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Serving Northern Worcester County and beyond since 1919, S.J. Markham & Son Inc. has the experience and knowledge to find you the right policies at the lowest possible cost. We will protect everything in your life that needs protecting. Whether its your car, home, business, or even your ATV, boat, or airplane, we have a policy that will meet your needs. While we're located in central MA, we have customers from all over New England who come to us for our straight-forward approach

We make getting to know our customers a priority and take pride in being a friendly, down-to-earth insurance agency. When you come into our office, do not be surprised when we remember your name. Our goal is to make your life easier and we do this by handling everything for you. 



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Agency History

S.J. Markham & Son, Inc. is a family owned and operated agency that has always been based in downtown Fitchburg, MA. Stephen James (SJ) Markham started the company nearly 100 years ago and we have records of him working since at least January of 1918. SJ started the agency during the Industrial Revolution when Fitchburg was a mill town. The agency was officially incorporated in 1919.

The original S.J. Markham after whom the agency is named

Following in Stephen's footsteps was his son, Stephen James Junior, who worked alongside his father and eventually took over running the agency. Junior had a degree in either engineering or mining from MIT, moved to Colorado to try and find a job but couldn't find anything, so he returned to work with his father. With the younger having a knack for numbers, Stephen and SJ Junior worked well together. The father and son became partners officially in October 1919. Junior eventually bought the company from his father. With SJ Junior running the show, the "son" in S.J. Markham & Son became Junior's son Robert (Bob). 

S.J. Junior with wife

Bob bought the agency from SJ Junior's wife, Ann. Bob worked at the company for sixty years until shortly before he passed away in 2017. During Bob's lifetime, three of his children worked here, including his sons Ed and Tim and his daughter, Elizabeth. Tim Markham worked at the agency with Bob for many years until 2017. 

Robert (Bob) Markham

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