The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 22, 1930 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, July 22, 1930
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TUJJSDAV, JULY J2, BI.VTHEVILLE, Employment Certain At Big Plant Proctor and Gamble Co. 1' i nds Guaranteed Employ- ', HK-nt Is Good Business. [BY KI.MRU |H. i tVViitlMi for NKA Service! CINCINNATI. -Win PS ul linan- eel (leprfss'cn and unemphym;::'. muy (.cine and (jo. bill employ;'.-; ol thr- I'roctor & -Gamble Co.. xo~.r and foot] piodtiUs iiKinlifacii!. 1 '^.-., like OW Men liivcr. just kF-ep roll- :ng along. Nci unly ate ihty una!!ec:<\l by miimploymrnt, but Ihr-irs is a ;.e- airily which millions" at worXi-i 1 .; would like to 'have— security :iga:n-l ovicuon, laele'of,;nedical aueniion iul penniless old aye. . I'. f A: O. workers are [vi;ir:'.n!r--.'(l 4B werirt' : eniploymenl 3 year. through the J cowries ami lul I!H J employes. Any one \\> leK you tliuu there are 1:0 layolfs, me b.ur.' ot the srnall-v/aged v.'irrter's ex!:. I ' l,?e J. Zocller, personal manasii- : at Ihe Ivoryttale plant of the i-om- : pany, svheie 2309 me;; and v.cuneri j ait employed, .says the last :»v. | months have only 'jrnphasi/ed ilr \ worlh of (he P. fc G. plan in c-flcc! since 1923. "We knew it was good, but we \ didn't know how E^'->d milil the re- | tFiit.tirurcision, with its jesiiHing ' sc-arcky of jobs in many lines." ; Zoeller jays. j ; l.abor Turnover Small < How litlle Ihe bleak first half of I 1930 hus uft'ectcd the Ivorydale j |;may be seen from these figures of | j employe rnrollinen'.. cnken from the I ecmpany's files. January 2l!12 l-'ebruary '21 L '» March SMU April ....:..' '. «IK May | "•"» This* reduction in force, which is J smajl; .was only the normal uirn- I over; according Ui Zoell'cr. In 1920 I employment at Ivoiydale tluctiiated 1 fiom. 2C52 lo 2484. a difference of 11GB. How dilTerent from the financial I depression peric-J of 1920. before guaranteed employment plan I went into effect. Then the enyill- I inent tlucU.atefi fiom 2848 10 1832, I a difference of 1014. The employment plan is tied up I with the, profit-sharing plan. Proc- I ter & Gamble has had some form lot prcfll-sharing for 40 years. The (Profit-Sharing I'lan I Zoi'ller explains the profil-shar- I ing plan as follows: "Six months from the date of his I eniployjnent, a ^worker is eligible. [to become "n stockholder and share 1 in lhe~prpnlsn-nf lie makes-, say 151500 a year, the company buy; I Mock, for him about the cqiuvalent- 1 ol a year's pay. He is required to I save live per cent. This is taken I from his pay weekly. The com- j I pnny adds 12 1 !.- per cent of what j Jhe earns, as''profit-shnrlng di'vi-I I cends. 1 "He also receives dividends on I the slock, which offset the 4 pe. I cent interest on the unpaid amount "of his stock subscription. When J the slock is paid for h;, of caurs:. towns it outright nnd receives both | stock dividends and his profil-shar- J ing dividends in cash. "Usually it takes about six years I to complete the payments. As Ihe I worker's pay is increased addition- I .il stock is purchased. jEm|ilovmcnt Gunnintrrd "As soon as he subscribes lo the P profit-sharing plan he comes under I the protection of the employment I guarantee of 48 weeks. Since this Jplan went into effect there hasn't •J been a year when employes have [not had work more than 48 weeks. "Ninety per cent of our enroll- I merit is under this protection. The I other 10 per cent is composed of I employes not with the company llong enough to participate or thosf (who for some reason haven't seen ithe advantages ol the plan. There | is no compulsion. "If it becomes necessary to re- Iduce the working force, it is (his J10 per cent that is affected. Most lot this number, I might arid, are (persons who have been with us less |than six months." Besides the workers at the Ivory- Idnle plant, those at Ihe I'. >t G. Ifncicrlps nt Port Ivory. Staler. Island, N. Y.; Kansas City. Mo.! St. Louis, Mo., and Hamilton. Onl. are given this protection. The new- plant at Baltimore also will introduce the plan. District offices all over Ihe country also give employes these benefits. About "500 persons are subscribers. S800.000 Glvtn Employes More than SfiOO.OOO in proflt-slnr- JiiiR dividends was paid to employes during 1029. P. & G. workers also get sick jirnefits, eonal to two-thirds of their [pay, for 52 weeks. Each person i.- Uiven a life insurance policy, with [ihe riifht to name the beneficiary ''Perhaps our employes did not tully appreciate the value ol the kystem until last year." says Zoeller. "Now they can see the value Und the sincerity ol the company. |rhls wns brought home forcibly they saw their friends and (leighbors. employed elsewhere. out of work." With 2300 employed nl Ivoiydale. bnly two were discharged las', ir.onth. Twenty persons quit their I icbs and 11 came into the plant as lew employes. •Workers Have Iteprcsmlnlioii Another Idea that maker, for e:n- i )loye contentment is thr Confe.-- 'ncc Committee. One inan repre- | ienU each department or each Ren Minkovi-ky. G5. above, hr.s been a dieinakcr at the V. & ('>.. plam lor 45 years and although el- ig.Me to retire he prefers to work. Minkovcky owns a large amount of slock end is well able lo retire, but under the company's system he dcosn'l have to. There is one old workmen 'not Minkovcky) who is said lo own 3000 shares of stock Irom which he derives $6000 a year employes' conference group Above is Colonel Procter, president of the concern, and below Is an in session with L. J. Zoel:er, personal director, seated at the left. Town That Taxed Illicit Liquor Dealers THIS IS THE TOWN THAT COLLECTED "HONEST GRAFT" from local liquor dealers and put the inrncy in the city treasury to help pay salaries o.' policemen and firemen, build brid«ej, etc.—a bird's- eye view of Wallace. Idaho. Below is Mayor Herman J. Rcssi, who sajs lie conviction all the way to Hie U. 3. Supreme Court.. rcttily to appeal his handled boldly through n city license ordinance. In Wallace, however, there wns no ordinance. But money was paid by the snloon and resort keepers to the elty officials, and by these placed In the city treasury. Culverts and bridges were built, me deiianment expan- ( slon wa.s provided lev, and — say jWnlace resident's—the cost was spread a llulo more equitably. This spring, however, n-dcral op- eralives swooped down upon Wallace. And In a short Him-, tlicre were more ihan W mdictnu'tus. clnrging conspiracy lo violale the pio)iib!tlon law. Offirlak Are Convlilrd W. II. Herrick. ex-major of Wali bee. and for 18 years aw.suj of Shoshrjiie cdnnly. was indic'.i-d. So was M.iyri Herman J. Ho-si. and I'oliu- Chief W. J. Bailey, and Sheriff 1( E. Wcnhijjcr of Kho- slioiic cii'.inty. Most of Ihe otlU'ij were opi-ralois of rc.sorts. Trial was held in Cceur il'AU-m City. No witnesses were pn ; M'ni- jed by the d(-fense. Hefensi.' altur- neys .strt'.ssrd. In their cross-c-xain- Inine iniil their pleas, the ani;!i lhai all mo:iey so collected wen lo the cjiy. not lo individuals. Tin ulicials aietely used the ini'iins a hand fur Die ('immunity good, tie flared ihe attorneys, 'IT.i' Inleral court jury tonviclec 31 of the conspiracy charye. llor rick and t-x-Chief Uailey were i;iv en U) irHjiilh.s in lederul p!i>.<ti llolh l«'!i us soon as possible, s.ty- thi-y v.w willing to lake whatever p'.uiKliment miKhl be inllict- ed. Mayor ilossl am) Sheriff Wcn- liiKnr, also givf-n 15 months each, have started apiieal.s. Rossi declares he Is ready to carry the fight lo '.he U. S. Supreme Court II necessary. Others were jjimi Jail lerms. mid most of these arc serving their sr-ntcnces In the jails of three Idaho counties. When heavy sentences were meted those convicted at Mulliin, cili- v.tns ol lhai town at. once raised funds lor relief of the convicted men's families. When heavy .sentences wi'ie given Wallace officials, the Wallace Board of Trade nnd business men fiom adjoining lowns called a inass [iiceting ami adopled Europe's Prixo Beauties to Sail For U. S. Tills bouquet of Inlernalicnnt beauty will be transplanted lo American soil soon. Pictured here in nnris lire .some prl/e 'flowers ol tMio|>vnn c;me]ln?ss who'll be on view ol the forlhcomin;; world beauty contest In Calveslon, Tox. Left to right are NiL.r, Hungary, Miss Germany. Miss France, Turkey. Miss South Houmanla. and Miss North llcnmanin. Note the onkle-lenclh skirls. resolutions expressing sympathy lor Ihe convicted officials. Oui of this cnme the suggestion that Mr.'.. Herrlck run for assessor and Mrs. Wi'ningcr ior shcrlll. as a county-wide means of vindication to Iheir husbands. 1INDEK TRAIN, I.IVKS WIIITKHALL. N. Y. (Dl'J— Ralpli Wescott, 25, Df WhUelinll. can lell of how he wns run over by n luco- slpppeil into the path of n s.wltch engine and was knocked down, lie lay prone bstween the jaili. and ;ho locomotive pass:il ovir liim without harming him. SIGN COSTS MONEY UKNTONVILLE, Ark.. July 2'2 il)P)--J. D. Clark. 17, has decided Ihul signs are Jusl n cost of money. Chi!; lost a 25 mile mnralhon race Ircm FuyclirvlUo here because he followed a traffic detour sign which made him run five miles further than his opponents. He was among the leaders even with the extra distance. ROOSTER WINS T1I.T DOLORES, Colo. (UP)—In .1 corn-eating contest, a rooster here" c.le C0:t grains. The nearest guess, which preceded the contest. nx?;l the number at 580. ployes. The workers also elect each j vcar one of their number as a mem- j her of the Lxrard of directors. The P. ^ G. ijcnsion plan is an other feature of the employment system. The company is pa\n- lai pension, 12:! due to "age an? 83 due lo disability. It paid last year an average of ST224 per month in old age pensions and S1184 per month in disability pensions. Sick benefits last year averaged S1G7-1 a month. In the of injury to an em- ploye, where the industrial accident compensation does not efiual Iwo-lhirds of the employe's accu.s- lomcd pay, the company pays'Ihe dillerence. It I'ays, Says I'roclor "Guaranteed employment has cost , the company money." says William I Cooper Proctor. president and j grandson of Ihe original William | Proctor who with James Gamblo' went into r. partnership in 18S7 on ^indication at Polls Sought I P °]f ^ whehuiiv tion. "If we were conducting our civic affairs improperly, they could have told us and we would have corrected tilings," said another resident, voicing the general sentiment. "What we object to is this sentencing of city officials to federal prison because Ihey tried to convert lo public good the liquor nnd gambling activities they c^ uldn'l eliminale." Made Ilflollcsgers I'ay Wallace's story is not much different, from that ol many other town:, that see bootleggers making huge prcflU:—and Ihe city getting nothing in return. The same thin happened over at Mullan. a neighboring north Idaho town, where two score of men were convicted recently of conspiring to collect I from saloons, the money support- and paying the cllj borrowed capital. j "But it has p.»id from our point 1 of view. Ill this present depres-' sic-n there are 16.000 men out of '. work in Cincinnati. Our people are going en the same as ever. The- • company has SS.OOfl.OOO larger in- ! venlory of manufactured goods on hand Ihan its normal stock. That slock will be reduced gradually over the next six months. The interest on lhat stock is probably $125.000' tiic expense of handling and storing another Slto.OOO. So what tho company is doing this year to carry out guaranteed employment is costing us $250.000. Sees Business Recovery "We have gone through a period in which dealers have been liquidating their stocks and our orders have been stacked. It means the accumulation of the stock I mentioned before. But orders have begun picking up and from now on will be in excess of our production, so I think we can look forward with perfect confidence to n normal volume of business." Not long ago Colonel Procter was given a testimonial dinner by 300 feading business men of the nation In New York, although he was taken ill nnd could not be there. I "We have now more than 500 men who have hcen profit-sharing for more than 25 years." Colonel Procter said recently, "and I am quite ready to stack them up against any corresponding group in any corporation in Ihe country. I think they ave line cltiwms in their community and I am proud of them." LENINGRAD iUP)--The body el for Unofficial Bootleggers. Levy on iro'.ip of 50 workers. They meet | a woman cut into 54 pieces was [ tnce each month to discus', w—'- | found In the bushes near the town ng conditions or anything e'se I'-at .of Uritsk. The police have as yet I nay be brought up ns affecting em-1 found no clue to her Identity. BY rim.IP .T. SINNOTT I NEA Service Writer | WALLACE. Idaho.—Idaho's "rum | rebellion" in which numerous pub- i ic officials and others were con- j victed in federal court recently Is ended, but Idaho's "rum referen- dum'' is rn the way. The wives of two officials wlx> were found guilty of collecting mon ey from bootleggers—not for personal gain, but to be placed in the city treasury—have been induced by civic organizations of Wallace and icellogg lo run as candidates for the offices their husbands held. And now, as an aftermath of the strangest case of "corruption" in Ihe history of publication, Mrs. W. H. Hcrrick. wife of the former county assessor, and Mrs. R. E. Weningcr, wile of the former sheriff, are candidates seeking "vindication." They have lust filed. "Omfr Went lo City But it Isn't Hie ordinary 'vindication." for while Sheriff Weninger and Assessor Hcrrick admitted they took considerable sums from liquor dealers, they did not profit personally one cent. Instead, they turned the money into the public treasury, lo be spent on fire and police department budgets and on good roads and bridge building activities. "These men arc marvtrs to the cause rf what we call human liberty, personal rights and self government," declares A. P. Hutton, of Kelogg, who suggested the candidacies. He predicted that the voters of Shoshore county will rise up and give the women an over- ing the tow •ce. each case, the govermnen showed, p.lice officials saw lo i lhat money was paid into the treasury. Wallace's corporate limits do not cover much territory. Outside these limits are big mining prop- eitie:.. employing over 5000 men. The hills encircling the town are covered with dense young timber. It, is just 20 years ago since a disastrous forest fire swept down :hese hillsides into the town. The Wallace fire department, therefore, is maintained at a standard that provides not only protection to the community, but for the nining properties and ngains.t possible forest fire recurrence. There are other excuses n connection with the 5000 miners—many of them transients—that must be. borne by the taxpayers within the small area of the incorporation. Saloons Yielded $30,000 Yearly Before Idaho went dry, saloons contributed to Wallace approximately $30,000 a year in license fees. There was strict enforcement for awhile, but the war taw the camp shunned by the experienced miners, until some of the mines nearly were forced to close. Then came federal prchibilon. and the mining communities passed to the government Hie job of enforcement. As usual in any big center of transient workers, the liquor trade grew. The city officials found themselves unable to ccpc with it. But here, they saw a chance for gain—lor their city, not themselves. 'These people pay no revenue whatever Into the public treasuries, yet they have the benefit of police, fire department and the bridges and culverts we must build." was the thought. Over at Nfullan, the matter was the Want-Ads tell the story The classified Advertising pages in the Courier News have many litle dramas of life In tell. In a few prosaic words tliuy tell the story of n. man who must sell his business to K<> west for his health . . .of a little hoy sohbing because his I!OK has run owny ... of young men seeking and finding shelter in rooming houses on their arrival in town to lind their fortunes. They tell of fine homes, full of memories, thrown on the market, when their occupants have passed on ... of furniture that knew sailing ship.- iiiul covered wagons looking for a Imyer. But they tell other stories loo. They tell of wise folk who know that a Classified Ad in the (iiiicket and cheapest way of finding a customer ... of farmers who are business men and trade thousands of dollars worth of live stock through the want ads ... of many, many people who are enabled to buy or sell anything from rare pictures to garden tools through a four line ad. Yon, too. will find that the Want Ads in the Courier News make interesting "story rending. But you'll also find that (hey will make and save money for yon. Read and use Courier News Want-Ads.

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