P. D. Marvin (1885-1975), Architect

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Beatrice, Nebraska, 1911-1954

P.D. Marvin was born on July 9, 1885, son of G.P. Marvin. He was the publisher of the Gage County Democrat and, later, the founder of the Beatrice Daily Sun. In his career, Marvin was the first General Manager of the first rural public power district in the United States, the Southeastern Nebraska Rural Public Power District, organized in 1933. He also served as the Norris manager until 1947. Born in Beatrice, Marvin moved to Lincoln in 1954 and became editor and publisher of the Rural Electric News, retiring from that activity in 1963, at the age of 77. After the death of his wife, Marvin moved to Hollis Center, Maine in 1965 to live with his daughter. Marvin died on February 17, 1975, survived by his daughter, Mrs. Pauling Baker of Hollis Center, Maine.[1][b]

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

Beatrice, Nebraska, 1917

Educational & Professional Associations

1904-1909: student, Beatrice, Nebraska.[a]

1910: no Beatrice directory.

1911-1912: architect, Daily Sun, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1913-1916: no Beatrice directory.

1917: architect, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1918-1924: no Beatrice directories.

1954-1963: editor and publisher, Rural Electric News, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects


a. First Beatrice directory listing, 1904. No directory, 1903.

b. An article in the Lincoln Evening Journal lists February 19 as the date of death.[2]


1. “Rural power pioneer Paul D. Marvin dies,” Beatrice Daily Sun (February 17, 1975), 1:8.

2. “Marvin,” Lincoln Evening Journal (February 20, 1975), 13:4.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “P. D. Marvin (1885-1975), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 17, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, April 15, 2021.

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