Joseph W. Salmon (1879-1957), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1912-1922
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Joseph W. Salmon, 1918.

Joseph Salmon was born May 27, 1879 at Ellington, Illinois to Lewis (Louis?), a printer, and Ella Salmon.[14][15] The family lived in Quincy, Illinois in 1900, when Joseph's father was listed as a railway postal clerk. [16] Joseph married Georgia Dumont in Wichita, Kansas in 1902. They had sons Herbert W. (born ca. 1904) and Joseph Dumont (born ca. 1911).[17][18] In 1910, Salmon was an architect in Kansas City, Missouri, then moved to Lincoln where he was an architect for Crosby Co., in Lincoln.[18] From 1912-1922, Salmon practiced architecture in Lincoln, Nebraska. Joseph's first wife Georgia Salmon died July 13, 1924 and was interred in Omaha; Joseph was a resident of Kansas City when he married Eulalia (McKee) Hale of Lincoln in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 17, 1924.[21][22] He appears to have resided briefly in several other Midwestern cities, but returned to reside in Kansas City repeatedly in the 1920s and 1930s. Salmon lived for nine years in Phoenix, Arizona prior to his death there on March 6, 1957.[6][13]

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

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1913-1922

Educational & Professional Associations

1906-1908: draftsman for J. H. Felt & Co., Kansas City, Missouri.[23]

1910: architect with J. H. Felt & Co., Kansas City, Missouri.[23]

1912: architect, Kansas City, Missouri.[23]

1912-1922: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[23][28]

1912: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, d.b.a. "Salmon Architecture Co."[4][27]

1913: architect for Crosby Co.; v.p. Midwest Construction Co., Lincoln, Nebraska.|[23]

1918: head of architectural and building department of Nebraska Building & Investment Company, Lincoln, Nebraska.[10][c]

1923-1927, 1935: architect/superintendent, Kansas City, Missouri.[23]

1930: architect, Dubuque, Iowa.[13]

1940: engineer, Jefferson City, Missouri.[23]

1941: architect, Springfield, Missouri.[23]

1948-1957: architect, Phoenix, Arizona.[14][23]

Buildings & Projects

Dated

Winnett & Folts Business Building (1912-1913), 1236-42 O St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][27][28][35][b]

O’Neill Public Library (1912-1913), O’Neill, Nebraska.[26]

Addition to and remodeling Power Plant (1913), Aurora, Nebraska.[33]

High & Grade School (1913), Stella, Nebraska.[34]

Sokol Society Hall (1913), Crete, Nebraska.[36]

Crete Carnegie Library (1913-1915), 305 E. 13th St., Crete, Nebraska.[2][24][38] (SA01-145)

Sam S. Whiting house (1914), 1320 C St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[29]

Carl F. Steckelberg house (1914), 1957 Harwood, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

Girls' Industrial School (1914), Geneva, Nebraska.[37]

City Auditorium, City Hall, Fire Station, Ladies' Rest Room & Public Comfort Station (1914), Geneva, Nebraska.[20][42]

High School addition (1914), Lodgepole, Nebraska.[39]

Friend Public Library (1915), Friend, Nebraska.[2][25][40]

Valentine State Bank (1915), Valentine, Nebraska.[41]

Hospital Building (1915), Milford Sailors Home, Milford, Nebraska.[1][32]

Standard Oil Company barn and garage (1915), 1219 N 14th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[31]

Sleeping porches for State Hospital for the Insane (1915), Lincoln, Nebraska.[43]

School and auditorium for Institute for Feeble Minded (1915), Beatrice, Nebraska.[44]

Asylum, State Hospital for Insane (1915), Lincoln, Nebraska.[45]

Home for dependent children (1915), Lincoln, Nebraska.[46]

Laundry, Soldiers and Sailors Home (1915), Milford, Nebraska.[47]

Store & Office Building for B. Nicola (1916), College View (now Lincoln), Nebraska.[48]

Garage for Mrs. Richard (1917), 834 N 27th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Kimball Bros. Theater (1917), 1500 O St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

C.H. Swingle & Co. bldg (1917), 321 S 9th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[7]

College View High School (1917-1920), NW corner S. 46th & Stockwell, (now) Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][12][49]

Lincoln Hotel (1917-1918), 519 15th Avenue, Franklin, Nebraska.[5][10][c][e] (FR03-55)

Residence for B. R. Hendrix (1918), Garfield Park, Lincoln, Nebraska.[50]

Store Building for Midwest Savings & Loan Association (1918), Lincoln, Nebraska.[51]

Undated Projects

Disputed Attributions

Cornhusker Hotel (1926), 309 S.13th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[a] (LC13:C08-015)

Notes

a. There is a hand-written note in the Cornhusker Hotel site file (Historic Preservation Office, Nebraska State Historical Society) stating Salmon was the architect; no source is given. The documented attribution is to Alonzo H. Gentry, AIA, Kansas City; see the Gentry data. Salmon might have been working for Gentry on this job; it is known that Salmon returned to Kansas City from Lincoln.[3]

b. Architect given as Salmon Architectural Company.[4][27]

c. Two-page advertisement for Nebraska Building and Investment Company of Lincoln includes photo of "Mr. Jos. W. Salmon, architect," noting "The Architectural and Building Department of The Nebraska Building and Investment Company is in personal charge of one of the most alert and competent architects in the middle west in the person of Jos. W. Salmon. Mr. Salmon's experience in Architecture and Building construction covers a wide and extensive field, adding experience of a broad and most valuable order. Mr. Salmon is a member of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, a distinction held by few architects in this section." Eight buildings of the company are also included in the advertisement. Only one of these buildings (Hotel Lincoln in Franklin) has so far been documented as a Salmon project, while other designers are associated with other projects of the company. See Nebraska Building and Investment Company. [10]

d. Joseph and Georgia Salmon presumably divorced before her death and his remarriage to Eulalia Hale. "Find A Grave" notes Georgia's burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, adding as "Graveside Details" Georgia's "Date of Interment 7 16 1924." That was the same date as Joseph's marriage in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[21][22]

e. Lincoln Hotel in Franklin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (since July 6, 1989).

References

1. Nebraska State Journal (March 16, 1915): 8 (with an elevation of the building).

2. Nebraska State Library Commission, Buildings and Architects card file.

3. City of Lincoln Building Permit #14503, issued September 26, 1925; title block on plans reads: "Alonzo H. Gentry, AIA.” Edward F. Zimmer to D. Murphy, email correspondence, March 1, 2011.

4. Thomas Lee Kaspar (1951-2017), Architect, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

5. "Nebraska....Franklin.--Hotel. Nebraska Bldg. & Investment Co. had plans prepared by J. W. Salmon, architect...Lincoln...About $50,000," The Bridgemen's Magazine (October 1917), XVII:10, 560.

6. 1920 U.S. Census, s.v. “Joseph Salmon” [see file]

7. City of Lincoln Building Permit #7164, issued August 1, 1917; estimated cost: $15,000.

8. City of Lincoln Building Permit #7128, issued June 26, 1917; estimated cost: $2,500.

9. City of Lincoln Building Permit #7049, issued April 12, 1917; estimate cost: $450.

10. "Nebraska Building and Investment Company" advertisement, Sunday State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) (March 3, 1918), A6-7 (illustrated, two-page spread).

11. "Proposed High School for College View," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (January 28, 1917), 12-B (illustrated with perspective rendering).

12. Sanborn Map Company atlas of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1928, plate 385, "College View...High School Built 1920."

13. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census, s.v. "Joseph W. Salmon," [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.

14. "Certificate of Death," Arizona State Department of Health, March 6, 1957, on-line by Ancestry.com. Arizona, Death Records, 1887-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

15. Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, s.v. "Lewis Salmon" and child "Joseph Salmon," [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

16. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census, s.v. "Joseph W. Salmon," [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

17. Ancestry.com. Kansas, County Marriage Records, 1811-1911, s.v. "Joseph W. Salmon," [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

18. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census, s.v. "Joseph Salmon" and spouse "Georgia" [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

19. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census, s.v. "Joshua W. Salman" and spouse "Georgia" [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

20. "Construction Contract" (call for bids), Sunday (Omaha, Nebraska) World-Herald (November 22, 1914), 13.

21. Find A Grave website, s.v. "Georgia Salmon," accessed April 9, 2018 at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73072276 See also "Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska...Burial Search," s.v. "Georgia Salmon," accessed on-line April 11, 2018, at http://www.forestlawnomaha.com/cemetery-map/

22. "Licensed to Wed in Council Bluffs...Joseph W. Salmon, Kansas City, Mo....45...Eulalia Hale, Lincoln...40," Morning (Omaha, Nebraska) World-Herald (July 17, 1924), 4; also Ancestry.com. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940, s.v. "Joseph W. Salmon," [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

23. City Directories, Kansas City, Missouri (1905-1912); Lincoln, Nebraska (1914-1922); Kansas City, Missouri (1924, 1927, 1935); Jefferson City, Missouri (1940); Springfield, Missouri (1941); Phoenix, Arizona (1951, 1952).

24. "Crete Public Library in Nebraska," in Nebraska Memories Nebraska (Nebraska Library Commission), accessed April 11, 2018 on-line at http://memories.nebraska.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/nlc/id/33/rec/1

25. "Gilbert Public Library (Friend, Nebraska)...About Us," accessed April 11, 2018, on-line at http://libraries.ne.gov/gilbert/about-2/

26. "O'Neill (Nebraska) Public Library...History," accessed April 11, 2018 on-line at http://libraries.ne.gov/oneill/history/ (illustrated); see also "Library Founding Dates" (Nebraska Library Commission), accessed April 11, 2018, on-line at http://libraries.ne.gov/oneill/history/

27. "Elevation of Proposed Building for Dr. Winnett on O Street Near Thirteenth," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (November 17, 1912), 8 (illustrated with elevation drawing); "The New Winnett-Folts Building," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (September 28, 1913), 4A (story with photo).

28. City of Lincoln Building Permit #5070, issued June 4, 1913; estimated cost: $30,000.

29. City of Lincoln Building Permit #5512, issued April 24, 1914; estimated cost: $6,800.

30. City of Lincoln Building Permit #5626, issued July 14, 1914; estimated cost: $4,000.

31. City of Lincoln Building Permit #5992, issued May 7, 1915; estimated cost: $9,100.

32. "Bids Asked...Nebraska: Lincoln, Nebr....for two brick buildings and nursery addition at the Industrial Home, Milford," Engineering and Contracting (September 22, 1915) XLIV: No. 12, 32.

33. "Lincoln, Nebr....Power Plant...$6,000 to $7,000. Aurora, Nebr. Archt. Salmon Archt. Co.," American Contractor (August 23, 1913), 82.

34. "Lincoln, Nebr....Contracts Awarded...High & Grade School...$14,000. Stella, Nebr. Archt. Salmon Archt. Co.," American Contractor (August 23, 1913), 82.

35. "Lincoln, Nebr....Contracts Awarded...Business Bldg....$40,000. 13th & O sts. Archt. Salmon Archt. Co.," American Contractor (August 23, 1913), 82.

36. "Society Buildings....Crete, Nebr.--Club House (with gymnasium, hall & auditorium)...$25,000. Crete. Archt. Salmon Archt. Co.," American Contractor (July 5, 1913) 38.

37. "Geneva, Nebr.--General Bldg....$50M. Girls' Industrial School. Geneva. Archt. J. W. Salmon," American Contractor (July 4, 1914), 42.

38. "Contracts Awarded...Carnegie Library...$10M. Crete, Nebr. Archt. J. w. Salmon," American Contractor (June 13, 1914), 84.

39. "Lodgepole, Nebr.--High School (add.)...Archt. J. W. Salmon," American Contractor (July 4, 1914), 42.

40. "Lincoln, Nebr. Library...$7,500. Friend, Nebr. Archt. J. W. Salmon," American Contractor (August 15, 1914), 80.

41. "Lincoln, Nebr....Bank...$7M. Valentine, Nebr. Archt. J. W. Salmon," American Contrator (August 15, 1914), 80.

42. "Lincoln, Nebr....City Auditorium, City Hall, Fire Station, Ladies' Rest Room & Public Comfort Station (auditorium seating betw. 600 & 700)...$17,500. Geneva, Nebr. Archt. J. W. Salmon," American Contractor (December 5, 1914), 81.

43. "Lincoln, Nebr....State Hospital for Insane (add. of sleeping porches)...$4M. Archt. J. W. Salmon," American Contractor (March 5, 1915), 95.

44. "Lincoln, Nebr....School & Auditorium: $40M. Institute for Feeble Minded, Beatrice, Nebr. Archt. Jos. W. Salmon," American Contractor (June 12, 1915), 80.

45. "Lincoln, Nebr....Asylum: $30M. State Hospital for Insane. Archt. Jos. W. Salmon," American Contractor (June 12, 1915), 80.

46. "Lincoln, Nebr....Home (for dependent children)....$25M. Archt. Jos. W. Salmon," American Contractor (June 12, 1915), 80.

47. "Lincoln, Nebr....Laundry: $10M. Soldiers & Sailors Home at Milford, Nebr. Archt. Jos. W. Salmon," American Contractor (June 12, 1915), 80.

48. "Lincoln, Nebr....Store & Office Bldg.: $12,500. 2 sty. & bas. College View, Nebr. Archt. J. W. Salmon...Owner B. Nicola, College View....Brk. & conc.," American Contractor (August 19, 1916), 106A.

49. "Collegeview [sic], Nebr. Combined High & Grade School: $40,000...Archt. Jos. W. Salmon," American Contractor (January 13, 1917), 17.

50. "Lincoln, Nebr....Res.: $6,500...Garfield Park. Archt. J. W. Salmon...Owner B. R. Hendrix," American Contractor (January 19, 1918), 58.

51. "Lincoln, Nebr....Store Bldg." $18,000. 2 sty. & bas. 25x85. Archt. J. W. Salmon...Owner Midwest Savings & Loan Assn, 129 S. 11th," American Contractor (January 19, 1918), 58.


Page Citation=

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer “Joseph W. Salmon (1879-1957), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 20, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, May 26, 2020.


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