William A. Bagley,
assistant observer at Jasper, Fla., station, died on August
31, 1943. He was born on October 16, 1903, at Coldwater, Ala.
Mr. Bagley's service in the Bureau began as junior observer
at Monteagle, Tenn., on January 13, 1943. He was subsequently
assigned to Jasper, Fla., as assistant observer. Mr. Bagley
was an airway observer at Birmingham from June 1931 to May 1933
and also was employed on a Weather Bureau project at that place
from February to October 1942.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December
Oscar L. Bailey,
at the Raleigh station, was retired at the termination of December
31, 1936. He was born on December 21, 1871, in Wake County,
N.C. Mr. Bailey entered the Weather Bureau service as printer
on May 1, 11919, and served in that capacity at the Raleigh
station to the time of his retirement. Previous to his appointment
in the Weather Bureau he served from January 26, 1894, to February
20, 1895, in the Department of Commerce, and as emergency printer
at Raleigh from February 4, 1919, to April 30, 1919.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December
Harrison McP. Baldwin
retired from the Weather Bureau December 31, 1921, on account
of total disability, under the Act of May 22, 1920. He was born
August 1, 1856, at Millersville, Md.; entered the Signal Corps
June 3, 1881; served at a number of stations for limited periods,
and was in charge at Alpena from 1891 to 1899, at Modena from
1903 to 1906, and at Dodge City thereafter until 1919, until his
retirement. -- December 1921
John A. Balster,
senior scientific aid in the Instrument Division, was voluntarily
retired at the termination of December 31, 1944. He was born
in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 1878, en entered the Weather
Bureau at the Central Office on September 10, 1897 as a laborer.
With the exception of assignment at Mt. Weather, Va., from 1903-1906,
Mr. Balster's entire service was at Washington, principally
in mechanical work.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January
William D. Bancroft,
junior meteorologist, at Lincoln, Nebr., was retired at the
termination of September 30, 1936. He was born on September
3, 1866, at Nineveh, N.Y. Mr. Bancroft entered the Weather Bureau
service, as messenger, on December 1, 1894, and served in that
capacity until May 15, 1896. On July 22, 1918, he again entered
the service at Lincoln as assistant observer and has served
as an assistant there since that time, being first assistant
at the time of his retirement.
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Paul G. Barrett,
observer at the Indianapolis station, died at his home in Indianapolis
on November 3, 1939. He was born in Tippecanoe, Ind., on February
24, 1902. Mr. Barrett entered the Weather Bureau service as
junior observer at Topeka on August 1, 1928, and subsequently
served as assistant at Denver, Royal Center, and Indianapolis.
Prior to his appointment in the Weather Bureau he served for
a short period in the Post Office Department.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, November
William J. Barrett was
retired at the termination of November 30, 1933. [Correction:
November 30, 1932. April 1933]. He served in the Regular Army
for nine years before he was appointed fireman, on April 24, 1907,
and assigned to the Central Office, serving there in the capacity
of fireman, steamfitter, and assistant engineer until his retirement.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1933]
William E. Barron, official in charge of the Cairo
station, was retired at the termination of August 31, 1941.
He was born in Appleton, Wis., on August 25, 1871. He entered
the Weather Bureau service at Cairo Ill., on July 27, 1901,
as observer. All of Mr. Barron's service in the Weather Bureau
has been in Cairo, except the period April 8, 1912, to December
31, 1918, during which time he was in charge of the Vicksburg
station. Since that time he has been continuously in charge
of the Cairo station. Prior to his service in the Weather Bureau,
Mr. Barron was in the Post Office Department from August 1,
1893, to August 13, 1901. So, he completes nearly 50 years of
loyal and faithful service with the Government.
As indicated, during all of Mr. Barron's connection with the
Weather Bureau he has been stationed on the Ohio and Mississippi
Rivers where work has included the forecasting of river conditions,
and he has been especially commended for the faithful manner
in which he has performed his duties under trying circumstances
and for accuracy of his forecasts and warnings during devastating
floods. He has continuously held the high regard and good will
of the public he has served so well.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September
S. Bassler - Born March 24, 1838, at Myerstown, Pa.;
served in Navy July 18 to October 7, 1865; enlisted in Signal
Corps December 21, 1872; transferred to Weather Bureau July 1,
1891; and assigned since that time at a number of important Weather
Bureau Stations. [Retirement announcement.] -- July 1920
C. Bate - Mr. Bate, whose death occurred May 21, 1917,
at Nashville, Tenn., was one of the oldest employees in the service
of the Weather Bureau, being at the time of his death in his 78th
year. He entered the Signal Corps in September, 1886, as a 2nd
class private, and was promoted through the several intermediate
ranks to sergeant in 1890. Under the Act of October 1, 1890, he
was transferred to the Weather Bureau. Soon thereafter he was
appointed an inspector, in which capacity he served for about
five years. He was relieved from this duty at his own request
and placed in charge of the Nashville station, in which position
he continued until a few years ago, when he was relieved and placed
on half-time duty because of failing health. Mr. Bate's entire
service was at the Nashville station, with the exception of brief
temporary assignments at Toledo, Charlotte, and Washington. --
Harold E. Baughman,
observer at the Fort Smith station, was retired at the termination
of October 31, 1941, on account of disability. He was born in
Waterloo, Iowa, on August 28, 1896. His service in the Weather
Bureau began at Phoenix, Ariz., as a junior observer on January
3, 1928. He was assigned to Fort Smith on December 11, 1928 and
remained at that station to the time of his retirement. Prior
to his appointment in the Weather Bureau he served in the U.S.
Army from June 1, 1918 to August 16, 1919.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October