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.
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,
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
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.
Tuch remained connected with the Weather Bureau until 1916.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1942]
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
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
[Weather Bureau Topics
and Personnel, March 1944]
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
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]