Hugh Bellas (1847-1930), Builder-Architect

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Auburn, Nebraska, 1893-1920

Born in Illinois in August of 1847, Hugh Bellas was a building contractor who advertised himself as an architect in Auburn, Nebraska, directories in 1893 and 1909. From 1870-1880 he was working as a carpenter in Jersey and Greene, Illinois. He was married to Rebecca Bellas, and together they had eight children by 1900.[1][2][3] One of his sons, Charles Bellas also became an architect. Bellas continued in the building business until at least 1920, and died in Auburn in 1930.[5][6]

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

Auburn, Nebraska, 1893, 1909

Buildings & Projects

Bratton Union School (rebuild) (ca. 1922), eight miles NE of Lincoln, Humboldt, Nebraska. [7]

Notes

a. Thanks to architectural historian Catherine Cramer of Tucson, Arizona for Reference #[7]

References

1. 1870 United States Census, s.v. “Hugh Bellas,” Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

2. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “Hugh Bellas,” Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

3. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Hugh Bellas,” Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

4. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Hugh Bellas,” Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

5. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Hugh Bellas,” Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

6. Ancestry.com search, “Hugh Bellas, Auburn, Nebraska, born 1847,” accessed July 25, 2013, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=ms_r_f-2_s&gsfn=hugh&gsln=Bellas&mswpn__ftp=Auburn%2C+Nemaha%2C+Nebraska%2C+USA&mswpn=58964&mswpn_PInfo=8-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C3248%7C30%7C0%7C2150%7C58964%7C0%7C&msbdy=1847&uidh=000

7. "Contract Let for School" Lincoln Journal Star (July 1, 1922), 2. Accessed February 8, 2018 via https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15931232/lincoln_journal_star/

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Hugh Bellas (1847-1930), Builder-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 25, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.


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