"I have never found a boy who really wanted to be bad." - Edward J. Flanagan.
Founder of Boys Town
Edward Joseph Flanagan (1886 - 1948), an Ireland native, was a Catholic priest most notable for founding Father Flanagan's Boys Home, now known as Boys Town.
Boys Town was started in Omaha in 1921 and evolved into an official town in 1936.
Father Flanagan was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1965-1966.
(An article about Desdunes: a prominent Omaha Bandleader who volunteered at Father Flanagan's Boys Home for 12 years and trained some of the youth.)