Frank M. Strong, Vergennes, Vermont, invented the Howe Scale. In 1856, with Thomas Ross, Strong obtained his first patent, which became the first outstanding scale improvement in America, and the foundation of the present business. The first scale with the improved ball bearing was installed at Vernon Village Mills, Oenida County, N.Y., 1856. In 1858 Howe began to win awards consistently at fairs and exhibitions, and by 1859 had no competition. At the Paris Exposition, 1867, Howe took first prizes.
Records of various companies, some of which eventually merged into the Howe Scale Company: corporate records, minutes, charters, legal documents, stock certificate books, and correspondence; sales records, newsletters, inter-branch correspondence, catalogs and price lists; financial records, ledgers, journals; cash books, inventories, reports, trial balances with recapitulations; photographs; specifications; and news clippings.