Howard Iron Works
Buffalo, NY - According to a biography published by The National Magazine in 1887, Mr. Rufus L. Howard founded Howard Iron Works in 1853. Prior to this, in 1842, he became a partner in the hardware business of Atwater, Williams & Co. In 1850, he bought out Mr. Williams and the firm reorganized as Howard, Newman & Co. In 1853, Mr. Howard sold his share of the Howard, Newman & Co. and purchased the majority of the patent rights for a lawn mower design by W. F. Ketchum. This article notes that Mr. Howard's Works have been in operation since 1853, but also notes that the pair had been engaged in the business since 1850.
Erhard Schlenker Patent #156,066 - Improvement in Vises - Assigned 1/2 to Rufus L. Howard and Gibson F. Howard
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