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Father Edward J. Flanagan

July 13
1886

Father 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 12
1917

With 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 3
1918

Prints first issue of Father Flanagan's Boys' Home Journal.

June 1
1918

Moves the home to the abandoned German-American Home on 13th Street.

March 29
1921

Sends his first letter appealing for funds to support the Home to Catholic residents in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

May 18
1921

Purchases Overlook Farm, ten miles west of Omaha, as the future site of the Home.

October 22
1921

Completes the Home's move to Overlook Farm.

January
1926

Begins weekly radio show with the Boys' Home Band on Mondays at 6 p.m. on WAOW.

February 14
1926

Institutes first student government at the Home. Boys elect first mayor and vote to officially change the name of Overlook Farm to Boys Town.

March
1938

Meets with J. Walter Ruben and Dore Schary of MGM to review "Boys Town" movie script.

June 26
1938

Welcomes the cast and crew of "Boys Town" to campus for ten days of location shooting.

April 7
1947

At 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 11
1947

Reports the findings of his Asian trip to President Harry S. Truman at the White House.

May 15
1948

Suffers a heart attack and dies in Berlin, Germany.

May 21
1948

Following two funeral Masses on campus, his body is entombed at Boys Town.

June 5
1948

President Truman visits Boys Town and lays a wreath on Father Flanagan's tomb.

July 14
1986

U.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 PressSM.