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Mr. Horace L. Pugh, meteorologist at Vicksburg, Miss., voluntarily retired at the termination of September 30, 1946, with over 37 years service. Mr. Pugh was born on August 30, 1884, at Bloomfield, Iowa, and entered the Weather Bureau on March 22, 1909, at the Central Office as an observer. He subsequently served at St. Louis, Mo., Marquette, Mich., New Orleans, La., and Vicksburg, Miss., respectively.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1946, p. 79]

Mr. Thomas O. Pugh, for many years in charge of the file room of the Central Office, was retired November 27, 1925, on account of illness. Mr. Pugh was born at Washington, D.C., on May 13, 1851. He entered the Central Office on December 8, 1881, and served there continuously for almost 44 years.

Mr. Thomas O. Pugh, retired, died in Hyattsville, Md., on May 23, 1931, at the age of 80. A brief outline of Mr. Pugh's services may be found in the November, 1925, number of TOPICS AND PERSONNEL.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, November 1925]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1931]

Mr. Ulysses G. Purssell, who was retired August 31, 1934, died at his home in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 5, 1937. He was born at Donnelsville, Ohio, on August 3, 1964. Mr. Purssell entered the Weather Bureau service at the Central Office on July 9, 1885. He was detailed to Fort Myers, Va., for a short period of instruction, after which he returned to the Central Office. He subsequently served as assistant at Boston and as official in charge at Cheyenne, Sioux City, Erie, and Minneapolis.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1937]

Mr. Llewellyn Raplee, junior meteorologist at the New York Office, died at his home on February 13, 1943 after a short illness. He was born in Schuyler County, N.Y., on February 12, 1885. Mr. Raplee's service in the Weather Bureau began as assistant observer at Chicago on May 1, 1911. He was subsequently assigned to Boise, Boston, and New York as assistant and as official in charge at Hartford. He had been at the New York station since July 1, 1935.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June 1943]

Charles D. Reed: After 50 years of service to the Weather Bureau Charles D. Reed, the day after he was 70, retired from the Bureau on Feb. 28, and the following day became research professor in climatology at Iowa State College. Mr. Reed was given a very appropriate testimonial dinner on the occasion of his retirement by the local branch of the National Federation of Federal Employees. Included among the letters of congratulations was one from Secretary Henry A. Wallace. Mr. Reed recalled the outstanding forecast of his career, when in 1917 he predicted a frost in time for farmers to pick seed ears for the following year's crop. He calls this his "fifty million dollar forecast" and figures that the savings effected thereby, invested at 3/10 of 1per cent would have paid his salary for the 50 years!
[Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 26, May, 1945. P. 159.]

Mr. Wesley W. Reed, meteorologist at the Central Office, died at his home in Washington on June 11, 1942. He was born in Wytheville, Va., on October 18, 1877. Mr. Reed's service in the Weather Bureau began as assistant observer at Mobile on March 26, 1907. He was later assigned to Cincinnati, Cairo, Atlanta, and the Central Office as assistant. Prior to his appointment in the Weather Bureau he was employed in the Bureau of Animal Industry, Department of Agriculture, from March 26, 1906 to March 25, 1907.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1942]

Mr. Wilson Reed, Jr., official in charge of the New York Airport Station, died in New York on March 26, 1941. He was born in Norfolk, VA., on August 7, 1901. Mr. Reed entered the Weather Bureau service at Norfolk as apprentice on December 6, 1919, and later served Washington, and in charge at Newark and the New York Airports. Mr. Reed served as associate meteorologist in the War Department from August 1, 1936, to December 10, 1937.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1941]

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