The Meehan Family
Meehan, Thomas
(-Bef 1860)
Burke, Bridget
(1806-After 1881)
Garvey, James
(-Bef 1870)
Marinan, Mary
(1810-1892)
Meehan, John
(1831-1912)
Garvey, Catherine A
(1839-1914)
Meehan, Joseph J. (Dr. )
(1874-1932)

 

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Meehan, Joseph J. (Dr. )

  • Born: 25 Dec 1874, Blackhawk township, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Died: 26 Feb 1932, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
  • Buried: 29 Feb 1932, St Rose of Lima Cemetery, Denison, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
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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


DEATH RECORD
Crawford County Court House, Recorders Office, Denison, Iowa
NO: Book 3, page 144
DATE OF RETURN:
NAME: Joseph J Meehan
SEX & COLOR: male, white
AGE: 57y 2m 1d
OCCUPATION: medical doctor
DATE OF DEATH: 26 February 1932
SINGLE, MARRIED, WIDOW, WIDOWER: single
NATIONALITY:
PLACE OF BIRTH: Iowa
HOW LONG RESIDED IN STATE:
PLACE OF DEATH: Denison
CAUSE OF DEATH: chronic bronchial asthma; acute myocardial failure
COMPLICATION:
DURATION:
PLACE OF BURIAL: Denison Catholic Cemetery
DATE OF BURIAL: 29 February 1932
NAME OF PHYSICIAN MAKING CERTIFICATE: Dr J James Duffy, Denison
INFORMANT: E L Champion, Denison
BORN: 25 December 1874
FATHER: John Meehan - Ireland
MOTHER: Catherine Garvey - Ireland
SOCIAL SECURITY:


DR JOS J MEEHAN VICTIM OF A HEART ATTACK FRIDAY
Prominent Denison Physician Succumbs to Hear Attack at 7:30 pm After County Call
FUNERAL SERVICES ON MONDAY
Services at St Rose of Lima Church Were Largely Attended - Burial in Catholic Cemetery

Dr J J Meehan, prominent physician and surgeon, and a resident of Denison for more than a quarter of a century, died suddenly from a heart attack about 7:30 Friday evening while making a call on a patient residing some ten miles northwest of the city. Dr Meehan had received a call to minister to a patient at the J P Jepsen home and engaged Vincent Meade to drive him in his car. They drove for eight miles northwest on the gravel road to Schleswig, where they were met by Mr Jepsen with a team and wagon as the road from there could not by traveled by auto on account of the mud.
Dr Meehan ministered to the sick one and Mr Jepsen drove him back to the waiting car. In alighting from the wagon Dr Meehan dropped his stethoscope and in reaching to pick it up from the ground suffered a heart attack. He was able to get into the automobile and after getting seated Meade noticed him reach to his vest pocket to remove a case containing heart stimulants which dropped from his hand into his lap. Vincent asked him if he could assist him with the medicine and Dr Meehan replied; "No, it is too late," and slumped over in the seat dead. News of his death was a great shock to the people of Denison as he had been seen on the streets Friday, apparently in the best of health and spirits. For years he had suffered with asthma which no doubt brought on heart trouble.
Dr Meehan was born in Rock Island county, Illinois, Dec 25, 1874. His parents, John and Catherine (Garvey) Meehan, were born in Ireland and came to America when young people. After their marriage they 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, and on this farm they lived until retiring and moving to Denison, where they spent the remaining years of their lives. The father passed away at the age of 79, in 1912, and the mother at 76, in 1915. Both were devout Catholics, and the political tendency of the family has always been democratic.
Doctor Meehan grew up on the home farm, attended the district school nearby, and in continuing his education went through the Denison Normal and Business college, the University of Iowa, and from there entered Northwester university school of medicine in Chicago, where he took his MD degree in 1903. He first practised at Missouri Valley, and in 1905 located in Denison.
In order to provide better facilities for hie extensive practice and also for the benefit of the community at large, Dr Meehan in 1916 established the Meehan hospital at 315 East Walnut street. His twin sister, Miss Elizabeth Meehan, a graduate nurse of the Mercy hospital in Chicago, assisted him in conducting the hospital up until the time of her death, Jan 19, 1921.
He was one of a family of ten children, three of whom survive, namely; Mrs J N Houlihan and Mrs Ed Champion, of Denison, and Mrs N W Conway, of Aledo, Ill.
During the long residence of Dr Meehan in Denison the people of this community came to know him not only as a capable physician and surgeon, but a business man and a citizen whose generosity and sympathy were easily aroused and whose acts of kindness and public spirit were generally appreciated, though definitely known only to their recipients.
As well as being the city health physician he had been local physician and surgeon for the Chicago and Northwestern since 1916, and for the Illinois Central since 1912. He was a member of the Crawford county, Iowa state and American Medical associations and the Association of Railway surgeons. Over a period of years he was most active in the Crawford County Medical society, being a past president and served as secretary for a number of years.
Dr Meehan had never married. He was a devout member of the Catholic church, a grand knight of the Knights of Columbus and also a fourth degree member of that order. He made rather extensive investments in farm land and was a director of the Crawford County Trust and Savings bank since that institution was organized.
In the death of Dr Meehan, Denison has lost one of its most substantial citizens. While never of robust health, he was most active throughout his career and devoted to his extensive practice. The weather was never so bad but what he would drive many miles out into the country to minister to a patient. Possessed of a kindly disposition and a sympathetic nature, he did much to render aid and assistance to the less fortunate. 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 he community. Dr Meehan was a man possessed of many sterling qualities and he had a legion of friends in this community who sincerely mourn his passing. He had many warm friends in the Knights of Columbus order as was evidenced by the fact that ten fourth degree knights of Council Bluffs came to Denison Sunday evening to pay their respects to his memory.
Requiem high mass was celebrated Monday forenoon at 9:30 at the St Rose of Lima church with Father Casey of Denison, Father McGuire of Ute, Father Anthofer of Charter Oak and Father Clark of Manilla officiating. The church was filled to capacity with the neighbors and friends who gathered to pay their respects to the memory of this worthy citizen. The many beautiful floral tributes bespoke the high esteem in which he was held. Interment was made in the family plot in the Catholic cemetery here. Pallbearers, all nephews of Dr Meehan, were Francis Meehan, Vincent Houilhan, Robert Conway, Emmett Champion, John Meehan and Louis Houilhan.
Relatives from a distance in attendance at the funeral were: Mr and Mrs N W Conway and son Robert, Virginia Conway and Mrs Joe Meehan, of Aledo, Ill; Mr and Mrs Peter Hart, Cornelius O'Brien, J M Malloy, Mrs Beam and daughter Dorothy, Mrs McCann and Thomas Beam, of Davenport; Mike Talty, of Atlantic; Mr and Mrs Warren Rule, Mrs Nellie Frazier and son Carl, of Omaha; Mrs Belford and Mrs T Beam, of Council Bluffs; William and Joe Carvey, of Des Moines; T V Houlihan, of Harvard, Ill; Dr and Mrs T J Houlihan of Ida Grove, and Thos Maloney and Mike O'Brien, of Dunlap.

The Denison Review, Wednesday, March 2, 1932, page 1, columns 5,6

MEEHAN

Harlan, Edgar Rubey. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol III. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931

p. 318

J.J. MEEHAN, M.D., has been a resident of Denison for a quarter of a century, and that community has come to know him not only as a capable physician and surgeon but a business man and a citizen whose generosity and sympathy are easily aroused and whose acts of kindness and public spirit are generally appreciated though definitely known only to their recipients.
Doctor Meehan was born in Rock Island County, Illinois, December 25, 1874. His parents, John and Catherine (Garvey) Meehan, were born in Ireland and came to America when young people. After their marriage they lived in Rock Island County until 1882, when they moved to Iowa and settled on a farm south of Vail in Crawford County. In 1883 they moved to a farm near Denison, and on this farm they lived until retiring and moving to Denison, where they spent the remaining years of their lives. The father passed away at the age of seventy-nine, in 1912, and the mother at seventy-six in 1915. Both were devout Catholics, and the political tendency of the family has always been Democratic.
Doctor Meehan grew up on the home farm, attended the district school nearby and in continuing his education went through the old Denison Normal and Business College, the University of Iowa and from there entered Northwestern School of Medicine at Chicago, where he took his M.D. degree in 1903. He first practiced at Missouri Valley, and in 1905 located at Denison.
In order to provide better facilities for his extensive private practice and also for the benefit of the community at large Doctor Meehan in 1916 established the Meehan Hospital, at 315 East Walnut Street. He has been local physician and surgeon for the Chicago & Northwestern since 1916, and for the Illinois Central since 1912. He is a member of the Crawford County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations and the Association of Railway Surgeons. Over a period of years he has been active in the Crawford County Medical Society, being a past president and served as secretary a number of years. Since 1928 he has served as city health physician of Denison.
Doctor Meehan has never married. He is a member of the Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, Denison Council. He has made rather extensive investments in farm lands and is also a director of the Crawford County Trust & Savings Bank at Denison. His offices are in the Opera House Block.

1920 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Denison, T625_485
ED 72, sheet 2A, page 226, line 39, dwelling no 37, family no 37, 315 E Walnut St

Meehan, Joseph, head, owns home free, male white, age 43, single, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Ireland, speaks English, physician, general practice, works on own account
Elizabeth, sister, female, white, age 43, single, can read and write, born in Illinois, speaks English, trained nurse, hospital, works for wages
Pearl E, sister, female, white, age 34, single, can read and write, born in Illinois, speaks English
Champion Emmet, nephew, male, white, age 12, single, attended school, can read and write, born in Iowa, speaks English
Joseph E, nephew, male, white, age 2 11/12, single, born in Iowa

1930 U S Census, Iowa, Crawford, Denison, T626_650
ED 4, sheet 6B, line 68, dwelling no 140, family no 152, 315 E Walnut

Meehan, J J, head, owns home, $6000 value, male, white, age 54, single, can read and write, born in Illinois, parents born Irish Free State, speaks English, phys and surgeon, regular, works on own account, at work, not a veteran
Mary, sister-in-law, female, white, age 43, widow, can read and write, born in Iowa, parents born New Jersey, speaks English
Mary K, niece, female, white, age 10, single, attended school, can read and write, bron in Iowa, father born Illinois, speaks English
Elizabeth A, niece, female, white, age 8, single, attended school, born in Iowa
Margaret R, niece, female, white, age 6, single, attended school, born in Iowa

Card no A864, male, white, single, can read and write, lived in Iowa 36 years
Dr J J Meehan, age 39, Crawford Co, P O Denison, ward 8, Physician
earnings in 1914 $1800, education - 6 common, 4 grammar, 6 college
born in Illinois, Catholic, parents born Ireland

The Meehan Family came from County Clare, Munster, Ireland - - For additional information please contact John Meehan (jjmeehan13@hotmail.com) or Charlene Deam (tcdeam@verizon.net)


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