Meehan, John (Jack) Joseph
On September 14th, 1911, Grandpa Meehan purchased land in the northwestern part of Manilla. This area is now called the Meehan Addition to Manilla.
In the Manilla Centennial of 1986, there are three entries that reference Grandpa John Meehan:
Aunt Clare Meehan indicated that the Meehan family moved into Manilla in 1913
In 1914 "J. J. Meehan receives seven Ford autos by train. It took all day to unload, the cars are knocked down and have to be put together again."
On Aug 12, 1915, "John J. Meehan becomes agent for Dodge motor cars touring car to sell for $785.00."
In June of 1921, "The community Oil Service Station is ready to open. J.J. Meehan to be the operator.
Obituary of J.J. Meehan - Dated December 7th, 1922
After a brave fight for life, since being caught and crushed between two road tractors over three weeks ago and after withstanding the ordeal of an operation, our friend and fellow townsman. Mr. J.J. Meehan, finally was unable to continue the struggle and passed away at Mercy hospital at Council Bluffs, accompanied by loved ones, who had been at his bedside were brought home Saturday evening.
While it was expected for several days or a week past the news of his death brought general sorrow to the community.
John Joseph Meehan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meehan deceased, was born in Rock Island county Illinois on June 21st, 1877, and died November 25, 1922. He came to Iowa with his parents in the year 1881, and located on a farm near the present site of Manilla and has practically lived near and in Manilla all his life except for a few years that he lived at Denison, Iowa. On April 12, 1904, he was married at St. Rose of Lima Church, Denison, Iowa to Miss Bridget O'Connor of that city. To this union four children were born, Mary Veronica Meehan Hederman, John (Bud) Joseph Meehan Jr., Clare Meehan and Michael Francis Meehan; who with their mother are left to mourn his loss. Besides his family he leaves one brother Thomas, of Friend, Nebraska and three sisters, Mrs. P.J. Hanrahan of Hunter, North Dakota; Mrs C. C. Houlihan of Denison, Iowa; and Mrs. P. J. Lally of Manilla, and many nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Mrs. T. A. Hickey and Miss Anna preceded him in death.
During the early part of his married life and while residents of the farm, the home was among the hospitable in that section and the earlier settlers and older neighbors can well remember today the many acts of charity and kindness which those in need received at their hands. Jack Meehan was their friend and in sickness and sorrow was at their side. His horses, his buggy, his wagon, anything he had was theirs when in need. The distance was never too far or the roads too rough for him to go for a doctor or medicine for a neighbor who was ill. He was there to give assistance and comfort for in sickness and sorrow the same as in health they were all his friends and thus it was that he and his sorrowing family are so kindly remembered today. His lofty sense of honor and sympathetic spirit towards all made for himself and his family a very large circle of reverent and admiring friends, who now with his family and relatives deeply mourn the passing away of such a splendid citizen.
HIs honored life will be long remembered by his friends, and the richest treasure he has bequeathed his wife and children is the memory of a career adored with very many Christian virtures.
Six nephews, John A. O'Connor, Earl and Andrew Hickey, Joe Hanrahan, Adrian Lally and Morella Houlihan acted as pall bearers.
Funeral services were held Monday, morning at 10 o'clock at the Sacred Heart church of which he was devoted member. Rev Father Parle, the paster officating and delivering a very appropriate sermon.
The Knights of Columbus and Modern Woodmen, in which he held membership, attended the funeral in a body.
That his acquaintances were widespread and friends numerous was evidenced by one of the largest attendance that has ever been present at a funeral here, all could not gain entrance to the church, many standing outside. They came from three adjoining counties to pay their last sad rites to their friend at the church service and at the grave, where the body was laid to rest at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Relatives from a distance present at the obsequies were: His brother, Thomas Meehan of Friends, NE; Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Hanrahan and son Joe of Hunting North Dakota; Mrs. M. W. William and Virginia Conway of Aledo, Ill; Richard Ayers of Knowlton, Iowa; Mrs. Martin Hickey, George and Francis, and Mrs. Mary Cosgrove of Adiar, Iowa; Michael and Tom and Mrs. Martha Talty of Neola; Messrs Jo Talty and John Mack of Corning, Iowa; Mr Vincent Dolan and sister, Miss Hope of Stuart, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maher, Thomas and Dan O'Conner and Nellie and Mrs. Clark and Mr. Ed Horigan of Imogene, Iowa; Mr. George Gilmore and Mr. M. O'Conner of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mr. Michael O'Conner and Daughter, Miss Mary of Kansas City, Mo.: Dr. T. J. Houlihan of Ida Grove, besides many relatives and friends from Denison, Vail, Dow City, Dunlap, Ute and Buck Grove.
This paper joins friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved in their great loss.
1900 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Iowa twp, T623_426
ED 63, sheet 1A, page 237, line 45, dwelling no 8, family no 8
Meehan, John J, head, white, male, June, 1877, age 22, single, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, farmer, can read and write, speaks English, rents farm, schedule no 8
Hannah, mother, white, female, Jan, 1840, age 60, widow, mother of 8 children, 7 living, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland, immigrated to US 1853, can read and write, speaks English
Ann E, sister, white, female, Sept, 1868, age 31, single, born in Illinois, can read and write, speaks English
Agnes N, sister, white, female, Apr, 1872, age 28, single, born in Illinois, can read and write, speaks English
Nellie F, sister, white, female, Sept, 1875, age 24, single, born in Illinois, can read and write, speaks English
male boarder, Germany, farm laborer
bought 1/8 interest from his brother, Thomas
1910 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Iowa twp, T624_399
ED 71, sheet 2A, page 102, line 29, dwelling no 26, family no 7
Meehan, John J, head, male, white, age 32, married once 6 years, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, speaks English, farmer, general farm, works on own account, can read and write, owns farm free, schedule no 26
Bridget, wife, female, white, age 35, married once 6 years, mother of 3 children, 3 living, born in Iowa, parents born Ireland, speaks English, can read and write
Amanda, daughter, female, white, age 5, single, born in Iowa
John Jr, son, male, white, age 3, single, born in Iowa
Claire, daughter, female white, age 10/12, single, born in Iowa
Hannah, mother, female, white, age 71, widow, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland, immigrated to US 1853, speaks English, can read and write
Ann Elizabeth, sister, female, white, age 40, single, born in Illinois, speaks English, can read and write
1920 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Manilla, T625_485
ED 82, sheet 6A, page 44, line 14, dwelling no 143, family no 147
Meehan, John, head, rents, male, white, age 43, married, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, speaks English, agent, real estate, works on own account
Bridget, wife, female, white, age 45, married, can read and write, born in Iowa, parents born Ireland, speaks English
Mary, daughter, female, white, age 14, single, attended school, can read and write, born in Iowa, speaks English
John, son, male, white, age 11, single, attended school, can read and write, born in Iowa, speaks English
Claire, daughter, female, white, age 10, single, attended school, can read and write, born in Iowa, speaks English
Francis, son, male, white, age 8, single, attended school, born in Iowa, speaks English
Hannah, mother, female,white, age 82, widow, can read and write, born in Ireland, parents born Ireland, speaks English
bought interest from his siblings
Card number 156
Postoffice address - Manilla
John married Bridget O'Connor, daughter of John O'Connor and Mary O'Connor, on 12 Apr 1904 in St. Rose of Lima Church, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA. (Bridget O'Connor was born on 27 Oct 1875 in East Boyer township, Crawford County, Iowa, USA, died on 26 Nov 1951 in Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA and was buried on 28 Nov 1951 in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Crawford County, Iowa, USA.)
CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE
STATE OF Iowa
COUNTY - Crawford
CERTIFICATE - Book 2, pae 70, #3561
GROOMS NAME - John Meehan
OCCUPATION - farmer
RESIDENCE - Manilla
DATE OF BIRTH -
AGE - 26
BIRTH PLACE - Illinois
FATHERíS NAME - Michael Meehan
MOTHERíS MAIDEN NAME - Hannah Ayers
NO OF MARRIAGE - 1st
BRIDES NAME - Bridget OíConnor
RESIDENCE - Denison
DATE OF BIRTH -
AGE - 21
BIRTH PLACE - Iowa
FATHERíS NAME - John OíConnor
MOTHERíS MAIDEN NAME - Mary OíConnor
NO OF MARRIAGE - 1st
MARRIED ON 12 April 1904 at Denison
OFFICIANT - M J Farrelly
WITNESSES - John Meehan and Ella Kerrigan