Father Flanagan Timeline Print Content Email Content Page Image Page Content July 131886Father Flanagan was born on July 13, 1886, in County Roscommon, Ireland. 1904 Father Flanagan sets sail for the United States. 1912 Father Flanagan is ordained and assigned to the Diocese of Omaha. His first parish assignment was Saint Patrick's in O'Neill, Nebraska.December 121917With a borrowed $90, rents a home at 25th and Dodge Streets in Omaha, Nebraska, and officially opens Father Flanagan's Boys' Home to five young boys assigned to him by the court.February 31918Prints first issue of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home Journal.June 11918Moves the home to the abandoned German-American Home on 13th Street.March 291921Sends his first letter appealing for funds to support the Home to Catholic residents in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.May 181921Purchases Overlook Farm, ten miles west of Omaha, as the future site of the Home.October 221921Completes the Home's move to Overlook Farm.January1926Begins weekly radio show with the Boys' Home Band on Mondays at 6 p.m. on WAOW.February 141926Institutes first student government at the Home. Boys elect first mayor and vote to officially change the name of Overlook Farm to Boys Town.March1938Meets with J. Walter Ruben and Dore Schary of MGM to review "Boys Town" movie script.June 261938Welcomes the cast and crew of "Boys Town" to campus for ten days of location shooting.April 71947At the invitation of the War Department, tours Japan and Korea to investigate the need for aid to war orphans and meets with Gen. Douglas MacArthur.July 111947Reports the findings of his Asian trip to President Harry S. Truman at the White House.May 151948Suffers a heart attack and dies in Berlin, Germany.May 211948Following two funeral Masses on campus, his body is entombed at Boys Town.June 51948President Truman visits Boys Town and lays a wreath on Father Flanagan's tomb.July 141986U.S. Postal Service holds the first-day-of-issue ceremony for its new four-cent Father Flanagan stamp at Boys Town, 100 years after Flanagan's birth in Ireland.For more on Father Flanagan, read "Father Flanagan's Legacy; Hope and Healing for Children," available from the Boys Town Press ®.