The Ahern Family - Newspaper Reports 1940-1950

Mention of Aherns
in Newspaper Stories

To the Editor:
   Sir:—It was just before dark recently that I saw three little boys coming up the street. One of them came up to our door, another to the neighbour's door the third, a tiny mite three or four years old, was just tagging along apparently. I went to the door wondering "What could they be selling at this hour?"
   Imagine my surprise to find that little boy on my doorstep asking for "money for flowers for Dinny's funeral"! And yet it was not too surprising, for "Dinny, the cop" who died on Friday was known to everyone in Westville. He always had a funny story to tell (much improved by his Irish brogue), was always jollying or being jollied, and always taking care of the children-"the kids" as he called them. He was a familiar figure at a Westville school intersection, seeing "the kids" safely across the street, and they all loved "Dinny."
   We wondered whose idea it had been to collect money for flowers and decided it was probably "the kids" themselves who thought of it. A heart-warming respite in the day of hate and war!
   Dinny Ahern spent his life looking out for "the kids" and now his "kids" are looking out for him!
   New Haven.
— Unidentified, undated newspaper clipping from 1940
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Mr. John Ahern, of Thornton, in the Muttaburra district, was a visitor at Cluden on Monday. Accompanied by Mrs. and Miss Ahern, Mr. Ahern was on his way south, on a holiday. Flooded conditions made it impossible to travel to Longreach to join the train, and rendered it necessary to travel via Townsville.
Townsville Daily Bulletin 2 January 1940
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No competitor sent in an all-correct solution for Pennypots Crossword No. 6. The following who sent entries with one error each, share the first prize of £80, receiving £20 each :—

Doherty, Mr. Edward, Barrack street, Ballaghadareen, Co. Roscommon; Fox, Mrs., The Square, Mitchelstown; Mr. James, 21 St. Aidan's Park, Marino, Dublin; Travers, Mrs. M., 196 Botanic avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin.

The following competitors sent in entries differing at two points from the all-correct square, and share the runner-up prize of £40 :—Aherne, Mr. James, Bloomfield Lodge, Douglas, Cork ;  . . . 

The Irish Times 24 February 1940
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AHERN—March 7, 1940, at the Leinster Private Nursing Home, to Maureen, wife of N. G. Ahern, B.E., 31 Butterfield Park, Rathfarrnham, a son.
The Irish Times 16 March 1940
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Engaged to Marry
Ella Violet King, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. T. King, Bagley street, Brighton Beach, to Sergeant J. W. Ahern, Second A.I.F., youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ahern, of Wyndham (W.A.).
The Argus 23 March 1940
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Stitch and Chatter Club Entertained
Stitch and Chatter club met with Mrs. John Schack, 1544 Washington avenue northwest, for a 1 o'clock luncheon. The time was spent sewing and visiting and Mrs. Arnold Slobiska was a guest. Mrs. Frank O'Hearn, 535 Tenth street northwest, will be hostess at the next meeting on April 10.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 28 March 1940
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Coast Guard Orders
WASHINGTON, March 28—The following Coast Guard changes for the week ended March 27 were announced today:
Ahern, J. L., Chicago District, to New Orleans district as commander, June 15.
New York Times 29 March 1940
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Canisius to Honor 4 Educators
BUFFALO, May 9 (AP)—Canisius College will grant four honorary degrees Sunday at the dedication of its new $260,000 Science Hall. The degree of Doctor of Science will be awarded to Dr. Amadeus William Grabau, Professor of Paleontology at the University of Peiping, China. The degree of Doctor of Laws will be awarded to the Very Rev. Joseph M. Noonan, president of Niagara University, and the Rev. Michael J. Ahern, head of the Department of Geology at Weston (Mass.) College.
New York Times 10 May 1940
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"Eddie" Is Chief Guest at Youngster's Party.
"Eddie" was the predominating guest at a birthday party given recently by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O'Mara, 7938 Campbell ave., in honor of their son, Patrick, Jr., who was seven years old on the occasion. Present were Eddie and Thomas Ahern, Eddie Gavin and Eddie Lyons. Others who gathered to celebrate the birthday were Thomas Sullivan, Jackie Bell, Richard, Robert, John and Margaret O'Mara. After the children were served refreshments, they played games on the rear lawn of the O'Mara home.
Southtown Economist 15 May 1940
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   The jury found in favour of the will of December 17, 1938, of Mrs. Nora Mullins, aged 70, late of The Cottage, Windmill road, Cork, widow, who died on October 10 last, leaving assets valued at about £21,000, and it was admitted to probate in solemn form.
   Dr. Edmond Donovan, Camden place, Cork, and Richard Murphy, retired draper, Lauriston, Mardyke, executors, brought the suit to establish the will, which had been opposed on the three usual grounds by Mrs. Mary Aherne, Ardmore, Passage West, Cork, a sister of Mrs. Mullins. She had propounded a will of April 26, 1923, but opposition to the 1938 will was withdrawn, and evidence was taken in support of it.
   It was stated that Mrs. Mullins had inherited £11,000 from her husband, a coachbuilder, who died in 1917, and that she had almost doubled that amount. Under the will of 1938 she left 39 legacies to relatives of her own, including the defendant, and to relatives of her late husband, and the residue, amounting to about £12,900 odd, to the Bishop of Cork to be applied by him for the benefit of the Maynooth Mission to China, for Masses.
   She left no children, her next-of-kin being three sisters, including the defendant, and a daughter of a deceased sister.
   It was further stated that by the will of 1923 she also left a very large number of legacies to relatives and the residue to the Ladies' Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the poor of the South Parish, Cork, equal shares.
   Plaintiffs were allowed their costs as executors, and defendant her costs out of the residue.
   Mr. Phelps, K.C.; Mr. J. A. Costello, K.C., and Mr. Ashley Powell (instructed by Mr. Julian O'Brien) appeared for the executors; and Mr. Michael Binchy, K.C.; Mr. J. A. McCarthy, K.C., and Mr. M. O'Driscoll (instructed by Mr. P. J. O'Driscoll) for Mrs. Aherne. Mr. J. Geraghty (instructed by Mr. B. Collins) attended on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners.
The Irish Times 26 June 1940
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AHERN—ELLIS.— Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Ellis, of Winthrop Avenue, Crawley, West Australia, wish to announce the engagement of their Daughter, Betty, to Michael, Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Ahern, of Cottesloe, West Australia.
The Courier-Mail 8 July 1940
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Woodshore Juniors Will Work Out Club Budget
Members of the Woodshore Junior Women's club will meet next Tuesday in the home of the junior sponsor, Ethelyn Ahern, 1535 E. Marquette rd., to discuss plans for a club budget with Miss Ahern and Mrs. H. C. Cordick, 7204 South Shore dr., co-sponsor. Representing the club in the budget discussion will be Kathleen Toon, 1534 E. Marquette rd., ways and means chairman; Avian Reinemeyer, 1408 E. Marquette rd., president, and Alice Field, 7532 Essex ave., press chairman. [see also: obituary of Elliott G. Ahern]
Southtown Economist 10 July 1940
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Brian Ahearn [sic] was engaged by Columbia for the stellar role in a new romantic comedy, temporarily titled "Gribouille" with possibly Rita Hayworth as the feminine lead. Charles Vidor will be the director and B. B. Kahane the producer. Coming to the U.S.A. from England, where he had achieved success on the stage and screen, Ahearn's first important film role was in "Song of Songs" and his latest, as yet unreleased in New Zealand, in "My Son, My Son."
Wellington Evening Post 11 July 1940
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   The following appointments have been made:—
   Lieutenants:—Francis Creedon, Bartholomew James O'Driscoll, Daniel Francis Savage, Stephen John Morrogh.
   Second Lieutenants:—Robert Patrick Ryan, Joseph Ahern, Daniel Patrick Barrett, John Busteed, Thomas Francis Crofts, Michael Leahy, Florence O'Donoghue, Jeremiah Galvin, John Kennedy, Michael Patrick Kenny, Denis Daniel Lordan, William Riordan, James Hennessy, William Fraher.
The Irish Times 13 July 1940
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Members of Girl Scout Troop Take Part in Event
   Under the leadership of Marie Cadek, 8106 May st and Mary Venople, several members of Girl Scout Troop No 152 of the St. Sabina parish took part in a retreat at Barat college in Lake Forest recently.
   Those in the group included Patricia Ahern, 7939 Ada st.; . . . 
Southtown Economist 17 July 1940
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Becomes the Bride of Carleton B. Robinson in New London
NEW LONDON, Conn., July 22—Miss Anne Berry Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Ahern of Hartford and this city, and Carleton B. Robinson of Cromwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Robinson of Rochester, N. Y., were married this afternoon at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church by the Rev. Edward J. Reardon. Miss Mary Agnes Ahern, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Richard C. Gilbert of Rochester was best man. A reception for members of the two families took place at Lighthouse Inn after the ceremony.
New York Times 23 July 1940
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Record Group To Attend Camp
FALLON, July 24.—(Special)—A record delegation of 4-H Club members, 90 of them, including extension agents R. D. Crock, Miss Lena Hauke and John Ahern, will leave Monday for the seventeenth annual 4-H gathering at Lake Tahoe. Leaders accompanying the young people are Mrs. Theo Sherman, Mrs. Homer Stevens, Miss Coral Sorenson, Miss Frances Baumann, Mrs. John P. Ahern and Mark Lattin.
Nevada State Journal 25 July 1940
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Judge Samuel B. Coffin sailed on Seafarer with Mrs. Lucy M. Brooks, who has been visiting here 50 years, and Miss Helen Ahern of Hudson, N. Y., as guests.
Newport Mercury 26 July 1940
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Aherne, Patrick De Lacy, 37, The Grove, Edgware, Middlesex, and lately of “Abbotswood,” Uxbridge Road, Stanmore, Middlesex, film actor.
The Times 27 July 1940
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Mary Ahern, 7618 Morgan st., recently celebrated her 13th birthday in the home of her aunt, Mrs. Ben Kirk, 8115 Honore st.
Southtown Economist 7 August 1940
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Calls Meeting of Local Leaders Tomorrow
Captain James Ahern, commander of the New Orleans, La. District of the U. S. Coast Guard, will be in Panama City tomorrow to preside at a special called meeting at which representatives of Panama City's business activities will be present. Purpose of the meeting was not revealed. Captain Ahern, with headquarters in the Customs House at New Orleans, has charge of all Coast Guard activities and aids to navigation in the Gulf of Mexico from St. Marks, Fla., to the Mexican border. The Coast Guard cutter Boutwell and the C. G. 4904 stationed at Panama City are a part of the Coast Guard activities operating under his direction. Captain Ahern entered the Coast Guard as a cadet in 1903 and has been commander of the New Orleans District since July 1, 1940, having come to this area from Chicago, where he was District Commander for the past four years.
Panama City News-Herald 21 August 1940
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Announced Today by High Coast Guard Official At Meeting Here
Funds in the amount of $270,000 have been allocated by the government for the construction of a U. S. Coast Guard station to be located on Red Fish Point, according to information given to Panama City businessmen this morning by Captain James Ahern, of the Coast Guard headquarters in New Orleans. Captain Ahern met with representatives of Panama City in the Chamber of Commerce this morning to make the announcement that the Coast Guard station has definitely been approved and is listed as project No. 64 in the 1941 preferred budget.
Panama City News-Herald 22 August 1940
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Brian Aherne, the British film actor, is sending four ambulances to England for the use of the Red Cross (says a message from Hollywood published in the London "Evening News"). He is also giving his full salary of $30,000 which he will receive for acting in "Retired Wife" to the British Red Cross. He tried to join the RAF, but he was told by the British Embassy in Washington that the Air Force needs only pilots between the ages of 20 and 34. Aherne, who is a qualified pilot, is 38.
Cairns Post 7 September 1940
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Four Held in $1000 Each on Morals Charge
LOWELL — Four greater-Lowell youths, arrested yesterday afternoon and last night by local and Chelmsford police on serious morals charges, waived examination when they appeared before Judge Patrick J. Reynolds in district court and were bound over to the grand jury under $1000 bonds each. They are: Edward Ahearn, 23, Dalton road, Chelmsford; Richard D. Anderson, 17 134 Main street, this city; George E. Ahearn, 17, 121 Crosby street, Dracut, and Douglas E. Talsey, 18, of 8 Nottingham road, Chelmsford. The four youths were taken into custody as a result of complaints made to local and Chelmsford police by a 14-year-old girl.
The Lowell Sun 20 September 1940
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Youngsters Chosen for World Fair Competition Saturday
Notice is being sent today to ten boys selected as finalists in the Typical American Boy contest arranged by Justice Stephen S. Jackson, director of the Bureau for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency. Chosen from among 400 public and parochial school boys who submitted essays, they appeared as semi-finalists with thirteen others in Children's Court last Saturday. Those in the final competition are Anthony Ahearn, 12 years old, of 3170 Valhalla. Place, the Bronx; . . . 
New York Times 25 September 1940
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Coast Guard Orders
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26—The following Coast Guard changes for the week ended September 25 were announced today:
Ahern, J. L., assignment as captain of the port of New Orleans amended to include the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to South and Southwest Passes.
New York Times 27 September 1940
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MISS NANCY MARIANNE GOLBY, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Golby, of Cheltenham, whose engagement is announced to Sergeant Dermott Patrick Aherne, A.I.F., fourth son of the late Professor P. J. Aherne and of Mrs. J. Aherne, of Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland. Sergeant Aherne is a cousin of the well known film actor, Brian Aherne, to whom he bears a strong resemblance. His father was formerly a professor at the De La Salle College, Dublin, and his brother is Wing-Commander J. C. S. Aherne, R.A.F.
The Sydney Morning Herald 17 October 1940
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Nov. Pensions Cut To $29.64
Denver, Nov. 7.—The average November payment of 41,932 Colorado old age pensioners will be $29.64, the state welfare board announced today. The deduction this month was $11 while the number of pensioners increased 181 over the last month's total, State Welfare Director Earl M. Keuns announced.

Board accepted the resignation of Mrs. Wilma Ahern as director of the Pueblo county welfare department, effective immediately, and approved appointment of Frank Conway, assistant director as acting director.

Greeley Daily Tribune 8 November 1940
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W. J. Ahearn Stricken Ill at Penn Station;
Falls in a Coma as He Is Buying a Ticket
William J. Ahearn, Commissioner of Records in the Surrogate's Court and Tammany leader of the Fourth Assembly District, fell in a coma at Pennsylvania Station last night and was still unconscious late last night at Bellevue Hospital. Mr. Ahearn went to a ticket window on the Thirty-third Street side of the station at about 6:15 o'clock and asked for a reservation on a train to Atlantic City today. As the ticket clerk turned to take a ticket from a rack, Mr. Ahearn fell to the marble floor. Two policemen took him to a first-aid room in the station and a doctor called an ambulance to take him to the hospital. At the hospital doctors in attendance said they were unable to determine whether his condition was due to a heart attack or other causes.

Mr. Ahearn is the third member of his family to hold the Tammany leadership in the Fourth Assembly District on the lower East Side. He was elected to the post in September, 1934, after the death of his brother, Edward J. Ahearn. His father, John F. Ahearn, a State Senator and Borough President, formerly had been the district leader. Within a few months after his election to the leadership. Mr. Ahearn was appointed Commissioner of Records in the Surrogate's Court by Surrogates James A. Foley and James A. Delehanty at a salary of $9,000 a year. Mr. Ahearn previously had been a law assistant to Surrogate Foley. Mr. Ahearn has not been conspicuously active in politics outside his district, but in Tammany Hall he was an ardent supporter of James J. Dooling, whom he helped win the leadership of the Hall from John F. Curry. Mr. Ahearn's home is at 296 East Broadway.

New York Times 13 November 1940
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Ahearn Is Reported Recovering
William J. Ahearn, Commissioner of Records and Tammany leader of the Fourth Assembly District, who was stricken ill Tuesday evening in the Pennsylvania Station while buying a ticket for Atlantic City, was reported to be recovering satisfactorily at Post-Graduate Hospital last night.
New York Times 14 November 1940
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MIAMI, Fla.—Four women and two men, chilled by spray in 45-degree weather, were rescued today from the top of a partially submerged cabin cruiser where they had huddled for seven and a half hours. A third man, Douglas Ahern, spent two hours in the choppy, chilling Biscayne Bay waters to swim ashore and summon aid. A Coast Guard picket boat rescued the other six. Coast Guardsmen said the 38-foot cruiser pounded against a concrete piling and sank after its motor had failed. About midnight, members of the party climbed to the roof and waited for daylight. In the group, Boatswain's Mate W. J,. Meyers said, were Ahern, J. H. Hughes, John D. Christopher, Marian Hughes, Mary Standiford, Ruth Mims and Betty Harris. Meyers said all apparently escaped serious ill effects.
Panama City News-Herald 17 November 1940
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River Captain Appointed
Transfer of explosives here to freighters bound for England has forced the United States to take safeguards in the lower Mississippi. Capt. James L. Ahern of the Coast Guard has been appointed "captain" of the river from Baton Rouge to the Gulf, including the port of New Orleans.
Middlesboro Daily News 19 November 1940
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   Miss Bernice M. Stigile, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Stigile, of 1621 West Fourth street, and Mr. William R. Ahern were married yesterday afternoon in Silverbrook Methodist church, with the Rev. J. Harry Wright officiating. Miss Jean M. Ahern, sister of the bridegroom, was maid of honor. Mr. John A. Stigile, brother of the bride, was best man. The bride wore green wool with brown accessories. Miss Ahern wore beige with orange accessories. They carried corsages of Talisman roses.
   A reception for the immediate families was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas, 2 West Summit avenue, Elmhurst, grandparents of Mr. Ahern. After a wedding trip Mr. Ahern and his bride will reside at 1 Westmoreland avenue, Bellemoor.
The Sunday Morning Star 15 December 1940
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AHEARN—WHITE. The engagement is announced of Joan, daughter of Mrs. S. J. Board, and the late Mr. Keith S. White, "Orewai," Porangahau, to Alan, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Ahearn, Khandallah, Wellington.
Wellington Evening Post 24 December 1940
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Miss Edna Catherine Ahern arrived home Friday from Webster College at Webster Groves, Mo. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Ahern and Edna Catherine left Saturday for Tucson, Ariz., to spend Christmas with their other daughter, Gloria.
Blytheville Courier News 26 December 1940
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GEMBITSKY—AHERN. The engagement is announced of Joyce, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Ahern, to Martin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Gembitsky, Wellington.
Wellington Evening Post 28 December 1940
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Richardson Park
Miss Jean Ahern is confined to her home with an attack of the grippe.
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Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Thomas entertained at dinner on Christmas the following: Mr. and Mrs. William Ahern, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ahern and several other guests.
The Sunday Morning Star 29 December 1940
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10 Persons Hurt in 3-Car Crash in Burlington
BURLINGTON, March 15—Ten persons were injured, at least one of them critically, shortly before 11 o'clock tonight in a three-car collision on Cambridge road, just north of the Woburn line. All were removed to the Choate Memorial Hospital, Woburn, where three underwent emergency operations. Most seriously injured were John Ahern of Burton st., Arlington; his sister, Mrs. Margaret McDonough of 54 Farragut st., Somerville, and a friend, Mrs. Florence Collick of McLaren road, Tewksbury. . . . 
The Boston Globe 16 March 1941
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Selectees Leave Soon for Training
YERINGTON, March 18 (Special)—Six men will leave Lyon county for Salt Lake City March 19 as the county's contribution to the present call for selectees. They were Stanley Patrick McLenson and Paul Pfeiffer of Yerrington, Basil Ahern of Silver City, Pete Quilici of Dayton, Albert Penman of Wabuska, Joe Abitia of Wabuska.
Nevada State Journal 19 March 1941
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WHITSON.—On March 19,1941, at Willis Street Hospital, to Joyce (nee Ahearn), wife of Corporal A. J. S. Whitson, Fourth Reinforcements overseas—a son.
Wellington Evening Post 21 March 1941
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22 Survivors of the Charles Pratt, Sunk Off West Africa, Arrive at Bayonne
One Seaman, an Italian, Held by British in Freetown—16 Others on Way Home
BAYONNE, N. J., March 20—Twenty-two surviving members of the crew of the tanker Charles Pratt, which went down in flames off the West African coast on Dec. 21, related here tonight how their American-owned ship, flying the Panamanian flag, had been struck twice by torpedoes fired from an unseen submarine. The men, led by Captain Eric R. Blomquist, master, arrived in New York harbor on the tanker Standard from Freetown and were brought ashore in a tender to the Constable Hook pier of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Two members of the Pratt's crew, Roger A. Duffy of Bayonne and Patrick Dougherty of Philadelphia, were lost in the attack. The forty others escaped in two lifeboats and were at sea in them, twenty in each craft, for five and six days, respectively. Some or the men were ill, but none suffered serious after-effects.

It was disclosed for the first time that one of the survivors, Roberto J. De Franza, seamen, an Italian, had been interned by British authorities in Freetown. Another seaman remained in Freetown voluntarily, ten of the men went to Lisbon seeking passage home and six others took independent routes home.

The other survivors who arrived, and their addresses where available, are as follows: Charles J. Ahern, oiler, 550 West Twentieth Street, Manhattan; . . . 

New York Times 21 March 1941
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Editor of Decorah Newspaper Resigns;
Takes Job in East
DECORAH—David P. Rupley, editor of the Public Opinion the past eight months, resigned his position to return to Pennsylvania where he has accepted a position as night telegraph editor on the Reading, Pa., Times, where he was emplyed in 1926. L. Dale Ahern of Cherokee will replace Mr. Ripley. He has been employed on the Cherokee Courier. Mr. Ahern, his wife and two children are expected to arrive in Decorah Friday.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 27 March 1941
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Stricken Indian Fighter's Wife Appeals to D. C. Court
One of the nation's most colorful old Indian fighters was revealed to be lying paralyzed in a nursing home in the 1800 block Kalorama Rd. NW. yesterday, as his wife, who married him more than 50 years ago when he was a dashing young Army officer, was forced to ask the District Court to declare him incompetent. He is Lieut. Col. George P. Ahern, 81, and his wife is Mrs. Jean G. Ahern, who spends every day at the bedside of her husband.

When he was graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1882, Lieut. George Ahern was sent to the West, where he took part in the last Indian campaign. Following the end of the Indian wars Ahern, because of his knowledge of the Sioux language, was made aide to Chief Sitting Bull, and, as that old warrior mellowed with the years, they became fast friends. Later Ahern served with distinction in the Spanish-American War and was one of the first advocates of the U. S. Forest Service.

He was retired several years ago as a lieutenant colonel. Nine months ago he was stricken with paralysis and forced to enter the nursing home. Since then, Mrs. Ahern declared in her petition, all but a few dollars of his pension has been taken up each month to provide for his medical care and nursing. She asked the court for permission to surrender his $3,000 life insurance policy at its cash value of slightly more than $2,500. Income from this amount, she said, would provide him with sufficient income to care for them until her husband's death.

Evening Times-Herald 27 May 1941
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Ocean Travelers
Among the passengers booked to depart for the West Indies on the Porto Rico liner Borinquen are  . . . Miss Catherine C. Ahern . . . 
New York Times 5 June 1941
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The marriage was celebrated on Saturday at St. Peter's Church Eastern, Hill, by Rev. F. Maynard of Kathleen, third daughter of Mrs. E. McKenzie, Hotham st. East St. Kilda, to William, only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ahearn, South Yarra. A pale blue beaded gown was worn by the bride with a matching tulle veil and she carried orchids. Mrs. Noel Roberts, who attended her wore white taffeta and pinned orchids in her hair.
The Argus 9 June 1941
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A recently announced marriage is that of Miss Margaret Catherine Ahern, the daughter of George E. Ahern of 104 Medford street, former town engineer and superintendent of streets, to Frederick James Marchant, the grandson of Mrs. Eliza Marchant of 100 Prospect street, Somerville. The wedding took place in St. Agnes church on the afternoon of June 29th with the pastor, Rev. Matthew J. Flaherty, performing the double ring ceremony. At the organ was Harold Coles of Scituate, a friend of the bride. Miss Katherine Tobin of Cambridge, a college classmate of the bride, acted as maid of honor. The best man was Frank Galgay of Cambridge and the ushers, Paul Smith of Revere and Bernard Lane of Somerville. With her white satin gown the bride wore a veil of Chantilly lace caught with orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of gardenias and baby's breath. The maid of honor's gown was of turquoise organza and her picture hat was trimmed with old rose. She carried a bouquet of talisman roses and baby's breath. After a reception at the Hotel Commander, Cambridge, the couple left for a trip to New York, Canada, and Ohio. The bride, who was a teacher in the Hardy School, attended Emmanuel College and Boston University. The groom is a graduate of the Somerville schools and Rindge Technical School. They will live in Arlington.
Arlington Advocate July 1941
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Upper Room Class Gets Committees
Summer Activities to Include Social July 28 at Church
Final plans for the Upper Room class ice cream social to be held on the lawn of the Church of Christ, Fourth street at Adams avenue northwest, July 28 at 7:30 o'clock, have been made by the committee which includes Mr. and Mrs. Neil Garrison, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seidel, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zack, and Mrs. Frank O'Hearn.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 22 July 1941
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Father Ahern, at Harvard Summer School,
Says Pius IX Condemned Principle in 1864
Priest Deprecates Suggestion That Vatican
Might Be More Effective If Brought Here
   CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 23—Opposition of the Catholic Church to totalitarianism, which was “condemned in principle” as long ago as 1864 by Pope Pius IX, was stressed today at the Conference on Religion in the World at Harvard Summer School by the Rev. Michael J., Ahern of Weston College.
   Father Ahern's address was part of a program having for its fundamental question, “How can the basic religious principles of kindliness and good-will, of social consciousness and sharing, of faith in God and charity toward men, be effectively implemented to bring light and life in times that are dark with conflict and stress?”
   Replying to a question as to whether the policies of the church were affected by the fact that the Vatican is situated in an Axis country and whether it might not better be moved to the United States, Father Ahern said that the policies were not so affected, that there was a historical basis for the Vatican's being in Italy, although it had twice been removed temporarily from Rome, and that he was afraid that it might not be popular with some elements here to have the Pope set up his residence in this country.
   Regarding opposition to totalitarianism he referred to continual criticism by the Vatican radio of “ghastly conditions in countries under Nazi control.” Few people knew, he said, of the Catholic Bishops of Holland who had threatened the Catholics who joined the Nazi party with excommunication, or of the appeal for loyalty to Belgium made in the pastoral letter of the Belgian Catholic Bishops. He expressed the conviction that organized religion could provide a sound foundation for any community, even though that community be the whole world.
New York Times 24 July 1941
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AHERNE—August 2, 1941, at Mohill, to Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Aherne, a daughter.
The Irish Times 16 August 1941
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Gadabout's Notes
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. O'Connor, 7132 Eberhart ave., have been vacationing in California. At the marine base in San Diego, they visited their nephew, Pvt. Ray Ahern, as well as Robert Dite and Bruce Brown, all of Park Manor.
Southeast Economist 21 August 1941
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Olive Jeanne, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Upton, Wheatland rd., Malvern, to LAC Kevin Ahern, RAAF, youngest son of Mrs. Ahern, Inkerman rd., Caulfield, and the late Mr. Ahern.
The Argus 27 September 1941
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Lowell and Chelmsford Men Crash Victims in War Games
LOWELL—In one of the worst tragedies yet to mar United States army war games, three greater-Lowell National Guardsmen were instantly killed last night and four other Yankee Division soldiers were injured, one a Lowell boy, when the army truck in which they were riding during maneuvers in a "black out" overturned at Albemarle, North Carolina, pinning the crew under the wreckage.

The dead:
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Private Frederick G. Ahearn, 19, of Dalton road, Chelmsford
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All of the accident victims were members of Battery B, 102nd field artillery, which left Camp Edwards last week for war games in the south. First authentic reports of the tragedy to reach this area came by long distance telephone at 2:10 a.m. to The Sun editorial rooms, when Capt., Richard G. Chadwick of Lowell, adjutant of the particular regiment in which the accident victims were members, told the night desk man how death struck during the "battle games," snuffing out the lives of three greater-Lowell boys and injuring several others.
The Lowell Sun 17 October 1941
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Naval Aviators Will Find Many Harvard Officers
Harvard students and graduates now taking training in Naval aviation units may well meet numerous alumni during their subsequent work in the Navy, according to an article in the current issue of the Alumni Bulletin. Several units have passed through the mill already on their way from Harvard to the Navy, says Lieutenant Edward S. Brewer '19, author of the article. Another, with the name "John Harvard Unit" is going through the process of training at the present time. Those of the Harvard Unit who are sent to Jacksonville, Florida, for advanced training will come under the supervision of Lieutenant Commander Roger W. Cutler '11, who destroyed a German submarine by dropping a bomb from his patrol plane on it in July, 1918. At Jacksonville they will also be kept [illegible] physically fit by Lieutenant Commander Edward W. Mahan '16, who was fullback on the Crimson varsity.
Eight-Month Course
The men will have completed their training when they have passed one month at Squantum and seven months more at Jacksonville, Pensacola, or Corpus Christi. At the end of that period they are commissioned either as Ensigns in the Naval Reserve of Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps Reserve, and receive the gold wings of a Naval Aviator. In active service the aviators may come under the watchful eyes of numerous other college graduates such as William A. Read '18, Theodore P. Grosvenor '20, Robert Payne '20, and Joseph B. Lynch '14.

Among the students are recent graduates now in training are:
1940—Robert H. Fagerland, George H. Shortlidge, John G. Tucker, Howard M. Turner, Jr.
1941—Joseph W. Ahern, Jr., . . . 

The Harvard Crimson 17 October 1941
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Another Strike Threat Is Facing Pittsburgh Now
General Strike Call Of A. F. Of L. May Result From Light Co. Battle
   PITTSBURGH, Oct. 18—Pittsburgh faced the possibility of a general strike call among American Federation of Labor union affiliates as an outgrowth of the AFL battle with the Duquesne Light Company. Among other facilities, the "blackout" would affect transportation and power.
   Telegrams asking co-operation of all A.F.L. units were sent out by the Building Trades and Construction Council. James Ahern, who heads the strike committee, said the walkout would be in protest against invasion of the building and construction field by the Duquesne Light Company and other outside organizations.
   "We have come to the point where we must have a showdown on this proposition," he said. "Independents and others are barging into the construction field which we have controlled for 50 years."
   A.F.L President Wiliam Green, James R. Coyne, chief of the Building Trades and Construction Council of the A.F.L. and other officials are expected here within a few days to investigate.
   Claiming support of the Amalgamated Association of Street, Railway and Motor Coach Company employes, the council said "transporation will be cut off the minute the strike goes ihnto effect." Ahearn [sic] said the Pittsburgh Central Labor Union, claiming membership of 250,000 in the district, has endorsed the proposal.
   The council already has struck individual projects where Duquesne Light has been awarded electrical installation and other construction work. The general strike call was indicated as likely in about 10 days.
New Castle News 18 October 1941
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CRESCO—Miss Melinda O'Malley, 84, had been staying for the last few months at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ahern in Cresco; body was sent Saturday to Maple Rock, Ill., for burial.
Waterloo Daily Courier 17 November 1941
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Townsend Youth Is Killed, Other Hurt In Auto Accident
Townsend, Mont., Dec. 2 —(AP)—A trip into the woods in search of boughs for decorating the school gymnasium ended in death for a member of Broadwater county high school's southern Class C championship football team and critical injuries to another. Byron Ness, regular center, was killed and Jack O'Hearn, regular end, hurt when their roadster plunged down a 20-foot fill and overturned yesterday eight miles east of Townsend. Ness incurred fractured ribs and other internal injuries. O'Hearn suffered broken ribs, lung injuries and severe shock. The youths, who had filled stellar roles in leading Broadwater to the title, were excused from class yesterday to gather decorations for the annual senior dance Saturday. The dance was postponed for an indefinite time.
Daily Inter Lake 2 December 1941
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Condition of Car Mishap Victim Better
TOWNSEND, Dec. 2 (UP)—The condition of Jack O'Hearn, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. O'Hearn, was reported by his physician "improved, but still critical" tonight. O'Hearn was injured in an automobile accident yesterday which cost the life of his companion, Byron Ness, also 17.
Daily Inter Lake 3 December 1941
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NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Jan. 11—The engagement has been announced of Miss Elizabeth Dooner, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. William S. Dooner of this place, to Lieutenant Joseph P. Ahern, U. S. A., Signal Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Ahern of Manchester, N. H. Miss Dooner was graduated from the Ursuline School and attended the College of New Rochelle. Lieutenant Ahern studied at St. Anselm's Academy and was graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., last June. He is stationed at Fort Dix, N. J.
New York Times 12 January 1942
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Estates Appraised
AHERN, WILLIAM T. (Oct. 24, 1941). Gross assets, $39,016; net, $35,952. To wife, Mary T. Ahern, one-third of residuary estate; son, Howard A. Ahern, two-thirds of residuary estate. Chief assets, real estate, $8,000; stocks and bonds, $5,469; mortgages, notes, cash and insurance, $18, 928; jointly owned property, $1,280. Smith & Reiher, attorneys, 44 Court St.
New York Times 24 January 1942
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LIEDTKE-AHEARN—Anthony Liedtke, Jr., 24, of 72-24 73rd street, and Dorothy Ahearn, 22, of 76-21 82nd street, both of Glendale.
Long Island Daily Press 11 May 1942
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Motorist Faces Possible Action Under New State War Law
MINEOLA, L. I., May 31—Accused of failing to obey instructions from an air raid warden and abusing a policeman, Frank D. Ahern, East Rockaway builder, was arrested early this morning in Oceanside and arraigned later on a disorderly conduct complaint before Judge Cyril Brown in the First District Court here. After pleading guilty to the complaint Mr. Ahern was paroled in his own custody pending sentence on June 11.

Judge Brown said he understood that Nassau County police officials would confer tomorrow with District Attorney Edward J. Neary and Colonel C. O. Thomas, head of the Nassau County War Council, to consider filing a complaint against Mr. Ahern under the new State War Emergency Law, under which a person found guilty of refusing to obey a warden's instructions or obey lighting regulations may be fined or imprisoned or receive both penalties. Should further action be decided upon, the complaint would be filed before Mr. Ahern comes up for sentence, Judge Brown said. Mr. Ahern was arrested for refusing to obey a warden's request to dim his automobile headlights and stop his machine. He then argued with a policeman summoned by the warden.

New York Times 1 June 1942
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AFTER the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria, in its Probate Jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the LAST WILL (dated the 28th day of July, 1930) and Codicil (dated the 21st day of November, 1939) of JAMES AHERN, late of 140 Alexandra street, St. Kilda, in the State of Victoria, Gentleman, deceased, may be granted to Michael Francis Ahearn, of 35 William street, North Brighton, in the said State, sheet metal worker, and John Matheson, of 34 Durrant street, North Brighton aforesaid, cabinet maker, the executors named in and appointed by the said will.
Dated the 9th day of June, 1942.
Market street, Melbourne, proctors for the applicants.
The Argus 9 June 1942
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The marriage of Ella Violet, second daughter of Mr and Mrs V. T. King, Bagley st, Brighton Beach, to WO J. W. Ahern, AIF (returned), youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs W. P. Ahern, Wyndham (WA), was celebrated at Wesley Church on Saturday by Padre A. Vineer. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore an old world gown of offwhite moire, and the veil worn by her mother. Misses Ethel and Phyllis King were bridesmaids.
The Argus 22 June 1942
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16 Tires and 13 Tubes for Trucks Allowed by Local Board
   The Mason City rationing board permitted the purchase of 16 tires and 13 tubes for trucks, farm implements and buses in the period from July 1 to 8, it was announced Thursday.
   In the same period the purchase of five tires and five tubes for passenger cars and light trucks was allowed.
   The passenger car tires were allowed M. B. Hawks, Sheffield, two tires; Christian Ziegler, Rockwell, one tube; Harry L. Creeks, Mason City, two tubes; Henry J. Kramer, 1529 North Federal avenue, two tires for pickup; Sgt. Richard A. Kunath, one tire and one tube for special U. S. transport, and Frank C. O'Hearn, courthouse, one tube.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 9 July 1942
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WALLIS—AHERN. —On July 13, at Independent Church, Collins street, Melbourne, Marjorie Olive, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ahern, 86 Darebin street, Thornbury, to Sergeant David John (A.I.F.), second son of Mrs. Wallis and the late Mr. J. D. Wallis, 33 Rayment street, Fairfield.
The Argus 18 July 1942
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The following N.Z.E.F. casualty list has issued last night:—
AHERN, Patrick K., Pte. Mrs. J. L. Ahern. 21 Oxton Road, Sandringham (w.).
Wellington Evening Post 18 July 1942
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O'HEARN, Norman, Pte. Mr. W. A. O'Hearn, Gordonton (f.).
O'HEARN, Walter W., Pte. Mr. W. O'Hearn, sen., Gordonton (f.).
Wellington Evening Post 7 August 1942
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Announce Courier to Consolidate With Decorah Public Opinion
DECORAH—Arrangements have been completed for the consolidation of the Calmar Courier with the Decorah Public Opinion, it has been announced here by Editor L. Dale Ahern. The two papers will be represented in Calmar by Mrs. Louise Uher, who will continue in her capacity as correspondent. The Calmar Courier, beginning with next week's issue, will be conducted as a separate unit, but will be published from the Decorah plant. W. D. Yager has been editor of the Courier.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 4 September 1942
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Arthur Ahern and daughter Rita Joe returned to Minneapolis after a visit at the Joe Prousa home.
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune 12 September 1942
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Miss Mary Ahern
Will Be Wed on Saturday to Lt. Charles Haire, Army Air Forces
Miss Mary Ahern, daughter of Mrs. Charles J. Ahern of 25 East Seventy- seventh Street and the late Mr. Ahern, will be married to Lieutenant Charles Cusick Haire, Army Air Forces, son of Mrs. Alphonsus P. Haire of 47 East Sixty-fourth Street and the late Mr. Haire, on Saturday morning in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Columbia, S. C.

The bride-elect attended the Academy of Mount St. Vincent. Lieutenant Haire attended Manhattan College. He is a member of the New York Athletic Club.

New York Times 15 October 1942
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Train Kills Autoist and Injures Wife
John Rahm, 50, farmer living two miles south and three miles east of Platteville, was killed instantly and his wife, Mrs. Katie Rahm, 48, was critically injured at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday when their truck was struck by the southbound Union Pacific passenger train No. 4, at a grade crossing one and one-half miles south of Platteville. Truck was struck midway between the cab and the rear wheels, was thrown 60 feet and parts of it scattered along the track for 600 feet, Courtesy Patrol said. Rahm's body was thrown nearly 200 feet and was lying close to the tracks. He died instantly. Mrs. Rahm was tossed nearly 100 feet. Both were on the east side of the track. She was still conscious when help arrived and was taken to the Greeley hospital in an ambulance. Mrs. Rahm suffered a broken pelvis, multiple cuts and severe shcok. Mr. Rahm's body was badly mangled, wheels of the train passing over it after he was thrown from the truck.

Investigation was conducted by Courtesy Patrolman M. B. McKinney, assisted by Captain Frank A. Berger and Coroner T. C. Wilmoth. The train was a doubleheader in charge of Conductor Perry M. Jochim and Engineers Rich Ahern and John Watkins, all of Denver. Mrs. Rahm had been a patient at Greeley hospital most of the summer. She had undergone several major operations and had left the hospital about three weeks ago. There are five children surviving: Mrs. Hannah Donovan of Platteville, Mrs. Esther Rommel of near Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Viola Rommel of Denver and Ralph Rahm at home. The body of Mr. Rahm is at the Johnston mortuary at Platteville.

Greeley Daily Tribune 16 October 1942
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Vaudeville Reviews
Orpheum, Los Angeles
After a run of bands the Orpheum comes up with a variety bill that hasn't a name to put on the marquee. However, it's well rounded and entertaining. House is banking on the pix. The Pied Piper and Priorities of 1942, to aid the till. . . . 
Will and Gladys Ahern, rope artists, open with a bit of nothing. When act settles down, with Miss [sic] Ahern toe dancing on a hat brim, the turn begins to take shape. Ahern spins lassos and keeps up a steady banter. Material is not the best and some of it is pretty raw. Rope work is OK.
Billboard 24 October 1942
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Miss Bernice O'Hearn of Maple Grove and Lester Grall of Whitelaw were Saturday visitors at the Ferdinand Denk home.
Daily Tribune 11 November 1942
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Boxers in Prisoner of War Camp.
"I have very little time to worry about being a prisoner," said Private Wesley H. Jack, from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, in a letter to a friend in Waimate. Private Jack, who is well known in boxing circles in South Canterbury, stated that some boxing gloves had been received from the Red Cross organisation, and that he was in charge of training. "I have discovered two lads likely to go far in the game," he said. "One is a New Zealander, Johnny O'Hearn, 23 years old, the same appearance as Dempsey, and aggressive. With only two months' training I would back him against any lightweight in New Zealand. He played for New Zealand Army Rugby team in England. I have also a couple of 'Aussies'—a heavy and a welter, who will make the grade when they get out."
Wellington Evening Post 23 November 1942
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AHERN—November 22, 1942, at the Leinster Nursing Home, to Maureen, wife of Gerard Ahern, B.E., Butterfield Park, Rathfarnham, a son.
The Irish Times 28 November 1942
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DECORAH—Attorney J. A. Nelson has resigned as chairman of the Winnieshiek county Civilian Defense committee, because of poor health and incrteasing legal duties. L. Dale Ahern of the Decorah Public Opinion staff, who has served as vice chairman, will succeed Attorney Nelson.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 9 January 1943
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Jan. 25—Richard Aherne, New York stage actor, has been engaged by Columbia for his first film, "Sahara." Because his name is similar to Brian Aherne's, he will change it to Richard Nugent.
New York Times 26 January 1943
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Two Rivers Girl Is Bride In Mississippi
Mary Ahern Weds Lieutenant
In a nuptial ceremony read at Sacred Heart church, Hattiesburg, Miss., by the Rev. Kenneth L. Harris Saturday, Miss Mary Jeanne Ahern, daughter of the William G. Ahern, Two Rivers, and Lieut. James E. Diamond, son of the Joseph Diamonds of Chicago, exchanged wedding vows before a small group of immediate relatives and closest friends. They were attended by Miss Kathryn Ahern and William Ahern. White silk marquisette fashioned the gown worn by the bride, which had a lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a full graceful skirt. The fingertip veil was held by a juliet cap of white orange blossoms, and as she repeated her vows the bride carried a bouquet of calla lilies and white roses. Her sister, as her only attendant, wore a taffeta frock of heaven blue and carried a bouquet of pink Radiance roses. The wedding party and parents of both the bride and bridegroom attended the reception and dinner at the Forrest hotel in Hattiesburg after the ceremony.

Lt. and Mrs. Diamond will make their home in Hattiesburg while he is stationed at Camp Shelby there. The bride is a graduate nurse of the Michael Reese hospital training school in Chicago, and has been a staff member of both the Michael Reese, and and the Two Rivers Municipal hospitals. Her husband attended the University of Illinois and the American College of Physical Education. He is affiliated with Delta Alpha Delta.

Manitowoc Herald-Times 26 January 1943
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Engagement Announced
Miss Gertrude M. McDermott
Bernard E. McDermott of Cambridge announces the engagement of his granddaughter, Miss Gertrude McDermott, to W. Frank Ahearn, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ahearn of Arlington.
The Boston Globe 31 January 1943
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Mention in Despatches (Posthumous)
Able Seaman James Ahern, P/JX.282313.
   For Great bravery in remaining at his gun in the face of heavy fire at close range, until mortally wounded.
The London Gazette 5 February 1943
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Jane E. Ahern Becomes Bride
UNION CITY, N. J., Feb. 14—Miss Jane Elizabeth Ahern, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Ahern of 153 Nesbit Street, Weehawken, N. J., was married to Lieutenant Francis A. Young Jr., U. S. M. C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Young of Brooklyn, this afternoon in St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church here. The Rev. Edwin McManus, cousin of the bridegroom, performed the ceremony.
New York Times 15 February 1943
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Patrick Ahern, husband of Mrs. Opal Murray Ahern, has been reported "missing in action since February 20," by the War department. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ahern of Bonner Springs, Kas., were notified Thursday. Ahern joined the army in February, 1941 and had been in North Africa for several months. Mrs. Ahern is employed in Parsons and was here over the week-end visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Murray.
Iola Register 16 March 1943
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AHEARN—SHAW.—Mary Emily (Molly), eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Ahearn, William street, Brighton, to Thomas Victor (A.I.F.), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Shaw. Macquarie street. Prahran.
The Argus 10 April 1943
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A man was killed and another injured when 2 motor-trucks crashed head-on in Dynon rd, South Kensington, late yesterday. Two other men escaped injury. Michael Harris, 51, of Ireland st, West Melbourne, a passenger in one of the trucks, died before arrival at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Patrick James Ahern, 50, of Green st., Northcote, driver of one of the trucks, was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital with severe head injuries.
The Argus 4 May 1943
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 . . . 
Rebellion Is Imminent
Perhaps the answer then was that there was more to it than just a love or sports. There also was love of country and a fierce pride in being a representative of the United States in the sphere of international competition. That was shown in the eminently unsatisfactory Olympic trip of 1920. The athletes were herded into the "glory hole" of the ship and rebellion simmered and seethed all the way across. Finally it came to a head in a turbulent shipboard meeting. The American team was about to pass a resolution refusing to compete in the games.

McDonald took the floor. "Do you lads realize," he asked, "that you are lying down on the United States of America? How can you face the folks back home if you make a move like this? An Englishman wouldn't do it. I don’t think Americans will, either." The speech was short, but the vote was unanimous to compete.

Later in Antwerp there was another strike brewing. Dan Ahearn was dismissed from the team by an official who, Pat says, "had more prejudice in him than honor." The athletes were up in arms and Pat reported as their spokesman to the Olympic Committee. "What percentage of the athletes would go on strike?" asked Supreme Court Justice Bartow S. Weeks, an Olympic mogul, in clear disbelief. "At least 90 per cent," answered Pat. "Astounding!" said Weeks.

Calling Off the Strike
It was Gustavus Town Kirby, the president of the Olympic Committee, who devised the settlement. As the team rehearsed for the Olympic parade, the official approached Pat, the bearer of the American flag, and frankly sought his advice. "Mr. Kirby," said Pat, "if I get the athletes to sign a petition of reinstatement would you reconsider your action?" That was the precise face-saving the committee needed. Ahearn was returned to the fold when every single member of the team affixed his name to the document and the games went off without a further hitch. Those whales were brawny men with the gay puckish spirits of boys. Most of them are gone now but the colorful pages they wrote in track history will never be forgotten, Pat McDonald's least of all.
New York Times 9 May 1943
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NEW YORK, June 18 (A.A.P.).—Brian Aherne, the film actor, has been appointed flight instructor of air cadets at Falcon Field, Arizona.
The Sydney Morning Herald 19 June 1943
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The British public is very grateful to America for what she has done in this war, Lt. [John R.] Pierce says. They are friendly and hospitable and gracious to the homesick boys who are billeted there. There is a reticence about the Britisher that is lacking in the American but the boisterous soldiers are not criticized; instead the people of the Isles try to understand his enthusiasm, he explained. Bob Hope's broadcasts are beamed to the radio listening British public and they think he is about the funniest man in the world, according to Lt. Pierce. He, on the other hand, thinks they have in their British actress, Renee Houston, a good-looking young red-head, the most humorous actress he has seen or heard. The two comedians keep the English people highly amused.
Lubbock Morning Avalanche 25 June 1943
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AHERN-HERON.—On July 10, 1943, at St. Joseph's, Beaconsfield, to Violet, wife of John Aherne-Heron— a daughter.
The Times 17 July 1943
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Yonkers Fire Official Hurt
YONKERS, N. Y., July 21—Thomas Flynn, 45 years old, acting assistant fire chief of Yonkers, was injured today while hurrying to a fire when the chief's car, driven by Fireman Robert E. Ahern, was in collision with an automobile driven by Frank J. Zeffer of 186 North Trenchard Street, Yonkers, at Central and McLean Avenue. Mr. Zeffer's wife, Violet, 39, also was injured. She and Flynn were taken to Yonkers General Hospital for treatment.
New York Times 22 July 1943
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YAHNKE—AHERN. The engagement is announced of Fahye Yvonne, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Ahern, of Wellington, to Quartermaster-Sergeant Fredrick Donald Yahnke, U.S.M.C.R., third son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Yahnke.
Wellington Evening Post 7 August 1943
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MASCOT FOR RCAF—Roger Stevens (left), British consul, accepts Prunes, Jr., saucy all-black burro, from Jack Ahern of the Fairplay, Colo., Chamber of Commerce, as a mascot for a Royal Canadian Air Force group at Claresholm, Canada.
Daily Illini 15 August 1943
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Cresco, Ia.—Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ahern, Cresco, left Friday for Dubuque to attend the wedding of their son, Virgil F. Ahern, to Mary Frances Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Thomas, Dubuque. The marriage ceremony was an event of Saturday morning at St. Raphael's cathedral, Dubuque, in which city the couple will make their home.
Waterloo Daily Courier 22 August 1943
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Holder of a Pembroke College Degree Will Be Married to Charles E. Spencer 3d
Announcement has been made here by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gregory Ahern of Norwich, Conn., and Watch Hill, R. I., of the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth, to Charles Eldridge Spencer 3d of the Naval Reserve, son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jr. of West Newton and Marion, Mass. The bride-elect attended the Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence and was graduated in 1938 from the Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, Conn. She received a B. A. degree from Pembroke College of Brown University last year and attended the graduate school at Radcliffe College. Miss Ahern made her debut in Norwich in 1938. Mr. Spencer was graduated in 1938 from the Brooks School, North Andover, Mass., and attended Brown University. He is now at a motor torpedo boat school.
New York Times 3 October 1943
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AHEARN (nee P. N. Crossin, Oatlands).—On October 7, 1943, at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Launceston, to the wife of R. E. Ahearn, 22 Ramsay St.: a son.
The Hobart Mercury 14 October 1943
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14—(INS)—A marriage license was obtained today by Lady Patricia Doreen Moore, daughter of the Earl of Drogheda, and Richard V. Aherne, Irish actor known in pictures as Richard Nugent.
Long Beach Independent 15 October 1943
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Mr. and Mrs. Edward O'Hern are moving from 826 Dennis Street to 128 Mixer Street.
Adrian Daily Telegram 26 October 1943
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Fred M. Ahern of Brooklyn has announced the engagement of his daughter, Adele Noel, to Bernard B. Reilly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Reilly, also of Brooklyn. The bride-elect, an alumna of the Dominican Academy here, is attending St. John's University. Her father is chief estate tax attorney for the Brooklyn-Long Island district of the New York State Division of Taxation. Mr. Reilly was graduated from St. Joseph's School in Barrytown, N. Y., and studied also at Pratt Institute.
New York Times 30 November 1943
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Miss Grace Ahern has returned to New York after visiting her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Ahern of 514 South Street.
Berkshire Eagle 28 December 1943
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Home From Hospital
FAIRFIELD, Wash., Jan. 21. (Special.)—Willa Ahern, who underwent a major operation at the Deaconess hospital two weeks ago, is convalescing at his home here.
Spokane Daily Chronicle 20 January 1944
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 10.—(AP)—Recent promotions have made lieutenant colonels of two more Sooner officers—Robert James Ahern of El Reno and Gaillard Ray Peck of Wanh, Nowata county, both in the air forces, the War department announced today.
Miami Daily News-Record 10 February 1944
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YAHNKE—AHERN.—On February 5, 1944, at the Trinity Methodist Church, Newtown, by the Rev. J. D. McArthur, Fahye Yvonne, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Ahern, Berhampore, Wellington, to Fredrick Donald, third son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Yahnke. U.S.A.
Wellington Evening Post 12 February 1944
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Miss Gussie Venturacci, of the extension service office, is spending several days in Las Vegas at the John Ahern home.
Nevada State Journal 19 February 1944
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The Bride and Bridegroom
On February 5, at the Trinity Methodist Church, Newtown, Yvonne, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. McL. Ahern, Akatea Street, was married to Quartermaster-Sergeant F. D. Yalnke [sic], U.S.M.C.R., third son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Yalnke, U.S.A. The Rev. Mr. McArthur officiated.

Lacquered slipper satin fashioned the bridal gown, which was made on simple, sheath-like lines, with full length sleeves and the softly flared skirt forming a long train. A halo coronet of real flowers held in place the long tulle veil, which was worn over the face, and the bride carried an arm sheaf of white gladioli, carnations, and roses. She was given away by her brother, and Misses Monette Trimm, Daphne Burton, and Ngaire Ahern (sister) were her bridesmaids. Gowns of corded silk crepe, made with shirred bodices, Peter Pan collars, and short sleeves were worn by the bridesmaids, the bride's sister's gown being blue and the others being scarlet. Haloes of real flowers to match their frocks were worn and they carried baskets of trailing flowers. The best man was Sergeant J. Dougherty and Sergeants T. Walsh and I. Douglas were groomsmen. "A Child's Prayer" was sung by Mrs. McDonald during the signing of the register. The church had been beautifully decorated with hydrangeas by friends of the bride. A buffet supper was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mrs. Ahern receiving the guests. Later there was dancing.

Wellington Evening Post 23 February 1944
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In the wedding description which appeared in yesterday's issue of the "Evening Post" the name of the bridegroom was not clear. It was Quartermaster-Sergeant F. D. Yahnke, U.S.M.C.R. His bride was formerly Miss Fahye Ahern.
Wellington Evening Post 24 February 1944
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FREEPORT, L. I., March 5—Mr. And Mrs. Raymond Malone of this place have made known the engagement of their daughter, Eileen, to Boatswain's Mate First Class John Francis Ahern, USCG, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Ahern of Brooklyn. The wedding will take place after Easter. Mr. Ahern attended St. Savior's School and Brooklyn Preparatory School.
New York Times 6 March 1944
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Lt. W. L. Shea Takes Bride at Tucson, Ariz.
Miss Jeanne Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Ahern of Salem, South Dakota, and Lt. William L. Shea, son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Shea, 1020 Fountain street, Albert Lea, were married in Tucson, Arizona, February 19 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Agustin Cathedral by the Rev. Father Forrest Allen. The couple was attended by Lt. and Mrs. Thomas Brennan of Massachusetts.

A gray tailored suit and maroon colored accessories were worn by the bride. Her corsage was of orchids. Mrs. Brennan wore a light blue suit and a corsage of gardenias. Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the Tucson hotel. Out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. John Ahern, parents of the bride. Mrs. Shea is a graduate of St. Catherine college at St. Paul and for the past three years has been employed by the war department in Washington, D. C. Lieutenant Shea is well known in Albert Lea, having been employed by the Interstate Power Co. for a number of years before entering the army. He just recently returned from nine months of overseas service in Australia and New Guinea and took part in the battles of Buna and the Bismarck sea. He received his education at St. Mary's college at Winona, Minn., and his commission in the army air forces in July, 1942. He is now an instructor pilot at Davis Monihan Field at Tucson. Lieutenant and Mrs. Shea are at home at 2027 East Helen street, Tucson, Ariz.

Albert Lea Evening Tribune 11 March 1944
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Arlington Major Brings Squadron Home Unscathed
Maj. Thomas J. Ahern, 25, Amsden st., Arlington, commanding officer of a Marine dive-bombing squadron, recently led his squadron on scores of missions and strikes against the heavily-fortified Jap installations in the South Pacific without the loss of a single pilot. Completing his first tour of combat duty, the major has attacked every Jap airfield in the northern Solomons. Asked whether he has ever been frightened, Ahern replied, "I'm always scared. The combination of weather and Japs and the responsibility for a large number of planes and men is enough to keep anyone worried." Maj. Ahern is a graduate of Arlington High School and holds a B. A. degree from Boston College. He was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve while in college.
The Boston Globe 28 March 1944
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HOLLYWOOD. March 28 (A.A.P.).—Joan Fontaine, the film actress, has sued for a divorce from Brian Aherne, the film acter, on the grounds of mental cruelty.
The Sydney Morning Herald 29 March 1944
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Miss Kay Ahern and Sister Return North
Miss Kay Ahern and Miss Constance Ahern, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gregory Ahern of Sea Spray Avenue, left Wednesday for the north. Miss Kay Ahern will first accompany her sister back to the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn, Miss Constance has been spending her spring vacation in Palm Beach with her mother and sister. Miss Kay will then go to New York where she will meet Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Spencer, Jr. and Miss Patricia Spencer, parents and sister of her fiance. Mr. Charles E. Spencer will go on to Chicago where Mr. Spencer is attending Officer's Candidate School at Northwestern University.

The engagement of Miss Ahern and Mr. Spencer was announced last October at a reception given at "Ridgeleigh" the Ahern's summer home at Watch Hill, R. I. Mr. Spencer expects to receive his commission on May 13th, and later in May he and Miss Ahern expect to be married at the Ahern home at Watch Hill.

Palm Beach Daily News 30 March 1944
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Gentle Names Given To LCI's Misnomers
APRIL 12 "DELAYED" (AP)—An American admiral, whose gold braid covered a poetic heart, once called LCI's (landing craft, infantry), "little ladies of the sea." But take it from men who have sailed "Elsie" on three invasions, the descriptions are all wrong. No lady could be so rough. After 12 months overseas, Skipper Frederick W. Ahearn says seasickness is still the most dreaded affliction among his crewmen, 90 percent of whom were landlubbers a year ago. "We are flat bottomed," he explained. "Any sort of bad weather will stand us at a 5 degree angle. Then kerplunk! Then Wham! A destroyer is a stationary living room sofa compared to one of these rustbuckets. Prepared to give up his last meal in the cause, this correspondent boarded Ahearn's blue-nosed craft at Naples last night. By maintaining a reclining position until Anzio was sighted this morning, a further casualty was avoided. Ignorant of things nautical, Ahearn was just out of Holy Cross when he was prepared for this future command by one month as an apprentice seaman and by three months as a midshipman at the training school at Columbia University in New York. His home is Quincy, Mass. He will be 24 his next birthday.

Executive officer Lt. (jg) Lowell Johnson, 29, of Cloquent, Minn., had never seen an ocean before until he reached New York, after finishing his midshipman's course at Northwest University. "We've been in the landings of Salerno, Sicily, and Anzio, but nothing we went through at the hands of the enemy was as bad as our first night on the Atlantic a year ago." said Johnson. "Everybody hit the deck sooner or later. Our Elsie was stronger willed than all of us. She kept us afloat. She proved then that she's rough but plenty honest.

The Dothan Eagle 19 April 1944
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Gustine Girl Is Wedded At Rites In Berkeley
GUSTINE, April 29.—In a double ring ceremony Rosalie Lois Taglio became the bride of Charles James York at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning, April 22nd, in Newman Chapel in Berkeley, with Rev. John Tierney of St. Paul's Rectory in San Francisco officiating. . . . William O'Hern, a premedical student at the University of California, in Berkeley, served the bridegroom as best man. . . . 
Modesto Bee 24 April 1944
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Miss Stohlgren to Wed Cadet Wm. Ahern
The engagement of Miss Eleanor Stohlgren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Stohlgren to Cadet William Ahern, U.S.N.R., of Oakland is announced to their friends. Cards were mailed last evening to their friends. The news was revealed at an informal Sunday afternoon given by Cadet Ahern's parents on their 25th wedding anniversary and came as a surprise to family and friends. Cadet Ahern is stationed at St. Mary's Pre-Flight. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ahern.
Oakland Tribune 2 May 1944
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Distinguished Flying Cross
Flight Lieutenant Lance Neville AHERN (Aus.402781).
Royal Australian Air Force, No. 112 Squadron.
This officer has completed a very large number of sorties and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage, qualities which have been well illustrated on many recent occasions. One day in April, 1944, he flew with much distinction in a successful attack on ground targets. The next morning, Flight Lieutenant Ahern led a formation of aircraft in an attack on shipping during which an enemy motor vessel was sunk. The same afternoon he led the squadron in an engagement against a number of fighters, 3 of which were shot down. By his inspiring leadership and outstanding determination, Flight Lieutenant Ahern contributed materially to the successes obtained.
The London Gazette 5 May 1944
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Flight Lieutenant L. N. Aherne of Taree, NSW, and Flying Officer R. F. Anderson, of Northcote, Victoria, have received the DFC for operations overseas.
Army News 10 May 1944
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Has Seven Attendants at Her Wedding
in Watch Hill, R. I., to Charles E. Spencer 3d
WATCH HILL, R. I., May 13—Miss Catherine Elizabeth Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gregory Ahern of this place, Norwich, Conn., and Palm Beach, Fla., was married here this afternoon to Ensign Charles Eldridge Spencer 3d, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jr. of West Newton and Marion, Mass. The ceremony was performed in the Watch Hill Chapel by the Rev. Alexander Mitchell of Norwich, who was assisted by the Rev. James McKenna of Westerly. Escorted by her father, the bride had her sister, Miss Cornelia F. Ahern, for maid of honor. The other attendants were Mrs. William H. Collins Jr., the Misses Patricia T. Spencer, sister of the bridegroom; Joan B. Forgan, J. Virginia Dunne and Helen F. Martin, and Ensign Mary-Taylor Gutterson of the Waves.

The bridegroom's father was best man. Ushers were Lieutenant (j. g.) Collins and Ensign Robert Engles, USNR; John Tower Thompson, Theodore P. Dixon, Everett Morton and J. William Jones. A reception was given at Ridgeleigh, the Ahern home. Mrs. Spencer, an alumna of the Ethel Walker School, received a B. A. degree from Brown University, where her husband also studied after his graduation from the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass.

New York Times 14 May 1944
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Ahern Heads Brooklyn Bankers
The Kings County Bankers Association announced yesterday the election of William J. Ahern, an assistant vice president of the Bank of Manhattan Company, as president of the association for the ensuing year.
New York Times 19 May 1944
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AHEARN—SMITH—April 12, 1944, at All Saints' Church, Liverpool, Frances Mary, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. S. Smith, of Bronte, to Ronald E. (sgt., A.I.F.), youngest son of the late John D. Ahearn and of Mrs. F. M. Ahearn, of Ceratop, Mangrove Mountain. Gosford.
The Sydney Morning Herald 20 May 1944
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.   
Four Queensland airmen were killed when an R.A.A.F. aircraft crashed during training exercises in northern N.S.W. They were Flight-Lieut. Ernest Shackel, pilot; Flying Officer Trevor Woodgate, navigator-instructor; Warrant Officer Edmund Kiely Ahearn, wireless air-gunner; and L.A.C. Gordon Hill, trainee navigator.
The Canberra Times 24 May 1944
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Ex-Minnesota Grid Star, 35, Is Killed
CHICAGO, May 26—(AP)—Gerald M. Sincock, 35, Navy pharmacist's mate and former University of Minnesota football player, was fatally stabbed today in a street brawl which Police Captain Michael Ahern said climaxed an argument with a former sailor. Held with formal charge was Edward Ziniel, 48, discharged from the Navy April 22, who Captain Ahern said was identified by witnesses as Sincock's assailant, Ziniel, his face and clothing blood smeared when police seized him denied the killing. Ahern said witnesses told him the argument started in a north side saloon, when Ziniel began scoffing at the branch of the Navy in which Sincock was serving.
Miami (OK) Daily News-Record 26 May 1944
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Tonopah Notes In Brief
John P. Ahern, county extension agent, was a recent visitor in Tonopah from Las Vegas.
Nevada State Journal 1 June 1944
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Items of Interest
RAAF APPOINTMENT.—Squadron Leader Neville Ahearn has been appointed to command the squadron previously commanded by Wing Commander Clive Caldwell. Squadron Leader Ahearn has seen service in Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Cyprus.
Army News 13 June 1944
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County Cattle Bring High Price At Denver Market
Denver, July 2—Fred Fiebig, Fort Morgan, secured the new 15-year top on fed steers last Wednesday with a load averaging 1,190 pounds that scored $16.85. One other load of Fiebig steers scaling 1,180 pounds brought $16.65. The second highest carlot of the week and also higher than any other time since 1920 was a load at $16.75. Those steers averaged 956 pounds and were shipped by Frank Eckhardt, LaSalle. Fred Aherne, LaSalle, sold one load of 1,101 pounders at $16.60.
Greeley Daily Tribune 3 July 1944
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Tent Flames Consumed Reported Highly Inflammable
From Treatment With Paraffin, Gasoline.
Ushers contend Cigarette Apparently Started Fire—
Third of Victims Remain Unidentified.
Hartford, Conn., July 7.—(AP)—With five persons already under charges of manslaughter, State's Attorney Hugh M. Alcorn, Jr., asserted tonight that more arrests were "probable" on the basis of preliminary inquiries into the circus fire which piled up the heaviest toll in American circus history—152 dead and 250 injured. The state's attorney, in a formal statement issued while police commissioner Edward J. Hickey still questioned a long list of witnesses, said there appeared to have been "inadequate fire fighting equipment" on the grounds of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey circus where within a few minutes a crowd of 6,000 festive spectators, became a hysterical mass yesterday as flames tore through the big top.
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A 12-year-old youngster Jimmy Ahearn, 12, Hartford, owed his life to his own coolness. When he and his sister, Judy, 8, saw the blaze start near the entrance "and spread so fast, I decided to stay put. I figured the crowd would stampede and we would be safer in our seats. A little later we saw a way open for us to slip down a passage way and crawl under the side-flaps."
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See Hartford Circus Fire for more.
Joplin Globe 8 July 1944
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The New York Stock Exchange membership of the late John J. Ahern has been transferred to George C. Dinsmore of Stokes, Hoyt & Co.
New York Times 21 July 1944
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Editorial of Day
DALE AHERN in Decorah Public Opinion: As exhumation of the bodies of 320 Italians begins in the cave at the outskirts of Rome where nazi macine-guns perpetrated a characteristic Hitler-inspired mass murder, every man and woman in allied countries ought to be contemplating the ultimate apprehension and disposition of all nazi leaders. A German-born Winnishiek county man, Mike Thiel, says they should be wiped out to the last man. Surely all serious-minded people will agree with Mike that our reprisals must be stern enough to completely demoralize the nazi party and all who dream of its reawakening.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 27 July 1944
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Jerry Ahern of Garryowen, Mayor Carter of Fulton, Wood Anglin of Dubuque, Mayor Laughlin of Sylvia Switch, Mayor Frank of Misery Ridge were the local delegates who attended the Democratic National convention in Chicago last week. These gentlemen claim that it was their doings that put Franklin D. over with a bang. Wood Anglin tried to nominate Mr. Teefey, Maquoketa, for vice president but the "No" was unanimous and he was not nominated. The locals tried to nominate Mayor Frank of Misery Ridge but he was thrown out at the second ballot. The boys reported a grand time on the trip and stated they had lots of cool drinks.
Maquoketa Community Press 27 July 1944
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She Will Be Wed Next Saturday to Ensign Eugene E. Sullivan
Miss Miriam Ahern, daughter of Mrs. John Francis Ahern of 156-08 Riverside Drive and the late Mr. Ahern, has chosen next Saturday as the date for her marriage to Ensign Eugene E. Sullivan, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sullivan, also of this city. The wedding will take place in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The bride-elect was graduated from the Holy Child Academy and Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart and received a Master's degree in social work from the Catholic University this year. Ensign Sullivan is an alumnus of Manhattan College and the Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, Great Neck, L. I.

New York Times 2 September 1944
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Miss Miriam Ahern, daughter of Mrs. John Francis Ahern of 156-08 Riverside Drive and the late Mr. Ahern, was married yesterday to Ensign Eugene E. Sullivan, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sullivan, also of this city, in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral. The ceremony was performed by Mgr. William A. Scully, who also celebrated the nuptial mass.
New York Times 10 September 1944
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Miss Sadie Shambaugh visited Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ahern and family of Keyser.
Grant County Press 14 September 1944
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Officers and employes welcomed the new public relations officer, Lt. Thomas O'Hern, to their midst last week. It's nice having you aboard, lieutenant.
Long Beach Independent 24 September 1944
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Latest Additions to List of Casualties
as Reported by War Department
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31—Among 4,811 casualties announced today by the War Department were the following from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut:
Central-Pacific Area
AHERN, Sgt. James R.; wife, Mrs. Julia F. Ahern, Bayonne.
New York Times 1 November 1944
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According to a message Wednesday from the war department to his mother, Mrs. Agnes Ahearn, Cpl. Gerald Ahearn, 28, serving with a tank division, has been missing in action in Holland since Oct. 5th. Corp. Ahearn was born in Hanover township near Waukon, and was employed in the east when he enlisted in the army at Washington, D.C. He took part in the invasion of France on D-Day. The young man is a son of the late Joe Ahearn of Hanover township. His mother makes her home with her son Norbert of Waukon, and a sister, Mrs. Henry Martin lives in Jefferson township. It is hoped that Mrs. Ahearn may hear that her son is found and well.
Allamakee Journal 11 November 1944
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Captain and Army Nurse Wed
MEMPHIS, Dec. 9 (AP)—A romance which began in the North African war zone resulted in the marriage here today of Capt. J. B. Ahern, now stationed at Second Army Headquarters, and Lieut. Cathaleen Radigan, Army nurse, with Lieut. Gen. Lloyd R. Fredendall, commanding the Second Army, giving the bride away. Lieutenant Radigan returned but ten days ago from Italy and reports Dec. 28 for reassignment. Her home address was 200 East Twenty-first Street, New York. Captain Ahern is from Denver.
New York Times 10 December 1944
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Couple Married In Memphis After Courting In Africa
Memphis—AP—A romance which began on North African battle soil culminated Saturday in marriage for an army captain and an army nurse—with a lieutenant general participating in the ceremony. Capt. J. B. Ahern, now stationed at Second Army Headquarters, and Lieut. Cathaleen Radigan, Army nurse, were married with Lieut. Gen. Lloyd R. Fredenall, commanding general of the Second Army, giving the bride away. Capt. Ahern and Lieut. Radigan first met during the African campaign. Gen. Fredenhall was commander of the Second Corps in which Capt. Ahern served. Lieut. Radigan returned home but 10 days ago from Italy—and reports Dec. 28 for reassignment. Capt. Ahern's home is in New York City and Lieut. Radigan's is in Denver.
Kingsport Times 10 December 1944
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Parents of Dead Marine Give Blood
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ahern, 110 North Third avenue, who have lost one son in the present war and have another in the service, were among the blood donors who reported at the armory this morning to give a part of their body in an endeabvor to save the life of someone else. Their son, Corporal George Hopkins, a member of the United States Marine corps, was killed in action in the Mariana islands. Pfc. Leo W. Hopkins, the other son is a member of the U. S. Marines.
Albert Lea Evening Tribune 11 December 1944
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A WOMAN WHO SAID SHE STOLE because she was short of coupons, and another who said she did not know why she did, faced shoplifting charges in the City Court. They were: Lillian Ahearn, 37, of Clarendon Street, West Coburg, fined £15 on each of two charges, and Hilda. White, 36, of Vincent Street, Coburg, fined £15 (in default six weeks imprisonment) on one charge and sentenced to one month's imprisonment, to be suspended on a £10 three years' good behaviour bond, on the other. A four weeks' stay was allowed.
Army News 27 December 1944
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Oriented Overseas
Second Lieut. John J. Ahern Jr., whose parents live at 654 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, recently completed an orientation course designed to bridge the gap between training in the States and combat soldiering against the enemy in Germany. Before entering the Army, Lieutenant Ahern was employed as a rodman and timekeeper at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station.

Lieut. Jack Ahern
Is Killed Overseas
Lieut. Jack Ahern, 654 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, was killed in action in the European theatre of war on December 16, according to a War Department message received yesterday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ahern of Atlantic Beach. Lieutenant Ahern was a member of the Army Air Corps. His family has resided at the Beach for many years.
Florida Times-Union 3 January 1945
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Leave It to the Kids
A few days ago 13-year-old Thomas Ahern, son of Mrs. Rose Ahern, 6411 Green st., decided he wanted to do something for the wounded Yanks at Gardiner hospital on Hyde Park blvd., so he planned a games party to be held in the basement of his home. He asked some other kids to help him and together they invited their adult neighbors and their own pals. Then Tom industriously appealed to several Halsted st. storekeepers to donate prizes. Admission prices were fixed at 10 cents for kids and 15 cents for adults and the party netted $10 which the committee delivered to the hospital. As spokesman Tom says: "We were proud to give the money to the hospital, but they more than repaid us because they gave us some Italian liras and each of us got a big piece of cake."
Southtown Economist 4 February 1945
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Frances Rene Nolan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nolan, 4408 W. Adams st., will celebrate his first solemn mass March 11, at 12 o'clock in St. Mel's church, Washington blvd. at Kildare ave. Assisting him will be the Rev. Paul Donohue as assisting priest, the Rev. Daniel Cantwell as deacon, and the Rev. Thomas Ryan as subdeacon. Jack Reynolds will be master of ceremonies, Jack Donohue, thurifer, and Bill Kelly and Jack Ahern, acolytes.
The Garfieldian 22 February 1945
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Manila Prisoners Freed
WASHINGTON, March 8 (AP) —The War Department released today additional lists of civilians liberated in Philippines. They include the following:
AHERN, Rev. Hilary R., Rev. Stephen T. McDermott, 869 Lexington Ave., New York City.
New York Times 9 March 1945
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Others Wounded.
Other men listed as wounded in action are these:
Lt. William P. Ahern, husband of Mrs. Jean Ahern, 6059 Peoria st.
Southtown Economist 14 March 1945
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Mrs. Frank Ahern, of 110 3rd Avenue W., has received word from her son, Pfc. Leo W. Hopkins, that he is "getting along OK" in a hospital somewhere in the western Pacific after having been wounded, apparently slightly, in the fighting at Iwo Jima. He went ashore there with the 5th Marine division.
The Evening Tribune 17 March 1945
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Marriage Intentions
Charles F. Ahern, lawyer, 202 School street, Somerville and Miss Louise F. Dolan, accountant, 74 Congress street.
Fitchburg Sentinel 23 April 1945
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Two Among 13 Men on Bomber Unreported at Florida Base
TAMPA, Fla., April 25 (AP) —Col. James O. Carroll, commanding at MacDill Field, said today a Superfortress with thirteen men aboard was believed lost this morning while on a 3,000-mile cross-country combat training trip. Army planes based in Cuba, and peninsular Florida were ordered to search for the bomber and Navy planes were asked to aid. Among those aboard the bomber were Second Lieut. Daniel R. Ahern, Jr., 143 Van Sicklen Street, Brooklyn; Second Lieut. Anthony Laskow, 102 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, and Second Lieut. William Jiler of Bridgeport, Conn.
New York Times 26 April 1945
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MICHAEL AHERN, Late of 39 Sutherland Street, Coburg, Retired Public Servant, Deceased, Who Died on the Thirteenth Day of June, 1944.—Creditors, next-of-kin, and all other persons having CLAIMS against the estate of the deceased are required by the executor of the will, John Stapleton, of 186 Bell street, Coburg, solicitor, to SEND PARTICULARS to him at the address above-mentioned on or before the 3rd August, 1945, after which date he will distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which he then has notice.

JOHN STAPLETON. LL.B., solicitor, 186 Bell street, Coburg.

The Argus 30 May 1945
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Air Ministry, 12th June, 1945
   The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:—
    Distinguished Service Cross.
   Flying Officer Bernard William Ahearn (48211), Royal Air Force.
   One morning on the 13th October, 1944, one of H.M. Motor Minesweepers was reported overdue and probably lost. Air/Sea Rescue High Speed Launch No. 133, with Flying Officer Ahearn in charge, was instructed to proceed to the island of Gorgona, where the ship had been operating. High seas prevented the launch from entering the harbour and he therefore proceeded slowly round the island to search for survivors. This search met with no success. Flying Officer Ahearn then decided to investigate a minefield where it seemed possible that the minesweeper had been lost. While following the edge of the minefield Flying Officer Ahearn sighted a Walrus aircraft which had located and rescued 9 of the crew of the missing ship. The latter had been blown up by a mine. Flying Officer Ahearn, without hesitation, took his launch into the minefield and rescued 3 more of the ship's crew from a Carley float. The weather had become very bad during these operations and the Walrus aircraft was unable to take off owing to high seas and petrol shortage. The aircraft, having on board its crew and the rescued personnel who could not be transferred to the launch because of the rough water, was taken in tow by the launch and Leghorn was safely reached later in the day. The devotion to duty and outstanding courage displayed by Flying Officer Ahearn resulted in the saving of an aircraft, together with its crew and 12 survivors of one of H.M. Minesweepers.
The London Gazette 8 June 1945
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Latest Casualties Among Men From Metropolitan Area
as Reported by Army and Navy
Pacific Area
AHERN, Pfc. WILLIAM T.; Charles T. Ahern, 636 E. 53d St., Brooklyn
New York Times 13 June 1945
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Joan Fontaine Divorces "World's Finest Husband"
Hollywood—Joan Fontaine, academy award winner in 1942, today was the ex-wife of Brian Aherne, actor whom she once termed "the finest husband in the world." The star obtained an order making final the interlocutory divorce she was awarded a year ago. She complained that Ahern made her feel like a "guest in my own home." A property settlement gave her the couple's Beverly Hills home, plus $2,500 a year if her health should prevent her from working in pictures.
Daily Journal Gazette 15 June 1945
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   From Cpl. Jimmy W. Radeumis:
   “Many celebrated sports wrtiers have tabbed Bobby Ahearn, the former Bay Meadows publicity man, now a contemporary of ours in B-29 service group on Guam. 'one of the most unusual publicists ever produced on the modern American turf.'
   “The amazing, blatant and refreshing Pfc. Ahearn is now milling around in some sort of special services capacity, sweating out the day when he will be able to rebound to the world of pinstripe suits and racing forms.
   “Although Ahearn will confess that his experience with horses was confined to publicizing them, he also will admit that as a denizen of the press box he once bobbed up as the owner of a winning pony.
   “That was when Kai-Hi, who on the records belonged to the 'little woman,' Mrs. R. F. Ahearn, hoofed through with a victory during one of the races at Santa Anita many pay days ago. Ahearn gave the horse as a good thing to all his friends, but he still to this day attributes Kai-Hi's victory to the fact that he folded a St. Christopher's medal in the horse's saddle for good luck.
   “Anyway, whether it's talismans or sheer luck, Ahearn was always regarded as one of the foremost guys in the equine-tabbing business, and he plans to return to the form-charts fraternity as soon as the Japs toss in the towel.”
Pacific Stars & Stripes 3 July 1945
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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ahearn of Providence, R. I., are visiting Mrs. Ahearn's brother, George P. Callahan at 24 Hamlin Street.
Berkshire Eagle 18 July 1945
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FLAGS TO SHOW LOCATIONS of two sons, a daughter and a son-in-law in the service have been placed on a globe of the world by Mr. and Mrs. William Ahern, 2635 Brighton avenue. The daughter, Lieut. Kathleen F. Ahern, WAC, overseas veteran who is visiting at the home, is shown removing the flag of a brother recently discharged from the service. Lieutenant Ahern spent seven months on Leyte, in Manila and New Guinea, where her secretarial work often included the writing of military citations. She is to report next week at Tampa, Fla., and she hopes for another overseas assignment.
Kansas City Star 25 July 1945
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Mention in Despatches.
Temporary Lieutenant Bernard Francis Ahern, R.N.V.R. (Ironbridge, Shropshire). [At the time of this event he was serving on the destroyer HMS Hesperus.]
The London Gazette 11 September 1945
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The following NSW members of the AIF recovered from the Japanese are included in an Army list:
AHERN, K. P., Pte, Darlinghurst, Inf.
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The Argus 24 September 1945
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The following Tasmanian members of the AIF recovered from the Japanese are included in an Army list:
AHEARNE. P. A. J.. Pte. Hobart, Inf.
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The Argus 25 September 1945
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O'BRIEN—AHEARNE.—Patricia Mary, second daughter of Mrs. M. O'Brien, of Glenhuntly rd., Elsternwick, to Edward Victor (ex-A.I.F., returned), youngest son of Mr. C. Ahearne, of Alma rd., East St. Kilda (formerly of Sale).
The Argus 24 November 1945
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Cambridge Major Leads Smashing of Jap A-Bomb Devices
TOKYO, Nov. 23—American engineers today smashed five cyclotrons used for atomic energy research in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, under orders from Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Maj. Joseph A. O'Hearn of Cambridge, Mass., is MacArthur's representative for the destruction of atomic machines. O'Hearn supervised at Nishina laboratory in Tokyo, the cutting up of a 200-ton American-built cyclotron.
The Boston Globe 24 November 1945
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AHERN—WILLIAMS.—The Engagement is announced of Joan Steele, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Williams, of Marrickville, to Sqn.-Ldr. Lance Neville Ahern, D.S.O., D.F.C., only son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Ahern of Taree.
The Sydney Morning Herald 1 December 1945
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   Two men were killed last night when a motor car in which they were driving collided with a tram and was hit by another tram going in the opposite direction, at the corner of Haig and Cooper Streets, Maroubra, near Maroubra Junction.
   Those killed were:
   Robert Wilfred Morgan, 60, Haig Street, Maroubra.
   Daniel Ahern, 39, Payne Street, Maroubra, licencee of the Surrey Hotel, King Street, city.
   The motor car was proceeding along Haig Street and collided with a tram travelling toward the city from Maroubra. The impact threw the car toward another tram travelling to Maroubra. The car was badly crushed.
   The Eastern Suburbs Ambulance took Morgan to St. Vincent's Hospital, but he was dead on arrival. Another ambulance took Ahern to Prince Henry Hospital. Little Bay, where he died two hours later.
The Sydney Morning Herald 14 December 1945
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GEMBITSKY.—On December 13, 1945, at Wellington Hospital, to Joyce (nee Ahern), wife of M. P. (Jack) Gembitsky—a daughter; both well.
Wellington Evening Post 17 December 1945
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Thomas Ahern of Three Mile visited friends in town Sunday. Mr. Ahern and Bill O'Toole are spending the winter doing development work at the Ahern mine.
Independent Record 3 January 1946
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AHEARNE.—On Jan. 2, 1946, at the Park Nursing Home, Cheltenham, to NANCY ELIZABETH (BETTY), wife of J. F. AHEARNE—a son.
The Times 4 January 1946
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AHERN.—At Windarra private hospital, Toorak, to Marguerite, wife of Capt. Clem Ahern, A.A.M.C.—a son.
The Argus 18 January 1946
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Photographic Society
At last night's meeting, Mr. Maxwell Ahearne judged the road scenes which were submitted and also the pictures taken at the picnic held at the Cotter. The winners of the road scenes were: C. S. Christian 1 and 3; Miss Steed 2. Beginners: W. A. Howe 1, M. Norsa 2, G. Conolly 3. Awards in the Picnic scenes were: C. S. Christian 1 and 3; Miss, Steed 2. Beginners: W. Howe 1 and 2. During the evening Mr. Ahearne gave a demonstration of portraiture for which Miss Grimsley acted as model.
The Canberra Times 6 March 1946
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   The engagement is announced between Captain Lionel Vincent Massey, K.R.R.C., elder son of the Right Hon. Vincent Massey, High Commissioner for Canada, and Mrs. Massey, and Lilias, widow of Flying Officer D. B. Van Buskirk, R.C.A.F., and younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin Ahern, of Ottawa, Canada. The marriage will take place in Ottawa in June. [see also: Obituary of Thomas Ahern, grandfather]
The Times 23 March 1946
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The University Counts Its Dead of the Second World War
Class of 1941
Joseph William Ahern, Jr.
The Harvard Crimson 9 April 1946
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No 3 Court-Judge Moffitt-10-Hearing Thomas William Ahearn and Best and Butler; John Arthur Walker and Com. for Road Transport.
The Sydney Morning Herald 10 April 1946
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A double award, the DSO and DFC was made to Sqdn-Ldr. Lance Neville Ahern, of Taree.
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The Adelaide Advertiser 15 April 1946
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Two Die, Two Hurt In Crash Near Lockney
LOCKNEY, May 17—Two persons were injured fatally and two others were in hospitals tonight following the headon collission of two automobiles near here about 4 p.m. today. Dead were John T. O'Hearn, 67, Lockney business man and local manager for Southwestern Public Service company, and Miss Mary J. Huggins, 21, employe in O'Hearn's electrical supply shop. Seriously injured was Roe McClusky, 54, of 2321 Twenty-fifth street, Lubbock, who suffered a fracture of the left leg just above the ankle, dislocation of the right elbow and a laceration on the forehead. He is in St. Mary's hospital, Lubbock, where his condition was reported as "satisfactory". In Plainview hospital, where his injuries were not considered serious, was Grover C. Fairey, 62, of Odessa. He suffered bruises and lacerations and was to spend the night under observation at the hospital.

Body of Miss Huggins was taken to Rix funeral home in Lubbock. Services had not been arranged. She is survivved [sic] by her father, O. J. Huggins, of Lockney, two brothers, John E. Huggins, student at Texas Tech, and Fred Huggins in the navy at San Diego, Calif., and one sister, Ema Loyce Huggins of Plainview.

The accident offurred one mile east of the east Lockney cutoff on highway 70. Fairey, driver of the car in which McCloskey was a passenger, was going east, and the other car, with O'Hearn driving and Miss Huggins as a passenger, was going west. The collission took place during an attempt to pass another car. Damage to the vehicles was heavy. Texas Highway patrol officers at Plainview said, following investigation.

Lubbock Morning Avalanche 18 May 1946
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22 Given Diplomas at Lawrence Academy
GROTON, May 18—Twenty-two seniors were presented diplomas today at the 153d graduation exercises of Lawrence Academy in historic First Parish Church. Dr. Harold W. Stoke, president of New Hampshire University, delivered the principal address.
The graduates were:
Paul W. Ahern, Arlington, . . . 
The Boston Globe 19 May 1946
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Policeman Opens Desk Finds Minnie Increased Family
Cat and Two Kittens Occupy Lieutenant's Desk at Englewood Station.
Sgt. Thomas Charles of the Englewood police station opened the desk drawer of Lt. Daniel Ahern Friday and discovered that Minnie, the station's cat mascot, had become a mother. He hurried to tell the other officers about the blessed event. The officers came in to congratulate Minnie who was purring contentedly with her two kittens. Being a city cat Minnie had chosen a desk drawer for her home which is comparable in size to many apartments these days. But Lieutenant Ahern objected to her new residence, saying that he had to have somewhere to store his papers and didn't want his desk turned into an apartment house for cats.
The Big Conference
After much discussion the officers decided the best place for Minnie and her kittens would be an animal shelter. They called the Anti-Cruelty society which sent out a truck and picked up the two tiny twins. But Minnie had made her mind up and still was upset about the loss of her kittens. She cast an accusing eye on the officers who tried to placate her with a bowl of milk. She refused to be bribed and meowed mournfully.
Receives Compliments
The officers took turns trying to get Minnie to accepts a bit of fish and milk, but with no success. Finally Lieutenant Ahern took Minnie on his lap and pointed out that a police station is not a proper environment to raise two kittens. After apparently thinking over the lieutenant's advice seriously, Minnie agreed and the officers sighed happily as she passed among them for their compliments and pats.
Southtown Economist 19 June 1946
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   A goods train driver was seriously injured yesterday when he was knocked from the driving cab when passing a steel stanchion, between Concord West and North Strathfield. The driver. James O'Hearn, 46, Lambton Road, New Lambton, was leaning from the cab watching fettlers working on the track when he was struck by the stanchion. He was knocked to the ground.
   The fireman quickly halted the train. Western Suburbs Ambulance took O'Hearn to Western Suburbs Hospital, where he was admitted with a probable fractured spine, injuries to head and hands, and concussion.
The Sydney Morning Herald 16 July 1946
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Says U. S. Seismographs May Record Bikini Blast
The Rev. Michael Ahern
   Ths shock of the underwater test of the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll may be strong enough to be recordedon Atlantic Coast seismographs, the Rev. Michael Ahern, director of the seismological observatory of Weston College, Weston, Mass., said yesterday before starting for London on the American Overseas Airline flagship Oslo as a delegate to the first International Conference of Christians and Jews beginning next Monday at Oxford, England.
   “We may get something from the underwater blast,” the priest said, “because we got recordings of every depth charge exploded off of the New England Coast during the war.”
   He estimated that four hours would elapse from detonation of the bomb beneath the surface of the lagoon before it could be recorded on the Weston College seismograph, adding that it had taken eight hours for air waves to travel from the aerial blast of the bomb last July 7.
   “We got a slight air push when the first bomb was exploded in New Mexico,” Father Ahern said, explaining that he had not known of the test in advance and that a checking of the time and the seismograph had shown a recording of the blast.
   Before attending the Oxford conference, the priest said, he will take part in the centennial of the Royal Belgium Academy of Arts and Sciences at Brussels next Wednesday to Saturday.
New York Times 22 July 1946
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Dance Artist At Lyric
   Starring in the Lyric stage revue for the week of July 29 will be vaudeville headliners such as Will and Gladys Ahern, Rock and Dean, the Great Bender, Gordon and Hughes, and Corrallene Rommeburg.
   Will Ahern, often compared with the late Will Rogers, twirls a lariat as well as doing some intricate dance steps. Gladys adds a spicy note with her songs and chatter.
   It's a comedy dance team—Rock and Dean, who are masters at featured oddities in tap routines and burlesque ballet turns. The Great Bender is a novel contortionist and acrobat, Gordon and Hughes are a singing and musical duo, and Corallene Rommeburg does pantomime impersonations of Betty Hutton.
The Salt Lake Tribune 27 July 1946
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The American ambassador designate for Australia, Mr. Robert C. Butler, is expected to leave for Australia in about six weeks. Mr. Butler is very interested in the embassy building at Canberra and has asked the American Legation to have a series of photographs taken of the interior of the residence. Mr. Maxwell Ahearne, of Canberra, was commissioned to take the photographs, which are printed on special paper, and reveal the shades and tones of the furnishings. The photographs have been despatched by air mail to Mr. Butler.
The Canberra Times 7 August 1946
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Shot By Two Men While Being Escorted To Police Station
SYDNEY, Sunday.   
Detective-Constable Vincent Donald Ahearn, 40, was murdered this afternoon in a police car in Anzac Parade, while two men were being taken to North Sydney police station for questioning in connection with car thefts. It was one of the most cold-blooded and callous crimes committed in Australia. The men had been detained after visiting two female prisoners at Long Bay Gaol, Joyce Read and Edna Grant. An attempt was made to shoot Detective-Constable Bowie, 27, who was seated in the police car, but the pistol jammed. The two men then bashed Bowie about the head and jumped from the car, escaping into the bush near the Bunnerong power house.

The shooting took place within a few miles of the Long Bay Gaol. As the police car approached the old speedway at Maroubra one of the men pulled a revolver that had been concealed among his clothing, and shot Ahearn twice through the chest, one bullet puncturing his heart. Detective Bowie was seated in the front seat of the car while Detective Ahearn was in the back seat between the two men. On hearing the shots Detective Bowie turned round and saw his colleague in a slumped position on the edge of the seat.

For the first time the new police plane was used in a search for the two escapees over the area of the crime. More than 400 police, assisted by police dogs and with soldiers armed with tommy-guns in support, are scouring dense scrub between Bunnerong Road and La Perouse Road. At the North Sydney Court last Tuesday, two attractive girls, Joyce Read, 19, and Edna Grant, 20, were committed for trial on three charges of illegally using motor cars, and one of breaking, entering and stealing from a Lindfield garage. Bail was fixed at £200 for Grant and £100 for Read, but they did not find the surety. During the hearing, in a statement allegedly made by Read, she told how she and Grant were arrested in a stolen car at Northbridge in the early hours on July 29, when they had been left by two men. Caught in the headlights of an oncoming car one of the, men called, "It's the 'coppers' go through." The men then disappeared into the bushes. The alleged statement added that Read had been lured into crime by a man and his associates whom she had met one night at the California, a cafe in Darlinghurst Road, King's Cross.

Detective-Constable Bowie applied the brakes at the same time as he was grappling with the two men, one of whom hit him about the head and face with the butt of a revolver. Bowie continued to fight back and shortly afterwards collapsed into unconsciousness. The two men were seen to leap from the car and run in opposite directions. When the police arrived, Bowie was still clutching his half-drawn revolver and the body of Ahearn was found crouched on the back seat. Darkness set in soon after the search of the Bunnerong scrub land had started, and military searchlights were used to assist. The police warned residents in the Malabar district, who owned cars, to be on the watch as the wanted men were experienced drivers.

The police are anxious to interview a man, known as Keith, who was in company with the two men this morning. Late to-night the police stated they were anxious to interview Sidney Greenep, alias Grant and also alias McMahon.

The Canberra Times 12 August 1946
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Intense Search for Accomplice
SYDNEY, Monday.
Early this morning Sidney Grant, 28, was arrested at gunpoint in a guest house at North Sydney, and charged with the murder on Sunday afternoon of Detective-Constable Victor Donald Ahearn. A police cordon had been thrown around Sydney to apprehend Keith George Hope, 23, alias Beckett, and all trains, planes and ships are being closely watched while the cooperation of the Victorian police has been sought in case Hope should break through the cordon in an at tempt to return to Victoria. The search for Hope is also being intensified in the Newcastle district. Grant was arrested by armed police while he was breakfasting at a guest house. He offered no resistance. A large squad of police was rushed to the guest house and, while all exits were guarded. Detective H. Hughes and Sergt. R. K. Knight, with revolvers drawn, rushed inside. They threw open the door of a room and found Grant having breakfast.

Later, Grant appeared before the North Sydney Court with his head bandaged and was charged with the murder of Detective Ahearn on which charge he was remanded to the Central Court on August 20, bail being refused. Grant appeared in court handcuffed to a detective-sergeant and was later removed under a heavy escort.

Sergeant M. Whelan, who conducted the prosecution, told the court that Grant and another man had been arrested at the entrance to the women's reformatory at Long Bay Gaol. The two men were placed in a police car, which was driven by Detective-Constable Bowie, while Ahearn sat between the men. After the police car had proceeded about a mile and a half from the reformatory, Grant drew a revolver and twice shot Ahearn, who died in a few minutes, Bowie, stopped the car and struggled with Grant, who was disarmed, but Bowie was assaulted about the face. Grant and the other man then disappeared.

Shortly before 3.30 p.m. Grant was again before the North Sydney Court and was remanded until August 20, on nine charges of breaking, entering and stealing, including the theft of four sub-machine guns, two revolver chambers, and a quantity of ammunition, to the value £50, from Rushcutters Bay naval depot, on July 30.

Four counts dealt with alleged thefts of wireless Sets. He was also charged with stealing clothing, valued at £200, from a shop at Crow's Nest on July 31, with breaking into a shop at King's Cross Road on July 5 and stealing women's clothing, worth £100, and with breaking into a garage at Killara on July 28, and stealing tyres and money to the value of £30. Grant was also remanded on two charges of having been in possession of firearms.

The police produced four Thomson sub-machine guns and two ammunition cases which were found among some bush at Roseville. The Victorian police advised that ballistic tests proved that the revolver which bad been used in the murder, had been stolen from a resident of Hawthorn in 1942. It is believed that Grant left a considerable sum of money in Melbourne. His arrest followed probably the greatest man-hunt ever staged in this State. Almost 500 police and soldiers were engaged. Grant told the police that he arrived by car from Melbourne on Saturday and, with a companion, booked in at the guest house early on Sunday morning.

There was no power to search any person whether visiting a gaol, a police court or any other establishment unless such a person was first arrested and charged, said the Minister of Justice (Mr. Downing) who added that such searching would be an offence.

The Minister explained there was no restriction about the number of visits by friends to gaol prisoners who were also permitted to receive foodstuffs, but there was no physical contact between such prisoners and visitors because of a heavy wire gauze separating them. A Sydney detective stated that when a policeman visited the gaol he was required to hand over his revolver and he could not understand why the same regulation did not apply to civilians. A late Melbourne message stated that two men had been detained at the C.I.B. office for questioning in connection with the murder.

The Canberra Times 13 August 1946
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Keith George Hope, who was wanted by the police for questioning in connection with the shooting of Detective Ahearn on Sunday, walked into the Scone police station at 11.45 p.m. and gave himself up. He told the police that he arrived at 3 a.m. on Monday and, after staying at the Royal Hotel, obtained work on a farm. The police were advised that a man answering to his description, had booked in at the hotel. Hope when he entered the police station, said, "I understand that you were making inquiries about me, so I thought I had better give myself up." He added that the farmer, by whom, he had been employed, had driven him to the police station.

Two detectives will leave Sydney to-morrow to take Hope back to Sydney. They have been instructed to take no chances with him. Police in Sydney to-night hinted that intensified co-operation between forces in other States, following the murder of Ahearn on Sunday, may lead to a clean-up of certain inter-state crimes. A senior officer of the C.I.B. said that detectives in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane had been working to break up certain interstate criminal activities.

Large crowds gathered to-day to pay their last respects to Detective Constable Ahearn, when the funeral was held. Mounted police were in attendance with detachments of police, military provosts and motor cyclists. The funeral of Detective Ahearn was conducted to-day. A service was held at Christ Church where Archbishop Mowll paid a moving tribute to the service rendered to the community as a whole by the police force.

The Canberra Times 14 August 1946
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Hope Charged With Murder
Keith George Hope, also known as Keith Beckett, 23, labourer, was charged at Central Police Court yesterday with having on August 11 murdered Detective Victor Donald Ahearn. Hope was also charged with having had in his possession a car stolen in Victoria, knowing it to have been stolen. The police prosecutor, Sergeant Whelan, said that last Sunday afternoon, Detectives Ahearn and Bowie were escorting in a car Hope and a man named Grant from the women's reformatory at Long Bay gaol. Some distance from Long Bay gaol Ahearn had been shot three times and had died almost immediately. Sergeant Whelan asked for a remand until August 20. Grant had been remanded to that date, he added. Mr. Beavers, S.M., granted the remand and refused bail. Hope was escorted into the court by the two detectives who had brought him back from Scone yesterday morning. He was neatly dressed in a brown suit, blue shirt, and red tie.
The Sydney Morning Herald 16 August 1946
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SYDNEY, Thursday.   
Keith George Hope, 23, was charged at the Central Court to-day with the murder of Detective-Constable Ahearn on Sunday last and was remanded until August 20. He was also charged with being in possession of a stolen motor car. Hope was escorted into court by Detectives Hargreaves and Strachan, who had brought him from Scone where he had given himself up. During the brief court proceedings Hope did not speak.
The Canberra Times 16 August 1946
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Det. Ahearn's Death
SYDNEY, August 16.—The big, dark-haired policeman kissed his wife [Irene] before sitting down to breakfast in his cheerful flat at Lavender Street, North Sydney. He had been up late the night before, but that had not affected his good-humour. Nothing, his wife reflected, ever seemed to affect that. He ate his cornflakes and chops, drank his cup of strong coffee. Then, with his 11-year-old son to help, he started to paint the kitchen woodwork. He had promised his wife to do it, and, once he had promised — even little things — she could always count on him to do them. It was Saturday. He stuck at the painting until he had to go on duty.

Sunday, he was on duty again. As he went out this time, whistling softly, his wife saw him turn, heard him call back cheerily: "I'll finish off the paint when I get home." But this week, the woodwork was still waiting to be finished. Early on the Sunday afternoon policeman Victor Ahearn was shot twice through the heart while doing duty as an escort. Said his widow, pretty, sad-eyed Rene Ahearn, this week: "Vic. was a big, strong chap; but be never thought it sissy to help me in the flat. He was always doing something for me. "I get sciatica. When I was sick he used to do all the shopping for me. Sometimes he'd get so many vegetables we wouldn't know what to do with them. "He used to cook for our son Max and me when I was ill. He was a good cook, too. "When you met him once you knew him. He never changed. I met him when I was 16 and he was 28. He lived in a boarding house next door. We married four years later. That was nearly 13 years ago. "He was in the Police Force sixteen and a half years. The last 10 he'd been a detective. "That meant broken shifts, working until the job was done, coming home at odd hours. But he was always so dependable, so jolly. I didn't mind the anxiety, the strain of being a policeman's wife. "Week-ends, when he was off duty, we used to go fishing with our son. Vic. loved fishing more than any other pastime. We had planned a trip from Mosman Bay this week-end. "He had only lately been transferred from Clarence Street Station to North Sydney. He liked the move because it brought him nearer home — he could come back to the flat for lunch when he was working early shifts. "Vic. took me to the C.I.B. ball two days before he was killed. I wore a new wine velvet evening dress — my first since the end of the war. Vic. said to me: 'You don't look a day older than when I married you. Let's have our photo taken.' "He asked me three times before I agreed. I was so surprised, because he hadn't had a photo taken since our wedding. He hated posing for a picture." Widowed Mrs. Ahearn will continue to live in her flat at the corner of Walker and Lavender Streets. Said she: "My friends are here. So are my happy memories. Why should I move?

Townsville Daily Bulletin 17 August 1946
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Licenses Issued
O'HERN - MYERS — Terance O'Hern and Emma Myers, both Oakland.
Oakland Tribune 20 August 1946
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Engagement Is Told at party
Miss Dorothy Pulver, whose engagement to Daniel Joseph Ahern was announced at a tea Sunday at the Pulver home.
Announced to friends at a tea given at the home of the bride-to-be's parents last Sunday afternoon was the engagement of Miss Dorothy Marie Pulver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. Pulver of Golden Gate Avenue, and Mr. Daniel Joseph Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ahern of Shrewsbury, N.J. Flowered ribbons on which were printed the names "Dottie and Danny" and match books with the same inscription for the men was the means of making known the betrothal. Connie Pulver presented the flowers and matches. The bride-elect recently flew to New Jersey for a visit with her fiance's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ahern. Mr. Ahern was discharged recently from the U.S. Army. Present plans of the young couple are for a January wedding.
Oakland Tribune 25 August 1946
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.
Sidney Grant and Keith George Hope, charged with the murder of Detective V. D. Ahearn at Matraville on August 11, were remanded until September 10 at the Central Court to-day. Grant said that a writ of habeas corpus had been served on the police to enable his wife to give evidence on a theft charge against him. Grant also faces nine charges of breaking, entering and stealing and two of possessing firearms while being a person previously convicted. Bail was refused both men.
The Canberra Times 28 August 1946
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Walton News
Fitzpatrick Reunion
The annual Fitzpatrick reunion was held August 18 at the beautiful Lake Mendota. A delicious picnic dinner was served at noon. Officers elected for next year were: David Fitzpatrick, Virginia, Ill., president; Leo Fitzpatrick, Campus, Ill., vice president; Will Fitzpatrick, Anthony, Ill., secretary-treasurer. Those attending were: Raymond Ahern, Campus, Ill., Mrs. Julia Ahern and daughter Grace and son Atty. Thomas Ahern of Chicago; . . . The oldest member present was 83 years old, Raymond Ahern. . . . 
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 August 1946
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RIDDELL—AHERN—The Engagement is announced of Nancy, widow of the late Sergeant Paddy Ahern and elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Golby of Cheltenham, to Gordon (ex-R.A.A.F.) only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Riddell of Bardwell Park.
The Sydney Morning Herald 31 August 1946
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.
Evidence of the shooting of Detective Ahearn in a police car at Matraville on August 11, was given at the Coroner's Court to-day by Constable Bowie, who was driving the car. Sydney Grant and Keith George Hope were present in custody, charged with murder. Constable Bowie told how he and Ahearn were driving in a police car, in which the accused were also sitting. Previously they had met the accused at the women's reformatory and told them they were wanted for a "couple of jobs at North Sydney." They ran their hands over the accused's clothes, after which the men got in the car with Ahearn between them.

After proceeding about a mile and a half, something was said about cigarettes and this was followed immediately by a shot. He heard Ahearn say he had been shot. Almost immediately there were two more shots. Witness stopped the car and saw Hope get out. Grant had a pistol pointed at witness but the pistol jammed. He took the gun from Grant who punched him about the head, but witness grabbed the gun and hit Grant with the butt. The latter replied he had had enough and, referring to Ahearn, said, "Will the poor ———— die?" Grant then leaned back in the seat and kicked witness about the face. The inquiry was adjourned until next Tuesday.

The Canberra Times 11 September 1946
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WHITBREAD (nee Kath Ahern)—September 2 at Aloha private hospital Parramatta to Mr. and Mrs. F R Whitbread the gift of a daughter (Colleen Leola).
The Sydney Morning Herald 14 September 1946
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Alleged Admission by Accused
SYDNEY, Tuesday
At the resumed inquest to-day into the death of Detective Ahearn, the police produced two letters, alleged to have been written by Sidney Grant, one of the accused, to his wife who was an inmate of Long Bay Gaol. An extract from one letter read: "He got in my way, so I let him have it. As for the other fellow, well, he's lucky he's not there calling for the angels too. Only for my rod jamming he would have been."

The second letter said in part: "Ahearn got the works for standing in my way and yours." and also stated: "I got the word through that everything is working as planned by the boys in Melbourne and as soon as they take that escort off, well, it's on and I'll be free again." Telling the court that the letters had been forwarded to the C.I.B., but he could not say by whom, Detective-Constable H. J. Hughes said that Grant had admitted writing the letters but had claimed he did not mean what was in them.

The police also tendered to the Court a statement allegedly made by Grant in which it was claimed that the shooting of Detective Ahearn was accidental. According to the statement Grant was getting cigarettes from his pocket when Ahearn saw that he had a gun and tried to grab it. "It accidentally went off the first time and realising what I had done I just went on with it by shooting him again," the alleged statement added.

Also tendered was a statement allegedly made by Keith George Hope, the statement read in part: "I did not want to give myself up until after Grant was caught, as I was frightened at what he might do to me, because after he shot the detective in cold blood he would shoot me without compunction."

The Canberra Times 18 September 1946
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Toastmasters Pick Thorgeson
A. G. Thorgeson was chosen president at the Toastmasters club at its dinner meeting at the Canton café last night. He succeeds Chet Holton, whose term expired. John Fisher was chosen vice president; Paul V. Webber, secretary treasurer, Garrett P. Ahern, sergeant-at-arms, and Carl Hillstrom, deputy governor.
The Evening Tribune 25 September 1946
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AHERNE.—On Sept. 28, 1946, to Betty (née Lander), wife of Kenneth H. Aherne, of Shelter, Balcombe Road, Haywards Heath—a daughter (Ruth).
The Times 1 October 1946
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Michael Ahern Has Birthday Party
Michael Patrick Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ahern, entertained 10 of his playmates Wednesday afternoon at a hard-time Hallowe'en birthday party, in the basement of the Ahern home, 110 Third avenue West. After playing games, the guests gathering around the table centered with a lighted birthday cake with six candles. Individual cakes trimmed in green and white, with lighted candles, were presented to each guest as a favor. The basement of the house was appropriately decorated with Hallowe'en colors, candles and jack o' lanterns.
The Evening Tribune 1 November 1946
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Judith Carol Ahern
Judy Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ahern, of 208 Birch avenue, Elsmere Manor, celebrated her third birthday anniversary Oct. 17.
The Sunday Morning Star 3 November 1946
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Wearing a bridal gown of white satin, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and a fingertip illusion veil, Miss Katherine Virginia Irwin, daughter of Mrs. Daniel Edwin Irwin and the late Mr. Irwin of Newton Center, became the bride yesterday of William Gerard O'Hearn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah J. O'Hearn of Cambridge, at the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Eric F. MacKenzie officiating. The bride, given in marriage by her brother, John J. Irwin, carried a prayer-book with white orchids and streamers of stephanotis. A reception followed the ceremony at the Somerset Hotel in Boston. Mrs. Thomas P. Callaghan of Brookline was matron of honor for her sister, and she wore red silk crepe, and carried a cascade bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids, wearing apple green silk crepe, and carrying cascade bouquets of red and yellow chrysanthemums, were Mrs. J. William O'Donnell of Revere, sister of Mr. O'Hearn, Miss Lucille A. Quigley of Newtonville, Mrs. John F. McCarthy, of Watertown, and Miss Eugenia F. McInnis of Milton. The bride is a graduate of Regis College and her husband is a graduate of Boston College. Following a wedding trip to Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. O'Hearn plan to spend the Winter in Southern California and will return to New England in the Spring.
The Boston Globe 17 November 1946
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A westerly gale and high seas off Cork harbour prevented the pilot, Mr. Christopher Ahearn, from leaving the United States liner America and he is now en route to New York, making his sixth enforced Atlantic crossing. [see photo.]
The Times 26 November 1946
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.   
A demonstration to support his claim that the shooting was accidental was given in the Criminal Court to-day by Sidney Grant. Grant and Keith George Hope are jointly charged with the murder of Detective Victor Ahearne, at Matraville, on August 11, and both pleaded not guilty. Grant denied that he was a cold-blooded killer and claimed he had had an opportunity to seize Detective Bowie's pistol and also shoot him, but had refrained from doing so. With the assistance of a constable, two chairs and a pistol, Grant demonstrated to the jury how the pistol had been removed from his hip pocket. Grant said that when he had withdrawn the pistol, Detective Ahearne saw it and grabbed at it. The safety catch was on when he put it in his pocket and the pressure of Ahearne's hand must have set it off. "After the first shot Was fired I wanted to let the gun go and escape but I feared that if I left the gun in Ahearne's hand he might shoot me". I tried to take the gun from his hand and, in doing so, I shot him again." Grant claimed he handed the gun to Bowie who pointed it at his (Grant's) head and he heard three distinct clicks. He did not know the pistol was loaded until it went off. Hope declared on oath that he had taken no part in the shooting. He had not given himself up until Grant was caught as he thought that Grant might shoot him, seeing he was the only witness to the crime. The trial will be resumed to-morrow.
The Canberra Times 4 December 1946
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Scores Killed In Leaps From High Windows
Origin of Blaze Remains a Mystery;
Disaster Ranks Among Nation's Worst in History.
ATLANTA, Ga.—(UP)—Fire raged throughout the packed Winecoff Hotel on Peachtree street today in a matter of minutes and at least 112 persons perished in the smoke and flames of the holocaust or by plunging to the street. The death toll was soaring into one of the most terrible fire disasters in the nation's history.  . . .  The fire was touched off—it has not been determined how—between 3 and 4 a.m., among the lower stories of the 15-floor building. It shot upward and downward within minutes. Trapped and enveloped in the torch were most of the 280 guests. All the Winecoff's 194 rooms were occupied. Many of them never had a chance and a lot of them took the quick way out—headlong through the window. Others stood at their windows and screamed until they fell back choking in the flames and smoke. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Hugh S. Ahern, of Washington, D. C., said they were awakened by "horrible screams" shortly after 3:30 a.m. Firemen ran a ladder up to their fifth floor room and took them out. "We lost everything we had." Mrs. Ahern said, adding, sobbingly, "even the picture of my mother who just passed away. I wouldn't have taken anything for it."
Mansfield News Journal 7 December 1946
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Many Plunge To Death In Frantic Attempt To Escape Blazing Inferno
Complete Check Of Emergency Mortuaries May Increase Toll.
ATLANTA—A mysterious pre-dawn fire which started in the upper floors today turned the 15-story Winecoff hotel in downtown Atlanta into a roaring inferno killing at least 115 persons and injuring another 100. Several hours after the fire was brought under control at 7 a.m., firemen said the believed all bodies had been removed from the 194-room building located on Atlanta's famed Peachtree street in the heart of the theater district. There were indications the death toll among the 285 guests might mount with a complete check of the emergency mortuaries established in various parts of the city. Already the toll was the worst in a hotel disaster in the nation's history.

Many of the guests leaped to their deaths from the flaming structure. Others were burned fatally or suffocated. A check of the building showed many rooms untouched by the flames, but others were charred. Firemen expressed belief many lives would have been saved had guests remained in these untouched rooms. Many of the guests were trapped above the third floor where the fire was believed to have started about 3:15 a.m. The brick and concrete building was constructed in 1913. It had no fire escapes. It was classed as fire-resistant. The flames were brought under control at 7 a.m. . . . 

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh S. Ahern, of Washington, D. C., said they were awakened by "horrible screams" shortly after 3:30 a.m. Firemen ran a ladder up to their fifth floor room and took them out. "We lost everything we had." Mrs. Ahern said, adding, sobbingly, "even the picture of my mother who just passed away. I wouldn't have taken anything for it." Ahern said he has just been transferred to Atlanta as information representative of the U. S. Department of Commerce. He said that he and his wife had been living at the hotel while looking for a place to live.

Massillon Evening Independent 7 December 1946
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Detective Shot Accidentally, Accused Claims
Sydney Grant, 28, labourer, claimed in the Central Criminal Court yesterday
that Detective Constable Victor Donald Ahearn was shot accidentally
at Matraville on August 11.
Grant and Keith George Hope, 23, farm labourer, were charged with having murdered Ahearn in a police car travelling from Long Bay Gaol to North Sydney. Grant said in evidence yesterday that Ahearn had been shot accidentally while struggling in the car for a gun which he (Grant) was trying to dispose of. Grant said he came to Sydney from Melbourne in a stolen car on August 11. He was accompanied by Hope. He found an automatic pistol in the glove box of the car. In the afternoon, he and Hope went to Long Bay Gaol to see his wife. When he went into the gaol, he put the pistol in his hip pocket. As they left the gaol, they were approached by Constables Ahearn and Bowie, who asked them to accompany them to the North Sydney police station for questioning.
Ahearn sat in the middle of the back seat, and Constable Bowie sat at the wheel. He asked Ahearn if he could smoke and he agreed. While trying to pull the revolver out of his pocket it became jammed. Ahearn looked down and saw the weapon. Ahearn grabbed his hand, and tried to pull it forward, causing the pistol to explode. "I realised then what had happened, and thought of escaping," said Grant. "I thought I would take the gun because Ahearn might shoot me. His body slumped over my shoulder, but he continued to struggle for the gun. I now know he had a death grip on the gun, and it again exploded. The recoil of the gun again caused it to fire."
Grant, with a police officer sitting on a chair, demonstrated on the floor of the Court to the jury the movements of the struggle in the car. "After the third shot, I handed the revolver to Constable Bowie," Grant added. Constable Bowie said, 'You have killed my mate in cold blood.' I replied 'It was an accident. I had no reason for shooting him.' Hope tried to leave the car after the first shot. Bowie pointed the revolver at me and tried to shoot me, but the pistol had jammed. I punched and kicked Bowie in the face. I felt justified in doing this, because he had just tried to take my life. I eventually worked my way to the offside door of the car. I was in a position to see Bowie's service pistol in a holster. If I had been what the police and public believed me to be-a coldblooded killed-I could have taken his pistol and killed him in cold blood, but I did not, because I am not a killer."

Grant said he got out of the car and picked up a taxi. Hope, he added, did not know he had the pistol in his possession when they went into the gaol. He denied that he had told Hope previously that he would use it if he got into a jam. Keith George Hope, in evidence, said he first knew Grant had a pistol when he went with him to the gaol. He asked him whether it was loaded, and Grant replied that it was, and that he wanted to do a few hold-ups to get his wife out of gaol.

Mr. Kinkead (for Hope): At any time was there an arrangement to prevent yourselves from being arrested? Hope: No. Hope added that he thought Grant might shoot him as the only witness to his crime. He made up his mind to surrender to the police as soon as Grant was arrested.

Sergeant Brown, ballistics expert, recalled, said that if the first shot had been fired as indicated by Grant, with the hands in the position shown by him, the pistol would have jammed after the first shot, because the hands on the pistol would have interfered with the movement of the slide and the ejection of the fired shell.

The trial will resume this morning. Mr. T. S. Crawford, K. C. (by Mr. F. Cleland) for the Crown; Mr. Kincaid (by Messrs. J. E. Carruthers and Co., for Hope; and Mr. A. G. Brindley for Grant.

The Sydney Morning Herald 11 December 1946
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SYDNEY, Wednesday.
Sidney Grant, who was found guilty by a jury in the Criminal Court to day of murdering Detective Ahearn on August 11, was sentenced to death. Keith George Hope, who was presented on the same charge was found not guilty but he is being held on other charges.
The Canberra Times 12 December 1946
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Mayor to Address Gathering Tuesday
South Troy Post, V.F.W., will have a roast beef dinner for its members Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the South End Tavern, at which Mayor John J. Ahern will be the principal speaker.
The Times Record 14 December 1946
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AHERN (nee Williams).—January 9, at King George V Memorial Hospital, to Joan Steele, wife of Lance Neville Ahern—a daughter (Margaret Joan).
The Sydney Morning Herald 13 January 1947
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Other Drivers Fined
Fines of $10 and costs each for operating autos in excess of the legal speed limit were imposed on Arthur James O'Hearn of Canton, and George H. Milnes, 25, of 940 Rowland ave. NE, Canton.
Massillon Evening Independent 1 February 1947
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50-Year-Old Man Killed Under Wheels of Truck
Andrew L. Ahern, Watertown, Is Victim Of Accident on Merrimack Street
LOWELL—A 50-year-old Watertown man was instantly killed about 4:50 o'clock yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a huge tank truck on Merrimack street near Central street. The victim, Andrew L. Ahern, of 26 Chauncey street, Watertown, was pronounced dead upon arrival at St. John's hospital where he was taken in the police department ambulance by Officer John McNiff and Chauffeur John Brodley. It was reported that he was employed in Billerica. Operator of the vehicle, a fully loaded 15-ton tank truck owned by the Consolidated Rendering company of North Billerica, was David Valorose, 33, of 19 Apple street. Valarose stated that he did not see Ahern and was not aware of the tragedy until he heard a thump at the rear of his truck and heard screams. Hospital officials reported that Ahern sustained numerous internal injuries including several broken ribs. He also suffered fractures to both legs and an ankle injury, it was reported.
Probe Accident
Inspector Warren A. MacDonnell of the registry of motor vehicles and Officer Bernard Gilbo investigated the accident. Valorose told them that he was stopped at the intersection and upon receiving a "Go" signal from Officer Gilbo, made a right turn onto Merrimack street. He stated he had a cargo destined for Lawrence and had swung about three- quarters of the way into Merrimack street, when he felt a thump and heard the screams. He applied the brakes immediately to the slow-moving vehicle but, apparently, the dual wheels on the truck passed over Ahern before it could be brought to a halt. Although the streets in the area were jammed with pedestrians taking advantage of the excellent weather, authorities were unable to immediately procure the names of any witnesses to the tragedy. They are continuing their search for someone who could provide more information on the accident and asked the public's co-operation on the matter in an effort to bring about an accurate conclusion to their probe. Ahern is survived by two sisters, Margaret T. Ring of Watertown, with whom he made his home and Mrs. Harry Fox of 9 Henstead road, Jamaica Plain, Boston.
The Lowell Sun 1 February 1947
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AHERN (nee Evans).—January 23, at Inverell District Hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ahern—a son (Michael John).
The Sydney Morning Herald 1 February 1947
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And Take a Peek at a Memo Listing the Hurdles in Independent Film Making
MEMO to the boys on Dream Street: A considerable number of Hollywood citizens, not discernibly employed, have managed to keep their names in print since Free Money came to town by announcing a series of independent motion picture productions variously described as certain to revolutionize the industry, elevate the culture of the world and send old-line studio producers hastily into the crying towel business. Two sheets of paper and a five-cent pencil would equip our bounding buckaroos with the dreadful truth that independent motion picture making is a specialized, a painful and, above all, a dazzling expensive venture, not to be rashly rushed into while idly sipping coffee at Chasen's.

Now spinning out its venomous tale before the cameras is a production which serves as an example of the courage, money and inventiveness it takes to make a worthy independent production these exacting days. The best place to start, it seems dully axiomatic, is at the beginning. A film director of some consequence named Alfred Hitchcock wanted to make a picture of crime and poison called "The Paradine Case," based with consistent honesty on a book of the same name by Robert Hichens. Under contract to David O. Selznick, Hitchcock took a stance one day and in clear detail explained why he wanted to make it—and how. Selznick agreed and allotted a winsome sum—three million dollars—to the project.

Just Starting
Hitchcock assigned Alma Reville to write a treatment from which a scenarist could make a shooting script. Meanwhile, James Bridie, a British writer of considerable fame and one not addicted to working for a small sack of marbles, was hired to do the screen play. Consider the outlay before Hitchcock's words scarcely had died out in Selznick's office: Three million dollars, Hitchcock committed, Reville committed, Bridie committed. Hitchcock flew to New York and consulted crime records of poisoners. A week later, Fred Ahern, a production wizard, flew to New York, joined Hitchcock and together they flew to London. That was last April. Hitchcock and Ahern passed nine days together in London, choosing locations for private dwellings, for railway stations, for restaurants, the fronts of Bow Street police station, Holloway Prison and that famous seat of British justice, the Old Bailey. Ahern made his notes, then chartered a four-seater airplane and he and Hitchcock flew north to Cumberland for a week of choosing homes, stations, roads, hedges, hotels, inns, gardens and similar aids to visual integrity. For one considerable expensive thing had been decided: There would be no "process" shooting in Hollywood.

Actual film made at the sites in England would be cut into the finished picture, with interiors handmade in California. It was decided that for the first time on any screen, the public would see a replica of the Old Bailey exact to the last inch, including, for 1946, every brick and chink of plaster displaced by a German bomb in May, 1941, and still not repaired. This zeal for exactness brought Ahern into the office of Alfred William Burt, the Keeper of the Old Bailey, a title about 600 years old now held by a man who has had the job thirty years. Mr. Burt listened gravely, considered all of the precedents and decided to cooperate; he furnished blueprints and notes, in extenso.

Later, on salary and expenses, with an eight-weeks leave from his grim job, Mr. Burt came to Hollywood to check the constructed interior of England's most famous criminal court. The set had cost $88,000 to make. When Burt finished going over it with a fine-tooth comb and with his exact knowledge, another $6,000 had been added in reconstruction costs. While Burt assembled blueprints and notes and measurements and details, Ahern went to the offices of Ede & Ravenscroft in Chancery Lane. Ede & Ravenscroft, and only Ede & Ravenscroft have been making wigs and robes for British law since 1689. Selznick wanted no Hollywood-tailored replicas of justices' robes and lawyers' robes. He wanted the real thing. Ede & Ravenscroft made them—to measure—for the first two men cast for the picture: Gregory Peck, as defense counsel for Mrs. Paradine, and Charles Laughton, as the sitting justice in the trial of Mrs. Paradine.

"Double" Dwellings
Now Ahern had to find private homes which could double as the Paradine home and the Keane home (Keane being the name of the lawyer who would defend Mrs. Paradine in the Old Bailey). At 33 Wilton Crescent his practiced eye found the Paradine home. Wilton Crescent is in the heart of one of London's plush residential areas. He rang the bell and while he waited read a sign—Cuban Embassy. It took nineteen days for the Cuban Government, from Havana, to approve filming of the exterior and interior of the house. Next, at 17 Portland Place, another sable and silk area, Ahern found the proper home for Keane. The home was owned by a leading London physician. He agreed to filming of the outside and inside of his house providing his name never be used, even in a story like this.

Next, Ahern and his cameras moved to Lincoln's Inn, the ancient, musty offices, restaurant and chambers of British lawyers and judges since man can remember. Inside and out his lenses prowled, startling many a staid barristers. Then, by truck, to the Lancaster Gate, for the exterior of an apartment house and, finally, to the inside and outside of Holloway Prison. Later, swift shots were made of the Savoy Hotel restaurant, the Victoria Embankment as seen from the rear windows of that chic cafe, together with a shot of Cleopatra's Needle and the Waterloo Bridge. Last, Trafalgar Square, Euston Station.

Then Ahern and his men flew to Cumberland. They filmed the Rydal Lakes, Grasmere, Coniston and Coniston Lake, the railway station at Braithwaite, near Keswick, and then a sunset over Lake Windermere. An old man of 93, watching all these mystic proceedings, finally understood what was going on and told them they were sheer daft if they didn't film the Jaws of Borrowdale, a pass between two mountains, and also the Yew Tree Inn, which was fifty-four years old in 1300, and the Drunken Duck, which opened its doors for business exactly 700 years ago. All of these will be seen in "The Paradine Case."

While Ahern poked his impudent cameras at ancient England (this phase of the production alone came to $60,000), Hitchcock and Selznick in Hollywood ordered set construction started and began casting. Peck was committed, then Laughton, then Ethel Barrymore as the tremulous wife of the stern judge Laughton is playing. Ann Todd was enticed over from England. Alida Valli was brought from Rome to play the Mrs. Paradine role. Charles Coburn was signed in California. Leo G. Carroll was lured back into films from the theatre. Bridie was turning in pages of screenplay. Unless young men casually announcing independent production plans can match all of this passionate hunger for exact detail, can hire casts similar to the one announced above and can calmly assign three million dollars to the task, they are destined to find themselves huddled and shivering behind a large, gleaming black eight-ball. That's how it must be. End of memo to the boys on Dream Street.
New York Times 23 February 1947
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   Civilians and police have contributed £1,294/16/8 to the fund for the education and future welfare of Max Ahearn, 11, son of Detective V. D. Ahearn, who was shot dead while arresting two men at Matraville recently.
   Detective Sergeant H. Miller, who is secretary of the fund said yesterday that the money would be invested in Commonwealth stock. The Masonic schools would take care of Max's education until he was ready to continue his education at the University. The fund would be used for this higher education.
The Sydney Morning Herald 25 March 1947
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Fined—On his plea of guilty to a charge of running a stop sign, John F. R. Ahern, 29, of 505 Seventh, was fined $10 in city court Saturday.
Ogden Standard-Examiner 30 March 1947
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John D. Ahern of Webster, Mass., formerly a student at Rogers High School and a Jamestown resident, has been initiated into Mu Chapter of Kappa Psi fraternity of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.
Newport Mercury 4 April 1947
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Ray Ahern returned to Ellendale Monday after spending the Easter holidays with his parents at Fountain, Minn.
Albert Lea Evening Tribune 11 April 1947
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Regular January Session,
March 3, 1947
   The Board of Supervisors of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, met in regular session pursuant to adjournment. There was present Supervisor Henry Hitzhusen, Chairman in the chair, and Supervisors E. R. Steinberg and R. D. Robbins. Absent: None. . . . 
   Be it resolved by the Board of Supervisors of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, that pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 189.4 Code of Iowa, as amended, that Frank C. O'Hearn, Overseer of the Poor in said County, be and is hereby authorized and directed to serve notice or cause notice to be served pursuant to the provisions of the said Chapter 189.4 Code of Iowa, upon the following named persons that their continued residence in the county will not result in their acquiring legal settlement or in making them eligible to receive porr relief from the funds of the county: . . . 
   Whereas, the proceedings of January 2, 1947, of the Board of Supervisors were published and printed to show that the salary of Frank O'Hearn, Overseer of the Poor, was fixed at $250.00 per month, and
   Whereas, the said publication was a misprint as the salary of said Frank O'Hearn was in fact fixed at $200 per month
   Now Therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Supervisors of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, that this record me made to correct the said proceedings of January 2, 1947, as published. . . . 
Mason City Globe-Gazette 18 April 1947
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Greasy roads are believed to have been responsible for an accident on Queanbeyan Road last night when Mr. J. Stewart, chauffeur of the American Embassy, was. thrown from his motor bicycle when approaching the overhead bridge and received extensive head injuries. He was admitted to the Canberra Community Hospital in a serious condition. Attendants from the Queanbeyan District Ambulance took the injured man to the hospital. A second accident occurred on Cotter Road near the turnoff to the brickworks when a car, driven by Mr. Max Ahearne, of Braddon, overturned. He escaped with minor injuries. No other car was involved.
The Canberra Times 26 April 1947
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Hearty Clare Veteran
VETERAN James Scales, of Clare, has among many other excellent qualities one of those rare characteristics for which some of the Irish race are famed—a retentive memory and a ready wit. He recently made a survey of citizens whom he remembers living in Armagh 70 years ago, together with a list of their children. Armagh must have been a noted village for large families, ranging from 16 to nil. Henry Foreman led with 16. Peter Naulty was next with 15, followed by Patrick Butler and James Scales, 10 each; Miles Hickey, John Webster. Richard James, nine each; in the popular eight class were Dan Crosby, Steve Harford, Owen Clark, James Creasy. Terence Neal, John Buncott, Michael Ahearn, Joseph Miller.
The South Australian Advertiser 8 May 1947
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Stolen Articles
Arnold Ahearn, 464 Lafayette street, told police that a gray wool blanket and a flashlight were taken out of his car while it was parked at Wabasha and Laird streets Monday evening from 9:30 to 10:30 o'clock.
The Winona Republican-Herald 15 May 1947
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Frank O'Hern, 50, of 3338 Fulton st., a brakeman on the North Western railroad, was killed yesterday when he stepped into the path of the Chicago bound 400 passenger train. O'Hern was working in the railroad yards near the Kenosha, Wis., depot.
Chicago Tribune 31 May 1947
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EL RENO, June 5. (AP)—Temporary officers of the newly formed Canadian county chapter of the Air Force Reserve association, named at an organization meeting, include: Col. Robert J. Ahern, president; Major Garland J. Smith, vice- president and Major Forrest Flagler, secretary-treasurer.
The Ada Evening News 5 June 1947
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SYDNEY, Tuesday—State Cabinet to-day commuted the death sentence imposed on Sidney Grant, 28, for the shooting of Detective Ahearn at Matraville on August 11, to life imprisonment.
The Canberra Times 11 June 1947
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Sacred Heart Church Scene for Ahern-Stohlgren Vows
In Southern California "indefinitely" for a honeymoon that will include Coronado, Catalina and Los Angeles are Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Ahern, whose marriage was a noon service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 14. Mrs. Ahern is the former Eleanor Marie Stohlgren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Stohlgren of Oakland. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ahern of Oakmore Road.

White satin and marquisette were combined for the bridal gown, which was made in princess style with butterflies appliqued on the train. A coronet of waxed lilies of the valley held the three-quarter veil in place. The bride carried a bouquet of white begonias, stephanotis and orchids. Dressed in powder blue faille made with huge bustle bows were Miss Mary Elizabeth Cox, maid of honor; Miss Patricia Janses and Miss Claire Kennedy, bridesmaids. Miss Cox carried coral begonias and lilies of the valley, with a matching wreath in her hair, while the others had yellow begonias and lilies of the valley. Mr. George Ahern was the best man. Guests were shown to their places by the Messrs. Robert Fairwell, Edward Fennelly, Gregory Ahern, David Ahern and Robert Stohlgren. White stock and gladioli decorated the church for the ceremony. Later a reception was held at the Naval Air Station Officers' Club in Alameda.

The bride attended the University of California, and Mr. Ahern is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara with the class of '47. He will attend the University of San Francisco Law School next semester. When they return from their wedding trip, the young couple will occupy an apartment on Vernon Street.

Oakland Tribune 22 June 1947
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Dinner guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Danielson in honor of the latter's birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Danielson and [illegible] and Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Danielson and Jimmie, Chatfield; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ahern and Vincent, Fountain; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Shanahan and family of Preston; Raymond Ahern, Ellendale, and Mrs. Bertha Urness, Lanesboro.
The Winona Republican-Herald 26 June 1947
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Destroys Parts of Two, Ignites One—Pilot is Killed and Tenant Injured
QUINCY, Mass., July 6—A few moments after taking off from the Squantum Naval Air Station late today, a Navy "Helldiver" plane, crashed into three houses in the Wollaston section here, killing the pilot, seriously injuring an enlisted passenger and leaving a smoking trail of wreckage. One civilian, Mrs. Mary Batchelder, 60 years old, suffered burns on the hands and face in fleeing from her home after it had been set afire by flaming gasoline. The Navy men were identified as Ensign George E. Curley, 26, USNR, who was killed, and Hugh F. Ahern, 20, Storekeeper 3/C, both of Boston. The latter suffered a fracture of the jaw and internal injuries. In its plunge, the plane skimmed over the heads of several thousand persons on Wollaston Beach, knocked the chimney from one house, crumpled the roof and upper rear of a second place, then plowed into the side of a third. This last, a four-family dwelling home, was severely marked by fire. Total damage was estimated by fire officials at $50,000.

Capt. Otto P. Smoot, commander of the air station, said that the crash was due to engine failure but added that a Navy board would investigate. The plane, valued at $75,000, was the last of a series of organized reserve craft to take off from the base on a routine week-end training flight.

New York Times 7 July 1947
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Plane Crashed Into 3 Houses
Pilot Is Killed
QUINCY, Mass., July 6.—(AP)—A two-passenger Navy "Helldiver" bomber with a full load of gasoline plunged into a row of three homes on a takeoff today, killing its pilot, seriously injuring an enlisted passenger and leaving behind a trail of burned wreckage. The pilot was identified as Ensign George E. Curley, USNR, of Boston. Storekeeper Third Class Hugh F. Ahern, also of Boston, the passenger, suffered a broken jaw, internal injuries and several cuts. The plane knocked a chimney off one house, stove in the roof and sheared off the upper back end of the second in line, the crashed into the side of the third where fire subsequently gutted the four-family residence. Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Gorman estimated damage at $50,000. Although the plane in its fatal dive dipped over crowded Wollaston Beach, where thousands of civilians were trying to keep cool, only one civilian was hurt. She was Mrs. Mary Batchelder, 60, who suffered burns about her hands and face fleeing her home after the plane set it afire. Mrs. Batchelder was lying on a couch on her back porch when the plane hit. She looked up to see the porch roof starting to sag and ran to one side just before it fell.

Capt. Otho P. Smoot, commanding the Navy's Squantum base, from which the plane took off, ascribed the crash to "engine failure."

Titusville Herald 7 July 1947
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Public subscriptions to the fund for the education of Max Ahearn, 11, son of Detective Don Ahearn, of North Sydney who was shot dead in a car at Matraville last September, total £1,428. Detective-Sergeant H. Miller, of Petersham, who acted as chairman of the appeal has announced that the fund is closed. "One thousand pounds has been placed in Commonwealth war loans and £250 in war savings certificates," he said. Max Ahearn will enter a High school soon.
The Sydney Morning Herald 10 July 1947
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Creator of 'Little Reggie' Is Married
Miss Margaret McCrohan, 4159 Adams, known to readers of the Garfieldian and Austin News as "Margarita," artist and creator of the comic strip "Little Reggie," was married in St. Mel's church last Saturday to Edward M. Ahern of Wheaton, Illinois. Miss McCrohan was graduated from Providence High school and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. During the war she was editorial cartoonist of the "New World," Catholic Diocesan weekly newspaper, but is now a free lance artist. She has used the pen name "Margarita" since returning from a trip to Mexico. "Little Reggie" is syndicated throughout the United States.

Miss McCrohan wore a wedding dress made with a satin bodice and marquisette skirt. Her fingertip veil fell from a headpiece of orange blossoms. The bridal bouquet was made of gardenias, white roses and gladioli. Attending the bride were Miss Mary Lauer, maid of honor, and Miss Katherine O'Grady, bridesmaid. They wore gowns of aqua marquisette and carried bouquets of red carnations. Ahern was attended by James A. Newsham, best man, and George Peper and Thomas A. Wood, ushers. Following the ceremony a breakfast was held at the Graemere hotel.

The groom, son of Mrs. John J. Ahern of Wheaton, is secretary of the Chicago Post Office Clerks association, and a clerk at the Garfield Park post office. He was graduated from Crane Technical High school and attended Crane Junior college and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. An ex-sergeant of chemical warfare intelligence with the air corps he saw service in England, France and Germany.

The Garfieldian 17 July 1947
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William H. Ahern, 54, South Bend, who was arrested on North Washington street, was charged with driving under the influence Sunday night. Police said they stopped Ahern on a complaint by a woman living north of the city limits who reported a car driving erratically south on U. S. Highway 31. At the police station, Ahern said he was en route to Indianapolis.
Kokomo Tribune 21 July 1947
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IN the Will of CATHERINE AGNES AHERN late of Tamworth in the State of New South Wales Spinster deceased. Application will be made after 14 days from the publication hereof that Probate of the last Will and Testament dated 17th December, 1945, of the abovenamed deceased may be granted to Edward James Ahern and Clement Francis Ahern the Executors 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. Creagh & Creagh Proctors for the Executors Commonwealth Bank Building, Peel Street, Tamworth, and Union House, 247 George Street, Sydney.
The Sydney Morning Herald 26 July 1947
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The Canberra Photographic Society held its meeting on Tuesday night, when the competition, "Clouds" was judged by Maxwell Ahearne. The following awards were made: K. Dinnerville 1, Chas. Bennett 2, K. Carnall 3. W. Jessop. 4, K. Carnall 5. Max Ahearne gave a demonstration of negative "intensifying" with negatives that had been under developed.
The Canberra Times 7 August 1947
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Photographic Awards
The Canberra Photographic Society held its monthly meeting last week, when the monthly competition, "Cloud Study," was held. Mr. Maxwell Ahearne, who was judge, selected "By-pass," by K. Dinnervllle, as the winner. "Quiet," by C. Dennett, was second, "Passing Clouds," K. Carnall, third, "Windswept," W. A. Jessop, fourth, "Cloud Study," K. Carnall, fifth. During the evening Mr. Ahearne gave a practical demonstration of the intensification of under developed negatives.
The Canberra Times 13 August 1947
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Mrs. Joseph Ahearn and two children have gone to Oakville, Conn. for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Rubhi [sp?].
Las Vegas Daily Optic 18 August 1947
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Children Struck By Truck
SYDNEY, Wednesday.   
A truck crashed into a group of school children at Bankstown this afternoon, nine being hurled to the roadway and two being injured seriously Some of the children were left unconscious on the roadway while others screamed with pain from injured heads and broken limbs. Traffic was held up for more than half an hour. Those most seriously injured were Brian Peagh, 7, probable fracture of the skull, Patricia Parkinson, 6, probable fracture to the skull and Beverley Ahearne, 7, fractured left thigh. Five others were allowed to go home after being treated at a hospital. Subsequently a man was charged with driving in a dangerous manner.
The Canberra Times 2 October 1947
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AFTER expiration of 14 clear days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria that PROBATE of the WILL, dated the 4th day of October, 1947, of JOHANNA ALISCIA MEAGHER, late of 14 Bedford st., Collingwood, in the State of Victoria, spinster, deceased, may be granted to John Andrew Ahern, being the executor appointed by the said will.
JAMES P. OGGE, solicitor, of 165 Greville st., Prahran.   
The Argus 23 October 1947
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SYDNEY, Monday   
Two nominations have been received for the vacancy in the Legislative Council caused by the resignation of Mr. F. D. Kelly. The nominees are Mr. William Robert Coulter, of Clovelly, engine driver and A.L.P. industrial organiser, and Mr. Harold David Ahearn, engineer.
The Canberra Times 4 November 1947
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Mrs. E. Clark and Miss Grace Ahearn entertained Wednesday at the home of the former, Sherburn street, in honor of Miss Jonina Page, bride-elect of Feb. 12. A presentation was made to the guest of honor.
Winnipeg Free Press 23 January 1948
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.
The Equity Court adjourned an application for an injunction restraining the Railways commissioner from carrying out an order that all employees join certain recognised unions. Kenneth Henry Ahearn, of the Railways Operating Employees' Union made the application. He said his union was not included in the list.
The Canberra Times 11 February 1948
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SYDNEY, Thursday.    
During the Equity Court hearing to-day a railway porter, Kenneth Henry Ahearn, claimed that the Australian Railway Union was under the control of Communists or their sympathisers. Ahearn, who is a member of the Railway Operating Employees' Union, is seeking an injunction restraining, the Railways Commissioner from carrying out a threat to suspend or dismiss employees who are not members of recognised unions. Ahearn said he strongly objected to joining the A.R.U. because it conducted its activities in accordance with the methods, technique and practices of the Communist Party and was undemocratic and dictatorial.
The Canberra Times 13 February 1948
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SYDNEY, Wednesday.   
A suit, brought to restrain the Railways Commissioner from carrying out a threat to suspend and dismiss certain employees if they did not join a recognised industrial union, was dismissed in a reserved judgment. The plaintiff was a railway porter, Kenneth Henry Ahearn, of Rockdale, a member of the Railway Operating Employees' Union, which is not recognised by the Commissioner. Regarding allegations that the Australian Railways Union was controlled by Communists, his honour said that did not rest, as far as the plaintiff is concerned, on any basis of fact known to him.
The Canberra Times 4 March 1948
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Mr. and Mrs. Francis I. Love of Webster, Mass., announce the engagement of their daughter, Joanne Katherine to Richard Martin Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ahern of Webster, former residents of Jamestown. Richard Ahern is a grandson of Patrick Drury of Jamestown. Miss Love, a staff nurse at the U. S. Marine Hospital in Brighton, Mass., is a graduate of the Worcester Memorial School of Nursing. Mr. Ahern, a student at Worcester State Teachers College, served two years in the European and Pacific theatres in the war. The wedding will take place June 26 in Webster.
Newport Mercury 12 March 1948
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German Driver Sentenced
MANNHEIM, April 24 (S&S)—Adam Benzinger, 30-year-old German truck driver, was given a nine month jail sentence by MG Judge Alex S. Basinski here for a hit and run accident which injured Pvt. William E. Ahern of the 7820 MP Guard Co.
European Stars and Stripes 25 April 1948
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Vassar Graduate Will Be Bride of T. G. Ahern in September
LARCHMONT, N. Y., April 24—Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius A. Schmidt have made known the engagement of their daughter, Joyce Helen, to Thomas Gregory Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Ahern of Norwich, Conn., and Palm Beach, Fla. The wedding has been planned for September. The prospective bride was graduated from the Rye (N. Y.) Country Day School and Vassar College. Mr. Ahern, an alumnus of the Taft School, attended Brown University and, during the war, served with the Ninth Army Air Force as a lieutenant in the Middle East and Europe. The bridegroom-elect belongs to the Brown Club of New York.
New York Times 25 April 1948
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One man's attempt to alleviate the housing shortage resulted in utilizing the barn at the rear of his home, 228 Maple Street. George Ahern has converted the barn into four apartments, two on the first floor and two on the second floor. The barn measured 22 x 46 feet, contained a combination dirt and plank floor, and box stalls. Ahern did not put in a basement but installed the plumbing in channels. Hardwood floors were put down and the partitions constructed of sheet rock. It was not necessary to touch the roof. However, two porches running the length of the building were constructed on the north side on the first and second floors. Because of zoning regulations, it was necessary to join the barn to the main house, and this was accomplished by a breezeway, between the buildings, making a fourth room on one apartment. This apartment has a private entrance. Space gas heaters will be used to heat the individual apartments. Interior decorations include paper on the walls and painted woodwork. Ahern did the work himself with the help of one laborer. He began last November and is now finishing the last apartment. Three of the units have been rented and the fourth rental awaits completion date.
Burlington Free Press May 1948
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POLICE SUBDUE INJURED MAN—Badly wounded about the head and apparently dazed from an attack by holdup men, Dennis Ahern, 28, of County Cork, Eire, is surrounded by police after he fled from Victory hospital in Chicago. Policeman John Collins said when doctors and nurses prepared to treat Ahern's wounds, he grabbed an iron rod, fended off his pursuers and fled into the street. Ahern said he was on his way to visit relatives in Merrill, Ore.
Lima News 2 July 1948
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S/Sgt. Howard J. Polizzo
Services for Staff Sgt. Howard J. Polizzo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Polizzo of Birdseye road, Shelton, who was killed in action while serving as a tail gunner on a B-17 over England, took place today in the Richards funeral home, and in St. James church, Stratford. Burial was in St. Michael's cemetery. Celebrant of the Mass was the Rev. James O. Lambert, who also read the committal services.

A delegation was present representing Anderson-Dunn-Kochiss post 42, American Legion, and a squad from LST 1038 fired a salute at the grave. Bearers were William Dunigan, Frank and Ernest Spada, Charles Pratt, Leo Salva and Daniel Ahearn.

Bridgeport Post 4 August 1948
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AHERN.—August 4, at King George V Memorial Hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Ahern—a daughter (Janice Helen).
The Sydney Morning Herald 7 August 1948
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Former Newporter Married in St. Augustine's Church, Larchmont, N. Y.
Miss Joyce Helen Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius A. Schmidt of Larchmonth, N. Y., formerly of this city, was married Saturday noon in St. Augustine's Church, Larchmonth, to Thomas Gregory Ahern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G., Ahern of Watch Hill and Norwich, Conn. The bride was attended by Mrs., Charles Schmidt of San Francisco, matron of honor, and Miss Katherine Nevins of this city, Mrs. Charles E. Spencer, 3rd, Miss Cornelia Ahern, Mrs. John Dyer, Miss Sacha Hardison, and Miss Emmy Lou DeVeau. James C. Constable of New York was best man. After a reception at the Larchnmont Shore Club, the couple left on a wedding trip to Bermuda. They will live in Norwich, Conn.
Newport Mercury 17 September 1948
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Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Ryan of Bradford announce the engagement of their niece, Mary Margaret Herlihy of Cambridge, to Henry Martin Ahearn, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Ahearn, of Cohasset. Miss Herlihy is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis H. Herlihy of Salem. She is a graduate of Simmons College.
The Boston Globe 26 September 1948
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Mary-Martha Class Vesper Tea at Church
Mary and Martha class of the First Christian church held its annual vesper tea Sunday afternoon in the ladies parlor of the church. . . . Tea was served at the close of the afternoon. Mrs. Paul Barclay and Mrs. Clara Pedelty poured. Mrs. Frank O'Hearn and Mrs. Ira Leaman were in charge of decorations, garden flowers and tapers in all shades. . . . 
Mason City Globe-Gazette 5 October 1948
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The Hi-club of St. Thomas Aquinas, Washington and LeClaire, is sponsoring a Harvest dance at 8 p.m. Friday in the school hall. Bob Woods and his Music Majors will furnish the music. Chairman of the dance, Betty Eileen Smith, 151 N. Lockwood, will be assisted by Rita Ahern, . . . 
The Garfieldian 14 October 1948
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SYDNEY, Monday.   
Leslie Bear, 42, of Carlisle Street, Ashfield, shot his divorced wife's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ahearn, through the stomach and then shot, himself through the head at the back doorstep of her home at Hurlstone Park this afternoon. Mrs. Ahearn is in the Canterbury District Hospital where her condition was reported to be satisfactory. Campsie detectives were told that Bear called at the house to see his wife and there was an argument about money when Bear pulled a revolver from his shirt. Bear was alleged to have said, "Well, take the money," and then fired a shot through the plywood panel of the door. Mr. and Mrs. Levy, who live next door, heard the shot and ran into the yard where they saw Bear with the revolver still in his hand. Bear said: "Get out of this or I will shoot." The Levys ran to call the police and then heard another shot, after which they found Bear lying on the ground with the revolver beside him and bleeding from a gaping wound in the head.
The Canberra Times 14 December 1948
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SYDNEY, Tuesday.   
An official at Canterbury District Hospital said to-day that Mrs. Elizabeth Ahern, of Barton Avenue, Hurlstone Park, who was shot in the lower part abdomen by her former son-in-law, was in a "satisfactory condition." Mrs. Ahern was wounded with a bullet from a .45 calibre American Army pistol by Leslie Bear, who then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Mrs. Ahern lives in Barton Avenue with her daughter, Margaret, who is the divorced wife of Leslie Bear.
The Canberra Times 15 December 1948
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Ahern Heads Rail Auxiliary
BOSTON, Nov. 14 (AP) —Harold C. Ahern of Wakefield was named today president and general manager of the Boston & Maine Transportation Company, the railroad's automotive auxiliary. His appointment was announced by Edward S. French, president of the railroad. The transportation company annually operates 120 buses over 4,000,000 miles of highways.
New York Times 15 November 1948
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NEW YORK, Nov. 17. (AP)—The author of a book titled "How to Commit Murder and Get Away With It" was sentenced to 20 years to life today—but for robbery. Dapper Daniel Francis Ahearn shouted "I thought Hitler was dead" after he was sentenced. General Sessions Judge Owen Bohan imposed the sentence on the 45-year-old Ahearn as a fourth offender.
The Anniston Star 17 November 1948
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C. G. Rescues Local Man Off Schooner
   Prompt action by the U. S. Coast Guard saved a Malden fishing captain and his 18-man crew when their schooner-rigged vessel went aground early Sunday morning and sprung a serious leak off the coast of new Hampshire.
   A few hours after he had radioed for help Sunday afternoon, Captain Michael O'Hearn, 56 Rockingham avenue, Malden, skipper of the sinking schooner Gertrude DeCosta, and his 18 man crew were rescued of[f] Cashes Ledge, 170 miles east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
   While the fishing schooner was at sea, it was discovered that she was leaking badly. Early Sunday morning, Capt. O'Hearn radioed for assistance to the Coast Guard.
   The message was picked up by the Coast Guard cutter “Acushnet” which was patrolling off Gloucester at the time, and a C. G. patrol plane flying off the New Hampshire coast.
   Air-sea rescue sped to the sinking Gertrude DeCosta and within a few hours the Captain and the 18 men in the schooner's crew were taken off the sinking ship. The fishing vessel was towed into Boston harbor for repairs, arriving here Sunday night.
Malden Press 23 December 1948
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Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Frank O'Hearn, 535 10th N. W., of the birth of a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. Roy E. Hayes of Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Hayes was Loretta O'Hearn before her marriage. The O'Hearns have had as their holiday guests another son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Chris Schrock, and their children, Jerry and Sally, who have now returned to Iowa City.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 30 December 1948
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AHERN (nee Renee Evans).—December 23 at Inverell, to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ahern—a son (Stephen Mark).
The Sydney Morning Herald 8 January 1949
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Chelmsford Man Dies Suddenly
William Carlton, 64, Stricken While Shoveling Snow
CHELMSFORD—Stricken with a heart attack while shoveling snow in his back yard yesterday afternoon, William Carlton, 64, of 21 Westlands avenue, collapsed and died before assistance could be given. Police were called by James Ahearn of Dalton road, who saw Carlton lying in the snow. Officer Lawrence Chute responded and, finding the man dead, called Chief Ralph J. Hulslander and Officer Allan H. Adams. . . . 
The Lowell Sun 26 January 1949
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Mrs. Charles E. Spencer, 3d, Naugatuck, and daughters, Cornelia and Olivia, leave next Sunday for Palm Beach, Fla., where they will be guests of Mrs. Spencer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Ahern, Norwich, at their winter home, White Gables, for six weeks. Mr. Spencer plans to join his family Feb. 26.
Naugatuck Daily News 31 January 1949
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Cadet James M. O'Hern In School Honor Roll
BOONVILLE, Mo., Feb. 28—Cadet James M. O'Hern, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O'Hern of the Big "O" Ranch, near Laredo, with an average of 93 for the month, was one of 102 cadets to make the honor roll for the grade month of January-February recently published by Lt. Col. F. J. Marston, dean at Kemper Military School. In order to make the dean's honor list a cadet must have an average of 87 or above in all his classes for the grade month.
Laredo Times 28 February 1949
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National Association Gets New Director and Field Secretary
John Paul Ahern has been appointed executive director of the National Foundry Association, Chicago, it was announced yesterday by Franklin Farrel 3d, secretary of the Farrel-Birmingham Company, Ansonia, Conn., and president of the association. Edward E. Fries has been promoted to field secretary of the organization. Mr. Ahern formerly was on the executive staff of the Manufacturers Association of Connecticut. Under the direction of L. E. Roark, executive vice president of the association, he will direct the promotional activities and expand the services of the organization. Mr. Fries will energize the development of foundry management activities in the nine regional districts of the organization throughout the United States.
New York Times 29 March 1949
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DIERCKS—AHERN.—The Engagement is announced of Margaret, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ahern of Bexley, to George, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Diercks of Balaklava, South Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald 16 April 1949
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Vivacious Mary McCormack, co-owner of the Ritz, is back at her Greenfield Hill home, sporting a beautiful copper-colored tan and getting over the delightful surprise of meeting her dear friends, Will and Gladys Ahern, stage and screen stars from Fairfield, at the Penn Station. With the Aherns was Bert Wheeler, star of the hit "All for Love." The trio whirled Mary to the St. Moritz for Dinner and Will and Gladys then left for Chicago to play a month's engagement at a big hotel there.
Sunday Herald 17 April 1949
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Kiwanians Hear Musical Program
Miss Marilyn Roether of St. Mary's high school sang three numbers before the Bismarck Kiwanis club at its regular luncheon meeting Tuesday. . . . Adam Black served as program chairman. Guests included Jack O'Hearn of Portland, Ore., and three visiting Kiwanians, Fred B. Pelk and R. M. Bergem of Minot and Dr. R. A. Andrews of Carrington.
The Bismarck Tribune 11 May 1949
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Decorah Makes Plans for Control of Flies
Decorah—The Decorah Chamber of Commerce has taken over the fly control program this year. President Clay Varner has named R. B. McAllister, E. J. Weigle, Semore Tofte, Maynard Anderson and L. Dale Ahern as the committee to handle the campaign.
Mason City Globe-Gazette 11 June 1949
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Catherine Frances Ahern Bride of Thayer W. Burnham
At 11 a.m. Thursday in the rectory of St. Raphael's cathedral, Miss Catherine Frances Ahern, 433 W. Wilson st., daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ahern of Madison, became the bride of Thayer Warren Burnham, 1012 W. Dayton st., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Burnham of Chetek. The bride is acting supervisor of nurses with the Madison department of public health. Mr. Burnham is associated with the department of public health as city bio-chemist.

For her wedding Miss Ahern chose a floor-length gown of white marquisette over taffeta. A juliet cap with a halo of shasta daisies held her shoulder-length veil. She carried a loose colonial bouquet of the same daisies. Miss Ellen Ahern, who was her sister's maid of honor and only attendant, wore a pink taffeta gown and a tiara of pink roses. She carried a bouquet of roses. William L. Burnham of Chetek was the best man. A wedding breakfast was served to the immediate family at the home of the bride. Upon their return from a short trip, Mr. and Mrs. Burnham will make their home in Madison. The bride's going-away costume consisted of a pink gabardine suit, a pink cloche, and navy blue accessories.

The bride is a graduate of the Mercy hospital school of nursing, Chicago, and the public health nursing course at Marquette university in Milwaukee. Mr. Burnham received his B. S. and M. S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Journal 17 June 1949
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Named Fordham Archivist
Maurice L. Ahern, director of publicity at Fordham University for eleven years, has been named to the newly created post of archivist, it was announced yesterday by the Rev. Laurence J. McGinley, S. J., president of the university. Mr. Ahern will have charge of the collection and classification of a large number of documents and other material dealing with the history of Fordham as well as maintenance of current material from all schools of the university it was said.
New York Times 6 July 1949
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To Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ahern, July 13, daughter.
Waterloo Daily Courier 24 July 1949
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A week ago a seven-month-old baby was smothered to death near Cloudersport. The little child was Rachel Ahern, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ahern. Put to bed at 7 o'clock the child was discovered about half an hour later by the mother. Rachel had tumbled off the bed, feet first. Her face was pressed against the side of the mattress making it impossible for her to cry out.
McKean County Democrat 11 August 1949
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Car Hits Pole On Poplar St.; 2-Year-Old Knocked Down On Broadway
Norman Sullivan, 20, of Congdon avenue, and Thomas Ahearn, 2, of Curry avenue, were in the Newport Hospital Tuesday under treatment for injuries received in separate automobile accidents. . . . The two-year-old boy, son of Corporal James Ahearn of the state police, was struck on Broadway late Monday afternoon by a car police said was being driven by Andrew Campbell of Broadway. The youngster, whose condition was reported as "good" at the hospital this morning, received a cut on the head. He was being held for X-rays. Police reported that Campbell told them the boy darted into the street from between two parked cars and ran into the front fender of the driver's swerving to avoid the accident. Campbell took the boy to the hospital.
Newport Mercury 16 September 1949
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King Gordon Named
LAKE SUCCESS, New York, Oct. 3 (CP)—King Gordon of Winnipeg, CBC correspondent at the United Nations, Friday night was elected to the executive committee of the UN Correspondents' association. Walter O'Hearn, the Montreal Star's UN correspondent, was elected president.
Winnipeg Free Press 3 October 1949
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   Confident of making a good showing in the international military team competition at the national horse show at Madison Square Garden, which opens Nov. 1, the Irish Army jumping team arrived yesterday at La Guardia Field from Shannon.
   The team, which traveled on a Trans-World Airlines plane, included Lieut. Col. Frederick Aherne, non-riding captain; Lieut. Col. Dan Corry, Capt. Michael Tubridy, Capt. William Mullins and Capt. Colm O'Shea.
   Colonel Aherne, on his tenth trip to the United States, said that his team was in good trim and that their chances in the competition were "quite good." The Irish horsemen will be pitted against teams of the Canadian Army, Chilean Army, Chilean carabineros and the Mexican Army.
   Colonel Aherne said that he expected the Mexican Army would give the strongest competition, feeling that "they are the most difficult team in the world to beat.
   He added that there was a great interests in horsemanship events in Ireland and that breeding of thoroughbreds continued to be a leading item.
   The first concern of the horsemen was for their mounts, which arrived in the United States Monday by boat and are quartered at the Squadron A Armory, Ninety-fourth street and Madison Avenue.
   The team was met by Gen. Alfred G. Tuckerman, president of the National Horse Show Association, and the association's secretary, Walter B. Devereux. General Tuckerman said that the team, which will stay in the Hotel Lincoln, will go to Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday for the Pennsylvania Nation [sic] Horse Show opening Oct. 19 and that after the Madison Square event the team will go to Toronto to participate in the Royal Winter Fair Nov. 15 to Nov. 23.
New York Times 10 October 1949
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Prisoner Testifies at Hub Court in $43 Robbery Case
A heavily-guarded convict, brought from State Prison and accompanied by three guards, yesterday testified before the Suffolk County Grand Jury in the case of a Quincy man charged with the armed robbery of $43. George H. Baker, the witness escaped from jail two years ago, together with his brother, Earl, and George Hayes. All were recaptured. Baker was called before the Grand Jury yesterday in connection with the case of Nicholas Wickham, 35 Water st., Quincy, held in $1000 bail for the armed robbery $43 from Lawrence A. O'Hearn, Antrim st., Cambridge, Sept. 7, 1945. Wickham, when recently paroled from State Prison, was arrested on the 1945 robbery charge. O'Hearn failed to identify Wickham as one of a trio who robbed him. Kept in the detention pen until the time for him to testify, Baker was accompanied by Guard James Feeney into the Grand Jury room. He returned about two minutes later.
The Boston Globe 11 October 1949
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Oklahoma University Extends Aid To 300 Fire Refugee Students
Norman, Okla., Dec. 4, (AP)—The University of Oklahoma operated on an emergency charitable basis today to aid some 300 ex-GIs who lost their belongings in a raging dormitory fire here Saturday. The flash fire took the lives of three of their comrades—Sammy Larue, 20, Clinton, Okla. ; Price D. Starks jr. 20, Oklahoma City, and Maurice Ahearn, 26, Killingsworth, Conn.—and injured 21. Most of the 340 students who escaped from the blazing woodedn structure lost their books, money and clothing. A university cafeteria is feeding the penniless group on credit. Loans are being arranged through the student affairs office and the campus American Legion Post. Books and supplies are being sold on credit to keep the veterans in school. The homeless students have been transferred to two girls' dormitories and the girls moved to university houses just completed.

Meanwhile, invesitgators have been unable to find the cause of the fire that levelled the two-story building in an hour and a half. Damage was estimated at about $500,000 by the office of Dr. George L. Cross, university president. Fifteen students are hospitalized with serious injuries. Six were treated and released and about 50 given first aid. John H. Sorenson, Brooklyn, N. Y., and David Max Cleary, Buckner, Ark., remained in critical condition. Ahearn was acclaimed a hero by several survivors. Sorenson said Ahearn could have escaped easily, but stayed to rouse sleeping friends. His body was raked from the smoldering ruins near an exit.

Portland Press Herald 5 December 1949
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Two Others Escape After They Pick Wrong Victim in IND
Three pickpockets who were plying their trade in the IND subway station at Fifty-third Street and Madison Avenue were unfortunate last night in their choice of a victim. They tried to rob Detective Peter Bohan of the Lost Property Bureau. Detective Bohan felt the three men jostle him as he was about to enter a Queens-bound train during the 6:30 P. M. rush hour. He seized Edward H. Ahern, 61 years old, an old-time pickpocket, of 225 East 101st Street, after he had lifted the policeman's wallet from his rear trouser pocket. The two other thieves fled. Ahern was booked for grand larceny at the East Fifty-first Street Station. The police said he had been arrested thirty-eight times for picking pockets.
New York Times 13 December 1949
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