I have here a story that one of my relatives have found, unknowning where they found it, it was written by a Katherine E. White.... if this story sounds familiar and is similar to what you learn, PLEASE EMAIL ME for the dates of the people listed and all other info.... Im doing this to fill in the gaps for my grandaunt Margaret Meenan, Grand Uncle Leo Edward, and my grandmother Lucille Bernadine, who's grandparents are Richard and Elizabeth Diamond.
In 1888 the first of the Meenan family arrived in Washington County. In the Early 1880's they emigrated from Ireland to CHicago where they were employed by the Armour Packing Co. Literature was being distributed, advertising Washington County in glowing terms. So Lawrence and Joe Meenan and their sister Kate and brother in law Frank McDonald, bought a covered wagon and drove west. (Andy Meenan stayed in Chicago. They settled on homesteads northeast of Akron,Colorado. In 1890, two years later, their mother Margaret Meenan, then in her sixties, and Andy Meenan arrived in Akron and filed on claims, also. Richard Meenan and wife Elizabeth (Diamond) emigrated to New York from Ireland as a young couple, Richard being employed for 12 yrs by a New York Steam Heating CO. In 1892 Richard went west and filed on a homestead, put a house on it and went to Ireland, where his wife Elizabeth (Diamond)and family had previously gone to settle an estate. They bought passage from Belfast, Ireland, to Akron Colorado, arriving in April 1892, with their seven children. There were no school in the district when the Meenan family came and no help could be had until a school was established. So the men built a school house and in 1893, Mr. Fred Knight taught for three months w/o pay. Thus a school district was established. In 1900 a dark cloud fell over the Richard Meenan household. the family had then child #9 on thanksgiving day the youngest, age 4, passed away with diptheria, a little girl Etta died the next night and on the following tuesday a third boy, joe, passed on. they were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery in Curtis. in 1903 Joe Meenan was murdered on his ranch.Two of the Tuttle family and a cousin, Elmer Shanks, were found guilty and got life sentences which were not carried out. Andy and Lawrence boh died of old age while still living at Akron. Richard Meenan sold his ranch in 1916 and went to live in California where he passed away in 1936, his wife Elizabeth, having proceeded him into the great beyond by two years.