37 Franklin Street

37 Franklin Street, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap. 
37 Franklin Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.Marcey Oil Company

Edward “Marcey” Salvador (1914-1994), who had worked for the DeRiggs Ice Company at 194 Bradford Street, established his own ice and oil business in 1937. Both he and his older brother, Christopher J. Salvador (b ±1913), were known as “Marcey.” Edward’s daughter, Nancy L. Stefani, told me in a 2009 interview that Marcey is a Portuguese diminutive that might roughly be translated as “strong boy.” Indeed, she said, her father was known for being able to lift a 50-gallon oil drum. His wife, Priscilla (Steele) Salvador (±1913-2001), was the co-owner and office manager of the oil company, whose headquarters were — and still are — at 37 Franklin, adjoining/within [?] the Salvadors’ home.

In 1946, the “Marcey boys” — as The Advocate referred to Christopher and Edward — took over operation of the Cape Cod Garage, 221-223 Commercial Street, where they sold Texaco gasoline and served as dealers for Chrysler, Plymouth and DeSoto. The Salvadors bought a tank terminal site on the outskirts of town, 50 Commodore Avenue, in 1958. Five years later, they sold the garage property downtown to the Seamen’s Savings Bank, which built its current headquarters on the lot.

Today, the Marcey Oil Company is run by Jon E. Salvador (b 1964), as president, and his wife, Wendy Jo Salvador (b 1963), as vice president. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-28

37 Franklin Street, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap.

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