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Mrs. Virginia K. Little, assistant clerk-stenographer at the Salt Lake City station, died at a local hospital on April 22, 1942. Mrs. Little was born in Lincoln County, Wyoming on September 12, 1914. Her entire Government service was at the Weather Bureau at Salt Lake City.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1942]




Mr. William E. Lockwood, clerk ( telegrapher ), at the Central Office was retired at the termination of August 31, 1934. He was born at Baltimore, Md., on September 14, 1877, and was appointed clerk ( telegrapher ) on January 17, 1921, serving there continually until his retirement. Before entering the weather bureau service as telegrapher he was employed in the War Department for about 3 years.

Mr. William E. Lockwood, retired, died at his home in Washington, D.C., on November 1, 1935. A brief outline of Mr. Lockwood's services may be found in the May 1935 number of Topics and Personnel.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1935]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, November 1935]




Mr. Louis Lodholz was retired at the termination of August 31, 1933, in accordance with the provisions of section 8 (a) of the Independent Offices Appropriation Act, he having served over 30 years. He was born at Philadelphia, Pa., on April 9, 1867. Mr. Lodholz entered the Weather Bureau on March 25, 1899, and served as assistant at Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Portland, Oreg., San Francisco, Central Office, Des Moines , New Orleans, and Minneapolis, and as official in charge at Yuma and Valentine. Before entering the Weather Bureau he was employed at the Philadelphia Post Office.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1933]




Mr. Harry D. Lofland, hand compositor (journeyman) at San Francisco, was retired at the termination of September 5, 1946, on account of disability. He was born in Watsonville, Calif., on September 11, 1985. Mr. Lofland entered the Weather Bureau service on October 14, 1944, as printer, transferring from the Government Printing Office where he had served 22 years.

Harry D. Lofland, who retired at the termination of September 5, 1946, because of disability, died in Los Angeles, Calif., October 23, 1946....

A subsequent report shows that Mr. Harry D. Lofland ... died in Oakland, Calif.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1946, p.72]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1946, p. 86]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1947, p. 92]




Francis Long - The death of Assistant Observer Francis Long, an old and faithful employee of the Weather Bureau, occurred at New York City on June 8, 1916.

Mr. Long's continuous service dates back to June 27, 1873, on which date he enlisted in Company G, Second Cavalry, United States Army. Mr. Long was connected with the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, beginning April 12, 1881, and was promoted to Sergeant on August 1, 1884, "for specially distinguished service" in connection with the expedition mentioned. Following his return from the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition he had continuous service in the Signal Service and Weather Bureau.

At the time of his death Mr. Long was serving as an assistant at the New York City Weather Bureau station, to which he was assigned on July 20, 1895. He reported for duty, as usual, at that office on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, last. At 5:13 p. m. of that date he called up the official in charge on the telephone to report some trouble with the triple registers, and to inquire about a record of precipitation which did not seem quite clear to him. On the failure of the New York newspaper offices to receive the usual weather report, a call was made at the Weather Bureau office at 10 p.m., where Mr. Long was found lying unconscious on the floor near the telephone switchboard. Upon receiving medical attention he partly regained consciousness and tried to give some directions about telephoning for assistance to take care of the office work and asked that his family be not notified. He was remove to a hospital, where he lingered until the morning of June 8. In closing his report on Mr. Long, the official in charge of the New York station says: "'The Sergeant', as he was familiarly known to the men in the office, had served many years on this station. So far as the observation of this official goes, he has always been willing to the limit of his strength, and faithful in the performance of every duty assigned him - always uncomplaining and cheerful."

Notification was given of Mr. Long's death to Gen A. W. Greely, under whom he served on the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. In acknowledging the notification, General Greely wrote as follows: "He died, as did most of the men of my expedition, while performing his duty. That his last efforts were devoted to directions for the continuance of the work with which he was officially charged is like others of his comrades who died in the North. Any man is fortunate who is permitted to work to the end, and to pass onward without being a burden to himself and to others dear to him." -- June 1916


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