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Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company (active Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-present)

Date: 1903
Medium: silver, ivory
Overall: 14 1/2in. (36.8cm)
Markings: Marked: "[Gorham hallmarks (lion, anchor, G)] Sterling/ 2089
Inscribed: "Given by Board of Almoners/ with grateful appreciation/ to/ Frederick Towne Proctor/ President of the Board of Managers/ AND/ Rachel M.W. Proctor/ President of the Board of Almoners/ Used in laying corner stone of Saint Luke's Home and Hospital/ October 17, 1903."
Credit Line: Proctor Collection
Object number: PC. 751
Label Text
This commemorative trowel marks the official ground breaking for the Saint Luke's Home and Hospital in Utica. Frederick Proctor (1856-1929) was an experienced businessman who lent his talents to many religious, public, and charitable organizations in Utica, such as the Utica Public Library, the Oneida County Court House, the House of the Good Shepherd, and St. Luke's Home and Hospital. Likewise, Rachel Williams Proctor (1850-1915) helped establish the Episcopal convent, The Sisters of St. Margaret, and contributed generously to Grace Church in Utica, where she was a Sunday school teacher, organist, and choir leader. Rachel Proctor is listed as the president of the board of almoners. An almoner is an official distributor of alms-money, food, etc. given to the poor. In the nineteenth century there were no government programs to support families in need.

The inscription on this trowel reads:

Given by Board of Almoners
with grateful appreciation
To Frederick Towne Proctor
President of the Board of Managers
Rachel M.W. Proctor
President of the Board of Almoners
Used in laying Corner Stone
Of Saint Luke's Home and Hospital
October 17, 1903