has gone by the name of “Weed.”

“Cooney” Stineburg was given his nickname because of his father’s name and “Frog” Duncan was called “Frog” because of his talent as a leap frog artist.  The other names originated through similar circumstances.

Within the last few years, the nickname is used less frequently.  However there are still a few men to whom the nickname adheres.  We also have a few men who have acquired their names lately.  For example, “Snowball” (Marshall) McAfee because of his complexion and “Noisy” (Edward) Williams, so called because of his peculiarly quiet nature.  There are several others, but it seems that the practice of giving nick names is not so prevalent as in the past.

The reason is, no doubt, that our people are becoming more educated and have cultivated a desire to know men by there correct names.

Vol. 2, 1918, #2, Page 6

On Sunday morning, January 13th, Raymond Skirvin fell heir to a nine pound girl.  Do we smoke , Mose?

Vol. 2, 1918, #2, Page 9

RECORD OF INJURIES FOR PERIODS NO. 1 AND 2
MASHES AND BRUISES – Harley Skirvin, bruise on first finger of left hand; no time lost.

Vol. 2, 1918, #3, Page 10

RECORD OF INJURIES FOR PERIOD NO. 3
Miscellaneous – Lee Skirvin, sanded thumb of left hand; no time lost.

Vol. 2, 1918, #7, Page 6

Mrs. Oscar Bates and Miss Blanche Thornton, who are employed in Plant No. 2, have been transferred to the sanding room and placed under the tutorship of our efficient block leader, Lee Skirvin.  From what Lee tells us the ladies are doing fine.

Vol. 2, 1918, #7, Page 11

LIST OF NEW EMPLOYEES FOR PERIOD NO. 7
Finish No. 1 – W. A. Butcher, Roy Conner, Henriette Monohan, Frank Fordyce, Fred Skirvin, Guy Gray.

Vol. 2, 1918, #8, Page 9

“CHICK” SKIRVIN TAKES THE PLUNGE
After eluding the fair sex for a number of years.  “Chick” finally succumbed to the charms of pretty Miss Edith Watson.  Mr. Skirvin has been in the employ of Showers Brothers Company since he was a small boy.  In fact, he was practically reared in the Cabinet Room.  He is a very efficient cabinet maker and every one in the factory knows “Chick” Skirvin as a friend, and as a builder of W. H. V.

The ceremony will take place this afternoon at the home of the groom’s parents.  The young couple will make their home there for some little time and will welcome their friends after next week.  The boys of the factory are united in sending their best wishes to this very popular union.

Vol. 2, 1918, #9, Page 7

Cabinet No. 1 is having more than its share of trouble from illness.  Gurney Hopper, Harley Skirvin, and Ashbury Chandler and Chas East have all lost time during the last period.

The loss of dependables like these makes it hard to keep up the required efficiency.

Vol. 2, 1918, #10, Page 10

INJURY RECORD FOR PERIOD NO. 10
Splinters – Alice Howell, splinter in finger of right hand; two days lost.  Elmer Skirvin, splinter in middle of right hand; no time lost.

Vol. 2, 1918, #10, Page 12

LIST OF NEW EMPLOYEES FOR PERIOD NO. 10
Cabinet No. 1 – Tom Penrod, Al Gourley, Orville Adkins, Quinton Qwinn, Chas. Spencer, Ross Burch, Wm. F. Walls, Arch Skirvin, Ruth Dyre.

Veneer Mill – Myrtle Bracken, Jacob Harman, Clarence Reinhardt, Ben Skirvin, Callie Vaught, Jessie Brinson, Brantley Burchman.

Vol. 2, 1918, #12, Page 4

Lee Skirvin, of the Sanding Department, who has been confined to his home for the past three weeks, is now at work.  Shortly after he came back he confidentially told one of his friends what the doctor said.  The conversation went something like this:

Lee:  “Say, doc, I have rheumatism pretty bad, haven’t I?”

Doctor:  “Yes, and according to my diagnosis there is only one thing that will cure you, and that is the ending of the war.”

Vol. 2, 1918, #12, Page 10

LIST OF NEW EMPLOYEES FOR PERIOD NO. 12
Saw Mill – Elza Siscoe, Ora Branam, Roland Skirvin, Tom Roberts.

Vol. 2, 1918, #13, Page 8
MORE STARS IN OUR SERVICE FLAG
The following list of names represents our latest additions to the service:
[Other names omitted.]
Lee Skirvin, Sanding No. 2

Vol. 2, 1918, #14, Page 4

SEVERAL BOYS GO TO THE ARMY
[Other names omitted.}
Sam Skirvin, Saw Mill.

These men represent the best class of men in our shops.  We are most certainly glad to see the U. S. armies filled with men of this type.  In a number of cases the boys of the department presented the departing soldiers with wrist watches.

Vol. 2, 1918, #18, Page 6

RECORD OF NEW EMPLOYEES FOR PERIOD NO. 18
Cabinet No. 1 – Alfred Qwin Elmer Johnson, Harold Pennington, Chas. Stout, Mrs. Bettie Boyle, Raymond Skirvin, Dale Hardy, Gurney Hopper, Emil Livingston, Chas. Chambers, Raymond Gooldy.

Vol. 2, 1918, #19, Page 11

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL PERIOD NO. 20
Saw Mill – John Nikirk, Clyde Skirvin.

Vol. 2, 1918, #19, Page 14

ARMY LIFE FINE, BUT WOULD LIKE TO BE BACK
Perhaps one of the biggest losses to Chas. Steinburg’s force in Cabinet Room No. 1 during the continuous drafting of men has been that of “Chick” Skirvin.  “Chick” has bee a shining light in the Plant No. 1 force ever since he was old enough to work regularly.

He started to work for Showers Brothers Co. nine years ago and has been with us ever since.  His cheerful disposition and efficiency as a workman have always stood him in high regard with his fellow employees.  “Chick” left Bloomington last August with the last contingent of drafted men and spent his first days in the army at Camp Taylor.  Early in September he was removed to Camp McClelland at Anniston, Ala.  Up to the present time he has not been performing the usual duties of a soldier but has been assisting in construction work., where his knowledge of carpentry stood him in good stead.

Raymond Sare has just received the following letter from “Chick”:

“Dear Friend Raymond and all the rest of the Boys:

“I have a little spare time before supper so I will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am all right.  I have been doing carpenter work for the past several days.  You know that I am at home at that job.

“Raymond, it is very cold down here and it has been raining half of the time.  I work all day and with my sweater on, that is, all the time I work.  Every time it starts to rain we have to quit and go to the bunk house.  I do not know how long I will be here but it is just possible that I shall stay here for the winter.  I hope this war won’t last very much longer so we can all get together again.  I like the army life about as well as anybody but I would rather be back at home working for Showers Bros. Co.

“Charles King got the home papers today and we learned that Showers were working on government contracts.  Tell ‘Dunk,’ ‘Hop,’ ‘Coony,’ ‘Mose’ and all the rest of the boys to drop me a card.  I ought to write all of you but I have a great deal of work to do and I never get much time for writing letters.

“I have to do my own washing, shave every other day and take a bath at least two times a week.  We go to bed at 9 p.m. and arise at 5:15 a.m.  Give my very best regards to all of the boys and tell them all to write whenever they can.

“Your old friend,
“SKIRVIN”

Vol. 3, 1919, #1, Page 12

Cabinet No. 1 was scheduled to make 1,200 No. 1117 Dressers last Wednesday and Thursday.  the boys managed to reach their quota of 600 Wednesday, but the next day it rained and Raymond Skirvin just couldn’t come to work.

Vol. 3, 1919, #4, Page 6

ADDED TO THE PAY ROLL – PERIOD NO. 9
Cabinet No. 1 –  Lee Skirvin, Geo. Gray, Clifford Koontz, Elmer Chandler.

Vol. 3, 1919, #5, Page 9

PIGS IS PIGS
In view of the high price of pork and feeling that by next winter things will look very much as they did a year ago, “Chick” Skirvin and wife discussed “pro” and “con” the wisdom of purchasing a couple of young pigs.  The idea was a thrifty one.  Through the watchful care of “Chick”, these young “squealers” would develop into real sized hogs along about butchering time.  Having agreed to the plan, the young ones were brought in from the country.  The pen that had been built for them proved to be defective.  The next day “Chick” started out to look after his added chore.  Upon reaching the pen, he was very much alarmed and enraged over the fact that the pigs had disappeared.  He returned to the house and told his wife that he was about ready to discontinue trying to get ahead of the high cost of living for fate seemed to be working against him.  “Well, why don’t you get out and look for ‘em?” asked the good wife.  “There’s no use, for I have looked everywhere and I have not been able to locate as much as a squeal.”  Finally “Chick” started to leave the premises very much dejected and out of humor with the world.  He had hardly gotten started when he heard the barking of his dog.  The noise proved that there was something unusual located under the corn crib.  A long pole and much jabbing around in the dark disclosed the hiding place of the pigs.  Everything is now peace and happiness around the Skirvan [sic] home, but “Chick” insists that he is going to guard the pigs as if they were a bank account.

Vol. 3, 1919, #7, Page 10

ADDED TO THE PAY ROLL, PERIOD NO. 12
Finish Room No. 2 – Walter Phillips, Hobart Chandler, Ralph Massey, Wm. Randall, Fred Skirvin, Elard Smith, Theodore Weddle, Kenneth Gray.

Vol. 3, 1919, #10, Page 5

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
The Showers Boy Scout Troop No. 5 has been enjoying some fine Saturday trips to Weimers Lake, southwest of the city.  They have almost completed the shack  which was started several weeks ago.  During the warm weather nothing much was attempted other than swimming.  This of course pleased the boys for they never seem to get enough of the sport.  Three of the boys, Dale Bault, Roscoe Westrick and Ward Godsey have learned to swim and can hold their own very well with the boys who had been more experienced.

Dale Bault has been appointed troop leader and Melvin Skirvan [sic] was elected scout scribe.  The boys are progressing very nicely with the work and are desirous of having more members.  Any son or brother of an employee, who has reached the age of 12 years will be eligible for membership.  There will be no expense connected with the organization.

Vol. 3, 1919, #10, Page 6

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 15
Cabinet No. 1 – Joe Houston, Arch Skirvin, Plummie Jackson.

Finish No. 2 – Clearl Blackwell, Rudolph Whetsell, Ralph Cain, Tom Hinkle, Wayne Camden, Fred Skirvin, James Peterson.

Vol. 3, 1919, #11, Page 9

LIST OF THOSE ADDED TO PAY ROLL PERIOD NO. 17
Lumber Yard – Otis Chestnut, Ralph Gillaspie, Alva Flinn, A. B. Clayton, Perring Blewet, Alton Polley, Leroy Frye, Robert McKinney, Horace Skirvin, Stanley Robinson, Richard Secrest, Louie Beam, Nelson Hacker, Jess Hawkins, Fred Motz, Sam Jones, Chas. B. Alkie, James M. Polley, Wm. Hall, Milton Mathis.

Vol. 3, 1919, #12, Page 6

Harley “Chick” Skirvin, of Cabinet No. 1, and wife have just returned from a two day trip to the State Fair.

Vol. 3, 1919, #14, Page 6

Lee Skirvin, of the Power and Maintenance Department, has always been reputed as being a sober workman, but when he comes back with a wild tale that he saw thirty squirrels in one tree, his friends are wondering if he saw double or triple.  Squirrel trees of this variety are certainly scarce in this locality.

Vol. 3, 1919, #14, Page 9

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 19
Sanding No. 1 – Fred Skirvin, Homer Terrill, Ica Helems, Iva Helems, Stanley Flater.

Vol. 3, 1919, #14, Page 10

(ADDED TO THE PAYROLL?) [Do not have beginning of article.]
[Probably Cabinet No. 1.  List begins in middle.]
…May, Theodore Shertzer, Chas. Belcher, Walter Sims, Daniel Neal, John Mann, Horace Skirvin, Paul Carroll, John Carroll, Wilbert Walden, Chas. W. Hendrix, Mose Cook, Claude Withers, Roy Pritchord, Mrs. Mart Farley.

Vol. 3, 1919, #16, Page 10

NURRE MIRROR PLATE CO. ADDED TO THE PAYROLL
Stock Room – Sam S. Kirvin.

Silvering Room – Verbia Skirvin, LeRoy Wilson, Thomas Key.

Vol. 3, 1919, #19, Page 6

RECORD OF INJURIES FOR PERIOD NO. 24
Bruises – Archie Skirvin, bruised and mashed thumb of left hand, no time lost.  Earl Tristler, mashed thumb of left hand, no time lost.

Vol. 3, 1919, #20, Page 3

Several days ago, during the fuel shortage, work in Cabinet No. 1 became rather slack and several of the men felt that they might as well go home.  Before going, someone suggested that “Coony” Stineburg ought to be consulted first, when Lee Skirvin spoke thusly:  “Didn’t I fight for my freedom?  I’m not a slave to any man!”  Lee got as far as Indianapolis when he joined the army.

Vol. 3, 1919, #20, Page 14

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 25
Plant No. 4 – Wm. Burnhardt. A. A. Bruner, J. A. Johnson, Frank Brown, Millard Fross, Homer Hazel, Carl Hays, Ed. Pugh, Frank Kinser, Lon Carrall, Clifford Young, Thomas Pate, Newton Wright, Chandos Houston, Jas. F. Dalton, Jas. L. Owings, Frank Duncan, Asa McKnight, Harry L. Bodenhamer, Geo. Hall, J. D. Waldron, Obel Skirvin, Geo. Whetsell, Loyd Rogers, Sherman Myers, Al. Hodson, Harry Bland, Hubert Galyan, Everett Teague, Ross Dugger, Ambrose T. Hollis, C. P. Gatts, Harry Armstrong, Jas. E. Van Gilder, O. H. Van Gilder, Raymond Skirvin.

Vol. 4, 1920, #1, Page 14

NURRE MIRROR PLATE CO. ADDED TO THE PAY ROLL
Beveling No. 2 – John Fleetwood, Earl Skirvin, Perry Dillman.

Vol. 4, 1920, #3, Page 8

Lee Skirvin of Cabinet No. 1, has a black colt, a two-year-old, that is proving a wonder at the trotting game.  Fellow workmen insist that Lee enter his prodigy in the races at the State Fair next fall.

Vol. 4, 1920, #4, Page 7

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 3
Lumber Yard – Lon Hays, Dave Blackwell, Adam Walls, John Hamm, Frank Henry, Ule Clark, Dewey Coster, Grotie Todd, Tom King, Sam Skirvin, J. H. Floyd, R. C. Monroe, Harry Cook, Roy Moffett.

Vol. 4, 1920, #7, Page 7

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 6
Sanding No. 2 – Horace Skirvin.

Vol. 4, 1920, #7, Page 9

Harley and Raymond Skirvin, both of Cabinet No. 1, have purchased homes during the past period.

Vol. 4, 1920, #8, Page 8

FOR SALE – Two lots, good garden spot, on 15th and Sluss Ave.  Improved road.  Lots 66x132 feet each.  Harley Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 4, 1920, #8, Page 9

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 7
Finish No. 1 – John Chasteen, Wm. Hall, Emmett Murphy, Joe Smallwood, H. Kirby, Oscar Davis, Theodore Hawkins, Estil Chaney, Sam Skirvin, Harrison Harper, Ribert Hays, Alva Callahan, Delbert May.

Vol. 4, 1920, #9, Page 7

JOY RIDE ENDS DISASTROUSLY FOR GEO. HOLTZ
Well!  well!  well!  that old stall of sickness in the family still covers a multitude of sins.  Several days ago George Holtz of Cabinet No. 2 informed his foreman that it would be impossible for him to be on duty because of  his wife’s state of health.  George has been with us only a few months, but during that time has established a reputation for honesty and good work.  Quite naturally his fellow workmen were sympathetic when informed that he had sickness in the home.  On the plea of his wife’s need of fresh air, Lee Skirvin very willingly loaned his horse and buggy to friend George.  The harness was obtained from another source.  That isn’t the point.  Although Mr. Holtz has been in the service, he undoubtedly was in the infantry, for his method of hitching up a horse proved conclusively that he knew nothing about horses.

The afternoon’s outing would have been a wonderful success in spite of the fact that the fishing was nothing to brag about had not the shafts parted company with the horse when coming down a hill and lifted themselves straight up in the air.  Somehow the harness did not hold the shafts down by the horse’s side as they should be but this did not bother George.  Somewhere along the county road that evening fellow workmen witnessed George carefully holding to the bridle with one hand while he held the shafts in place with the other in order to bring his wife safely home.  The joy ride was anything but a success, but it would not have been so bad had not those friends come across George leading the horse down the hill.

Vol. 4, 1920, #9, Page 10

(Photo outside of 25 men, some standing in a back row and some seated in front.)
CABINET NO. 1 FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Sitting, from left to right – Martin Bush, William Clem, Frank Gentry, Henry Burks, John Fry, W. O. Green, Roy Adams, Andrew Poore, Arthur Lee, Standing, from left to right – John Thompson, Frank Raper, Raymond Sare, Hobert Burns, Asbury Chandler, Ben Clendenning, Chas. Duncan,  Raymond Skirvin, Unknown, Andrew Daily, Balen Peters, Geo. Gray,  M. D. Adams,  Chas. “Coony” Stineburg, Samuel Houston,  Emery McConnel.

This picture was taken approximately fifteen years ago beside the old factory  which stood on the site of Plant No. 1.  Practically a third of the men shown in the picture still remain with the company.

Vol. 4, 1920, #11, Page 9

Ever since Ray Skirvin, of Cabinet No. 1, purchased his own home he has planned on having a garden.  From all reports he will be sitting in the pear tree next fall when those sweet potatoes get ripe.  That’s the stuff, Ray.  Good luck!

Vol. 4, 1920, #14, Page 12

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL DURING PERIOD NO. 13
Finish No. 3.
Rowland Skirvin, T. C. Lyles, John Beummett, Rhetta Voyles, Amanda Osborn, Josephine Emerson.

Vol. 4, 1920, #15, Page 8

Leroy Skirwin, or Cabinet No. 1, is improving his property.  He has added a room and is building a stone porch.

Vol. 4, 1920, #17, Page 12

ADDED TO THE PAYROLL [Nurre Mirror Plate Co.]
SILVERING ROOM – John Flick, Stella Clemens, Ferbia Skirvin.

Vol. 5, 1921, #21, Page 7

REVENGE IS SWEET
Archie Skrivin [sic] and a crowd of his fellow companions held a meeting early in the evening Hallowe’en and decided upon certain pranks which they would do later in the evening.  They did just what they planned to do but they did more, by trying to kid some of the parties whom they played tricks on.  They turned over sheds, wrecked fences and did the usual Hallowe’en damage which is done in a spirit of deviltry yet sometimes turns out to be somewhat annoying to property owners.  The following day “Jim” Houston called Archie over phone and told him that he was Prosecutor Austin East and that certain complaints had come to him regarding unlawful practices that occurred the night before.  He also stated that a certain farmer had entered a claim for $150 worth of damages for the destruction of corn but Archie stoutly denied having had anything to do with the corn.  Archie rolled up his sleeves that night and worked hard to adjust matters by replacing many things that he had done the evening before.  The men in Cabinet No. 1 are now having the laugh on Archie.

Vol. 5, 1921, #22, Page 8

We are all deeply sympathetic toward Robert Skirvin of Sanding No. 2 in his misfortune.  Mrs. Skirvin, who has been very ill for more than a year, passed out November 28th.

Vol. 6, 1922, #4, Page 8

IT’S OLD BEN AND NOT BIG BEN THAT HE NEEDS
One day last period Archie Skirvin failed to report in the morning for work.  It was learned that Archie’s father Ben had undertaken to break his son of his habit of expecting to be called several times in the morning before getting up for breakfast.  On this particular morning Archie was called but once.  Those feathers certainly felt good to Archie and in spite of his good intentions of just taking one more minute and then hurrying a little, he fell back into the land of dreams.  About 10 o’clock that morning Archie suddenly arose and found that he had missed the morning’s work.

Archie explained to “Shag” Duncan that he was going to get one of those “Big Ben” alarm clocks so that he would be sure to get to work in the future.  “Shag” informed him that he ought to save the money and use “Old Ben” instead of a new Big Ben.  Archie has decided that sleeping long in the morning is a losing proposition.  Old Ben is still on the job to awaken his son and hold him on the punctual list.

Vol. 6, 1922, #6, Page 10

For Sale – Two lots at Fifteenth and Park avenue, 66x132 feet.  Selected young fruit trees have been planted.  See Harley “Chick: Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 6, 1922, #8, Page 10

L. Bransetter of Machine No. 2 has purchased the Robert Skirvin property on Fifteenth street and looks forward to a summer of solid comfort in his own home.

Vol. 6, 1922, #8, Page 10

Robert Skirvin, who recently said his property, has purchased other property on 14th and Walnut Grove.  “Bob” just couldn’t bear to be without property to worry about.

Vol. 6, 1922, #12, Page 11

Mrs. Raymond Skirvin, wife of Raymond Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1, has left for South Bend, Ind., where she will remain indefinitely to be in the care of a specialist.  Mrs. Skirvin has been in poor health for many weeks.  We all trust that her trip north will be beneficial.

Vol. 6, 1922, #13, Page 3

EMERGENCY CALL IS ANSWERED PROMPTLY
Fire Extinguishers Skillfully Used With Good Results.
What might have resulted in a serious and disasterous [sic] fire was quickly turned to smoke last Wednesday morning when the call of fire got a quick response from alert workmen over in Plant No. 1.  “Ducky” Dameral was doing repair work on one of the drum sanders when fire broke out in the machine and was making good headway when the alarm was sent forth.  A few calls of fire! fire!, frightened a few, but Paul Shiftlet, Ducky Dameral, Scott Doty and Dan Miller had fire extinguishers off of the hooks and doing business before many others had time to realize what had taken place.  The service was quick and effective.  Then Chick Skirvin from the Cabinet room was not to be out done for quick thinking and effective work.  He with the help of a few fellow workmen had stretched the fire hose a distance of fifty feet and applied the water.

The alertness of the men and the cool headed manner in which they all performed was little short of marvelous.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the excitement was at an end.  The work of these men ought to stand out as an example for all others who might be caught in a similar situation at some future time.  We ought to be ready for emergencies of this kind for it is the quick action that does the work.

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Vol. 6, 1922, #13, Page 10

Raymond Skirvin of Cabinet No. 1, has been off from work on account of sickness.

Vol. 6, 1922, #13, Page 10

Mrs. Raymond Skirvin, who has been in South Bend, Ind., for her health during the past few weeks, has returned home.

Vol. 6, 1922, #18, Page 5

A MILK DIET FOR “BOB”
Several days ago “Bob” Skirvin of Sanding No. 2 went to the dentist and had his teeth extracted.  He intends to have the originals replaced with false teeth.  Interested friends felt sorry for their fellow workman, whom they felt could not be an efficient workman subsisting on liquid food.  Incidently on the day following Bob’s return he was presented with a bottle of milk and a nipple.  Bob took the joke good naturedly but he was the subject of a merry ha! ha! from his workmates.

Vol. 6, 1922, #23, Page 6

In loving memory of our dear Aunt, who died one year ago today, November 28, 1921.
You bade no one a last farewell,
You could say goodbye to none.
A dear young heart had ceased to beat.
Before we knew that you had gone.
You were the best God would lend.
A loving aunt and faithful friend,
We often sit and think of you dear Aunt Mollie,
When we are all alone.
For memory is the only friend,
Grief can call its own.
And we miss you more and more dear Aunt Mollie,
As days and weeks roll by,
But we live in hopes of meeting you,
In the heavenly home so high.
Kate Skirvin

Vol. 6, 1922, #23, Page 11

For Sale – A Winchester pump gun, 16 guage, in excellent condition.  Chick Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 6, 1922, #2, Page 8

Plant No. 4 now has a very complete sanding department.  They have installed two pumpkin, one belt and one disc sanders.  Lee Skirvin formerly block leader of Sanding No. 2 has been placed in charge temporarily to put in the proper methods and to get production started properly.  Lee ought to be able to ring the bell, he has done it before.

Vol. 6, 1922, #5, Page 8

Property for sale: Four room frame house at corner of 13 street and Fess avenue.  See Lee Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 6, 1922, #6, Page 11

LEE SKIRVIN RIDES THE GOAT
There is no use for a man to stand up in front of a body of fellow workers, especially when they have the inside information, and make threats about what he will or will not do when he is a candidate for initiation into the mysteries of any secret organization.  This fact was clearly proved a short time ago when Lee Skirvin of Cabinet No. 1 was taken into the Modern Woodman Lodge.

It is not known just what took place in the hall, but curious outsiders are satisfied that what ever it was, it was rare and spicy.  Lee has been very meek ever since that eventful night.

Vol. 6, 1922, #13, Page 6 & cover photo

(Photo shows fourteen men in shirtsleeves armed with sickles and push mowers in front of a simple home.)
OUR FRONT COVER
That there is a soul in industry, can be readily proved when ones attention is called to our front cover.  Here is a crowd of fellow employees who have finished their daily work in the factory and with smiles on their faces and sickles and rakes in their hands have met at the home of James Gentry to cut his grass and put his property in first-class condition.

James Gentry unfortunately was forced to lay down his tools over in Cabinet No. 2 several months ago on account of pneumonia.  After he was permitted to leave the sick room he found that he had been left in a very weakened condition.  It was also necessary for “Jim” to be taken to the Bloomington hospital to undergo an operation to further clear up his weakened body.  While in the hospital this band of fellow workmen headed by the ever willing “Conny” Stineburg met at “Jim’s” house and cut his grass and cleaned up his premises which had been neglected owing to his sickness.  When “Jim” returned from the hospital he was completely overcome with a feeling of real appreciation.  He just felt that it would be easier for him to get better.

After all it was not the cutting of the grass and the weeds that counted so much with “Jim” nor anyone else who witnessed the act.  There was the feeling of brotherhood and a kindly regard for a fellow workman who was unable to help himself.  It is the thing that we all take pride in knowing exists in Showers family of workers.  We are glad to see the heart in industry.  And you can’t tell perhaps this same feeling might be a big factor in keeping our big plants working close to 85 percent normal, while others are clamoring about depressed conditions.  Harold Pennington, Thomas Leach, “Coony” Stineburg, Orville Fiscus, Wallace Reynolds, Lee Skirvin, Clyde Fislus, Hershel Hagan, Earl King, John Fiscus, Harvey Owens, Byron Branam and Archie Skirvin had all done a full days work but they were willing to perspire just a little more to show “Jim” that they were all for him and willing to give a lift.  Any company is to be congratulated upon having such men in their force.

Vol. 6, 1922, #28, Page 8

Raymond Skirvin of Cabinet No. 1 is reported sick again.

Vol. 7, 1923, #5, Page 10

Milton Skirvin of Packing No. 1 purchased the home in which he is living from his brother Robert of Sanding No. 2.  The property is located at 14th and Walnut Grove.

Vol. 7, 1923, #6, Page 11

For Sale – Seven full stock Brown Leghorn pullets all laying.  See “Chick” Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 7, 1923, #11, Page 10

Mrs. Arnett of Stinesville has been making and extended visit at the home of Archie Skirvin of Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 7, 1923, #11, Page 11

Lee Skirvin  of Cabinet No. 1 lost several days at the beginning of the period because his wife had to undergo an operation for appendicitis at the City Hospital.  She is getting along very nicely.

Vol. 7, 1923, #19, Page 10

Robert Skirvin of Sanding No. 2, was happily married to Minne E. Anderson last week.  “Bob” left the department and states that he will move to Martinsville, Ind. for the present.

Vol. 7, 1923, #21, Page 12
 

Milton Skirvin, of Packing No. 1, and wife spent a very enjoyable week end visiting Robert Skirvin and wife at Martinsville, Indiana.  “Bob” worked for many years in Sanding No. 2 before entering upon his venture of marriage and leisure.  He is taking a good rest and is planning to leave for Florida for the winter.

Vol. 8, 1924, #1, Page 11

Robert Skirvin formerly of Sanding No. 2 has recently purchased the property owned by Allan Godsey of Cabinet No. 2.

Vol. 8, 1924, #3, Page 6

FOUR PERCENT OF OUR EMPLOYEES BUY HOMES
(First part of article omitted.)
The first week of the new year has started out with a boom for during that time three distinct loans were made to purchase property.  There is every indication that the year 1924 will be no exception to the movement that has been started.  With our Christmas Savings Club well started and almost as large as last year and with many new savings accounts started by those who have not been members before, our resources ought to be well prepared for the demand that will be placed upon it during the year.  Many have expressed a desire to build or buy during the year.  Those who have availed themselves of banking facilities offered by our Savings Company during the past year and who are now in their own homes are:  [among those listed] Milton Skirvin.

Vol. 8, 1924, #11, Page 4

Darrel Adams, of the Schedule Department, was happily married to Miss Katheryn Skirvin last Sunday at the home of the bride.  The Rev. A. W. Harvey performed the ceremony.  Darrel is starting out right.  He built a new home at 115 east Twelfth street and then feathered the nest before bringing his better half to live with him.  The newlyweds have our best wishes.

Vol. 9, 1925, #5, Page 5

OH YOU GAS MASK
There was considerable fun poked at Lee Skirvin of the Cabinet room last week when the painters were busy spraying the interior of the new addition adjoining Cabinet No. 1.  Lee, it will be recalled was in the ground school of Aviation at Indianapolis, so when he improvised a gas mask by tying a bandana over his mouth and nose to keep out the fumes of the paint his fellow workmen made him the subject of a good razzing.  As Harvey Owens said, “Quit pulling that overseas safety first stuff on us, you never got further than pushing a lawn mower at the Indianapolis School of Aviation.”

Vol. 9, 1925, #6, Page 5

Bernard Brosman, of Cabinet No. 2, was married Wednesday, March 11.  The bride was Miss Bertha Skirvin.  The happy couple will live with the parents of the bride for a time.  We wish them success.

Vol. 9, 1925, #7, Page 4/5

(From a long list of persons collecting sickness/injury benefits from the company.)
Elbert H. Skirvin, $10.62, influenza…

Vol. 9, 1925, #14, Page 8

For Sale:  1 lot in Broad View Addition and two lots in the Gentry Addition on south Rogers street.  See Robert Skirvin, Sanding No. 1.

Vol. 9, 1925, #15, Page 8

Archie Skirvin of Cabinet No. 2, was happily married July 11, to Miss Mary Christy, of Spencer, Indiana.  We congratulate them and hope Mrs. Skirvin will learn to like Bloomington.

Vol. 9, 1925, #5, Page 5

For Sale – Six room house semi-modern at 1003 west Howe street.  Water, electric lights and excellent cistern.  See Robert Skirvin, Sanding No. 1.

Vol. 10, 1926, #6, Page 6

Lee Skirvin, of Cabinet No. 2, who has been at a Martinsville Sanitorium to be treated for rheumatism for the past month has returned home.  Other complications seem to have developed and Lee has not had an easy time regaining his strength.

Vol. 10, 1926, #9, Page 8

Robt. Skirvin of Sanding No. 1 is building a five-room modern house at Thirteenth and Fess Avenue.

Vol. 10, 1926, #9, Page 8

For Sale or Trade – Six room house with lights and city water, cellar, cistern, two porches, located on an improved street.  See Robt. Skirvin, Sanding No. 1 or 1005 East 4th street.

Vol. 10, 1926, #10, Page 9

For Sale – Three good building lots in south part of town.  Inquire of Robt. Skirvin, Sanding No. 1, or 1005 East 14th Street.

Vol. 10, 1926, #13, Page 5

OUR QUARTET  (Full length photo of four men side by side.)
We have all heard about “twilight warblers,” “night hawks,” etc., but when it comes to genuine harmony, we will have to take our hats off to the noon day quartet, which has attracted considerable attention by singing in the Auditorium during the noon hour.  Their fame is beginning to spread and doubtless before long there will be a demand for their music away from the factory.  And when this takes place we hope they will not forget where they got their start.  Last week they gave some of their best selections at the Rotary Club at the Graham Hotel at one of the regular noon luncheons, which was very well received.  In fact before they had finished, there were many of the members humming along softly in sympathy with their songs.  Their voices blend very nicely and aside from the pleasure they get through singing, others stop talking to listen when they strike up a tune.  Keep it up boys for you have a great many tooters, who are not in a position to show appreciation by loud applause.  Reading from left to right the members are Joe Houston and Ollis Skirvin of Cabinet No. 2; Noble Ramsey of the Dimension Mill and William Sones of Machine No. 2.

Vol. 10, 1926, #19, Page 8

LEE HAS A REAL GUN
IT SHOOTS FORD CARS
Lee Skirvin, of Cabinet No. 1, had just returned from a very successful hunt.  He had bagged a goodly share of rabbits and was extolling the virtues of his trusty firing piece.  He hadn’t missed a single bunny and he was just about as pleased with the results of the day as any man could be.  He was still talking about it when he stepped out of the car and was about to end a perfect day.  But you know how things sometimes turn out.  As he stepped from the car and set his gun on the ground a sharp report and a ragged hole in the roof of his car brought about a story that Lee does not like to talk about.  Well a Ford car has to stand for many things but as usual they still continue to give service.  But Lee has a real gun.

Vol. 11, 1927, #6, Page 9

We want to express our sympathy to Theodore Saunders of Cabinet No. 1 and his wife and also Archie Skirvin of Cabinet No. 2 and his wife, in the loss of infant babies.  In both instances death occurred at birth.

Vol. 11, 1927, #19, Page 8

For Sale – Library table, model heating stove and davenport.  See Lee Skirvin, Cabinet No. 1.

Vol. 11, 1927, #21, Page 9

Lewis Carpenter, of Machine No. 2, and Lee Skirvin, of Cabinet No. 1, have purchased Showers radios.  They like ‘em fine and both men are regular stay at homes since installing the sets.

Vol. 11, 1927, #21, Page 10

For Rent – Two modern rooms, close to plant No. 4, 805 South Rogerts St.  New house just constructed three squares from Plant No. 4  See Chick Skirvin, Cabinet No. 2.

Vol. 11, 1927, #21, Page 12

Boys in the cutting and stock room are wondering when the cigars are coming from Roland Skirvin

Vol. 11, 1927, #22, Page 8

Harley “Chick” Skirvin of Cabinet No. 2, has purchased property at 840 South Rogers Street.  He will have two modern rooms for rent.  The house was constructed last summer.  It is closely situated to plant No. 4 and the Monon yards.  See Chick at home or Cabinet No. 2.

Vol. 11, 1927, #22, Page 13

On Otcober [sic] 15th, Ross Skirvin, who is employed in the stock room, was married to Miss Martha Fielder, of this city.  The ceremony took place at the bride’s home and the couple are now living on South Walnut street.
 

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