William Arthur (1860-1945), Carpenter-Architect
William Arthur was born in Scotland in February, 1859, and came to the United States on November 20, 1880. He appears in Omaha first as a carpenter, then as an partner in the firm of Arthur & Herd, Contractors & Builders, from 1887-1901. After that time he appears to have worked more as a draftsman and estimator for the Union Pacific Rail Road, listing himself as an architect with them from 1906-1908, and then as an architect without affiliation in 1912. He was last recorded as a draftsman for the railroad in 1920. Arthur was married to Grace M. of New York. They had a one year old son named William. He died July 26, 1945.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Omaha, Nebraska, 1883-1893, 1900-1915
Educational & Professional Associations
1883-1886: carpenter, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]
1887-1901: partner, Arthur & Herd, Contractors & Builders, Omaha, Nebraska.
1902: estimator, Union Pacific Rail Road, Omaha, Nebraska.
1903-1904: draftsman, Union Pacific Rail Road, Omaha, Nebraska.
1906-1908: architect, Union Pacific Rail Road, Omaha, Nebraska.
1909: listed, but with no affiliation, Omaha, Nebraska.
1910-1911: draftsman and estimator, Omaha, Nebraska.
1912: architect, 4160 Davenport, Omaha, Nebraska.
Buildings & Projects
a. First Omaha directory listing, 1883; unlisted between 1896-1898; last Omaha listing, 1915 (missing directories…he was not listed in 1928). The census lists him as a draftsman with the railroad in 1920.
1. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “William Arthur,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.
2. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “William Arthur,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.
3. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “William Arthur,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.
4. “William Arthur,” Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials, accessed September 18, 2014, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18669148&ref=acom
D. Murphy, “William Arthur (1860-1945), Carpenter-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 18, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.
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