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The Frank Murphy home was located at 2204 St. Mary’s Avenue. It was a 3-story, stone and wood-shingle structure.
Mr. Murphy made his wealth through banking and finance. He was the president of Merchants National bank, the Omaha Street Railway, and the Omaha Gas Co. Mr. Murphy never married and did not entertain socially. However, he was popular with a wide circle of friends and “greatly loved on account of his kindness and consideration.”Frank Murphy died suddenly while on a business trip to New York on December 12, 1904. Upon his death, his estate was reputedly worth one million dollars. He also bequeathed $10,000 to the Omaha Public Library.
Text written by Lynn Sullivan, October 2003
Art Work of Omaha. Chicago: W. H. Parish Publishing Co., 1896. Page 57.
History of the State of Nebraska. Chicago, IL: A. T. Andreas, 1882. Page 787.
Morton, J. Sterling. Illustrated History of Nebraska. Lincoln: Jacob North & Company, 1906. Pages 317-322.
Sylvester, B. F. West Farnam Story. 1964.