When families left the Sandhills, many moved to Alliance in Box Bute County, Nebraska. Among those making that move were Ed and Dennis Meehan and members of the Emanuel family. The families worshipped at St. James AME Church, and several children attended and graduated from Alliance schools.
By 1921, Dennis Meehan moved his family to Alliance, where they lived until the mid-1940s. Ed Meehan left DeWitty for Omaha in the mid-1920s, but by 1930, he settled in Alliance, where he lived until the early 1950s.
The congregation has scattered, but the building that once housed St. James still stands on Second Street in Alliance.
In the summer of 1921, Alliance and St. James were full of activity.
Their uncle, Bill Meehan, preserved the graduation milestones for Celia (1936) and A.D. (1940).
What's happening in Alliance?
Article from The Chicago Defender, Nov. 20, 1937, via ProQuest.
In 1938, Dennis Meehan took friends, A.D. Meehan and James Emanuel from Alliance to Denver to visit Emanuel family members.
Article clipped from the Pittsburgh Courier, Nov. 5, 1938, via ProQuest.
On August 2, 1940, young Cecil Meehan died of typhoid fever. He is buried at Alliance-Greenwood Cemetery.
The first article was researched and shared by Sue VonOhlen Powell. The second article is from the Alliance Times-Herald via Newspapers.com.
In 1923, Hester was visiting her son, Dennis, when she quietly passed away while sleeping. In 1930, Charles moved from Illinois to Alliance and died there in 1935.
Charles and Hester are buried at Alliance-Greenwood Cemetery.
Pictures courtesy of Connie Ackerman, cemetery manager.
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