George and Florence Meehan

 

Howard Litton “Portrait of a City”

In 1937 Doctors George and Florence Meehan started a practice at 220 Main but about 1940 moved to 130 Main St. for additional space. They eventually located at 109 N. Mill St.  They were graduates of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. George Meehan died in 1977 and Dr. Florence Meehan continued the medical practice with sympathetic and compassionate care for all her patients and this earned her the respect and admiration of the people of Festus. In honor of her many years off service as an Osteopathic Physician, the City of Festus declared December 4th, 1983 as “Dr. Florence Meehan Day.” Howard Litton, Festus Historian, said it could not have happened to a nicer person. Best of all, she was able to enjoy the well earned accolades. At the time of her death in 1984 Dr. Florence had been practicing medicine for 53 years. A few days before her fatal heart attack she had seen 57 patients in one day. She was always available and anyone could walk in without an appointment. Patients would go to her home even on her day off, weekends and after hours. To quote Litton, “There are giants in the land and one of them was this tiny little woman.”