|Left: Tim's health was listed as the reason for selling two farms near Rock City. This advertisement appeared in
the October 19, 1946 edition of the Freeport Journal-Standard. Our property was advertised as "an ideal stock
farm", which seems to have been its primary use into the early 1970s. The 16 acres of standing corn that came
with the farm would have been about all the acres that were tillable. Based on the description of some of the
equipment, Tim's health issues must have come without much warning. A typical farm sale usually happens after
the crops are harvested.
Below: Tim bought the Alamo in the late 1930s or early 1940s. In the 1940 U.S. Census, his occupation was
listed as Tavern Owner. This advertisement, in the December 29, 1940 edition of the Freeport Journal-Standard,
was one of the earliest that showed Tim Meier as owner. Ads for the tavern appeared in the 1930s, but under
different ownership. After Tim sold the bar, the "New Alamo Tavern" reopened around 1947 under new ownership
and continued operating into the 1950s.
|Above Right: Tim Meier's obituary appeared in the
August 13, 1953 edition of the Journal-Standard. His
name was misspelled frequently over the years.
Above Left: Remember the Alamo? Most people
probably don't, but this is the building in which it was
located (211 E. Stephenson Street in Freeport).
Right: Tim had an unfortunate experience with a hay
fork when he was 18 years old. This was one of the
many spelling variations of his last name. The story
was printed in the Rock Grove society pages of the
Freeport Journal-Standard on July 13, 1921.
|Above: Tim Meier didn't lose many fights. This one
ended up costing him a $3.00 fine, plus $20 in court
costs. Of all the owners of our house, Tim's name (and
all of its variations) appeared most frequently in the
Freeport Journal-Standard. The Edward Herman
beating came in June of 1941 and was followed by the
Edward McKibben beating in that same month.
McKibben was later a no-show in court, and the
charges against Tim were dismissed.
Other examples of Tim Meier's malfeasance included
an 80 mph drive on Illinois Route 75 from Freeport to
Dakota and serving a 16-year-old girl alcohol at the
|Above: The last property Tim Meier sold before
moving to Michigan. In July 1948, he paid a $5.50 fine
for having a barking dog here. Four months later, he
sold the house at auction and moved to Michigan
|Above: Tim's first wife, Luella, apparently enjoyed the
company of bad boys. After divorcing Tim, she married
Ralph Thorpe in 1945. Thorpe had a criminal record
going back to 1928, and had spent time in prison. The
Freeport Journal-Standard reported 3 separate divorce
filings by Luella between 1946 and 1948. In 1952,
Thorpe met an unfortunate end in Chicago. At a West
Side bar, he was murdered by an off-duty Chicago
police officer. John J. Nolan was later sentenced to 25
years in prison.
|Above: Tim Meier bought these two properties on
Sherman Avenue in Freeport in the 1940s. As best we
can tell, the house on the right is the only property he
didn't sell before moving with his second wife to
Pontiac, Michigan. Tim's father and step-mother, Frank
and Margaret Meier, lived directly across the street
from these two houses. The home on the left was used
as Tim's address on the liquor license he applied for in
1949, which was granted in February and then revoked
12 days later by Freeport's mayor. Tim deeded this
property to ex-wife Luella in 1947, and she listed it as
her residence after a drunk and disorderly arrest in
August 1948. It's possible she had moved to the home
while trying to get divorced from her second husband,
The two houses were eventually owned by Ethel Meier
following Tim's death in 1953. After marrying Walter
Vancil, Ethel sold the house on the right in 1956 to
Sidney Bruce, whose family still owned the home as of
this writing in 2014.
Ethel sold the house on the left in 1967. Its most recent
use has been as a rental property. The next house up
the street, partially visible in the far left of this photo,
was a notorious house of prostitution in the 1960s.
Vernon and Ruby Stine were arrested in 1963 and
again in 1964 for running the house. During their
September 1963 arrest, the Stines exacted a measure
of revenge against the Freeport police department by
exposing Karl Stroh, the city's Assistant Chief of Police,
for his unnamed activities related to the house. Stroh
was suspended from the force for knowing of and
failing to report a house of prostitution, and later
resigned. He had been promoted to Assistant Chief just
one month earlier.
|Above: This advertisement appeared in the October
14, 1933 edition of the Freeport Journal-Standard. The
ad would probably fit right in at a place like this. As of
this writing in August 2016, I have been unable to find
the exact location of the Shan-T-Town.
Right: The Meier residence in Dakota, Illinois. This
home is located on the northeast corner of Main and
Divison Streets. As of this writing in 2014, it was a
|Above Left: The farm Tim Meier auctioned the same day as the 74-acre property (1955 photo). This view shows
the farmstead looking east.
Above Right: The farm as it is today. Three of the buildings from the 1955 photo are still standing. The house
has been replaced, but still sits in the same general spot as the original. Would Tim Meier ever have believed his
farm would look like this 70 years later?
|Above Left: The farm Tim Meier sold to Audrey Shelton in 1939 (1955 photo).
Above Right: The farm as was in about 2013. The barn burned down after
this satellite image was taken.
|Above: Ethel "Tootie" Meier
Vancil in 1987. The Southern
Illinoisan newspaper showed
Tootie and her second husband
Walter as active in the
Murphysboro, Illinois community.
In the "Personals" section, they
often wished each other happy
birthday or anniversary.
|Right: Tim Meier loved
his coon hounds. When
one of his dogs went
missing in 1946, his $25
reward offer would have
been almost $300 in
2014 dollars. The story
on the right was reported
by the Journal-
Standard on April 13,