Meehan, Elizabeth A
- Born: 25 Dec 1874, Blackhawk township, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
- Died: 19 Jan 1922, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
- Buried: Jan 1922, St Rose of Lima Cemetery, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
Joseph and Elizabeth Meehan, twins, were born in Rock Island County, Illinois, December 25, 1875. Their parents were John and Catherine (Garvey) Meehan. There were 10 children in the family. The Meehan family lived in Rock Island County until 1882, when they moved to Iowa and settled on a farm south of Vail. In 1883, they moved to a farm near Denison. Joseph and Elizabeth grew up on the home farm and attended the district school nearby.
Joseph continued his education and from there entered Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, where he took his M.D degree in 1903. He first practiced medic; in Missouri Valley, and in 1905, located. Denison.
Elizabeth, after teaching a few years in the rural schools, decided to join her brother in Chicago. She became a graduate nurse: Mercy Hospital there, having worked and studied under Dr. Murphy, a famous surgeon of his time. Later she was employed by the Drs. Mayo of Rochester, Minnesota. In 1912 she came home to Denison to care for her father and mother who were in failing health until their deaths, her father's in 1912, and her mother's in 1915.
In order to provide better facilities for his extensive practice and also for the benefit: the community at large, Dr. Meehan, in 1916-established the Meehan Hospital at 315 East Walnut Street (now 3rd Avenue South). His twin sister, Elizabeth, assisted him in conducting the hospital until her death after; surgery in an Omaha hospital on January 19. 1921. After the death of his twin sister, a sister-in-law, Mrs. John Meehan, aided Dr. Meehan at the hospital.
Dr. Meehan was the city health physician, the local physician and surgeon for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was a member of the Crawford County, Iowa, and American Medical Associations, and the Association of Railway Surgeons. He was a past president of the Crawford County Medical Society and served as secretary of that organization for a number of years.
The weather was never so bad that Dr. Meehan would not drive many miles out into the country to minister to a patient. The community came to know him not only as a capable physician, but also as a business man and a service-minded citizen.
He had great faith in Denison and its future and was a staunch supporter of every movement for the betterment of the city and community. At the time of the closing of the Crawford County State Bank, he was among those who helped to organize the new bank, knowing that it would be a great help to the community. He was a director of the Crawford County Trust and Savings Bank from the time that the institution was organized until his death.
Dr. Joseph Meehan's death on February 26, 1932 occurred while he was on a country call. He died attempting to give himself medication for a heart attack.
By Mrs. Francis Meehan
Card no A749
female, white, single, can read and write, lived in Iowa 36 years
Elizabeth Meehan, age 39, Crawford Co, Denison, ward 2
Nurse, unemployed 6 months in 1914, earned $500, born in Illinois
owns home, value $3000, Catholic, parents born Ireland