Gilbert L. Cole (1826- ), Architect

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Beatrice, Nebraska, 1880-1904

Gilbert L. Cole was born in July 1826.[2][c] He was a carpenter and architect in Beatrice, Nebraska.[1] Cole was married to Fredonia, father of three sons and four daughters.[1][2]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Beatrice, Nebraska, 1882-1883, 1886-1887, 1890, 1894-1896, 1898, 1900, 1902-1903

Educational & Professional Associations

1880: carpenter, Beatrice, Nebraska.[1]

1888: architect, Beatrice, Nebraska.[a]

1889-1892: No Beatrice Directories.[b]

1893-1896: architect, 7-9 Masonic Temple, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1898-1900: architect, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1901: No Beatrice directory.

1902: architect & superintendent, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1903: No Beatrice directory.

1904: occupation not listed, Beatrice, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects


a. First Beatrice directory listing, 1888.

b. Is listed on page 4 of the Omaha Daily Bee on July 14, 1890 as “G. S. Cole, architect and builder,” in list of Beatrice businessmen who opposed prohibition amendments due to economic reasons.[3]

c. There is a discrepancy between the 1880 and 1900 federal censuses concerning Cole's birthplace. Whereas the 1880 census says he was born in Canada, the 1900 census says he was born at sea.[1][2]

d. Cole is not found in the 1870 federal census or the 1910 federal census.


1. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “G. L. Cole,” Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska, accessed through

2. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert L. Cole,” Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska, accessed through

3. Patrick Haynes, email to D. Murphy, December 27, 2012.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Gilbert L. Cole (1826- ), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 18, 2014. Accessed, August 5, 2021.

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