Paul Sothman (ca. 1883- ), Carpenter-Builder

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Grand Island, Nebraska, 1908-1958

Paul Sothman was born in Indiana, circa 1883. He was a contractor and carpenter in Grand Island, and he was married to Alice, with whom he had a daughter, Marie.[1]

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

1908-1909: carpenter, Henry H. Falldorf, Jr., Grand Island, Nebraska.[a]

1910-1911: carpenter, William Sothman, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1912-1918: carpenter, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1919: no Grand Island directory.

1920: contractor, Grand Island, Nebraska.[1]

1921-1930: contractor, Goehring-Sothman Co., Grand Island, Nebraska.

1931-1935: general contractor, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1936-1958: president, The Sothman Co. Grand Island, Nebraska.[b]

Other Associations

1929-1932: employed Ed Kensinger, draftsman (1929-1930) and clerk (1931-1932).

Buildings & Projects


a. First Grand Island directory listing, 1908.

b. Last Grand Island dircectory listing, 1958.

c. There is no one by the name Sotham in the federal census in Nebraska in 1900, 1910 or 1920. There is no Paul or William Sothman in the federal census in Nebraska in 1900 or 1910.


1. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “William C. Sothman,” Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, accessed through

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Paul Sothman (ca. 1883- ), Carpenter-Builder,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 17, 2015. Accessed, May 31, 2020.

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