From a Waco, TX newspaper, 1970. John F. Sheehy, Sr. was a son of John and Bridget's daughter Mary:


Still Turning Out Ideas to Make his City Better . . .

John Sheehy has loved Waco a long time, and he is glad to say so. He came here in 1921, has always worked to make it a better city, and he still has ideas for its improvement.

"I don't see how Waco is going to get any conventions here until we provide something to entertain the people while they are in town," he said during a recent interview.

"We're goint to ask people to leave home for a few days and come over to Waco for . . . what? They want to have a good time, and I don't see that there is much to do here unless you have friends in town."

"I'd like to see a paddle steamer on Lake Brazos. It should have a good band for dancing, or just listening. People should be able to eat aboard the steamer, or maybe East Terrace could be a restaurant and they could ride up there to eat," he said.

FINDING WAYS to make his city a better place to live in has been a prime motivation of this man's adult life. He is senior partner in the law firm of Sheehy, Jones, Cureton, Westbrook and Lovelace.

"I think a man can be born, live, and die in a town and if he never does anything for his community, people will never know he was alive. I believe you should get involved in community work and participate."

Many people remember that Waco turned toward a future as an industrial city during World War II when General Tire and Rubber Co. made its decision to locate a plant here.

Sheehy was president of the Waco chamber of commerce the year General Tire decided to locate here.

"We kept saying to General Tire, 'We don't have it, but we'll get it,' when asked about utilities, land and all the rest. With lots of hard work by several of us, and good luck, we did."

"I especially remember problems of acquiring the land. W. F. O'Neil told us he would locate the plant here if we could get the land for him over the weekend."

"We had to talk a woman into selling a home she had lived in for 60 years. Her acreage was right in the middle of a big tract we needed for the plant."

"She was standing by the door when she finally said she'd sell, and when she said it, she laid her head on her hand against the door frame and cried."

"I told the others it almost wasn't worth it, even though we were paying twice what the place was worth. But she made up her mind, so the sale took place, and General Tire has been providing paychecks for a lot of people for a long time now."

Sheehy is the youngest of 15 children in his family. His father, a native of Ireland, first moved to Robertson County but moved to Wilson County in 1876. John Sheehy was born there at Sutherland Springs on the banks of the Cibolo River.

Would he choose Waco again, if he had to build his career anew?

"Of course, I would," he answers quickly. "I like the people."

Mr. and Mrs. Sheehy make their home at (private) and are the parents of four children, all well-known in their own right. They are (private).


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