1792: James Meehan (the spelling of his last name was changed sometime before 1820) emigrated from the village of Inver, County Donegal, Northern Ireland.
1843: William Meighen, the son of James, moves to Galena, Ill. to start a new life.
1849: William strikes out from Galena for the California Gold Rush.
1851: Brother Felix and his wife Eliza Jane, join William when he returns to Galena, Ill.
1853: Robert Foster, brother of Eliza Jane, purchases claim for land that would become Forestville. Felix establishes a general store.
1855: William Meighen goes into partnership with his childhood friend Major Foster and soon owned a hotel named the Fremont House build by Foster. Thomas, son of Felix Meighen, is born that same year.
1857: Next to the first store they complete a more permanent brick store and house in which Felix Meighen and his family lives.
1868: Thomas Meighen begins to work full time for his father's businesses. The Southern Minnesota railroad chooses to by-pass the town of Forestville. As a result the town begins to decline.
1877: The National Greenback-Labor Party nominated the elder William Meighen for lieutenant governor, in which he placed a distant third in the election.
1879: William Meighen runs for governor on the Greenback ticket, but loses with only 4 percent of the vote.
1889: Throughout the 1880s, the Meighens buy up property sold cheaply by people leaving for more prosperous railroad towns. The family now owns the entire town of Forestville.
1902: Thomas Meighen is involved full time in politics within the People's Party and is also president of the First National Bank in Preston.
1905: Thomas Meighen, his wife Mary Broderick, two sons and one daughter move to a new house in Preston.
1910: The general store closes for good. Forestville as a town ceases to exist.
1936: Thomas Meighen dies.
1963: Thomas Meighen's wish finally comes true and his boyhood home becomes a state park administered by the Minnesota DNR.
1978: Historic Forestville is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and portrays a town set in the year 1899.