Cemetery 25 Atkins Frank PHC&M 07


Frank Atkins Knowles (1877-1940) | Gifford.

Samuel Knowles ran the Orleans-Provincetown stage coach and a livery stable at what is now 293 Commercial Street. The business passed to his grandson Frank, who moved it to his grain, fuel and building depot at 137 Bradford Street, opposite the Old Colony Rail Road depot. On the site of the stable, he built the Pilgrim Theater, described by The Advocate as “the second movie palace of the town” and a showcase for “many of the early ‘flickers’ of the silent era.” (It no longer stands.) Atkins was credited in his 1940 Advocate obituary with having started the first motorized “accommodation” service; the accommodation being an omnibus that made its way up along and down along through town, picking up and discharging passengers. Until World War I, he also made a line of artists’ paints. Atkins’s wife, Emma W. (Cook) Atkins, was the daughter of the whaling master Capt. John Cook. The Atkins family lived in the imposing house at 3 Carver Street and now resides with the Cooks. [Lot No. 184.]

¶ Last updated on 7 January 2018.

Provincetown’s Historic Cemeteries and Memorials, Key G-7, Page 3.

Find a Grave Memorial No. 128395881.

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