In September of 1967, Ernest Gordon Bice was chief meteorologist for the United States Weather Bureau in Brownsville, Texas during the onslaught of Hurricane Beulah. Bice led a team of meteorologists in reporting storm conditions without leaving his post although all communication with his family had been severed. In 1968, Bice was awarded a United States Department of Commerce Gold Medal and inducted into the Hall of Honor for extraordinary service and dedication.
Active in the field of genealogy, Bice researched variations of the family name including Buis, Buise, and Byas. He also performed extensive research into the lineage of his wife, Marie Henderson Bice. Several original documents in the collection relate to the lineage of Marie Henderson Bice and date from the early 1800s. Mr. Bice received and answered hundreds of genealogy reference requests from correspondents.
The Bice collection was housed at the Arlington Public Library (TX) and donated to the Fort Worth Library in 2005.
Scope and Contents Note
The Ernest G. Bice collection includes 2.5 linear feet of material. The collection is divided into correspondence, family genealogy, and personal series each of which are arranged alphabetically. Included in the collection are pedigree charts; family group sheets; birth, marriage, and death records; photographs; and newspaper clippings. Family “Roundup” programs and materials from Bice family reunions can be found in the collection along with Bice’s personal genealogical research notes.
The personal series includes reports from the United States Weather Bureau covering Hurricane Beulah as it struck Brownsville, Texas in September 1967. Also contained in the series are newspaper clippings depicting Bice being honored by the Weather Bureau for his exceptional service as a meteorologist.
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Last updated: June 17, 2014