William H. Doble, Pneumatic Scale Co., Founder, Dies
William H. Doble, 88, founder and chairman of the board of the Pneumatic Scale corporation, ltd., of North Quincy, died at
his summer home at Old Mill Point, Harwich, yesterday.
Pioneer In Industry
Mr. Doble was a pioneer in packaging machinery industry. The company he founded employes more than 700 people in
Quincy and grosses between $8,000,000 and 10,000,000 per year.
Born in Quincy, he experimented with automatic food packaging when he was proprietor of a grocery store in South
Quincy. At that time most food was sold without wrappongs.
In 1895, he opened the Electric Scale company on Atlantic avenue, Boston, employing eight assistants. The firm, a
machine shop, later became the Pneumatic Scale company when Mr. Doble developed a compressed air device to pack
Among other machines he developed was one for sealing cartons and setting up boxes automatically, He also invented
weighing machines which measured either the combined weight of the package or the weight of the material alone.
He was president of the company from 1938 to 1948 and became chairman of the board three years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. William H. Doble; five sons, Charles F. of Harwichport; Ralph N. of Hingham, Enoch H. of
Wellfleet, Willuam H. Doble Jr. of Hingham and Kendall, who succeeded his father as company president, of Cohasset; three
daughters, Mrs. Rama D. Stearns of Carmel, Cal., Mrs. Henrietta MacLeod and Mrs.Herbert Williams, both of Bayside, N.Y.,
22 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.