Frederick W. Brist
official in charge of the Memphis station, was voluntarily retired
at the termination of March 31, 1944. He was born in Hill Settlement,
Wis., on October 29, 1876. Mr. Brist entered the Weather Bureau
service at Dubuque, Iowa on March 16, 1897, as map distributor
and was subsequently assigned to Detroit, Washington, Erie, Buffalo,
Key West, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Denver
as assistant, and to Thomasville and Memphis as official in charge.
He was in charge of the latter station from November 1923 until
the time of his retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1944]
William S. Brotzman, senior meteorologist, in charge
of the Pittsburgh station, retired at the termination of March
31, 1946, with over 39 years of service in the Weather Bureau.
He was born on February 18, 1876, at Easton, Pa., on September
10, 1906. He later served at Louisville, Ky., Ithaca, N.Y., and
Nashville, Tenn., respectively. Effective May 1, 1915, he was
transferred to Pittsburgh, Pa., an important river district center,
as first assistant and promoted to Official in Charge on January
1, 1918, remaining at Pittsburgh until his retirement. Mr. Brotzman
retired after long service, with deep appreciation of his associates
and his public clientele for a lifetime of excellent public service.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1946, p.71]
Edward A. Brown
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 Hammondsport,
N. Y., on October 10, 1866. R. Brown enlisted in the Signal Corps
on September 5, 1887; after a short period of instructions at
the Central Office, he served as assistant at Detroit, Central
Office, Philadelphia, and Grand Rapids, and as official in charge
at Yankton, Escanaba, Port Huron, and Grand Rapids.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August
minor mechanic at the Central Office, was retired January 31,
1938. Mr. Brown was born at Middleburg, Va., on January 17, 1873.
He entered the Weather Bureau service as laborer on July 1, 1899.
His entire Government service, a period of slightly over 38 years,
has been in the Weather Bureau at the Central Office.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1938]
severs his connection with the Weather Bureau by retirement on
November 1, 1920, 50 years after the date on which the first systematized
synchronous meteorological observations in the United States were
taken by himself and 22 other observers. He is the last in the
service of the Bureau of this group of 23 men who "graduated"
at Fort Whipple (now Fort Myer, Va.) late in October, 1870, and
were sent into the field to establish the first meteorological
Mr. Buell was born at East Troy, Wis., June 25, 1848, and entered
the Signal Corps by enlistment as a sergeant September 16, 1870.
He established the station at Detroit, Mich., and recorded the
first meteorological observation at that station at 7 a.m., November
1, 1870. Subsequently Mr. Buell was assigned to a number of important
stations, among which were Buffalo, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Chicago.
His assignment to his present station, San Antonio, Tex., covers
a period of 21 years. During the Civil War Mr. Buell served with
the New York Volunteers from December, 1863, to June 30, 1865,
and in May of the latter year he participated
in the Grand Review, with the old Second Corps (Hancock's), at
Washington, D.C. During the hostilities with Spain he served as
a major in the Fourth Texas Infantry.
The entire service will feel deep regret at the separation of
Mr. Buell and will wish him
many years of happiness and contentment in the rest that he has
so justly earned by 50 years of faithful service to the Government
of his country. -- October 1920