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Mr. Noble Towner, of the New Haven station, was retired on November 26, 1924. Mr. Towner was born November 27, 1852, at Bridgetown, Barbados. After serving almost two years as a temporary employee, he formally entered the Weather Bureau on July 1, 1895, and has been stationed continuously at New Haven.

Mr. Noble Towner, retired, died April 24, 1930. At New Haven. A brief outline of his service in the Weather Bureau may be found in TOPICS AND PERSONNEL for November of 1924.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, November 1924]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, November 1924]

Mr. Gerald I. Truitt, under observer at the Sacramento station, met death by drowning on June 9, 1939. He was born in Sheridan, Wyo., on May 24, 1910. Mr. Truitt entered the Government service as minor observer at Denver on May 1, 1930. He served at Sacramento from October 1, 1937, to the time of his death.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June 1939]

Charles B. Tuch, the designer of the barometer cistern that bears his name, died in Washington, D.C., on August 1, 1941, at the age of 91 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.

During the early years of the Weather Bureau, first under the Signal Corps, in which he enlisted on April 11, 1879, and later under the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Tuch was engaged in the instrument work of the Bureau where his faithful and conscientious services were of the greatest value. He became the head instrument maker and had charge, particularly, of the repair, calibration, and shipping of mercurial barometers, in which he excelled. Prior to about 1890, the only self-recording instrument at any of the field stations was the Gibbon anemometer register. As barographs, thermographs, and other self-recording instruments were introduced later, their card was also assigned to Mr. Tuch.

The two mercurial barometers with which each station has always been equipped were perhaps the most important of all the instruments at the station. Mr. Tuch's chief duties were to maintain the readings of these at the highest possible accuracy. At that time the barometers were of the so-called "Fortin" type, having glass and boxwood cisterns with chamois skin bags permitting of the adjustment of the mercury level. The maintenance of these instruments involved not only the cleaning and frequent renewal of the cisterns, but also the fitting of new glass barometer tubes, which had first to be filled with vacuum-distilled mercury of the highest possible purity. Before issue, each instrument had to be carefully compared, by readings extending over several days, with the primary standards of the Bureau, and its scale adjusted until the correction for instrumental error was found to be no greater than four thousandths of an inch. The experience gained in this work led to the invention of the so-call Tuch barometer cistern, in which the perishable boxwood chamois skin container for the mercury was replaced by a sturdy metal cylinder with mercury-tight plunger toadjust the level of the mercury to the ivory point for a reading.

Mr. Tuch remained connected with the Weather Bureau until 1916.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1942]

Mr. Herbert Tullson, who has been ill for several months, has been retired from the Weather Bureau on account of total disability, effective August 31, 1922. He was born February 25, 1877, in Knox County, Ill. Mr. Tullson entered the service July 9, 1904, but resigned the next year. He was reinstated in 1908 and served at Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Taylor, St. Louis, and Grand Haven, having been in charge at the last-named place since 1918. -- November 1922.

Mr. Herbert Tullson, who was retired on August 31, 1922, on account of total disability, died of pneumonia at Grand Haven, Mich., on March 16, 1923. -- March 1923

Miss Mae B. Turbyfill, assistant observer at the Greensboro station, died as a result of an automobile accident on January 8, 1944. She was born in Spruce Pine, N.C., on September 13, 1915. Miss Turbyfill's services in the Bureau began at Atlanta as a junior observer on May 4, 1943. She was later assigned to the Greensboro station as an assistant observer.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1944]

Mr. Linwood Turner, senior laborer at the Central Office, died at his home in Washington, D. C., on October 15, 1939. He was born in Nelson County, Va., on January 23, 1884. Mr. Turner entered the Weather Bureau service on October 3, 1907, and his entire Government service has been in the Central Office.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1939]

Mr. Bertram C. Ullrich, junior clerk at the Burlington, Iowa station, was retired at the termination of September 30, 1943 on account of disability. He was born in Keokuk, Iowa on September 7, 1903. Mr. Ullrich was appointed to the Weather Bureau as messenger at Keokuk on June 6, 1921 and was subsequently assigned to the station at Burlington, Iowa in December 1941 where he remained to the time of his retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1944]

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