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RG2606.AM:  Feenan Family

Papers:  1862-1953

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  Monument makers

Size:  3 boxes; 1.25 cu.ft.


Martin J. Feenan was born November 11, 1840, in Ireland. He later came to the United States and during the Civil War, served with Company M of the 6th Iowa Cavalry. In 1867 he came to Omaha, Nebraska, where he opened a monument business, the first in that city and the only marble shop west of the Missouri River. Feenan was one of the founders and a past president of the Douglas County Association of Nebraska Pioneers. He was also a member of Custer Post 7, G.A.R. Martin Feenan died on May 18, 1928, in Omaha, and was survived by three sons, Martin Jr., Edward C. and Elbert F., and two daughters, Emma and Clara Feenan.


This collection consists of three boxes of manuscript material arranged in five series: 1) Correspondence, 1862-1953; 2) Iowa Cavalry Records, 1904-1926; 3) Sons of Union Veterans, Daughters of Union Veterans Records, 1896-1930; 4) Speeches and manuscripts, 1909-1924 and 5) Miscellany. This collection relates to the early history of Omaha, Nebraska; to the Douglas County Pioneers Association and to veterans of the 6th and 22nd regiments of Iowa Cavalry.

Note:  See the photo component [RG2606.PH] for related images.


Series 1 – Correspondence, 1862-1953

Box 1


  1. White Stone Hill Battlefield, 1916-1924

  2. General, 1862-1932

  3. Clara Feenan, Emma Feenan, 1932-1941

  4. Letters to the Editor, 1926

Series 2 – Iowa Cavalry Records, 1904-1926

  1. Roster of Survivors, 6th Iowa Cavalry, 1916, 1918 and 1919

  2. Clippings and Roster, 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry, 1904-1914

Series 3 – Sons of Union Veterans and Daughters of Union Veterans Records, 1896-1930

Box 2


  1. Roster and Orders, 1930

  2. Bond and Application Daughter of Union Veterans, 1896

  3. Roster – Douglas County Association, Nebraska Pioneers, 1906-1919

Series 4 – Speeches and Manuscripts, 1909-1924

  1. Reminiscence of Omaha, 1909, 8 p.

  2. “Fifty years in the Monument Business,” 1910, 5 p.

  3. Reminiscences of Early Days in Iowa, 1916, 7 p.

  4. Douglas Co. Assoc. Nebr. Pioneers Speech, 1920, 7 p.

  5. Life of Lincoln, 1924, 10 p.

  6. Speeches, verse, miss., undated

  7. Speeches, notes for, undated

  8. Poems, 1914 and undated

Series 5 – Miscellany

Box 3


  1. Clippings removed from Minutes Book

    Women’s Relief Corps, 1892

    Item 1 Scrapbook – Miscellany

  2. Memorabilia

    Item 2, Scrapbook

    Item 3, 4, 5, 6, Autograph Albums Emma & Robert Feenan



Daughters of Union Veterans

Douglas County Association of Nebraska Pioneers (Omaha, Neb.)

Iowa — History

Feenan family

Omaha (Neb.) — History


Sons of Union Veterans

United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Regimental histories

United States. Army. Iowa cavalry regiment, 6th (1861-1865)

United States. Army. Iowa cavalry regiment, 22nd (1861-1865)

White Stone Hill, Battle of, 1863


JEP/ht   12-04-1972

Encoded TMM   04-01-2010