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Mr. William A. Bagley, assistant observer at Jasper, Fla., station, died on August 31, 1943. He was born on October 16, 1903, at Coldwater, Ala. Mr. Bagley's service in the Bureau began as junior observer at Monteagle, Tenn., on January 13, 1943. He was subsequently assigned to Jasper, Fla., as assistant observer. Mr. Bagley was an airway observer at Birmingham from June 1931 to May 1933 and also was employed on a Weather Bureau project at that place from February to October 1942.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1943]


Mr. Oscar L. Bailey, printer at the Raleigh station, was retired at the termination of December 31, 1936. He was born on December 21, 1871, in Wake County, N.C. Mr. Bailey entered the Weather Bureau service as printer on May 1, 11919, and served in that capacity at the Raleigh station to the time of his retirement. Previous to his appointment in the Weather Bureau he served from January 26, 1894, to February 20, 1895, in the Department of Commerce, and as emergency printer at Raleigh from February 4, 1919, to April 30, 1919.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1936]



Mr. Harrison McP. Baldwin
retired from the Weather Bureau December 31, 1921, on account of total disability, under the Act of May 22, 1920. He was born August 1, 1856, at Millersville, Md.; entered the Signal Corps June 3, 1881; served at a number of stations for limited periods, and was in charge at Alpena from 1891 to 1899, at Modena from 1903 to 1906, and at Dodge City thereafter until 1919, until his retirement. -- December 1921

Mr. John A. Balster, senior scientific aid in the Instrument Division, was voluntarily retired at the termination of December 31, 1944. He was born in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 1878, en entered the Weather Bureau at the Central Office on September 10, 1897 as a laborer. With the exception of assignment at Mt. Weather, Va., from 1903-1906, Mr. Balster's entire service was at Washington, principally in mechanical work.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1945]


Mr. William D. Bancroft, junior meteorologist, at Lincoln, Nebr., was retired at the termination of September 30, 1936. He was born on September 3, 1866, at Nineveh, N.Y. Mr. Bancroft entered the Weather Bureau service, as messenger, on December 1, 1894, and served in that capacity until May 15, 1896. On July 22, 1918, he again entered the service at Lincoln as assistant observer and has served as an assistant there since that time, being first assistant at the time of his retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1


Mr. Paul G. Barrett, observer at the Indianapolis station, died at his home in Indianapolis on November 3, 1939. He was born in Tippecanoe, Ind., on February 24, 1902. Mr. Barrett entered the Weather Bureau service as junior observer at Topeka on August 1, 1928, and subsequently served as assistant at Denver, Royal Center, and Indianapolis. Prior to his appointment in the Weather Bureau he served for a short period in the Post Office Department.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, November 1939]



Mr. William J. Barrett
was retired at the termination of November 30, 1933. [Correction: November 30, 1932. April 1933]. He served in the Regular Army for nine years before he was appointed fireman, on April 24, 1907, and assigned to the Central Office, serving there in the capacity of fireman, steamfitter, and assistant engineer until his retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1933]



Mr. William E. Barron,
official in charge of the Cairo station, was retired at the termination of August 31, 1941. He was born in Appleton, Wis., on August 25, 1871. He entered the Weather Bureau service at Cairo Ill., on July 27, 1901, as observer. All of Mr. Barron's service in the Weather Bureau has been in Cairo, except the period April 8, 1912, to December 31, 1918, during which time he was in charge of the Vicksburg station. Since that time he has been continuously in charge of the Cairo station. Prior to his service in the Weather Bureau, Mr. Barron was in the Post Office Department from August 1, 1893, to August 13, 1901. So, he completes nearly 50 years of loyal and faithful service with the Government.

As indicated, during all of Mr. Barron's connection with the Weather Bureau he has been stationed on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers where work has included the forecasting of river conditions, and he has been especially commended for the faithful manner in which he has performed his duties under trying circumstances and for accuracy of his forecasts and warnings during devastating floods. He has continuously held the high regard and good will of the public he has served so well.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1941]



Simon S. Bassler - Born March 24, 1838, at Myerstown, Pa.; served in Navy July 18 to October 7, 1865; enlisted in Signal Corps December 21, 1872; transferred to Weather Bureau July 1, 1891; and assigned since that time at a number of important Weather Bureau Stations. [Retirement announcement.] -- July 1920



Henry C. Bate - Mr. Bate, whose death occurred May 21, 1917, at Nashville, Tenn., was one of the oldest employees in the service of the Weather Bureau, being at the time of his death in his 78th year. He entered the Signal Corps in September, 1886, as a 2nd class private, and was promoted through the several intermediate ranks to sergeant in 1890. Under the Act of October 1, 1890, he was transferred to the Weather Bureau. Soon thereafter he was appointed an inspector, in which capacity he served for about five years. He was relieved from this duty at his own request and placed in charge of the Nashville station, in which position he continued until a few years ago, when he was relieved and placed on half-time duty because of failing health. Mr. Bate's entire service was at the Nashville station, with the exception of brief temporary assignments at Toledo, Charlotte, and Washington. -- May 1917



Mr. Harold E. Baughman,
observer at the Fort Smith station, was retired at the termination of October 31, 1941, on account of disability. He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on August 28, 1896. His service in the Weather Bureau began at Phoenix, Ariz., as a junior observer on January 3, 1928. He was assigned to Fort Smith on December 11, 1928 and remained at that station to the time of his retirement. Prior to his appointment in the Weather Bureau he served in the U.S. Army from June 1, 1918 to August 16, 1919.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1942]





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