The Multi-Purposed Procter Brothers

The Procter Brother’s originated in England (1740), finding their way over to New England (1860).

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The Multi-Purposed Procter Brothers

This is Main Street in 1895, where the Procter Brothers’ Cape Ann Advisory store was located, and where the brothers would eventually become local celebrities.

This is Main Street in 1895, where the Procter Brothers’ Cape Ann Advisory store was located, and where the brothers would eventually become local celebrities.

This is Main Street in 1895, where the Procter Brothers’ Cape Ann Advisory store was located, and where the brothers would eventually become local celebrities.

This is Main Street in 1895, where the Procter Brothers’ Cape Ann Advisory store was located, and where the brothers would eventually become local celebrities.

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The Procter Brothers, an international business on contracting, stone cutting/working, railings, furniture, and fences, have been around since all the way back in 1740. They are known in England for work they have done on Kensington Palace and the West Elizabeth Hospital. They originated in modern-day Newcastle, England. In the 1860s, they came to America, specifically Gloucester, Newburyport, Manchester, and Essex. They did the same things that they did over in England, but Francis and George Procter created the Cape Ann Advisory, which was a newspaper, that later would turn into the Gloucester Daily Times.

Back in the 1860’s Francis and George Procter had bought out a lot on Main St. Gloucester, and they had put a nice sign outside that read; “Cape Ann Advisory”. This was the start of the Procter Brothers USA. They hung up two paintings in the building, one by an unknown artist, and one by Fitz Henry Lane that they had bought from him personally. By the 1880s, the Procter Brothers were a totally different company. Others that weren’t George or Francis had gone down different paths, and quickly the Procter Brothers had spread into multiple fields of work over just the twenty years they had been in America. Woodworking, Stoning, General Stores. The Procter Brothers were now on the path of real estate, buying lots and starting different stores (Property of Procter Brothers), and were no longer being a small chain in England.

In modern-day Massachusetts, there are no remaining functioning Procter buildings, but the building is still alive. Although, the building does apparently still stand where the business Cape Ann Advisory did stand. Along with most likely with various other businesses. George Procter was a governor along with Francis, and they both shared spots on the boards of three counties and a few towns, one being Gloucester, the first that they were accepted into. Francis Procter, a man who had actually been born in Gloucester, was a big part of the transition to America. Born in March of 1833, he was a son of a sea captain. Unfortunately, his father passed away when Francis was just thirteen years old. Francis took a dollar from his Mother and used it to buy three copies of The Flag of Our Union. With these, he started a business with his older brother George, and sold papers, and eventually manufacturing them themselves along with others who they worked with (later this did branch out and combine with the official Procter Brothers).

Before the building was bought in 1853, it was the Procter Able Sheet, which lifted the brothers up to the stage, and they capitalized. The Cape Ann Advisory did start out in 1855 and was incorporated with the Procter Brother’s Inc. in 1903. In 1858, the business Cape Ann Advisory turned into Gloucester Times Advisory, now being a bigger city-wide business, having multiple stores. In 1859, it acquired a schedule, which boosted income, the Gloucester Times Advisory was now a weekly paper you could get at any time. In 1864 there was a terrible fire in the store and burnt it down, but later that year it was rebuilt. Finally, in November 1901, the Gloucester Daily Times was established, under the Procter Brothers, and various other publishing and writing Corporations.

Today, the Procter brothers are still operating in America and England. Mary Procter and Francis Procter had three kids, in which two of them worked in the Procter Brothers official Co. They were William and Frank Procter, and they continued the family business as brothers. George Procter had children as well, Francis and Anne Procter. Most of the Procter’s were politicians, all pursuing spots with the press of Massachusetts, The Boards of Selectmen, Aldermen, and Chairman of the Independent Christian Society. Frank ran for Vice-President and didn’t win, but later worked as a secretary for two years. The Procter Brothers were very successful around here and in England, and going into things like carpentry and stone cutting, getting very involved in politics, from appearing on various boards of selectmen, an acting as governor of multiple states, and into the very popular newspapers in America.