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Meehan, Thomas R

  • Born: 27 Jun 1863, Black Hawk township, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Sheriff of Crawford County, Iowa, USA from 1896 to 1904
  • Marriage: Reilly, Margaret on 30 Apr 1913 in Friend, Saline County, Nebraska, USA
  • Died: 28 May 1931, Friend, Saline County, Nebraska, USA
  • Buried: 31 May 1931, Mt Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Crawford County, Iowa, USA


bullet  General Notes:

Crawford County Census 1898

Name: Thomas Meehan
Age: 32
Race: W
Birthplace: Illinois
Residence: Denison, Crawford

Annia Meehan 26 Illinois W Crawford Denison
Agnes Meehan 22 Illinois W Crawford Denison
Ellen Meehan 20 Illinois W Crawford Denison
John Meehan 16 Illinois W Crawford Denison

Crawford County Iowa History 1850-1925 by Anna Marie Schneller.

County home, locally called the poor farm, was destroyed by fire about 3:00 o'clock on Sunday morning, April 2, 1905. One man, an old fellow named Perry Wilson, was burned in the building. The County home was located one mile east of Arion on the Boyer River bottom. It was a large frame structure with many rooms. There were no conveniences such as a county facility should have. There were fourteen in the home and it was managed by Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cole. A good part of the furniture was saved. The house was a total loss. There was $1,600.00 insurance on the building. The loss to the county was near $3,500.00. The State Board of Control had condemned the old poor house as inadequate. The supervisors disposed of the inmates by sending the three Wildmen women to the Glenwood State Asylum, the Anderson woman to the hospital, four others to Shelby County and three to Sac County. One old man was left to house. He was offered a home by relatives a short time later. Marion Cole was paid $250.00 for the work he had done since the beginning of the year. The supervisors rented the land to another farmer who would go ahead with the crops for the year. There was speculation that the fire had been set. A suspect was arrested. Russell Gifford was judged insane, and Sheriff Meehan took him back to Oregon where he came from.


Thomas R Meehan Resided in Denison a Number of Years, Being Sheriff of This County - ELECTED TO OFFICE IN 1896
Funeral Services Held at Friend and Also at Manilla on Sunday Morning, May 31

MANILLA, June 2 - (Special to the Review)

Thomas R Meehan, son of Michael and Hannah (Ayres) Meehan, was born in Rock Island county, Ill, June 27, 1863, and died at Friend, Neb, May 28, 1931, at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 1 day.
He came to Iowa with his parents in 1881 and located on a farm five miles northeast of the present site of Manilla. His father passed away the same year, leaving Thomas the responsibility of helping care and provide for other members of the family, which he did faithfully and well.
He farmed for a number of years and later became interested in politics, being elected sheriff of Crawford county in 1896. This office he filled for seven years, handling many desperate law breakers and proving himself efficient and capable. After moving to Nebraska, he also served as a guard in the Nebraska state penitentiary at Lincoln for three years.
His marriage to Miss Margaret Reilly of Friend, Neb, took place on April 30, 1913. They lived at Denison for some years, then moved to a farm near Redfield, S D. From Redfield they moved to Friend, Neb, which was his home when death called him.

Besides his sorrowing wife he leaves two sisters, Mrs C C Houlihan of Denison and Mrs P J Lally of Manilla, as well as many nieces and nephews to mourn his death.

Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning in the Catholic church at Friend, after which the remains were brought overland to Manilla.

Relatives and Friends from a distance who attended services at Friend were John Reilly and daughter, Mary, Omaha; Mr and Mrs John Roach, Lincoln; Joe Hanrahan, Hillsboro, NE; Mrs C C Houlihan, Denison; Mr and Mrs Tim Sullivan and Harry and Ed Reilly, Yuma, Colo; Mrs P J Lally, Arthur Hickey, Manilla; Mr and Mrs James McVaney, Kearney, Neb.

Pall bearers at Friend were old time friends, William Sullivan, Michael Campbell, Lawrence O'Brien, John Meehan, Dan O'Brien and Ed Brennan.
The body reached Manilla Saturday night and was taken to the P J Lally home.

On Sunday morning a brief service was conducted at Sacred Heart church in Manilla, following the early morning mass, after which the remains were laid to rest in Mount Calvary cemetery. A requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev Father D L Clark on Monday morning.
Pall bearers at Manilla were six nephews of Mr Meehan, Earl and Andrew Hickey, Morella Houlihan, John Meehan and Adrian and Francis Lally.
Relatives from a distance who attended the services in Manilla were P J Hanrahan and son, Joe, Hillsboro, ND; Pat Conway and Mr and Mrs Mart Conway, Aledo, Ill, Elizabeth Ayers, Taylor Ridge; Mrs Irene Hickey, Detroit, Mich; Mrs D C Dowart and daughters, Margaret and Mary, Friend, Neb, Mr and Mrs Tim Mullivan, Yuma, Colo; Mrs John Reilly and daughter, Mary, and Mrs Chas Allen, Omaha; Miss Leone Lally, Des Moines; Thos Talty, Atlantic, M L Talty, Neola; Mr and Mrs Ed Hunton, Dunlap; O'Brien brothers, Mrs and Richard Ayers and son, Leo of Knowlton.

Mr Meehan was a life long member of the Catholic church and a firm believer in his faith. He was a fine christian gentleman, loyal to his neighbors and friends and alway honest in his dealing with them. He had hundreds of friends in Crawford county who will regret to learn of his death and who extend sympathy to the surviving members of his family.
The above appeared in The Denison Review, Wednesday, June 3, 1931, Section 2, page 7, column 4

1920 U S Census, South Dakota, Spink, Redfield twp

ED 273, sheet 3A, page 107, line 1, dwelling no 45, family no 51

Meehan, Thomas R, head, owns farm free, male, white, age 57, married, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, speaks English. farmer, general farm, works on own account, schedule no 36
Margaret A, wife, female, white, age 42, married, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, speaks English

1930 U S Census, Nebraska, Saline, Friend

ED 10, sheet 9A, page 199, line 50, dwelling no 278, family no 281

Meehan, Thomas R, head, owns home, $1000 value, male, white, age 66, married, age 50 at first marriage, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, no profession
Margaret, wife, female, white, age 52, married, age 35 at first marriage, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland

1910 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Denison p style="margin-left:0.5in"> T624_399
ED 66, sheet 6B, line 62, dwelling no 141, family no 141, 118 Tremont St (Hotel)

Meehan, Tom, boarder, male, white, age 46, single, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, speaks English, no profession, can read and write

1900 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Denison

ED 56, sheet 16A, page 161, line 28, dwelling no 319, family no 325
Meehan, Tom, boarder, white, male, unknown, 1870, age 30, single, born in Iowa, parents born Ireland, clerk, pool hall, at work, can read and write, speaks English

Thomas married Margaret Reilly on 30 Apr 1913 in Friend, Saline County, Nebraska, USA.
(Margaret Reilly was born in 1878 in Illinois, USA, died on 27 Apr 1940 in Sidney, Cheyenne County, Nebraska, USA
and was buried on 29 Apr 1940 in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Crawford County, Iowa, USA.)

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