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Hermann E. Hobbs, senior scientific aid at the Central Office, in charge of testing and calibration of instrumental equipment used at the Weather Bureau Stations throughout the service, was retired July 31, 1940. He was born at Weston, Mass., on July 8, 1872. He entered the Weather Bureau service on July 18, 1900, and subsequently served at Basseterre, West Indies, in charge, and as assistant at Baltimore, Washington, Columbia, Mo., and Cincinnati. He had been in the Central Office since 1902. Prior to his coming to the Weather Bureau, Mr. Hobbs was in the Signal Corps from June 8 to December 1, 1898.

Mr. Hobbs, commonly known as "Doc" to his friends and associates, leaves behind him a record of versatile and outstanding service to the Bureau. His innate mechanical ability, combined with an unusually fine memory, as well as his philosophical treatment of both official and personal problems, won for him the high regard of his associates and subordinates.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1940]

Mr. Howard K. Holcomb, at Iola, Kans., on November 25, 1917. Mr. Holcomb entered the Weather Bureau as an assistant observer on July 14, 1898, and his service had been continuous up to the time of his death, with the exception of about one year when he was not on duty on account of ill health. -- November 1917

Mr. Alois Holderith,gardener at the Central Office, was retired July 31, 1937. Mr. Holderith was born in Germany on July 16, 1872. After a short period of service at Fort Myer, Va., he was transferred to the Weather Bureau as laborer and gardener on August 12, 1907. His entire service in the Weather Bureau was at the Central Office.

Mr. Alois Holderith, who was retired at the termination of July 31, 1937, died in his home in Arlington, Va., on February 9, 1942. An outline of his service and notice of his retirement will be found in Topics and Personnel for July 1937.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1937]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1942]

Miss Ada M. Holland,clerk (telephone operator), at the Central Office, was retired on July 31, 1935, on account of total disability. She was born in the District of Columbia on February 4, 1868. Miss Holland entered the Weather Bureau service on November 1, 1918, serving at the Central Office during the entire period.

Miss Ada M. Holland, who was retired July 31, 1935, died September 18, 1936, near Laurel, MD. A notice of her retirement and a brief outline of her service will be found in Topics and Personnel for July 1935.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1935]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1936]

Charles Holmes - As this issue of TOPICS AND PERSONNEL was about to go to press notice of the death on March 13, 1918, of Mr. Charles Holmes was received. In his death the bureau suffered the loss of one of its oldest members. Mr. Holmes enlisted in the meteorological branch of the Signal Corps on October 3, 1873, and from that time was continuously on duty as a clerk in the Central Office, with the exception of about a year in 1900-1901 when he was on furlough without pay and a brief period in 1901 when he was detailed for duty with the Civil Service Commission. His service was mainly in the Forecast Division and as in charge of the Marine Section of the Climatological Division. He was faithful and conscientious in the performance of his duties. -- February 1918

Mrs. Sarah E. Holmes, junior laborer ( charwoman ), at the Central Office, was retired at the termination of February 28, 1935. She was born in the District of Columbia on April 24, 1869, and was employed as charwoman at the Central Office from November 1, 1909, to the date of her retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel]

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