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Mr. Joseph McGlynn, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, and Miss Bridget Aherne, Patrick street, Cork, cut the wedding cake after their recent wedding in Cork.
The Irish Times 7 January 1950
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Atlantic Yardage Opens New Store
Arlen and Tom O'Hern, owners of Atlantic Yardage Stores, announce the opening of their “Sew and Save” fabric shops at 4112 Los Cerritos Diagonal, Lakewood Village, in the new business section immediately adjacent to the Lakewood Theater.

Mr. and Mrs. O'Hern also operate Atlantic Yardage Stores at 5440 Atlantic Ave. in North Long Beach and at 16220 Paramount Blvd., Paramount. The Lakewood store is expected to fill a demand for fabrics in that rapidly growing community, since it will be the only exclusively yardage store in that vicinity. In connection with the Lakewood opening, a celebration sale is being conducted at all three stores.

Mr. and Mrs. O'Hern have resided in Long Beach since 1944, when Lt. O'Hern was public relations officer at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

Long Beach Press-Telegram 11 January 1950
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Could Open Doors With Knife In Big Boston Robbery
Boston (AP) Detectives investigating a $1,500,000 raid on Brink's armored vaults expressed belief today that the bandits used nail files or penknives to open six doors to the cashier's cage. They switched their theory that the gunmen used a pass key or master key after special officer Arthur Ahern opened a half dozen locks with a fingernail file and penknife. The demonstration was given last night on new locks installed at the company's raided garage vaults. Ahern said, however, that the old locks could have been opened just as easily. Ahern tried his experiment after noticing scratches on a door leading into the building. "The test of locks became a farce after a while," Ahern said "we were able to open them — all six doors." The demonstration was given shortly before three carloads of detectives swarmed into a garage to examine a steel-gray canteen truck — the same color as Brink's trucks. The owner of the vehicle was released after a long grilling by top detectives.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 23 January 1950
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Parking Deposits
Those who forfeited $1 parking deposits this morning were . . . Arnold Ahearn, 464 Lafayette street; . . . 
The Winona Republican-Herald 6 February 1950
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Arriving Thursday:
Harold Jenny, Jack Phillips, T. C. Whiteside, Mary Ahern, Roy C. Avrit, Jerry Beason and Mr. Barkley from Juneau.
Daily Sitka Sentinel 10 February 1950
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Oil Scion Says Son Screen in Money Plea
Judge Told Ex-Wife Really Wants Funds for Her Own Use
   REDWOOD CITY, Feb. 24.—Charges that Mrs. Doris Marie McDonald Ahearn is attempting to obtain funds for her own use from her divorced husband, Millionaire James McDonald III, Hillsborough, through her present action to force McDonald to pay $1500 a month support for their son, James McDonald IV, were made here today.
   The accusations came from the oil scion's counsel, William J. Mahaney, at a hearing before Superior Judge Leonard Avila of San Jose. It was on a motion to vacate Judge Aylett R. Cotton's directive of January 5 for McDonald to pay temporary support of $600 per month to Mrs. Ahearn for the boy, a student at St. Joseph's Military academy, Belmont, and $2000 attorney fees.
   Judge Cotton stepped out of the case after McDonald accused the San Mateo county jurist of bias and prejudice.
Plea for $1500
   Joined this morning were arguments on a demurer by McDonald protesting adjudication by the California courts of Mrs. Ahearn's petition for the $1500 monthly allowance to her son.
   The proceedings throw wide open the involved litigation in the McDonald case before a new judge.
   Mrs. Ahearn's court action was branded fictitious by Attorney Mahaney. He asserted that the California courts have no jurisdiction in the case because the Reno, Nev., decree of June 16, 1938, which divorced the present Mrs. Ahearn from McDonald and awarded custody of the child is not final inasmuch as it provided support for the boy. He claimed the Nevada court thus retains jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to support of the boy and that local courts have nothing to do with the decree.
San Mateo Times 24 February 1950
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Today's Birthday
Joan Glea Ahearn, 464 Lafayette street, four years old.
The Winona Republican-Herald 25 February 1950
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4 Felons Wait Parole Action
An Alameda County holdup man, once sentenced to life as a habitual criminal, and three Oakland area burglars are among those granted paroles at the March session of the California Adult Authority from Folsom Prison. Numerous others will appear before the Authority in May for hearings on length of terms and eligibility for parole.

William J. Ahern, Merced and Alameda County robber, who in 1929 was "deprived of his liberty forever" at a meeting of the State Prison Directors, will be paroled in March, 1952. Ahern, 53, is currently serving a 20-year term in Folsom Prison from March 18, 1944. The Adult Authority granted him a parole after serving eight calendar years. At the time Ahern was given the "life sentence," he had been arrested for holding up an itinerant laborer and robbing him of $10. He was serving as a night watchman at the Canal Farm on the San Joaquin River in Merced County at the time. Officers said he had prior arrests for robbery and horse stealing, and the holdup would classify him as an "habitual criminal." His current sentence was for first degree robbery and prior convictions.

Oakland Tribune 28 March 1950
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Kill Navy Veteran In Drunken Brawl
Boston, May 1.—(UP)—Murder warrants against three sailors described as "just crazy kids" were to be sought today in the hotel washroom strangling of a Somerville Navy veteran. The trio, held at the U. S. Navy barracks in the Fargo building, allegedly confessed they beat John P. Ahern, 24, with a bathroom stool then strangled him with his own necktie during a drunken brawl in the fourth-floor washroom of the Hotel Essex near South Station. They were seized Saturday at their Fargo Building Station after two days' search. Ahern was slain Friday after a bartender reported he saw the victim with the trio in his tavern. The bartender, James R. Fitzgerald, gave Capt. Wilson a description that fitted Canton who allegedly implicated his companions during questioning. Wilson said the sailors were "just crazy kids" who got into a "drunken fight" with Ahern over alleged improper advances.
Middlesboro (KY) Daily News 1 May 1950
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Car Damaged by New York Vehicle in Adams
   A car owned and driven by Special Justice William A. O'Hearn of this city was considerably damaged but its three occupants were unhurt this afternoon at 1.30 o'clock when it was struck by a New York state car backing out of a parking space on Park street, Adams.
   Leon K. Berry, treasurer of the North Adams Savings bank, and Atty. Walter J. Donovan of Adams were riding with Judge O'Hearn when the accident occurred. Albert Sherman of 45 Avenue D, Rochester, N.Y., driver of the other car, said in a signed statement to Adams police that he was backing out of the parking place near the Adams theater when his car struck Judge O'Hearn's which was travelling north on Park street. The right front of the judge's car and the right rear of the New York state car were damaged. Sherman also was uninjured.
North Adams Transcript 24 May 1950
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Two West Concord youths were among the graduates receiving diplomas at exercises at St. Mary's high school in Waltham, Sunday,. They are William J. Sheehan and Edward Ahearn. Both youths have been employed at a local super market afternoons and Saturdays.
The Lowell Sun 13 June 1950
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Contracting Firm Is Licensed Here
New business license was issued to a general building contracting firm yesterday by City Clerk Terrill Taylor's office. Basil E. Ahern and Willard Marke, 1559 D St., Sparks, were issued a permit to conduct their contracting business in Reno.
Nevada State Journal 13 July 1950
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George O'Hearn, of Ivanhoe street, Bassendean, was fined £3 with £1/7/ costs for cutting a corner, and £3 with 4/ costs for failing to report an accident.
The West Australian 20 July 1950
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Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Ahern, Preston Woods, announce the birth of a daughter, Rhue Ann, at the Holston Valley Community Hospital on July 26. The baby weighed seven pounds at birth.
Kingsport Times-News 6 August 1950
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Woods at Fountain Damaged by Fire
Fountain, Minn.—(Special)—Two acres of woods six miles northwest of here were burned over Thursday night in a blaze believed started by hunters. Paul Ahern, Stewartville, former area resident, was driving past the Eck farm and discovered the fire. About 15 farmers answered the alarm and brought the fire under control after several hours. It was not discovered until after dark Thursday but Ahern and others believe it was started earlier in the afternoon. Nearby buildings on the farm, which is not occupied at present, would have been endangered had a wind sprung up, as well as close by wooded areas.
The Winona Republican-Herald 28 October 1950
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Reno Man Claims Bride In Winnemucca
WINNEMUCCA, Dec. 29.—Marriage of Miss Eleanor Miller of Paradise Valley and Basil Ahern of Reno took place Sunday at the Methodist parsonage. The Rev. Robert A. Lundy officiated. The bride chose a tan suit with brown and green accessories for her wedding. Her flower corsage was gardenias. Standing with the couple were the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Miller of Paradise Valley, also her uncle Lawrence Miller. The wedding cake was cut and served during the Christmas dinner at the Miller home in Paradise Valley. Reno will be the home of the newlyweds. A native of Paradise Valley, the bride received several years' schooling in Fallon and was later employed in Reno. Her husband, formerly of Fallon, is now established in Reno as a carpenter and contractor.
Reno Evening Gazette 29 December 1950
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Order of the British Empire
To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the Said Most Excellent Order :—
BERNARD JOSEPH AHERN, Esq., Principal Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Northern Ireland.
The London Gazette 1 January 1951
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Bangor Men Appeal Lottery Charge Fines
Bangor, Jan, 5. (AP)—Two Bangor men today appealed Municipal Court guilty findings on charges of unlawfully possessing lottery slips. W. Donald Ahearn was fined $500 and Calvin L. Hindle $750. Both pleaded innocent and furnished bail for their appeal to Superior Court.
Portland Press Herald 6 January 1951
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Old Orchard Beach
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ahearn of Avon Avenue, Monday at the Saco Hospital.
Portland Press Herald 8 March 1951
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Three Children Drown
Delray Beach, Fla., March 27.—Three children in one family drowned in a canal near here late yesterday. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ahern, identified them as Victor, 12; Sylvia, 10; and Clarence, 8. Families living on the canal said the children were seen playing on a concrete bridge Monday afternoon. They usually went at that hour to meet their father, who works on a nearby farm. Constable Bruce Wheeler theorized that one of the children fell into the eight-foot canal and the other two drowned while trying to rescue the first.
Greeley Daily Tribune 27 March 1951
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Elinoor Beechinor and T. Sgt. Robert Dean O'Hearn were married in Wiesbaden June 16.
European Stars and Stripes 22 June 1951
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Arriving Tuesday:
S. Stacey, D. Baskett, Elsie Baade, Carl Baade, Carmen Finch, Vernon Joyer, Frank L. Ahern, Ida Dick and infant, Nick Gray, Martin Borleck, Dr. Reitlinger, M. A. Titus, W. L. Watkins and Reino Sarvoal from Juneau.
Daily Sitka Sentinel 11 July 1951
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Miss Marilyn Otis, formerly of River street, was recently tendered a bridal shower at the Silver Lake Betterment hall. The hall was attractively decorated with pink and white streamers. The guest of honor opened her many gifts under a large white bell. About 50 were present from Charlestown, Everett, Malden and Wilmington. Miss Otis will become the bride of Arthur Ahearn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ahearn of King street on Aug. 20 at St. Francis de Sales church in Charlestown.
The Lowell Sun 20 July 1951
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Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Spencer, 3d, and children, Cornelia, Olivia and Charles, 4th, 32 Terrace avenue, recently visited Mrs. Spencer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Ahern, Norwich, at their summer home, Watch Hill, R. I.
Naugatuck Daily News 6 August 1951
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Mrs. Phillips' Tea Honors Daughter
Mrs. George S. Phillips, Montague Ave., entertained at a trouseau tea, Wednesday in honor of her daughter Jean, whose marriage to Frank Gilraine will be an event of August 18. Receiving with the hostess was her daughter, Mrs. D. A. Downie. Presiding were Mrs. C. Gilraine, Mrs. William Pusce, Mrs. J. Downie, Mrs. John McGregor, Mrs. K. Machan, Mrs. A. L. Bowes, Mrs. P. Hucul, Mrs. J. H. Page, Mrs. D. Fredrickson and assisting were Mrs. G. Copeland, Mrs. C. Mattern, Mrs. E. Maxim and Misses Gwen Fredrickson, Irene Page, Georgina Robertson, and Grace Ahearn.
Winnipeg Free Press 17 August 1951
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Rescued at Sea
Seven-year-old Dennis J. Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ahern of Webster street, Arlington and 54 Beach street, [Rockport, Mass.], blissfully slept through being drifted out to sea in a small skiff late last night. After an extensive land and sea search, with some 100 people and a flotilla of some 20 boats, he was found by Walter F. Church, local fisherman, scouring the waters off Sandy Bar [sic] breakwater at 12:10 o'clock this morning, some three miles from where he had originally embarked. The lad, eager to try night fishing, had found rowing too much for him, and calmly decided to turn in until daylight would in his opinion permit him to find his way back to shore.

Dennis was in the habit of attending the Legion band concerts on Beach street Sunday nights. His parents felt he had gone there when the boy left the house around 7:45 o'clock. However on this night Dennis had other plans in mind, and thought he would try fishing for a change. He is very fond of boating. He went to the Granite company stone wharf off Granite street, and with another boy enjoyed fishing off the rocks for awhile. The other boy left for home shortly afterward and advised Dennis to do likewise. But instead, Dennis took to a small skiff owned by a Mr. McRae, and secured oars and oar-locks from another boat. He also got a life-belt and donned it. He began to row away from the pier to find himself a better fishing spot. It was close to 9 o'clock by this time. Dennis soon realized that rowing any distance was too much for his age. He noticed a sail boat some distance away and shouted for a tow, but apparently the sail boat occupants did not hear him, or else they could not locate the drifting boat. He evidently tried to put out the anchor but there wasn't line enough for it to reach the bottom. Logically enough, he felt his best bet was to go to sleep and wait until daylight when he felt he would be rested and could see where he was heading. Chances are, however, that but for his being found, the boat might well have drifted far out to sea.

Meanwhile, when his parents failed to find him being at the band concert, they became concerned, and started to look for him. They went to the wharf. Then they decided to request further help. They notified police headquarters where Officer John F. Borge, on duty at the desk, at once set the wheels in motion for one of the most elaborate hunts ever instituted here. Ten minutes prior to the Ahern call, a woman reported to police that she had heard cries of a child coming from the water, calling for his mother and father. Officers Leroy C. Silva, Eben R. Hodgkins, and Auxiliary Police Roger L. Eaton and John J. Francis were detailed to investigate. When the call came in from the parents, Officer Hodgkins, Fire Chief Guy A. Thibeault and Dr. Thomas A. Kelley, a friend of the Aherns, enlisted the aid of small boat owners, Richard Gray, George Nelson and Uno Peterson to search the harbor waters. Officer Borge increased the searching fleet by getting four other boat owners, Ralph Nelson, Walter Church, Carl Nelson, and Gene Lesch to do likewise. Straitsmouth station US Coast Guard, notified, immediately started out. Numerous other outboard motor craft joined in the flotilla.

Along the shore, police, firemen, auxiliary police, auxiliary firemen, Coast Guards, and citizens armed with fire department flood lights, covered the shores from Halibut Point around to Land's End in an effort to locate any sign of the boy. Police Chief Richard K. Manson was emphatic in the high praise he paid to Officer Borge for having organized so large and thorough a searching party. It was the motorboat Junee Boy, owned and skippered by Walter Church which found the drifting skiff, at a point some 200 yards northeast of the gas buoy outside Sandy Bay breakwater about midnight. Dennis was lying in the bottom of the boat, sound asleep, while the anchor was dragging over the stern. Aboard the Junee Boy were Auxiliary Policeman Raymond Reed, Fireman Benton C. Story, and also Paul and Jack Kelley, brothers. They picked the boy up from the skiff and into the Junee Boy. The boy even slept through his rescue, so exhausted was he from his nocturnal rowing. [No, I didn't. I was just feigning sleep in hopes I wouldn't get a licking for stealing the boat. This ruse was successful and I never did get the spanking I so richly deserved. -dja]

His frantic parents were overjoyed to have the boy returned to them safe and sound. Mr. Ahern repeated over and over again his and his wife's heartfelt thanks for all those who took part in the search and especially to the crew of the Junee Boy. Firemen had been summoned by a bell alarm on the fire system, two blows repeated, calling the crew of the Pigeon Cove chapel. The Pigeon Cove combination kit's lighting equipment did legion work along the shore. It was another instance of the wonderful cooperation of everyone in a small town to turn out anytime of the day or night to help a neighbor or a visitor.
Gloucester Daily Times 20 August 1951
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Arlington Boy Found Asleep in Rowboat Drifting Out to Sea
ROCKPORT, Aug. 20 (Monday)—A four-hour search for 8-year-old [sic] Dennis Ahern of Arlington ended at 12:15 this morning when he was found curled up asleep in the bottom of a rowboat drifting out to sea. The fishing boat Junee Boy with a search party of policemen and firemen aboard spotted the tiny craft three miles offshore as it sped seaward with the outgoing tide. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ahern of Webster st., Arlington, reported their son missing about 9 p.m. after searching in vain for him since shortly after supper when he vanished from their Summer home on Beach st.

Their report touched off a search by a 70-man team composed of Coast Guardsmen, police, firemen, auxiliary police and civilians. Young Ahern was wearing a life preserver when he was found. He appeared undisturbed by his adventure. Searchers probed the entire harbor coastal area with giant spotlights in the preliminary stages of the hunt. Then they broke forces and half of them went to sea in a fleet of small craft. A small anchor aboard the rowboat was dragging in the water when the Junee Boy commanded by Walter F. Church hove alongside. Apparently the boy had made an attempt to stop the craft from drifting by tossing the anchor overboard, but the water was too deep for the short anchor line.

The Boston Globe 20 August 1951
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ROCKPORT, Mass., Aug. 20—(UP) A missing eight-year-old [sic] Arlington boy was found safe today—sound asleep in a rowboat drifting out to sea. Dennis Ahern had ' been missing for more than four hours when the fishing boat Junee Boy sighted the rowboat about three miles offshore and moving seaward. Dennis was curled up in the bottom of the boat with a life preserver on him. Nearly 70 policemen, firemen and coast guardsmen had taken part in the search for Dennis who vanished from the summer home of his parents.
Bridgeport Post 20 August 1951
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Sleepy Boy Goes To Sea
ROCKPORT, Mass., Aug. 20.—A missing 8-year-old [sic] boy was found safe today—sound asleep [sic] in a rowboat drifting out to sea. Dennis Ahearn [sic] of Arlington, Mass., had been missing for more than four hours when a fishing boat sighted the rowboat about three miles offshore and moving seaward. About seventy policemen, firemen and Coast Guardsmen had taken part in the search for Dennis, who vanished from the home of his parents.
New York Times 21 August 1951
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Charges Adjourned
Charges against John Hames Hockridge, 11 Lawrie Street, Newport, Vic.; Robert Ahearn, of H.M.A.S. Harman; and James Lawrence Monaghan, of Quick Street, Ainslie, were adjourned until October 2. Hockridge is charged with failing to stop after an accident, Ahearn with speeding, and Monaghan for driving a vehicle which did not have a rear lamp alight.
The Canberra Times 10 October 1951
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 . . .  Mrs. Mary Clare Ahern, 4 Wellington road, Dublin—£5,850;— . . . 
The Irish Times 8 November 1951
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John F. Ahern from Mary M. Ahern
Reno Evening Gazette 14 November 1951
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Fined for Traffic Offences
Four men were fined when they were convicted on traffic offences by Mr. F. C. P. Keane. S.M., in the Canberra Court of Petty Sessions yesterday. Robert Ahearn, 23, sailor, Harman, was fined £5/10/-, with 8/6 in costs, in default 12 days' hard labour, when found guilty of speeding in Canberra Avenue on September 9.
The Canberra Times 23 November 1951
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AHEARN—ROBERTSON.—The engagement is announced of Shirley May, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Robertson, Canberra, to Robert Limur, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Ahearn, Yeronga, Brisbane.
The Canberra Times 9 January 1952
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Municipal Court
James Ahern, 317 W. Belleview St., forfeited a $3 deposit f or non-appearance on a charge of failing to stop for an official red light. Ahern was arrested by police at 4:15 p.m. Thursday for driving through a light at Third and Central Streets.
Winona Republican-Herald 19 January 1952
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David Joseph Ahern (3), of Esplanade, Peppermint Grove, was drowned in Thompson's Bay, Rottnest, yesterday afternoon. After the boy had been taken from the water two doctors applied artificial respiration for 1½ hours. The boy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Ahern, who had spent a fortnight on the island with their family. They were due to return to Perth today. The boy is reported to have wandered away from his parents' cottage and a search was commenced. He was seen about 3.30 p.m. in shallow water by a resident of a beach-front bungalow. It is thought that he walked on to a small jetty near the bungalows and fell into the water. The boy's body was brought to Perth last night in a chartered aircraft, and his parents have returned from Rottnest. The managing-secretary of the Rottnest Board of Control (Mr. J. Stark) said last night that the drowning was the first in the 30 years that he had been at Rottnest.
The West Australian 19 January 1952
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SYDNEY, Wednesday.   
Three A.L.P. supporters, three Left-Wingers and three "independents" will contest a ballot for key national positions in the Federated Ironworkers' Association. The candidates, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper, are: President, Darcy Ahearn (A.L.P.); John MacDonald Mackay (Left Wing); N. Origlass (Independent); John Watson (Independent). Vice-president, Alan Bower Cameron (A.L.P.); Patrick McHenry (Left Wing); Sydney C. W. Matthers (Independent). Assistant Secretary, Henry Percival Hurrell (A.L.P.); Leslie John McPhillips (Left Wing).
The Canberra Times 31 January 1952
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AHERNE—February 18, 1952, at Leinster Private Nursing Home, to Sally and Maurice P. Aherne, Bramley, Kilmacud road, Stillorgan, a daughter (Anne Marie).
The Irish Times 23 February 1952
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New Doctors' Wives Here; The March meeting of the Auxiliary to the Nueces County Medical Society was made the occasion to recognize the wives of doctors recently locating in Corpus Christi, other new auxiliary members and wives eligible for membership. Among those attending the meeting, a covered dish luncheon at the home of Mrs. L. W. O. Jansen, 2925 Ocean Drive, where Mrs. Gerald Ahern, who with Dr. Ahern, and their three children, came here during the last year from Fargo, N.D. They are living at 422 Santa Monica.
Corpus Christi Times 25 March 1952
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Under Doctor's Care
Miss Margaret Ahern of Merrill was admitted Monday to St. Vincent's hospital in Sioux City.
LeMars Globe Post 22 May 1952
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IN the Will of MICHAEL AHERN late of Mathoura in the State of New South Wales, Dairyman Deceased—Application, will be made after 14 days from the publication hereof that Probate of the last Will and Testament dated 13th November, 1923 of the abovenamed deceased may be granted to Maud Frances Ahern (In the said Will called Maud Francis Ahern) Widow the Executrix named in the said Will and all notices may be served at the undermentioned address. All creditors in the Estate of the deceased are hereby required to send in particulars of their claims to the undersigned RAND, DREW, VILLE-NEUVE-SMITH & DAWES Solicitors, 2 Hunter street Sydney, Agents for A. J. MITCHELL & SON, 185 Hare Street, Echuca.
The Sydney Morning Herald 28 May 1952
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Inquest On Motor Cyclist's Death
Peter Aherne, 24, shipwright, late of Tarragon street, Mile End, died as a result of cerebral injuries, the Acting City Coroner (Mr. Teesdale Smith) found yesterday. The injuries were received when his motor cycle struck the near side of a motor car at the intersection of South terrace, Brown street and Sir Lewis Cohen avenue at 6.30 p.m. on May 17.
The Adelaide Advertiser 19 June 1952
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Charles City Briefs
Bill Waller returned to his home in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday after being called here by the illness and death of his father, Marshall (Marty) A. Waller. Mrs. Mary Ahern, of Dubuque, also returned to her home after attending funeral services for her brother-in-law, Mr. Waller.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 12 July 1952
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Iowa Weekly Newspapers
DECORAH—Decorah is one of several Eastern Iowa cities to see the birth of twin weeklies in recent years. But here, as at several other points, the twins aren't identical. The Decorah Public Opinion, published on Mondays, is a strong Republican newspaper, has been since its founding in 1895. The Decorah Journal, published on Thursdays, is equally as strong a Democratic paper, has been since its founding in 1864. Both are published under the name of Decorah Newspapers under the corporate title of Independent Publishing and Stationery Company. And both are edited by the same man, L. Dale Ahern, 42, a brisk, business-like Irishman in a Norwegian community—who happens to be a Republican. His personal political feelings don't conflict with his editing, Ahern is quick to assert. "I specialize in newspaper publishing," Ahern says. "I aim to see that each stands on its own feet. We give equal representation to Democrats and Republicans.
Politics Secondary
"Politics come secondary to the publication of twin weeklies. We aim to give Winneshiek county good newsspaper service." Since the consolidation of the two papers on Aug, 1, 1951, Ahern says, each paper has become more political than before. To the Journal has been added a Demorcratic political column, Donkey Trail, Democratic guest editorials are used, Democratic advisors are consulted. In both papers Ahern strives for a dignified approach to politics. "We argue principles and issues rather than personalities; we shun mudslinging," Ahern says. But the Decorah papers' editorial policies aren't confined to politics by any means. Currently the papers are campaigning to rid Decorah of a pigeon nuisance. For the last several years Ahern has been striving to make Decorah the petunia town of Iowa. The petunia has been adopted as the official town flower.
Promotes Ludefisk.
In his column "My Little Town" in the Public Opinion, Ahern is "trying to sell the rest of the world" on ludefisk (lye fish), a Norwegian dish for which he has acquired a taste since coming to Decorah in March of 1941. The Journal and Public Opinion also are campaigning for better roads and streets, improved parking facilities, a long-range development program for Decora. The development program is focused on land north of the business area. Already a new softball diamond has been built there; parking facilities have been provided. Future plans call for the development of a civic center, with a municipal building including an auditorium, more recreation facilities, even a helicopter landing field.
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As is the case with many weekly newspapers, the editor is a dominant figure in the community as well as on the paper. This is true of Ahern. The spry Irishman, who crusades in behalf of wearing sports shirts at work, came to Decorah from Cherokee, where he was editor and advertising manager for the Cherokee Courier for a year following six years of teaching in Iowa high schools and part-time newspaper work. Ahern has written a book, "Down 100 Years", a historical novel and short stories based on Decatur county pioneers. He also has had lyrical free-verse poetry published in many national magazines.
6,000 Circulation.
From his large-topped, self-designed desk Ahern directs his staff in the publication of both papers, each with a circulation in excess of 6,000, in a newspaper plant efficiently designed. His staff consists of Don Pierce, local advertising director; A. H. Soldwish, national advertising director; Mike Behm, city editor; Ross DePue, county editor, Miss Marilyn Schissel, society editor; Fred Rosenthal, circulation manager; Mrs. Al Coonrod, secretary to the editor; Miss Frances Bellow, bookkeeper; Mrsl Iona Courtney, stenographer; Miss Norma Weston, office clerk. Arthur Holm, production foreman; Ed Stoddard, printer; Mervin Newhouse, operator; Merlin Haugen, operator; Robert Stoddard, printer; George Rude, printer; Durwin Sampson, photo engraver; John Ahern (his son), photo engraver apprentice, and Damon Rude, printer's apprentice. Since Ahern came to Decorah, his papers have won several prizes in state and national competition. They include an Iowa Press Association first place for the best use of illustrative material, a national secnd prize in the same category; first in state for editorial page, service in agriculture and general excellence.
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The Public Opinion was started at Cresco and a few months later, in February of 1895, was moved to Decorah. It since has absorbed several newspapers here, latest of which was the Calmar Courier within the last ten years. The Journal has published here since 1864.
Cedar Rapids Gazette 20 July 1952
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Mary Ahern Visits Here
Miss Mary Ahern of New York City is spending a three-weeks vacation in Albuquerque as the guest of her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ahern, 800 Ridgecrest Dr. S.E. Miss Ahern is public relations director for the American Broadcasting Co. Among events in her honor during her visit here was a dinner party this week at La Casa de las Huertas in Placitas given by Mr. and Mrs. Chapin Carnes, 507 17th St. N.W. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Stromberg, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stromberg, Mr. and Mrs. Ahern, Dr. W. R. Lovelace and the honoree.
Albuquerque Journal 29 August 1952
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Decorah Editor Tells of Trip on USS Valley Forge
CHATS WITH CREWMEN—Editor L. Dale Ahern of the Decorah Newspapers (right) interviews Iowa members of the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge on a recent cruise off California as a guest of the Navy. Others are, left to right, Seaman Gerald L. Jorgensen, of Holmes, Ensign A. A. Hughes Jr. of Sioux City and Seaman C. H. Loyd, of Clarion.
L. Dale Ahern Guest of Navy
Interviews Iowans Among Ship's Crew
DECORAH—L. Dale Ahern, editor and general manager of the Decorah Newspapers, returned to Decorah this week after a five-day cruise on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge off the coast of California as a guest of the United States Navy. Ahern was most impressed by the warm friendliness of the Navy and that organization's "terrifying effectiveness in 20th century warfare." . . . 
Mason City Globe-Gazette 5 September 1952
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Casualty List
A casualty list containing the names of 32 members of the 1st and 3rd Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment in Korea was released to-day by the Minister for the Army (Mr. Francis). The list includes six killed in action, three died of wounds, 22 wounded in action and one accidentally wounded. They included:
Killed in Action
Private John Thomas Kearney of Fern Hill, N.S.W.; Lance Corporal John Shields Gill of Murwillumbah, N.S.W.; Lance Corporal Patrick Arthur Thompson of Redfern, N.S.W.; Private Edward William Girven of Cheshire, England; Lance; Corporal Cecil Norman Fugar of Coonamble, N.S.W.; Private David Thomas Pringle of Greensborough, Victoria.
Died of Wounds
Private Keith Gardner of Waterloo, N.S.W.; Private Leo Michael Ahern of Raglan, N.S.W.; Private Bruce Taggart Hill of Kenarchineshire, Scotland.
Wounded in Action
Private Percy Aubrey Burston of Artarmon, N.S.W.; Private Ronald McCallum of Casterton, Victoria; Private Brian Wilfred Bartlett of Beaumaris, Victoria; Private Lindsay Lawther of Hawthorn, Victoria; Private Reuben Graham Timmins of Horsham, Victoria; Private Henry Malcolm Thorn of Granville, N.S.W.; Private Raymon Joseph Mason of Surry Hills, N.S.W.; Private Anthony Sydney Michael Wilson of Enfield, N.S.W.; Private Richard William Williams of Artarmon, N.S.W.; Private James William Edwards of Fitzroy, Victoria; Private Frederick Luke Bray of Kew, Victoria; Private Graeme Bruce Campbell of Launceston, Tasmania; Private Warren George Ellis of Muswell-brook, N.S.W.; Private Bruce Truscott of Hawthorn, Victoria.
The Canberra Times 11 September 1952
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VINING (Ahern) —On September 30, at Bethlehem, to Agnes and Roy—a daughter (Karen Marie).
Melbourne Argus 1 October 1952
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   The Marriage of Miss Marjorie Dorothy O'Hearn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. O'Hearn of 23 Prospect ter., and Myles J. Ferrick Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Myles J. Ferrick of 94 Terrace rd., Medford, took place Saturday morning at the Immaculate Conception church.
   The pastor, Rt. Rev. John J. Fletcher, performed the ceremony and celebrated the nuptial mass at nine o'clock.
   Mrs. Anne Diorio of Rochester was matron of honor for the bride, and Miss Mary Ferrick of Medford, sister of the groom, and Miss Carolyn Reagan of Saugus, were the bridesmaids. Robert Ferrick was best man for his brother, and the ushers were Charles Doherty of Medford, Paul O'Brien of Saugus and John Reagan Jr. of Saugus.
   A portrait gown of white slipper satin with chapel length train was worn by the bride, whose fingertip veil of illusion was caught in a head-dress of Chantilly lace, sequins and seedpearls. She carried a cascade of white of white flowers.
   Her matron of honor was gowned in mauve nylon tulle with a matching braided tiara, while the bridesmaids wore the same style in variegated shades of pale orchid to deep purple.
   Following the reception at the Hotel Commander, Cambridge, the newlyweds left for a wedding trip to Washington, D. C. and Virginia, and will make their home at 23 Prospect ter. on their return.
   The groom, a graduate of Bates College, is production manager for his family's firm, the Mystic Manufacturing Co.
Malden Evening News 6 October 1952
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Brian Aherne Signs For Titanic Movie
By Louella O. Parsons
HOLLYWOOD Oct. 11—While I was on the 20th Century-Fox lot I ran into Charlie Brackett. He had just that day signed Brian Aherne to play the captain in "Nearer My God To Thee," the story of the Titanic. "What about Clive Brook?" I asked him. "Clive is detained in London, and you know we tried to get Brian for the captain role before we ever contacted Clive, but he was tied up. But now Brian's free and he will be on hand when we go before the cameras the 20th of this month. Brian," said Charlie, "is just right for the role."
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 12 October 1952
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Mrs. Amanda Ahern, 301 N. River, has returned from Stanford, Mont., where she visited her sister, Mrs. George Halver, and friends.
Austin Daily Herald 14 October 1952
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Cousins, on Same Post 6 Weeks, Finally Meet
AUGSBURG, Nov. 22 (Special) It's a big building but a small world. Capt. Charles D. Ahern and Cpl. Joe O'Conor, first cousins who grew up as neighbors in Forest Hills, N.Y., came overseas at different times and joined different units. Both eventually came to 43d Div. Hq. For six weeks the two men worked in the headquarters building at Flak Casern without meeting. O'Conor went to see the officer of the day one morning and discovered it was his cousin.
European Stars and Stripes 23 November 1952
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Leading Man Roles Shunned By Aherne
HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13— (AP) —Brian Aherne, playing the bearded captain of the Titanic in "Nearer My God To Thee," returns to the movies after a five-year absence. He also is working in "I Confess." Both roles are character parts. "I have no desire to be a leading man again," says the still-handsome actor. He has spent much of the last five years as a successful grape grower near Indio, Calif. In fact, he complains that he is too successful a grape grower. "I had to turn down a good part last season because it came just when the vines had to be pruned." He ships about 25 freight carloads a year off his ranch, which employs 75 people at harvest time.
Oakland Tribune 14 December 1952
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Hugh Ahern To St. Joseph
Hugh Ahern, manager of the Western Union office here for 3½ years, has been promoted to the managership of the WU office at St. Joseph, Mo. "Although it's a promotion, I hate to leave," Ahern said, "the man who hired me, Babbitt, will replace me for the time being." Ahern went to work for Western Union in 1927 at Salida, Colo. He came to Hutchinson from Craig, Colo. He pans to move his family to St. Joseph as soon as a home can be found there. The present Ahern home is at 311 East 8th.
Hutchinson News-Herald 30 December 1952
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Mother and daughters found dead
A MOTHER and her two daughters were found dead in their home at 10 Oaklands drive, Rathgar, Dublin, about 11 o'clock last night after neighbours had smelled gas coming from the house. They were Mrs. Devorah [sic] Ahern (35), widow of Mr. T. F. Ahern, a Dublin architect, who died some months ago; Aileen (9), and Deirdre (4). The bodies of Mrs. Ahern and Aileen were found in the kitchen; that of the younger child was near her cot upstairs. All three had been dead for some time.

About half-an-hour previously Mr. Eric Miers, who lives next door, thought he smelt gas. He asked his wife to knock on the door of No. 10. When she got no reply he telephoned the Ahern's number. No one answered, and he rang the police at Rathmines. As his wife knocked at the front door the Ahern's dog began barking in the back yard.

The barking of the dog and the smell of the gas brought out other neighbours. Two of them, with a Civic Guard, broke in through a back window and found the rooms filled with gas. After they had discovered the bodies of the mother and eldest daughter, they went upstairs and found Dierdre. In the hallway were the Sunday and Monday morning papers. Mrs. Ahern and her children are thought to have attended a party at a friend's house on Saturday night or on Sunday. Mrs. Ahern had suffered from a form of paralysis in recent months. The three bodies were taken to the Meath Hospital by the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance.

The Irish Times 13 January 1953
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THERE are a number of unsolved mysteries about Stoneboro, not great ones perhaps but, we think, interesting. Of late, we have had some discussion about an ancient tree in Stoneboro, a red oak, with a circumference of an estimated 72 inches. The question arises, How Old Is That Tree? Dr. Cooley of Sandy Lake started the question and it is still a-going. The net result is that this is a big tree and a growing tree. . . . 

THEN, TOO, there came evidence about tree growth from Frank M. A'Hearn who once resided on the A'Hearn homestead, now a part of Mapleton. Frank is particular about many things other than the important apostrophe in his name. Well, A'Hearn measured a tree on the A'Hearn farm when he was 11 years old. The other day, after some 60 years, he measured the old tree in Mapleton again and its circumference has gained one and one half inches in those 60 years. Our observation and hearsay has been that trees add a ring a year and that ring may be less than an inch.

The Greenville Record-Argus 14 January 1953
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Before MR. JUSTICE CASSELS and a jury
   It was stated that a compromise satisfactory to the plaintiffs had been reached in the action brought by Mr. George John Valente and his wife, Mrs. Ethel Valente, of Tamworth Lane, Mitcham, Surrey, against Dr. Hyman Magonet, of Tooting High Street, S.W., and Dr. Cecil Carton, now of Mitcham Lane, Streatham, S.W. The plaintiffs' allegations against the defendants were withdrawn.
   The plaintiffs were claiming damages for negligence against the defendants, who were formerly in partnership, in respect of an X-ray burn which Mrs. Valente sustained while being treated by the first defendant. The plaintiffs also claimed that the negligence had been fraudulently concealed.
   Both defendants denied negligence and fraudulent concealment, and claimed that the action was barred by the Limitation Act, 1939.
   Mr. Gerald Howard, Q.C., and Mr. Maurice Ahern appeared for the plaintiffs ; Mr. H. B. H. Hylton-Foster, Q.C. and Mr. J. R. Cumming-Bruce for the defendants.
The Times 17 January 1953
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HARTFORD, Conn. (UP)—There's such a thing as doing your work too thoroughly, police said in arresting Edward Ahern, 39. A local drinking parlor missed $50 from the safe. Ahern was employed there as cleanup man.
Nevada State Journal 18 January 1953
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Mrs. Genevieve Ahern of St. Paul came to Albert Lea on Friday evening to spend the weekend in the Frank Lair home, Circle Drive. She was also a guest in the J. A. Donnelly home, South Newton. She returned home Sunday afternoon.
The Evening Tribune 27 January 1953
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THE finding of the bodies on January 12th of a widow and her daughter in the gas-filled kitchen of their home, 10 Oaklands drive, Rathgar, and that of another daughter in a bedroom hanging by the neck from a cot, was described at an inquest held by the City Coroner, Dr. D. A. MacErlean, at the City Morgue, yesterday. The inquest was on Mrs. Deborah Ahern (35), Aileen (9), and Dierdre (5). The jury returned a verdict that Mrs. died from asphyxia due to the inhalation of carbon monoxide gas self administered; that Aileen died from a similar cause, the gas being administered by her mother, and that Dierdre died from asphyxia due to hanging, enacted by her mother. In each verdict, the jury found that the occurrences took place while the mother was of unsound mind. Cornelius Buckley, a brother of Mrs. Ahern, gave evidence of identification, and said that he last saw her alive on January 9th, when she visited his home. She was in good health, made no complaint and said she would come to dinner on the following Sunday. She did not do so. Her husband, who had been an architect, died in September, 1952. As far as he knew she was in a comfortable financial position. On January 10th his maid phoned his sister and asked her was she coming for luncheon, and she said that she might call. They phone[d] again on January 11th but received no reply.

Dr. George Donnald, who had attended Mrs. Ahern, described how she had called to him in December and told him that she was feeling very much better. He advised her to cut down gradually a nerve tonic which she had been taking. In January, when she visited him she said that she had no worries. She also said that she was going to take up a small business. Generally her conversation gave him the impression of a mother who wished to do everything for her children.

Mrs. N. Bruton, 12 Oaklands Drive, Rathgar, said that the two Ahern children attended a party at her house on January 10th and later Mrs. Ahern called for them. She noticed nothing unusual about her. Mrs. Noreen O'Neill, 19 Oaklands Drive, said that on the occasion Mrs. Ahern's conversation was normal. Eric Meirs, who lived next door to the dead woman, said that on January 12th his maid got the smell of gas and he came from next door. His wife got no answer from the Ahern home and neither did he when he phoned.

Guard Edmund Flaherty, Rathmines, who was visiting in the locality and who went to the house said that he noticed that one of the jets on the cooker was lighted and he saw bodies in front of the cooker. Upstairs they found the body of Deirdre hanging from the cot. Guard J. Lane, Rathmines, gave evidence of finding Deirdre hanging from the cot. John Tallon, Gas Company employee, gave evidence of testing the fittings in the house for an escape of gas but found everything perfect.

Patricia Riordan, an employee of an auctioneering firm, said that about 10.30 a.m. on January 12th she phoned Mrs. Ahern in connection with the sale of her house. The voice which answered the phone seemed to be that of a young person, which she could not understand. The receiver was left down for a while and then was taken up again. A young female voice answered her and told her that her mammie was sick, and further added that everyone in the house was sick, and that her mammie could not speak to Miss Riordan's employer. Gerard Kelly, a milk-roundsman, described how he had left two milk bottles outside the door on the 12th, and that he when he called later to collect his account he got no answer. One of the bottles had been taken at that time. Two Dublin Fire Brigade men, Mr. R. Gibson and Mr. G. Lee, gave evidence of entering the house and finding the bodies. The latter said that all the gas-jets on the cooker were turned on, and one of them was lighted. An electric fire in the kitchen was also lighted.

The Coroner, addressing the jury, said Mrs. Ahern might have had some private worried which she had not disclosed to her friends, and which might have revived the distress which she suffered after her husband's death. It would be a fair assumption that she was suffering from some severe emotional strain which she was not able to stand up to, and, as a result of that, she decided upon this course of action. They were entitled to assume that her action was not that of a normal person, that her mind was completely unbalanced at the time, and completely irresponsible.

The Irish Times 28 January 1953
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   Mrs. Elizabeth O'Hearn of Long Island City, N. Y.. has announced the marriage of her daughter, Miss Eileen J. O'Hearn, a former resident of Clarksburg, to Warren C. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen C. Smith of Methuen, on Feb. 7.
   The bride, a sister of John O'Hearn of Hall's ground, Clarksburg, is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marsden of Clarksburg, with whom she made her home. She attended Briggsville school and was graduated from St. Joseph's high school here in 1948. Both she and her husband attended the University of Vermont, and he served in the air force during World War 2.
   Mr. Smith is a teacher of chemistry in Burlington, Vt., where the couple is now residing at 112½ Luomis street.
North Adams Transcript 14 February 1953
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AHEARN—COATES—The Engagement is announced of Beverly A., only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Coates, "Candacraig," Hilltop, to Noel M. eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Ahearn of Smithfield.
The Sydney Morning Herald 14 February 1953
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Deceased: ANNIE AHERN, late of 25th North Street, off Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, in the State of Queensland, Widow, Deceased. Applicant: THOMAS JOHN AHERN, of 25 North Street, off Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, aforesaid, Gentleman, the sole Executor of the Will dated the Tenth day of September, 1950. Solicitors: FEATHER, WALKER & DELANEY, Solicitors 289 Queen street, Brisbane.
The Courier-Mail 18 April 1953
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Missing Bike—Mike Ahern, 110 North Third avenue West, reported his bicycle taken sometime during the afternoon from St. Theodore's school. The bike is a Colson, green and white, with license No. 2. It was equipped with saddlebags containing school books.
The Evening Tribune 13 May 1953
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WHARTON.—On May 17, 1953, at Somerleigh, Wimborne, to RITA (nee Aherne), wife of JOHN F. WHARTON—a daughter.
The Times 19 May 1953
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Aherne Cast as 'Titanic' Skipper
After an absence from the screen, Brian Aherne returns in the role of the captain of the ill-fated luxury liner in 20th Century Fox's screen version of the sea disaster, "Titanic," at the Paramount. Produced by Charles Brackett and directed by Jean Negulesco, the new film also stars Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton, Thelma Ritter and Richard Basehart. Recently, Aherne has been concentrating his attention and time on stage presentations and plans for a late summer tour with Jose Ferrer. They plan to present scenes from Shakespeare's plays, dividing the evening into four or five sections.
Oakland Tribune 26 May 1953
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Mary Ellen Ahern, daughter of E[dward]. J. Ahern, 1016 West Clark street, will handle the publicity for the summer city recreation program. She was graduated from Albert Lea high school and College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, where she majored in English and dramatics. For the last two years, she has taught senior English and dramatics at Tracy high school. She worked with the recreation department during the summer of 1951.
The Sunday Tribune 14 June 1953
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Boy Scouts Are Set for Jamboree
 . . . During Jamboree days the Scouts will converge on the Irvine ranch where they will take over 3,000 acres of the sprawling 90,000 acre enterprise. Serving as scoutmaster of the Jamboree troop will be Edward A. Lugowski, chairman of the camping and activities committee of Pokagon Trails council. Leo C. Nault who is scoutmaster of troop 58 of Griffith will act as assistant in charge of activities, and Richard C. Whittington, scoutmaster of Troop 227, Park Forest will be assistant in charge of physical arrangements. Boys who make up the troop include Archie Wilson III, Jack Rogers, Jack Altman and Jack Handley of Flossmoor, Robert Wood of Sunnycrest, Fred Marschner of Homewood, James Brady, Chicago Heights and Richard G. Whittington and Jack Ahern, Park Forest.
The Chicago Star 30 June 1953
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Mrs. Deborah Mary Ahern (widow), Oaklands Drive, Highfield road, Rathgar, Dublin—£5,862; . . . 
The Irish Times 12 August 1953
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MAX AHEARNE thanks his many friends and old clients for their good wishes on the occasion of his return to Canberra.
The Canberra Times 15 August 1953
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Theresa Waller, Ronald Ahern Wed
CHATFIELD, Minn.—Theresa Lorraine Waller and Ronald Duane Ahern were wed Wednesday in the parsonage of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chatfield, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. William F. Coleman performing the ceremony. The bride, who was dressed in a white linen suit and wearing an orchid corsage, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Waller, Chatfield, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Ahern, Chatfield. Mrs. Ray H. Waller, Chatfield, dressed in a salmon colored suit and wearing a corsage of yellow roses, was maid of honor. Ray H. Waller was best man. A reception followed the ceremony at the home of the bride's parents. The couple will make their home at Walters Air Force base, Tex., where Ahern is stationed.
The Winona Republican-Herald 17 August 1953
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With bated breath friends of Joan Ahearn of 194 Dalton road, Chelmsford are awaiting the outcome of the beauty contest to take place Thursday when "Miss Hampton Beach" is selected, for the pretty daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Herbert L. Ahearn has been chosen to participate.
The Lowell Sun 24 August 1953
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Charge of Child Aid Fraud Gets Results
DES MOINES (INS)—Polk county welfare officials reported Tuesday that eight women and one man have asked to be dropped from aid to dependent children relief rolls. Leland Ahern, county social welfare director, said the action of the nine persons may have resulted from the arrest Saturday of Mrs. Mary Ann Long, 39, on a charge of fraud in obtaining ADC payments. Ahern said that his office and that of the county attorney would continue to file charges against persons receiving the payments when they are not entitled to them. Mrs. Long, who with her husband was indicted by the county grand jury, has until next Saturday to enter a plea. Her divorced husband, Gerald, has not been apprehended.
Cedar Rapids Gazette 26 August 1953
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WINNER—"Miss Hampton Beach," Joan A. Ahearn of Chelmsford, Mass., is congratulated by Mrs. Hugh Cragg, wife of the New Hampshire governor, after winning title and trophy in carnival at thew New Hampshire beach resort.—AP WIREPHOTO.
Beauteous Chelmsford Girl, Beach Queen, Seeks Model's Career
By Fred W. Dudley
HAMPTON BEACH, N. H. —Beauteous Joan Arlene Ahearn, 17, of Chelmsford, Miss Hampton Beach, 1953, not only upheld the prestige of Greater-Lowell for its beautiful girls in winning the coveted title, she also took another step in what she hopes will be a modelling career for her. The charming, green-eyed, brown haired lass, the oldest of 12 children of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Ahearn of 194 Dalton road, has been adjudged the winner of the beauty contest Thursday night which opens the traditional Carnival Week festivities here as thousands looked on and cheered at the final selection if the judges who included Gov. Hugh Gregg of the Granite State. Tears of joy streamed through the long lashes and down the cheeks of the nicely-tanned, trembling beauty queen and photographers' flash bulbs popped as she and her court, second and third place winners, posed prettily for pictures for what seemed ages.

Even after much of the excitement had died down and Joan and a few of her friends were left to themselves at the Ocean House she trembled with excitement, hardly able to fully realize the full scope of her victory which not only brought her the enviable title of Miss Hampton Beach, but $50 in cash, a beautiful trophy, and numerous other gifts contributed by merchants at this summertime resort. At 17, Joan, who has a new baby brother only three weeks old, becomes one of the youngest in the long history of the annual Carnival Week pageant to win the coveted title, and the first American girl to take top honors in three years. Incidentally, it was last year's queen, now Mrs. Gaynor Jenkins Douglas who crowned Joan following the big parade Friday night.

Joan, whose dad is an employee of the Dana trucking company in Lowell, entered the contest on the suggestion of friends, she related. "They thought I had as good a chance as anyone so they prompted me to enter the contest," she stated. Standing five feet, six inches, and weighing 116 pounds, Joan is naturally pretty, her olive complexion set off contrastingly by her green eyes, flowing brown hair, and the orange, strapless bathing suit she wore. She also possesses the natural attributes of a perfect build for her desired career as a model, having a 34-inch waist, and hips which measure a neat 32 inches.

A junior at Lowell high school last year, Joan will enter her senior year at St. Joseph's girls' high school next month to finish her high school education. She still is undecided about going to college, though, she averred, the excitement of the contest tension still making her hands tremble and an occasional tear fill her eyes. A graduate of the Westlands grammar school, Chelmsford, Joan has had a bit of modelling experience before coming to Hampton, having served on the junior fashion board at Lowell high school and for Polly Teens activities.

During most of the summer months, the attractive, soft-spoken queen worked at Staples 5 and 10 cent store here, but for the last week she has been taking it easy, vacationing before returning to pencils and books back in Lowell. The question of her having a steady boy friend was answered with a smile and a negative shake of the head by Joan who did admit, though, that there was a mild summer romance going on, but she would say no more on that line. Most of the thoughts of Joan now are turned toward finishing school and progressing in the field of modelling as amateur as much as she can until she can realize her goal of becoming a professional model. With seven sisters and four brothers in the family besides herself, Joan realizes that all attention at home cannot be devoted to her, but hopes, with the start as Miss Hampton Beach she will be able to fulfil her ambition.

The Lowell Sun 30 August 1953
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AHEARN (nee Robertson).—October 11th at Darwin, N.T., to Shirley and Bob — a son (Robert John).
The Canberra Times 13 October 1953
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Malden Baker in Korea
Cpl. Joseph O'Hearn, 25 (left in photo), and Cpl. Victor F. Lovini of Providence, R. I., inspect bread at the 108th Quartermaster Bakery Company in Korea before packaging it for troops in the field. Cpl. O'Hearn, son of Michael O'Hearn, 56 Rockingham ave., is an issue clerk with the 108th. He entered the Army in 1948 and last served at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. He has been in Korea since November 1952.
Malden Evening News 20 October 1953
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Freak Accident Injures Woman
MILWAUKEE (AP)—An automobile went out of control Wednesday skidded across railroad tracks, veered several hundred feet, went over a curb, across a lawn and critically injured a woman who was stepping off a porch. Mrs. George T. O'Hearn, 34, of West Altis, suffered a skull fracture, possible broken legs and internal injuries. Police said the driver was Harold Granger, 20, of Fond du Lac. He was not held for questioning. [!?!]
Sheboygan Press 12 November 1953
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Edward Ahern, USAF, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Ahern, 37 Central street, West Concord, has returned to duty at Lachland Air Base, Texas, following a furlough at the home of his parents. He recently completed his phase of training at another base and will now begin pre-flight training.
The Lowell Sun 14 November 1953
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DECORAH—Mr. and Mrs. L. Dale Ahern, Decorah, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann, to Bruce K. Smith, son of Mrs. E. A. Dmith of Minneapolis, Minn. The ceremony will be performed at the Decorah Methodist Church Dec. 26, at 2:30 p.m., by the Rev. Bruce D. Jones. Miss Ahern is employed with the David C. Bell Investment Company of Minneapolis and Mr. Smith, the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They will live in Minneapolis.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 17 December 1953
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Fine And Bond For Assault
Albert Ernest Reynolds, 32, labourer, of O'Connor, was fined £10 and ordered to enter into a bond of £35 to be of good behaviour for two years by Mr. F. C. P. Keane, S.M., in the Canberra Court yesterday. Reynolds pleaded guilty to assaulting Maxwell Anthony Ahearne in MacArthur Avenue, Ainslie, on Friday. Police stated that as a result of the assault Ahearne sustained facial injuries and two stitches were inserted in a cut over his right eye.
The Canberra Times 22 December 1953
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Ann Ahern Wed to Bruce Smith
DECORAH—Miss Ann Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Dale Ahern, Decorah, was married to Bruce Smith, son of Mrs. E. A. Smith, Minneapolis, at the Decorah Methodist Church on Saturday. The Rev. Bruce Jones officiated at the single ring ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her father. The maid of honor was Patricia Carolan, formerly of Decorah. Wedding music was provided by Mrs. Hjalmar Carlson, organist. The bride is a graduate of the Decorah high school and is employed at the David C. Bell Investement Company in Minneapolis. The bridegroom attended the University of Minnesota, served in the U. S. Navy and is employed with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They will make their home in Minneapolis.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 28 December 1953
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AHERNE—December 22, 1953, at Leinster Nursing Home, to Sally, wife of Maurice P. Aherne, Bramley, Kilmacud road, Stillorgan, a daughter (Geraldine Mary).
The Irish Times 9 January 1954
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Harry O'Hern, 69, of 921 E. 61st st., suffered a fatal heart attack yesterday on a CTA bus at 63d and Halsted sts.
Chicago Tribune 17 January 1954
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AHERN—In Reno Jan. 25, 1954, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ahern of Reno, a daughter.
Nevada State Journal 28 January 1954
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Troop 3
Brownie troop number 3 had their Valentine party on Feb. 15. We exchanged valentines and had ice cream and treats. Our new leaders are Mrs. Burton Trapp and Mrs. Garrett Ahern. We have three new girls this year, Janet Bailey, Sharon Ahern and Theresa Townsend.
The Sunday Tribune 7 March 1954
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Tricky Police Nab Gamblers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—It was one of those "floating" dice games — known to the cops but harder to stop than the income tax collector. So, yesterday, Police Inspector Frank Ahern and his vice squad borrowed a pie delivery truck. They drove to the vacant lot where the dice were in action and piled out of the pie wagon before the game's lookouts could holler "such crust." Seventeen men were arrested and $1,100 seized.
Indiana Evening Gazette 16 March 1954
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The Grover Cronin Easter Bunny left Bunnyland last week to visit the Symmes Arlington Hospital. Enjoying the company is Dennis Ahern of 21 Webster st., Arlington.
Arlington Advocate 15 April 1954
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Shirley Escapees Get Jail Terms
A trio of Shirley Industrial school escapees received jail terms from Judge A. Z. Goodfellow in district court today, aftermath of a stolen car incident here last Friday night. Defendants, each of whom received house of correction terms of one month on complaints of taking a car without authority, were Alfred L. Garreau, 17, of 215 Harding street, Worcester; James A. Alliy, 17, of Ashburnham, and James J. Ahearn, 17, of 85 Fifth street, Turners Falls. Police charge the youths with stealing a car from 402 Kimball street about 1 o'clock last Friday evening. They were later picked up by Worcester police and returned to this city. A 16-year-old youth, also said to have escaped from Shirley Friday afternoon with the above trio, was arraigned in juvenile court Saturday.
Fitchburg Sentinel 20 April 1954
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D. Patrick Ahern (sixth district) states he is confident he will carry his district by a substantial majority, "The two principal opponents are the present incumbent and a former incumbent who were formerly bosom buddies but who have now arrived at a parting of the ways," said Ahern. "They are engaged in an all-out personal feud, and I cannot believe the voters of the district will reward either of them with their vote.
Long Beach Independent 6 May 1954
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Marriage of Miss Ahearn
CHELMSFORD—At a private ceremony June 8 in Gloucester, Miss Joan Arlene Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Ahearn of 194 Dalton road, Chelmsford, became the bride of Seth M. Junkins, son of Mrs. Margaret M. Junkins of 11 G Street, Hampton, N. H., and the late Ernest Junkins. The new Mrs. Junkins was educated in Chelmsford and Lowell schools. Mr. Junkins is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and presently a student of Boston University Law school. After a motor trip to New York City, the bride and bridegroom will reside at 11 G street, Hampton, N. H.
The Lowell Sun 30 June 1954
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PERTH, Wednesday.
Drivers reaching Meekatharra to-day say there are more wrecked cars between Broome and Marble Bar than on the Christmas Creek run. Meekatharra was still asleep when ace Round-Australia reliability trial driver, Jack Murray, entered the town still without loss of points, at 8.30 a.m., 80 minutes ahead of schedule. Murray, who started off sixth at Broome, overhauled and passed the field between Marble Bar and Meekatharra.
It was disclosed in Meekatharra that a scrutineer of the Redex Trial had examined the shock absorber on the Murray Brothers' Ford at Broome and again at Meeikatharra. The scrutineer said "I saw the Murrays' car before It left Broome this morning. The shock absorber arm on the near front wheel was broken. It had not been welded." It is believed that the Murrays intend to travel to Sydney without repairing the shock absorber arm. The rules say that replacement of shock absorbers costs competitors 250 points. But it was officially stated in Meekatharra that if the shock absorber arm is welded, without being strengthened, no points would be lost. Fifteen minutes after the Murrays entered the town four more cars came in, but many drivers waited outside the check-point for more than an hour, repairing their cars before checking in.
Jack Bruddem, one of the most meticulous drivers In the Trial, had his Holden completely wrecked about 30 miles from Marble Bar, when it hit a pointed rock hidden in deep sand in a creek bed. "Lucky" Bill Lee is no longer lucky. His big Hudson also hit a submerged rock near Roy Hill station, putting him out of the Trial. Bert Rogers, of South Australia, was badly bruised and his Chevrolet was wrecked when it turned over twice, 46 miles from Meekatharra. Chief Petty Officer Eric Ahern, following in a Holden, found Rogers unconscious on the side of the road. The other two men in the Chevrolet were badly shaken. Ahern rushed Rogers to Meekatharra Hospital. Rogers recovered consciousness on the way and was allowed to leave hospital after treatment.

Jack Davey is in, trouble. He has sent an urgent telegram to Trial officials from Broome, asking for an official extension of time to enable him to repair, his car and complete the Trial. His telegram said that he had had further trouble while helping a competitor. Officials said that if Davey could prove he had been helping another competitor he would stay in the Trial.

The Canberra Times 15 July 1954
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After considerable sleuthing, other Councilmen have discovered the first name of D. Patrick Ahern. It's Dennis.
Long Beach Press-Telegram 25 July 1954
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Lewiston Residents' Nephew Featured in Musical at Empire
The current Empire film, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," holds more than the usual interest for Twin Cities residents because of the presence in the cast of young Jacques d'Amboise, who plays Ephraim, one of the brothers. D'Amboise is the son of former Lewiston girl, Georgette d'Amboise, whose last name he adopted professionally, and the nephew of Mrs. Archie Goudreau of 190 College St. and Mrs. Alexander Levasseur of Thorne's Corner. His father, Andrew Hearn [sic], worked as Associated Press telegrapher on The Sun for several years. A dancer since childhood, Jacques was raised to the rank of New York City Ballet at the age of 18 as the result of his performance in a ballet called "Filling Station," the preceding year. Writing about this performance, Walter Terry of the New York Herald Tribune said "His skill lies not in the field of physical prowess alone, even though his virtuosity generates and warrants spontaneous applause. He is also an artist with a winning stage personality, a fine sense of rhythm, skill in communicating the comic and a growing awareness of dramatic accent. An older brother, Pat d'Amboise, also a talented dancer, has moved to Lewiston and is residing with his wife on Main Street.
The Lewiston Daily Sun 20 September 1954
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Two Children Thrown Into Hale's Brook
Young Hoodlums Attack 11-Year-Old Boys Last Night
LOWELL—A gang of young hoodlums, who seized two smaller boys last night on Chelmsford street and subsequently threw one into Hale's brook and forced the other to walk in up to his knees when he said he couldn't swim, are being sought today by police. Victims of the attack were Frederick Ahearn of 194 [sic] Dalton road, Chelmsford, and David Milante of Evergreen street in the Westlands. Both are 11 years old.
Gang of Boys
The youngsters said a gang of about 12 older boys accosted them on Chelmsford street about 6 p.m., and forced them to go to the Hale's brook bridge on Lincoln street. Young Milant was forced to remove his clothes, after which he was hurled into the brook and made swim to the other side to get his clothing. The hoodlums threatened young Ahearn with the same treatment, but when he pleaded that he couldn't swim they were satisfied with forcing him into the brook up to his knees. The case is being investigated by the juvenile delinquency prevention bureau.
The Lowell Sun 22 September 1954
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Mrs. Ahern Honored at Unit Meeting
Christ the King Unit had a handkerchief shower honoring Mrs. Thomas Ahern at a meeting Wednesday evening. Mrs. Ahern will leave soon to make her home in Waseca. The unit meeting was held at the home of Mrs. John O. Marro, 1307 Euclid, with Mrs. Samuel Belinski as co-hostess. Recitation of the Rosary preceded the business session. Door prizes were awarded Mrs. Warren Walburn, Mrs. B. D. Waters and Mrs. Ahern.
Austin Daily Herald 23 September 1954
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Police Start Roundup of Young Gang
Two Identified by Chelmsford Boys Who Were Victims
LOWELL—A 14-year-old boy and his 15-year-old companion, believed to be members of a gang of 10 or 12 teen-aged boys, were apprehended by Inspectors Vincent Kulickowski and Charles Coldwell last night, and later turned over to their parents after both were identified by two Chelmsford boys whom they forced to enter Hales brook in Wednesday night. Donald Milante, 11, of Evergreen street, Chelmsford, who was forced to disrobe and swim across the brook, and Fred Ahearn, also 11, of Dalton road, Chelmsford, who was forced to wade into the water up to his knees after he pleaded he couldn't swim, came to the police station with their parents and positively identified the duo as members of the group which terrorized them.
Further Investigation
The two boys then were turned over to their parents, pending further investigation and the rounding up of the entire gang. Sergt. Frederick J. Tomkins today said that only about four or five of the group of about a dozen, victimized the two Chelmsford boys. The others, according to information he has received, merely stood by and watched the proceedings. The Milante and Ahearn boys walked to Lowell last Wednesday night and were accosted by the group as they walked out of a variety store on Chelmsford street, opposite Nottingham, after purchasing candy. Both Chelmsford boys were forced to walk to the Lincoln street bridge where they were forced into the brook.
The Lowell Sun 24 September 1954
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Son Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wojcik
BRISTOL, Conn.—Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wojcik (Lillian Ahearn) of 161 George street, formerly of Lowell, Mass., announce the birth of a son, Kevin Patrick, Sept. 22 at the Bristol hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Meunier of Walker street and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wojcik of Jewett street, all of Lowell. Great-grandmothers are Mrs. Victoria Rutyna and Mrs. Catherine Ahearn, also of Lowell.
The Lowell Sun 24 September 1954
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Army Captain in Tokyo Gets 15 Years for Theft
TOKYO, Oct. 30 (UP)—The Army announced today that Capt. John F. Ahern, Jr., 28, of Augusta, Ga., has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and dismissed from the service for grand larceny and passing bad checks. The Army said three larceny charges were filed against Ahern, including one that he stole almost $300 entrusted to him to be turned over to a Japanese orphanage. Ahern was also charged with presenting two forged receipts to show that he had turned over the money, and with issuing six bad checks.
European Stars and Stripes 31 October 1954
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AHERN—RAWLINSON—The engagement is announced of Eunice Ethel, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Rawlinson, Cassilis, to Bryan, twin son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ahern, Bundaberg, Qld.
The Sydney Morning Herald 24 December 1954
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2 Injured in Motor Cycle Crash
Two people were injured when a motor cycle collided with a pedestrian in Argent Street, near McCulloch Street, on Sunday night. Mrs. Gladys May Norris, of Beryl Street, suffered a double fracture of the right leg and severe lacerations to the head, and the rider of the cycle, Maxwell Raymond O'Hearn, of Cobalt Street, received a severe cut over one eye and contusions to the face. Both were admitted to the Hospital for treatment. Mrs. Norris was walking along the side of the road with Irene Norris (12) at the time of the accident. The girl was not injured.
Barrier Miner 28 December 1954
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Child to Mrs. Charles Ahern
A daughter was born to Capt. Charles D. Ahern, U. S. A., and Mrs. Ahern of Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 23 in that city. Mrs. Ahern is the former Mlle. Michelene Victoria Salle, daughter of Mme. Peter Kaiser of Liege, Belgium, and the late Michel Salle. The child is a granddaughter also [of] Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. Ahern of Forest Hills, Queens.
New York Times 6 March 1955
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Social Notes From Paradise
PARADISE VALLEY, March 23 (Special)—Mr. and Mrs. Basil Ahern of Reno were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Miller at their ranch home recently.
Nevada State Journal 24 March 1955
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Christine Ann Cantierl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Cantierl, was baptized March 27 at St. Raymond Catholic church with Rev. Hartnet officiating. Sponsors were Gloria Cantierl of Chicago and Gerald Ahern of Chicago. A buffet supper was served for 18 relatives in the afternoon.
Chicago Daily Herald 7 April 1955
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Children whose fathers were killed before or just after they were born
Memorial Day For War Babies
She was born six months after her father died.
Jane Ahern of Springfield and her friend Ricky. [dog]
By George Croft
Memorial Day has a special sadness for a great many children who are 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 years old this year. They are children who never saw their fathers. They were born after their fathers left for the war in which they were killed. For example: 11-year-old Ann Ahern, a top student in the sixth grade of the Springfield schools. Her father was Naval Lt. Joseph F. Ahern of 213 Broadway, Arlington, and husband of Mrs. Eleanor Ahern of Longmeadow. Naval flyer Ahern was 25 when he was killed, six months before Jane was born. He and three other Navy officers were killed when two flight-training planes collided over the Pensacola, Fla., Naval Airbase on Aug. 8, 1943. Lt. Ahern, a brilliant student, graduated from the Lawrence Academy, Groton, and Harvard, class of 1941.

Jane is shy about her accomplishments but not her mother. "Jane is terrific in school. She has all A's with a few B's on her report card." "She can whip up a pie, bake a cake or cookie bar that tastes wonderful and she has a delightful disposition, always happy," her mother exuberantly said. Jane and her mother recently moved into a new little cottage at 471 Williams st., Longmeadow. "After years in an apartment house we love this place." they said. The two young ladies (Mrs. Ahern is as pretty as her daughter) work together painting, planting, seeding the new lawn, and doing the many odd chores needed to make a new house a home.

Lightly they told how they had to pinch pennies to buy the house. Saving the down payment was a long hard job. They made the purchase under the G.I. bill, which allows a widow almost the same rights which would have been enjoyed by her husband. Under the state law, their house has a $2000 assessment abatement, allowed widows of servicemen.

Daughter Jane plays a mean piano. Right now she is going along with the Davy Crockett craze, learning to play his song. She is also a Girl Scout and tries to combine household work and outdoor chores with work required to pass scouting advancement tests. Jane has reddish brown hair, a ready smile and a delightful wit.

Mrs. Ahern, a graduate of Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, was attending art school in Boston when she met her husband at a Harvard swimming meet in Cambridge. He graduated two years later and entered the Navy immediately.

To see his daughter,
Lt. Joseph Ahern of Arlington, Navy Flyer,
Killed during World War II.
In September, 1942, he married the former Eleanor Granfield, daughter of Judge William G. Granfield of Springfield. Eleven months later he was killed.
The Boston Globe 29 May 1955
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Former Local Teacher Earns His Doctor's Degree
T. James Ahern, former Wellsville physical education teacher and coach, has earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree at New York University. He is the son-in-law of Mrs. Charles Dean of Wellsville. Dr. Ahern earned his degree after several years of part-time study and acceptance of his thesis. His thesis subject was "The Implications of Trends in Receipts and Expenditures for Long Term Planning in School Systems." Dr. Ahern is now superintendent of the Mamaroneck Public School system.
Wellsville Daily Reporter 13 July 1955
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Publicist Pleads Not Guilty Here
Robert Ahearn, one-time Bay Meadows publicist, pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of a felony check charge when he appeared before San Mateo Municipal Court Judge Fred Wyckoff [and] was held to answer to superior court. Ahearn was represented by a court-appointed attorney, Ralph Sullivan. He was arrested in Santa Rosa Tuesday after San Mateo police issued an all-points bulletin for his arrest. His divorced wife, Mrs. Doris Ahearn of Hillsborough, called San Mateo police to report her husband is also sought in Arcadia. A teletype there verified interest of authorities in Ahern [sic]. They wired that he is sought for failure to pay $100 fine resulting from a wife beating charge.
San Mateo Times 29 July 1955
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Irishman Stabbed
Patrick Ahearne, an Irishman who was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, in the early hours of Sunday morning after a stabbing incident in Hyde Park street, Paddington, was said by the hospital authorities to-day to be progressing “quite satisfactorily.”

Ahearne was found unconscious by passers-by. Part of a stiletto blade was embedded in his groin.—(I.N.A.).

The Irish Times 23 August 1955
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WILLOW LAKE—Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Pommer and Theresa Bussee attended the wedding of Mary Ahern of Brookings and Bill Catey of Mobridge Aug. 22 at Brookings.
Huronite & Daily Plainsman 25 August 1955
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The Minister of Commerce, with the approval of the Prime Minister, has appointed Mr. Bernard Joseph Ahern, O.B.E., at present a Principal Officer in the Ministry of Commerce, to be an Assistant Secretary (Acting) in that Ministry with effect from 14th September 1955.
J. Hayden,
Ministry of Finance,
Establishment Division, Stormont.
15th September, 1955
The Belfast Gazette 16 September 1955
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Mr. J. R. Ahern and Miss J. A. Reeves
The marriage took place on November 5 at St. Paul the Apostle, Westwood, of Mr. Joseph Raymond Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Ahern of Northridge California, and Miss Joyce Adrianne Reeves, daughter of Mrs. John Alexander McCorquodale, of Westwood, California.
The Times 7 November 1955
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Ahern Elected President of Development Co.
DECORAH—L. Dale Ahern, editor of the Decorah Newspapers was elected presdient of the Decorah Development Company at a meeting of the board of directors at Hotel Winneshiek. Ahern replaces Paul Hardy, who served as president for the past two years. Previously, Ahern had served as vice president. Other newly-elected officers include Leo Tekippe, vice president; William Ronan, treasurer; and Isadore Meyer, secretary. Members of the board of directors are William Lockard, William Ronan, Paul Hardy, Thomas Haugen, Dale Ahern, Forrest Fay, Isadore Meyer, Leo Tekippe and John Mullany.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 21 December 1955
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Two Quit Pier Body
Daniel B. Berkson and James Joseph Ahearn, both assistant counsels of the Waterfront Commission, will leave the bi-state agency today to join the New York law firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood, which is headed by former Gov. Thomas E. Dewey. Both Men have been part of the legal staff of the commission since shortly after its inception in September, 1953.
New York Times 5 January 1956
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New Police Chief Surprises Coast
Ahern, Who Has Patrolman Rating, Named in Wake of Gambling Inquiry
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21 — A 26-year veteran of the Police Department whose Civil Service rating is that of patrolman becomes Chief of Police Feb. 1. This development, involving Francis J. Ahern, 55, a dedicated "tough cop," startled San Franciscans this week. It comes two weeks after George Christopher, Greek-born milk distributor, took the oath of office as mayor. Mayor Christopher was not acquainted with the new chief. Neither were two of the three police commissioners he had just appointed. The third knew him slightly. When they met Jan. 10, none of the commissioners had any idea that an immediate change in the police high command was to take place.

It had been accepted that Chief George Healy would retire on pension June 30 at the age of 65. This was expected to be a signal for reorganizing the department, which in the eight year administration of Mayor Elmer E. Robinson had been subjected to criticism in the press. Charges were made that the department was run politically and morale was low. Four days before the commission's meeting, however, Federal Treasury agents made a series of raids on the headquarters of alleged bookmakers for horse races. One of the "offices" raided was a tavern a half block from police headquarters. It was reported that the ring had a man taking bets in the Hall of Justice. The new commissioners investigated. They questioned district men and top officers. They were dissatisfied with the answers they got from some of the policemen. They conferred with Lloyd H. Burke, Federal Attorney; District Attorney Thomas C. Lynch and Norman Elkington, an assistant. "In all of our investigation we heard of the wonderful work of Frank Ahern," a commission member related. "We decided individually and collectively, that he was the man to be Chief of Police. Then we went to the Mayor and told him Ahern was the right man." Mayor Christopher was reported to have replied: "I've never met the guy, but anything you want is O. K. I'd like to meet him, though, so if I bumped into him on the street I'd know him." Actually, the commissioners had made up their minds before any of them met the man they had been hearing about.

From this week until the new chief takes over on Feb. 1 the department will be in the hands of Deputy Chief John Engler as Acting Chief. Mr. Ahern has the appointive rank of inspector, although he has never taken an examination to better his patrolman's rating. He was convinced that the offer guaranteed "no political interference." He took the post on that basis. Chief Healy had accumulated enough unused leave to be able to retire now. Mr. Ahern, who is of Irish-Italian descent, built a reputation as head of the Homicide Squad and a participant in vice clean-ups. He went after law breakers without thinking about sleep for two or three days at a time. He is devout. He once captured a young slayer, handcuffed him and started for the Hall of Justice. It was shortly before 6 A.M. As they went past a church, Mr. Ahern stopped, removed the prisoner's handcuffs and led him inside for mass. Then they went to headquarters. Mr. Ahern was borrowed by the Senate Crime Investigating Committee, then headed by Senator Estes Kefauver, Democrat of Tennessee, to help in its work several years ago. "I understand that when the F. B. I. wanted information, the agents would bypass the Police Department and go to Frank Ahern," Mayor Christopher recalled.

The commission made the following statement. "Chief Ahern will be charged with seeing that a new policy will be carried out, and that policy will be that captains and their subordinates will be held responsible for knowledge of what is openly going on in their jurisdictions, and that patrolmen are to make arrests wherever they find criminal activities, without fear of interference from any source.
New York Times 22 January 1956
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Briggsdale . . .
The Rev. James L. Ahern, parish priest, announced plans to build a new confessional and a closet for his vestment. He was also present for the question period during which the group submitted questions on the church. Mrs. Bob White and Mrs. Lloyd Cohea were assigned to clean the church during March and the clean the vault before work gets underway on the new confessional.
Greeley Daily Tribune 3 March 1956
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Whistle Backfires
MIAMI, March 31 (UP)—A wolf whistle on a morning radio show got a motorist into trouble Thursday. Jim Ahern said an attractive woman passing his stopped car heard the radio whistle, opened his car door, gave him a resounding slap, got out of the car and walked away.
European Stars and Stripes 1 April 1956
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Ambulance Corps Opens Irish Branch
The St. George Ambulance and Nursing Corps has opened its first Irish branch, under the command of Second Lieutenant J. Aherne, of Lower Barnahash, Rathcormac, Fermoy, Co. Cork. The movement, which began 13 years ago in England, now has a number of branches there as well as in Scotland and Wales. It hopes to open other Irish branches, and is at present seeking trained and untrained members.
The Irish Times 18 April 1956
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Three persons died Sunday night in a violent headon collision atop a hill on Highway 35 near Houlton in St. Croix County. Killed were Mrs. Walter Chandler, Clear Lake, Wis.; Edward Dennis Ahern, 19, rural Hastings, Minn., and Leighton B. Julius, 17, Hastings. Hospitalized were Walter Chandler, 62; Glenn Carsten, 19, and David Bacon, about 19, both of Hastings.
Sheboygan Press 14 May 1956
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St. James's Palace, S.W.1.
31st May 1956   
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of Her Majesty's Birthday, and on the advice of Her Majesty's Australian Ministers, to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:—
To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order :—
John Harold Ahearn, Esq., of Port Moresby, New Guinea. For community services in New Guinea.
The London Gazette 25 May 1956
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The engagement is announced, and the wedding will take place in June (D.V.) between John J. O'Keeffe, B.Arch., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O'Keeffe, Ballinteer, and Joan, elder daughter of Major J. F. Aherne, A.M.I.C.E., and Mrs. Aherne, 44 Priory avenue, Mount Merrion, Dublin.
The Irish Times 26 May 1956
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Catholic Charities Gets Social Research Chief
The Rev. Edward D. Head
Cardinal Spellman has appointed the Rev. Edward D. Head as Director of the Department of Social Research for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. . . . Since receiving a Master's degree from the New York School of Social Work in 1948 he has been associate director of the Family Service Department of Catholic Charities. His successor in that post will be the Rev. John B. Ahern, who was ordained in 1954 and is doing graduate work at the Fordham School of Social Service.
New York Times 26 May 1956
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Pvt. John W. O'Hearn Now in Newfoundland
Pvt. John W. O'Hearn of the Air Force is now stationed in Newfoundland, serving with the 823rd engineers aviation battalion, according to his wife, the former Regina Tanguay of Adams. He was inducted in June, 1955, received basic training at Fort Dix, N. J., where he also attended specialist school, and served at Camp Beale, Calif., until April. His wife and their son, John, Jr., are residing temporarily at 62 Lime street.
North Adams Transcript 22 June 1956
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The Arlington homestead of the bride's great-grandparents will be the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Stanislawscyk Jr. (Claire Ahern) who were married at St. Agnes Church in Arlington. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ahern of Arlington and Rockport.
The Boston Globe 8 July 1956
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Sailor Slays Wife, Commits Suicide
PHILADELPHIA, July 9 (INS)—A Navy petty officer murdered his wife with a shotgun blast and then killed himself with the same weapon in their Philadelphia home. The victims were Cornelius J. Ahearn, 46, an engineer first class and his wife, Hazel, also 46. Police said neighbors told them Ahearn drank excessively and had previously beaten his wife while intoxicated. Ahearn was transferred from California to the Philadelphia Naval Base last January.
European Stars and Stripes 10 July 1956
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Summer course for bee-keepers
The summer course of the Federation of Irish bee-keepers will open at Villiers School, Limerick, to-day. Mr. John Aherne, secretary, in his annual report says that their journal is now on a firm footing. It was the duty of every bee-keeper to join his local association and each association should affiliate with the federation. The report said that the federation had urged and requested the establishment of a State apiary with full facilities for teaching agriculture and carrying out research work in bee diseases. They had urged that the importation of foreign honey be restricted, or taxed to bring it up to the prevailing Irish price level, but so far it seemed that vested interests had prevailed. Irish honey was a best seller in England and it was to-day being imported into the United States of America.
The Irish Times 16 July 1956
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S. F. Drunks Face Bottleneck
'Revolving Door' Closed by Police
SAN FRANCISCO, July 21 (AP)—Chief of Police Frank Ahern today ended San Francisco's "revolving door" policy for drunks. For years the policy at the police department has been to put all drunks in jail, hold them until they sobered up, then release them—all but the most persistent offenders—without a court appearance. From now on, Ahern decreed, all repeaters will have to face the judge. Federal statistics rate San Francisco the hardest-drinking town in the U.S. Of 68,833 arrests last year, 43,709 were for drunkenness. Of the 43,709 cases, only 13,651 were taken to court.
European Stars and Stripes 22 July 1956
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Thomas Ahern, Jr., Joseph Ahern, Lawrence Wetherill Jr., Frankie Miller and Richard Iford spent several days in Atlantic City.
Chester Times 8 August 1956
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Ahern Launches Anti-Vice Drive
San Francisco—(AP)—Police Chief Frank Ahern has launched an intensive drive to rid San Francisco of prostitutes, procurers and other undesirables before the Republican National Convention opens Aug. 20. "Solicitations of prostitution have become more active with the approach of the convention," Ahern said, "but I'm going to stop it before it becomes widespread." He added that the drive will not end when the convention is over. "We will continue to keep undesirables in San Francisco at a minimum," the chief declared. Ahern said his decision to launch a general crackdown on vice was provoked by the report of an undercover agent who made a quick tour of the International Settlement Thursday night. The agent said one cab driver offered to get him a girl for $200, while another driver found him one for $150. A third cab driver also offered a girl but failed to mention a price. As a result of the agent's tour, cab driver Pete Pellegrini, 39, was arrested as a procurer, and Edith Brooks, 33, was arrested for soliciting and vagrancy.
Humboldt Standard 11 August 1956
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Tactics Bring Gobs of Cops
City and Military Police Required To End Big Fight
Four Navy servicemen, three officers and one enlisted man stationed on temporary duty at Ladd field, were arrested last night after engaging in a riot on Gaffney road. The affray took place outside the Totem Club, near the main gate of the base. Involved in the fight with the four "salts" were three city policemen, one territorial policemen, three airpolicemen and one military policeman. Arrested for disorderly conduct were Lieutenant Joseph Fox Ahern, 33, Lieutenant (jg) Philip Bostwick, Ensign Robert Featherstone, and Sailor Gordon Spellman.
Check Identification
City police said that MP's attempted to check identification cards of the four. One Navy man couldn't find his card, and the military police started to take the man in the patrol wagon. At this point, Lieutenant Bostwick attempted to stop the MP's from apprehending the man. City police then stepped in and arrested Bostwick. While City police attempted to get him into the patrol car, the other three Navy men began to scuffle with the policemen. The engagement turned into a pitched battle, with the Navy challenging all policemen present. AP's came to the rescue, and finally all of the law enforcement officers managed to get the situation under control. Lieutenant Ahern is charged with kicking out the left front window of the Fairbanks police car, and otherwise attempting to "torpedo" arresting officers. It is reported that several policemen are suffering from minor battle damage. City police took the Navy men in tow, and docked all of them in the city jail. Later, they were released to their commanding officer.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 17 August 1956
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PRESTON ; Irish Cultural and Literary Society; hon sec., Miss Fena Aherne, 7 Rufus Street, Deepdale, Preston, Lancs.
The Irish Times 6 October 1956
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Attention was called to the fact that John C. Mahoney, who was elected mayor of Worcester in one of the biggest election surprises in recent years, had started his political career with Atty. William A. O'Hearn of this city, both entering the House of Representatives in 1911.
North Adams Transcript 3 November 1956
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Social News in Brief
Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Ahern of 52 Broad St., had as guests for Thanksgiving, Mrs. Ahern's uncle and aunt and Mr. and Mrs. T. Cranston Albro of Greenfield.
Berkshire Eagle 23 November 1956
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Mr. and Mrs. Charles O'Hara and children, Patrick, Sally and Rose went to Lawrence Kans., to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ahern and family. Mr. and Mrs. Ahern are former Chillicothe residents.
Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune 23 November 1956
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BON AIR, Va. (AP) — Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ahern Jr. have a rather unusual yard decoration — a tomb. They discovered the tomb under weeds after they had bought the property several years ago. On the stone is inscribed the name of Anderson Edwards, born March 26, 1795, and died July 11, 1864. The Aherns have decided to leave the tomb where it is, just a few yards from their front door. "It's a grand conversation piece." Says Mrs. Ahern. "We've become very fond of Mr. Edwards."
Atchison Daily Globe 3 January 1957
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Hawkeye Movie Makers Meet
Hawkeye Movie Makers met at the YMCA Monday evening with 150 present for a program of movies and slides. M. J. Haaheim showed 16 mm movies of his European trip including scenes in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy and Austria. C. E. Cooper showed 35 mm colored slides of Oregon, Idaho, California, Dakota and Iowa. Lyle Pickford presided. Refreshments were served by Mr. and Mrs. Safford Lock, Mr. and Mrs. Frank O'Hearn and Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Sizer.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 22 January 1957
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When Tom O'Hern walked into a North Long Beach bistro Monday eve, he was fresh from watching the Inaugural Ball on TV and just supposed everybody had been doing the same. So he said to Waitress Lila Miller, "Did you see Mamie's gown on TV?" And Lila, looking up absent-mindedly from her work, replied" "No. Who's playing in it?"
Long Beach Press-Telegram 23 January 1957
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San Francisco Cracks Down on Bus Drivers
SAN FRANCISCO, (AP)—Police Chief Frank Ahearn [sic] today ordered all police, especially motorcycle officers, to crack down on speeding municipal bus drivers just as if they were ordinary speeders. His order followed the third fatal bus accident in two months.

Tuesday one rider was killed and 26 were injured when a bus ricocheted from a trolley car into a steel light pole. Faulty brakes were blamed. One person was killed in each of two other accidents. Ahearn said some bus drivers are guilty of speeding through lights.

Corpus Christi Times 28 February 1957
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Four county students at Lafayette college, Easton, Pa., are on the dean's list this semester for having attained averages above 85 during the last semester, They are: James P. Ahearn, a senior, son of Mrs. Irene V. Ahearn, 712 Arctic street  . . . 
Bridgeport Post 9 March 1957
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DUBLIN, Ireland—Bill Ahern of the Center City Palace Bar, revealing [sic] in news that, for the first time in 12 years, Irish law will permit the serving of liquor on St. Patrick's Day. "It'll be like old times again. It's been a dozen years since we've been allowed to open our doors on this, the greatest day of the year.
The Daily Courier 18 March 1957
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MONROE, Conn., April 6—Announcement has been made by Mr. and Mrs. James J. Ahern of the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kathryn Eileen Ahern, to Robert John Hiza, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hiza of Fairfield. A June wedding is planned.

Miss Ahern attended Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and the University of Guadalajar, Mexico. Mr. Hiza studied at the University of Bridgeport and received a civil engineering degree from the University of Connecticut.

New York Times 7 April 1957
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Ahern Named Iowa Master Columnist
DES MOINES—L. Dale Ahern of Decorah was named Iowa master columnist by the Iowa Press Association Friday. Ahern, editor of the Decorah Journal and the Decorah Public Opinion, received the award at the IPA convention here.
Cedar Rapids Gazette 12 April 1957
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Bread Scatters Across Highway
It wasn't manna from heaven, it was bread all over Bayshore freeway at 2 o'clock this morning when a bread truck overturned on the northbound lanes as the result of a rear-tire blowout. The driver, Louis Michael Ahern, 43, 112 Jane drive, Woodside, told police he was northbound when the accident occurred a few feet south of East Poplar avenue. The truck headed for the fence, then did a complete circle on both northbound lanes and overturned in the fast lane, landing on the left side with the front end facing north. Ahern, who escaped uninjured, called for help. Police and firemen arrived, righted the truck and then helped Ahern retrieve loaves of bread.
San Mateo Times 4 May 1957
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Navy Flyers Are Rescued
HONOLULU, May 10—Ten Navy men were pulled from a pitching life raft in the flare-lit Pacific by a submarine early today after their patrol bomber was forced down. The submarine Bream made the rescue. It radioed tersely that all 10 men on the plane were "uninjured and in good condition." The Bream was due at Pearl Harbor with the recued crewmen of the two-engine P2V Neptune patrol bomber. Rescue officials praised the pilot, Lt. J. F. Ahearn, Framingham, Mass., for "a spectacular job" of bringing the bomber down with its starboard engine blazing. The plane was ditched about 170 miles southwest of Honolulu.
Kingsport News 11 May 1957
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Sub Saves 19 From Ditched P2V
HONOLULU (AP)—The submarine Bream, operating in the eerie light of flares, plucked 10 airmen from a bobbing rubber raft 170 miles southwest of Honolulu. Their rescue came four hours after a backfiring engine burst into flames and forced it down. "Search planes dropped flares to light up the area, and we could also see the flares from the life raft when we got close." Said Lt. Cmdr. Roy E. Cowdrey, of South Pasadena, Calif., commander of the Bream. "We got alongside and took them aboard. The sea was very calm—no problem at all."
Wave to Crowd
The crew members—still in their flight suits—arrived at Pearl Harbor Friday afternoon. They stood on the deck of the Bream, waving and smiling to a crowd of about 100. Over a radio hookup from the Bream, Lt. J. F. Ahearn, of Framingham, Mass., pilot of the twin-engined bomber, told of the ditching. The plane was flying at 1,000 feet when an engine backfired, then burst into flames, he said. Eight minutes later, it ditched. The bomber hit the water with "a fairly solid jolt." Ahearn said "but the men suffered only minor bruises. The crew took to the raft with an extremely cheerful attitude."
Sure of Rescue
"We felt sure we would be rescued within a few hours." Two hours after the ditching, a search plane "flew directly over us to acknowledge the flares that were shooting up." Ahearn had radioed his Barber's Point base, outside Honolulu, before going down that the P2V would try to return to base. Then radio contact with the base ceased. The Navy search and rescue unit at Pearl Harbor was alerted. Two Air Force planes and a Neptune bomber were sent aloft. Another Neptune, on a training flight, was directed to join the search. Later, the submarine Bayshaw, one of five operating in the vicinity on night maneuvers, heard a distress call from the raft into which the 10 men had climbed. The Bayshaw alerted the search planes. A Neptune flown by Lt. (jg) W. J. Bedworth, of Buffalo, N.Y., headed for the area. "We got a strong radar contact about 37 miles from the raft." Bedworth said, "But when we got closer, the signal started to break up. We decided to check it out anyhow. We were beginning to think it was a 'weather contact' when I saw a red flare the men had shot up from the raft." He said the radar contact with the raft came from a radar reflector which is among emergency gear stored in the raft. Bedworth dropped flares and radioed the submarine. The other planes joined in lighting up the area as the Brea, raced up to the raft. Seven minutes later all the men were aboard. . . . 
European Stars and Stripes 12 May 1957
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Petroleum Club Elects Officers
Petroleum Club directors have elected George T. Hansen Jr., operations manager, Utah Southern Oil Co., as president for the year ending May 31, 1958, Melvin E. Leslie, secretary, announced Thursday. Mr. Hansen succeeds Charles V. Walton, district explorations manager, Pan American Petroleum Corp. Other new club officers are Clyde L. Anderson, first vice president; Larkin O'Hern, second vice president, and Darrell E. Smith, treasurer. Directors are N. G. Morgan Jr., J. R. Williams, Ed B. KNight Jr., Dorsey Hager, J. B., Guinard and William J. Harris.
The Salt Lake Tribune 21 June 1957
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Ahern Starts New Duties as Head of Industrial Group
Philip C. Ahern, director of administrative services for the city of Pittsfield during the past eight years, started his new duties yesterday as administrative and research director of the Berkshire County Industrial Development Corp. In this $10,000-a-year post, Mr. Ahern will be responsible for budget preparation, record keeping, evaluation of promotional results, preparation of financial statements, and aid in promotion work for the agency. Mr. Ahern's offices have been established in the County Courthouse in the quarters formerly occupied by the Berkshire Hills Conference.
North Adams Transcript 2 July 1957
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Ex-Publicist Sent to Jail
Erstwhile racetrack publicist Robert Ahearn was sentenced to 30 days in jail for failure to support his 7-year-old son, when he appeared before Judge J. A. Branson in San Mateo Central District court yesterday afternoon. Action had been brought by his ex-wife, Mrs. Doris Marie McDonald Ahearn of Hillsborough, also an ex-wife of millionaire James McDonald III. Judge Branson warned Ahearn that when he got out of jail, unless he began to make some provision for the child, he would be sent back for a 60-day term, and continued disregard for the court's order would result in a six month's sentence. Ahearn has failed to make payments since January, 1955. Ahern [sic], meanwhile, has been on probation on a check charge from the Southern Judicial district and in San Francisco, Deputy District Attorney Walter Harrington reported.
San Mateo Times 18 July 1957
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Ulysses Man Has Left Leg Crushed While Felling Tree
CLOUDERSPORT—James Ahearn, 55, Brookland, RD 1 Ulysses, underwent surgery Monday night in the Potter County Memorial Hospital for compound fractures of his left leg. He was assisting a brother, Michael Ahearn in cutting timber on his farm when his leg was crushed by a falling tree shortly after 3 p.m., Monday.
Wellsville Daily Reporter 31 July 1957
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Who's Who in Mason City
651 Vermont S. E. Born Aug. 14, 1896, Belmond, Iowa. Mason City High School. Married Letha Colegrove, Oct. 11, 1919. Children—Mrs. Christian E. (Dorothy) Schrock, Iowa City; Mrs. Roy E. (Lauretta) Hayes, Elyria, Ohio. Lehigh Portland Cement Co., 1917-33. Cerro Gordo County Welfare, 1933 to present. Dir. of County Welfare since 1946. Came to Mason City from Iowa Falls, 1910. First Christian Church, Mason City Council of Social Agencies; Cerro Gordo County Mental Health Group; Iowa Welfare Assoc.; National Rehabilitation Assoc., Cerro Gordo County TB Assoc.; Cerro Gordo Chap. Natl. Foundation Infantile Paralysis; Cerro Gordo County Crippled Children's Society. Presently chm. TB and Polio chapters for county. Hobbies—lawn and garden work.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 31 August 1957
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Mrs. Michael C. Ahern, formerly of Watertown, is now making her home in Provincetown. She has rented the apartment of her nephew, Thomas Hennessey at 424 Commercial Street.
Provincetown Advocate 26 September 1957
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Large Dairy Barn Is Destroyed by Flames
COUDERSPORT—Flames destroyed a large dairy barn on the Charles Ahearn farm Route 49, ten miles northeast of here yesterday. Coudersport volunteer firemen answering the alarm at 5:55 a.m. found flames roaring through the structure and worked for two hours to save one silo and prevent flames from spreading. Arthur Nelson, fire chief, reported the barn, one silo filled with ensilage, and an adjoining milk house with all its equipment were lost. Mr. Ahearn said he believed three head of cattle had been trap [sic] Thirty-two of the 35 head of dairy cattle and machinery housed in the barn were moved before the structure collapsed. Telephone service to the farmhouse was cut off when the line, crossing near the barn was melted by flames. Extent of the loss has not been estimated.
Wellsville Daily Reporter 2 October 1957
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17 Students Get Diplomas From Shannon Hotel School
Following Votive Mass at Shannon Airport yesterday, representatives of the Department of Eduacation, Bórd Fáilte and the hotel industry attended the second presentation of diplomas to the graduates of the airport's hotel school. . . . 
The following received their final diplomas: Misses Ann Ahern, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, . . . 
The Irish Times 3 October 1957
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Immediate Occupancy
8643 KENTON, OPEN SUN. 1-5
Beau. new 3 bedrm. brick ranch, full bsmt., overhead sewers, fully plastered, pickled mahog. woodwork, birch cabinets, colored plumbing with vanity in bath built-in range-oven, on 40' lots with side drive.
10910 S. WESTERN                              HIL. 5-9221
Southtown Economist 24 November 1957
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A marriage has been arranged, and will shortly take place, between Major Robert Stanley Holbrook, Royal Signals, son of Rear-Admiral and Mrs. L. S. Holbrook, of Bury, Sussex, and Maureen Alice Aherne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Aherne, of Wimbledon.
The Times 30 December 1957
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KIM IN LONDON: Albuquerque actress Kim Stanley (center), who will star in the role of "Maggie" in the forthcoming British production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," sits on the stairs of the Comedy Theater in London with American actress Renee Houston (left) and Canadian actor, Paul Massie. Miss Stanley is the daughter of J. T. Reid, 602 Dartmouth NE. The Tennessee Williams play opens in London on Jan. 30.
Albuquerque Tribune 2 January 1958
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—Dr. and Mrs. James T. Ahern of Larchmont will arrive today for a visit with her mother, Mrs. Charles Dean, and sister, Mrs. Virginia Potter.
Wellsville Daily Reporter 16 January 1958
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Mrs. Charles Dean of N. Main St., returned yesterday after a several days' visit at the home of Dr. and Mrs. T. James Ahern in Larchmont. She accompanied Don Morris who visited his family and also returned yesterday.
Wellsville Daily Reporter 4 March 1958
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Oilman Promoted
L. [Lewis?] Larkin O'Hern, senior landman for the Sinclair Oil & Gas Co., Salt Lake City, has been promoted to district landman and transferred to Casper, Wyo., it was announced Monday. Mr. O'Hern joined Sinclair in August 1952, as a scout in the Denver office. He was transferred to Salt Lake City in June 1955.
The Salt Lake Tribune 3 June 1958
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Mr. M. Ryand and Miss A. Aherne
In St. Andrew's Church, Westland row, Dublin the wedding took place yesterday of Mr. Michael Ryan, son of the late Patrick Ryan and Mrs. Ryan, Kilcommon, Co. Tipperary, and Miss Ann Aherne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Aherne, Fleet street, Dublin. The ceremony was conducted by the bridegroom's brother, the Right Rev. Monsignor Thomas Ryan, of the Vatican Secretariat of State. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of white duchesse satin over pleated nylon tulle, with an illusion tulle veil and a headdress of white roses, and carried a bouquet of red roses. The Misses Brenda and Kathleen Aherne Aherne (sisters of the bride), were bridesmaids, wearing lavender brocade dresses. Mr. Andrew Ryan was best man, and Mr. Michael Scanlon was groomsman. A reception was held in Jury's Hotel, Dublin, and the honeymoon is being spent abroad.
The Irish Times 10 July 1958
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Reedsville Church Is Scene Of Dvorachek-O'Hearn Rites
Michigan and Northern Wisconsin are being visited by Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas O'Hearn, who were married Saturday, in a 10 a.m. service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Reedsville. The Rev. William Koutnik performed the rites for the daughter of Mrs. Joseph Dvorachek, Route 1, Reedsville, and the son of Mrs. George O'Hearn, Route 2, Reedsville. The former Miss Ann Marie Dvorachek was presented at the altar by her brother, Bernard Dvorachek.

Attire of the bride was fashioned of Chantilly lace, which banded four points of embroidered tulle that fell over a full skirt of taffeta. A large flounce of tulle completed the skirt, which fell from a pointed bodice of embroidered tulle. Chantilly lace also banded the short sleeves and Sabrina neckline. The bride's fingertip veil of English illusion was caught to a crown headpiece, accented with pearls and rhinestones. She had brief tulle gauntlets and carried a white orchid with streamers of stephanotis over a tulle-covered white prayer book.

Miss Catherine Dvorachek served as her sister's maid of honor. She had a full-length dress of white flocked nylon organza over blue taffeta. A cumberbund, large bow and streamers of matching taffeta accented the simply-styled gown, which was designed with brief sleeves and a round neckline that extended to a V at the back. To finish her ensemble, she wore a picture hat of matching taffeta and carried a cascade bouquet of pale pink asters. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Roland Burnar, Madison, and Miss Mary Lou Brochtrup, Brilton [?], while the bride's cousin, Miss Dorothy Dvorachek, served as junior attendant. All were attired similarly to the honor attendant and carried cascade arrangements of deep pink asters.

An aunt of the bride, Mrs. Edward Dvorachek, was organist and the children's choir furnished vocal selections. As best man, the bridegroom chose Ronald Vandenhouten, Luxemburg. Groomsmen were Roland Budner, Madison, Leo Frank, Green Bay, and the junior groomsman was the bride's brother, Joseph Dvorachek. Duties of ushering were assumed by cousins of the bridal pair, Donald Dvorachek and Robert Rank, Francis Creek. A dinner for the immediate families was served at Cape Cod Inn, Manitowic, where a reception followed.

Address of the newlyweds will be 241 Langdon st., Madison, where the bridegroom is working towards his doctor's degree in physics at the University of Wisconsin. The bride attended Electronics, Radio and Television Institute, Omaha, Neb., and has been employed as cost clerk at Brillion Iron Works, Inc. Both the bride and bridegroom are graduates of Reedsville High School.

Sheboygan Press 20 August 1958
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Sp5 Plays Santa All Year To Mannheim Youngsters
MANNHEIM, Germany (S&S)—American troops at Funari Barracks have come to know Sp5 William F. Ahern as the 7th Army Support Comd's one-man liaison between the headquarters and charity projects for children in Mannheim. The children of several of the city's orphanages know him as "the man with the blue car." But to one little girl, 11-year-old Else, he is much more. Ahern, an English-born veteran of 18 years of military service, has devoted much of his off-duty time since arriving here in December 1956 to bringing comfort and happiness to the community's unfortunate children.
Always on Job
From remembering to bring a small birthday gift on the right day to acting as a collection agency for children's clothing, shoes, toys and cash gifts, the headquarters judge advocate clerk is always on the job. "Our future lies with our children." the soldier stated. "They are our best investment. The children have supervised care, but what they need most is individual love." He added. Ahern said American families of Benjamin Franklin Village have been most generous with donations of outgrown clothing and shoes, and he gave a special credit to enlisted and officer personnel stationed at Funari Barracks for "always dropping by with small donations of money" for the soldier to use in purchasing birthday and holiday gifts.
Outstanding Gift
Ahern recalled one item as being outstanding among all the gifts purchased—a kiddie car—intended for a youngster who was having difficulty in learning to walk. The toy has been passed on from one child to another and is still in use aiding them in their first steps, he said. Take the case of little Else. No different from any other girl her age, she loved her mother very much and every Mother's Day was a special day for a special mother. She had saved her coins for that purpose and learned that Mother would be pleased to have a vase. All mothers love pretty vases, she thought, so that will be a proper gift. Else took her coins to a nearby carnival where she had seen all kinds of gifts. Past the merry-go-round, the pony rides, she approached the tent where she won the grand prize. Else was happy. Could she exchange the grand prize for that vase on the third shelf? Leaving the carnival grounds little Else had an accident among the crowd of merry-makers and the vase was crushed. The gift was gone, and so most of her savings. It would be a sad Mother's Day. When Ahern learned of the incident, he quickly passed the word around the barracks, and his buddies joined forces. Ahern purchased a substitute vase and delivered it to little Else's home just in time to meet the child's wishes for her mother's special day.
European Stars and Stripes 20 September 1958
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Porch Collapses; 3 Hurt in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP)—A second floor porch of a burning building collapsed beneath four St. Louis firemen early Saturday, injuring three seriously. The firemen were battling a blaze at a vacant brick flat. Taken to City Hospital were battalion chief Joseph Ahern, 55, and firemen Ben Bruner, 41 and Arlie Schnerre, 46.
Jefferson City News and Tribune 21 September 1958
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visit Welcome Wagon hostess, Mrs. Marjorie Lawler, with basket, at her home, 22 Preston Ave. The young women are 9 of 15 brought to the city through the efforts of Mrs. Edward Aherne of 18½ Tyler St., who came here in December.
An Irish Girl Likes It Here,
So Now There Are 15 More
Fifteen Irish colleens have come to Pittsfield in the past year and a half to seek their fortunes. All but the latest arrivals are employed here. And the newcomers, Miss Catherine Kirwan and Miss Mary Shannon, who flew from Shannon to Boston last week, are seeking office work, which they did in their home in Dublin, Eire. The newcomers are staying temporarily with their first cousin, Mrs. Edward J. Aherne, and Mr, Aherne of 18½ Tyler St. Mrs. Aherne, here only since last December, has been responsible for bringing the group over.
Mrs. Aherne Responsible
Mrs. Aherne, who thinks this is "one great country." first came to the United States as a baby with her parents. She returned to Ireland in 1932 after going to school in New York. She lived in County Cork and was married there. Her husband came here a year and a half ago and now is employed in construction work for Maurice Callahan & Sons, advertising firm. His wife and four children, whose ages are 11, 10, 6 and 4, followed him last December. But Mrs. Aherne started her work of obtaining employment for Irish girls in the old country. She already knew people here, and through them got jobs for her friends. They started coming at the same time as her husband, when Mrs. Aherne made sure they had all the necessary documents and could work in the United States. Since then, she has been responsible for the 15.

It isn't a paid job. Mrs. Aherne just does it because she thinks "there is a great chance for them in life over here." In the past four weeks, she's had requests from 50 people, many more than she can handle. But she's willing. The new arrivals meet on their days off — every Thursday and every other Sunday at Mrs. Aherne's home. Last week, they were visited by Mrs. Marjorie Lawler, Pittsfield's Welcome Wagon hostess, of 22 Preston Ave., who paid a call on "two girls," only to find there were 15.

Berkshire Eagle 3 October 1958
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Notice is hereby given that the Sheriff of Marion County, Kansas has returned to the Treasurer's Office, Marion County, Kansas the following 1957 Uncollectable Tax Warrants.
 . . . 
523 Jean Gill Ahern, 2227 20th St. N. W. Washington, D. C. $1.37
 . . . 
Great Bend Daily Tribune 17 October 1958
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Poor Speller Goes to Jail
OTTAWA (CP)—Patrick Ahern is in jail for a month because he isn't much of a speller. Ahern, 20, tried to pass a cheque in the name of G. Crepin. The teller couldn't read the writing and asked Ahern how to spell the name. When Ahern fumbled for the cheque to look at the name, the teller called police.
Lethbridge Herald 4 December 1958
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Maurice Ahern New Supervisor Of Aurora SCS
PLANKINTON—Mr. and Mrs. Maurice "Mike" Ahern and son arrived in Plankinton this week from Yankton. Ahern is the new Soil Conservation man for Aurora county, replacing Monte Montagne, who had held that office for the past four years. Montagne is with the forestry conservation service in California having left here Nov. 1. Ahern, who graduated from Brookings High School in 1948 and State College in 1952, was born and raised on a farm. He taught school at Doland for one year, 1954-55. He was married in 1956. The Aherns have a son age 19 months. He joined the Soil Conservation Service in April 1956 at Yankton where he worked with Vern Rusch, a former Soil Conservation Co-operator in Aurora county.
The Daily Republic 19 December 1958
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Former Oakland Reporter Killed
OAKLAND (UPI)—Edward Murphy, former sports writer and reporter for the Oakland Tribune, was struck and killed by an auto Monday night as he walked across a street. Murphy, 64, retired several years ago. Police said Murphy was struck by an auto driven by Rowena O'Hern, 48, San Leandro. She told authorities she did not see Murphy, who was in a crosswalk. Mrs. O'Hern was not cited pending further investigation of the accident.
Hayward Daily Review 3 January 1959
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Marriage Announcement
Living in West Acton after a wedding trip to Montreal is Mrs. Edward Orlawski [sic] (Barbara Ann Ahern). She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ahern of Arlington. Her husband is the son of Mrs. And Mrs. Frank Orlawski of Everett.
The Boston Globe 25 January 1959
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Sports Notes
WASHINGTON (AP)—A stickup man robbed boxing promoter Goldie Ahearn's restaurant of $1,600 Friday. “I hope the police catch him,” Goldie commented. “I'd put him in a semifinal so he'd get his brains knocked out.”
Greeley Daily Tribune 28 March 1959
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L. Dale Ahern Receives Annual Penal Press Award
DECORAH—L. Dale Ahern, general manager of the Decorah Newspapers, has received the annual Award of Merit from the Penal Press, an association of prison newspapers. Each year Penal Press members select "the one newspaper publisher who has contributed more toward advocating journalism behind prison walls." This is the second such honor accorded Ahern. In April, 1958, he was named "Man of the Year" by the staff of Presidio, inmatew publication of the Iowa Ste Prison at Fort Madison. The Presidio staff said the choice resulted "because we believe he did more to encourage rehabilitation of prisoners in 1957 than any other person, not directly associated with prison, in the state."
Mason City Globe-Gazette 1 April 1959
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Mr. and Mrs. Denis Ahern
Parents of Councilman Have Golden Anniversary
A half century of memories were recalled April 12 when Mr. and Mrs. Denis Ahern of Ponoma, parents of Councilman D. Patrick Ahern of Long Beach, observed their golden wedding anniversary. Although they were born in County Kerry, Ireland, they did not meet until some years later in San Francisco. Both were in the Bay City at the time of the 1906 earthquake and fire. Their marriage in 1909 took place in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Los Angeles. Most of their married life has been spent in Pomona and they have been frequent visitors to Long Beach.

Mr. Ahern has been a member of Pomona Council 867, Knights of Columbus, for 45 years. He is also a member of the Holy Name Society and is the oldest living director in the St. Vincent DePaul Society in the Pomona Conference. Mrs. Ahern has been prominent in the church Altar Society. For many years both had maintained membership in various Irish societies in Southern California.

Long Beach Press-Telegram 19 April 1959
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Death Threat
Mental Hospital Escapees Kidnap Bay State Man
BUFFALO, N. Y., April 22 (AP)—A man who was held captive in his automobile for 20 hours by four escapees from a mental hospital says, “They told me they'd kill me if I didn't play along.” Henry J. Landry was forced to drive from his home town, Ashburnham, Mass., north to the Canadian line and then west across New York state by four youths he picked up as hitchhikers. “They had knives out all the time,” he said. “Most of the way, it seemed, one of them was pressed into my side.” The 52-year-old furniture designer jumped from his car when they stopped for gas in suburban Amherst Tuesday.

“I ran into traffic and across the street and into this man's office,” he said. “I shouted 'I'm being kidnapped' and that was it. He called the police and it was all over.” The FBI charged them with kidnapping and taking a stolen car across a state line. They were Carl Kasper, 22, and James Robinson, 24, of Athol, Mass.; Frederick Ahearn, 16, of Chelmsford, Mass., and Roland Cole, 17, of Gardner, Mass. Authorities at Gardner State Hospital said the four had ganged up on an attendant Sunday, slugged him and escaped. They said Kasper and Cole had been committed by court order but did not have criminal records. They said Ahearn and Robinson had been undergoing preliminary tests. Ahearn was charged with armed robbery and Robinson with non-support of his family.

Landry said he was driving near his home Monday afternoon when he saw the four hitchhiking at a corner. "All four jumped in the car," he said. "I don't think we'd gone 1000 yards when I felt a knife in my side and another at the back of my neck. They forced me to pull over and Ahearn got behind the wheel. They said they were going to California." They eventually took the state thruway across New York. Landry and Ahearn were left alone in the car at the Amherst gas station, That's when Landry ran into the street,

Amherst Police quickly rounded up the four. They waived preliminary hearings at their arraignments before a U. S. commissioner and were held in $7500 bail for each of the juveniles and $10,000 each for the other two. The U. S. attorney was to confer with Massachusetts authorities on the next move. Landry said he would fly home. "I don't feel much like making that trip right away again," he said. He plans to return to Buffalo in a week or so, anyway. Then he added, "I've picked up my last hitchhiker."

Lowell Sun 22 April 1959
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Chelmsford Youth Held in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N. Y.. April 28—Massachusetts authorities were expected to arrive here today to take charge of four inmates from a Massachusetts hospital, including a Chelmsford, Mass. youth, who face kidnap and car theft charges. The four, Frederick Ahearn, 16, of Chelmsford; Roland Cole, 17, of Gardner, and Carl Kasper, 22, and Jimmy Robinson, 24, both of Athol, waived extradition yesterday before Erie County Dist. Atty. Carman F. Ball.

The fugitives were nabbed last Tuesday by suburban Amherst police and turned over to the FBI. William J. Landry, 52-year-old Ashburnham, Mass. businessman, was captured by the youths a short time after they escaped from the Gardner State Hospital. Robbed of $52 and threatened with a knife for more than 20 hours, Landry was forced to drive the Massachusetts hitchhikers on a 500-mile trip to Buffalo. Landry managed to slip away at a service station and called Amherst police. Pending approval of Bay State police, the four were held in Erie county penitentiary; Kasper and Robinson in $10,000 and the teenagers in $7500 bail.

The Lowell Sun 28 April 1959
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Movie Club Meetings Concluded
   Officers were elected by the Hawkeye Movie Makers Club at its final meeting of the year Monday evening at the YMCA. P. T. Umberger was named H. O. Maass, vice president; Mrs. W. R. Whitehead, secretary; Mrs. Chester Williams, treasurer; Paul Dobel and Frank O'Hearn, directors.
   Harley Woods presented the slate of officers. Mr. Woods announced a picnic to be held June 14 at Mount Hosmer near Lansing.
   Mrs. Hartley Blewett who presided thanked members for their co-operation during the year. Ivan Scott reported for the nominating committee. Mrs. Ed Bluhm read the constitution and by-laws.
   The program included 3 dimensional pictures of a trip around the world, shown by C. E. Leffler. Hawaii, Wake Island, Japan, China, India and Greece were included in the travelog. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seidel showed movies of a California trip including Disneyland scenes. Lunch was served during the social hour.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 19 May 1959
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Married Recently
George Vincent Ahern and Mrs. Ahern
following their marriage in St. Joseph's Church.
The bride is the former Claire Michelle Fardais, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Treffle Fardais of Ottawa. The groom is the son of George Vincent Ahern of Windsor and the late Mrs. Ahern.
Ottawa Citizen 23 May 1959
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St. James's Palace, London S.W.1.
The Queen has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:

To be Ordinary Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Colonel Timothy Michael Richard Ahern, O.B.E., M.B. (52443), late Royal Army Medical Corps.

The London Gazette 13 June 1959
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De LaSalle High school Fathers' club held an officers meeting recently in the Stock Yard Inn, W. 42nd and S. Halsted sts. Officers in attendance were Barney Ahern, 8437 S. May st., president; . . . 
The Economist 17 August 1959
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Thomas Ahern, farm labourer, single, aged about 55, of Clonmult, Midleton, Co. Cork, received fatal injuries when he was knocked down by a car near his home late last night. Apparently he was walking home from Dungourney Church when the accident occurred.
The Irish Times 26 October 1959
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Motor-cyclist Killed
Michael Ahern (40), unmarried, a market gardener, received fatal injuries early yesterday morning when the motor-cycle he was riding was in collision with a station-wagon, about two miles from Midleton, Co. Cork. Mr. Ahern was a native of Churchtown North, Midleton.
The Irish Times 10 November 1959
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West Mansfield
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Cleve and Mrs. Laura Ahern visited on Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith and family.
The Richwood Gazette 3 December 1959
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Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Cleve entertained Saturday evening with a dinner. Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith and family and Mrs. Laura Ahern were guests. The occasion was to celebrate the birthdays of Mrs. Van Cleve and Dick Smith.
Marysville Journal-Tribune 3 December 1959
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Dr. S. A. Ahern and Miss E. A. Dalby
The engagement is announced between Sean Alan Ahern, son of the late Mr. John Ahern and of Mrs. Ahern, of 12, Elm Avenue, Hull, and Elizabeth Ann, daughter of the Rev. Dr. J. and Mrs. Dalby of Garston Park, Godstone, Surrey.
The Times 5 December 1959
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