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.”