Port Insurance Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary

NEWBURYPORT — One of the city’s most iconic and well-known businesses, the Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency, is celebrating its 100th anniversary through 2022 and is poised for another century, according to its owners. increase.

Jackie Page purchased the company from her father, Arthur S. Page III, in 2005 and worked with her sister, current Vice President Laurie Knight, to provide property and casualty insurance to auto, residential and business customers in the Newburyport area. doing. January 1999.

Jackie Page said being part of the community, and the relationships that grew from it, gave her family and their company everything they needed to inspire loyalty and longevity.

“This is definitely a relationship business. We get to know everyone who comes in,” she said.

Arthur S. Page Sr. founded his namesake insurance company at 21 Pleasant St. in 1922 after winning a client from Jere B. Lunt.

Page’s son, Arthur “Bill” S. Page, Jr., returned to business after being discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1951, eventually buying the company from his mother, Ethel.

Page Jr. then moved its operations to the former Grand Army of the Republic garrison at 57 State St. in 1853, and in 1959 the company still calls this building home.

Arthur S. Page III began working in an insurance agency in 1976 and acquired control of the stock from his father in September 1993. The company is now his fifth generation of family business.

Claims representative Cheryl Jones has worked with the company for the past 15 years.

The Newburyport native said she loves working downtown and getting to know all her customers.

“I love being able to help everyone and I get to know my clients for a long time. You can see it, it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

Working for a local insurance company has made Jones part of the community, she says.

“I went to Park Ranch last night and saw a guy with insurance, so we started talking about insurance. How it works,” she said.

Working at Pages made Jones feel like part of the family.

“You really are family here,” she said.

Page said being an independently owned and operated insurance agency allows her firm to find the perfect fit for its clients.

“In the insurance industry, small individual agents are grouped with other agents or acquired around us. But that’s not for us. and that’s not in our future,” she said.

Paige’s eldest son, John Bradley, joined the agency in 2019, while his youngest son, Joshua Bradley, is now a senior at Triton Regional High School and “could join the company in the future.” , according to his mother, she is always confident in the future of her company.

“I’m ready for another 100 years,” she said.

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Newburyport for the Daily News. You can contact him by email. jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by calling 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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