Evidence of title and directories suggests this house was built about 1879 for William Southam. Southam was born August 6, 1845 in Warwickshire, England. He came to Salt Lake in 1869 where he worked as a molder when this house was built and later for thirty years for the Utah Gas & Coke Company. On February 22, 1876 he married Sarah Tims in the old Salt Lake Endowment House. She was born November 24, 1859 in Banbury, Oxfordshire , England to John Tims and Mary Morby. She came to the United States in 1875, a convert to the LDS Church. After Williams death in 1914, Sarah continued to live in the house, occupying it through 1940.