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Mr. 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]

Mr. 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.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1946, p.71]

Mr. Edward A. Brown 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 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 1933]

Mr. Joseph Brown, 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.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1938]

Mr. Allen Buell 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 observing stations.

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

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