Fort Wayne [Indiana] Sentinel, 19 September 1894
Death of One of the Oldest Employes of the Pittsburg Shops
Was In Their Service for Over Thirty-Four Years
This morning at 8 o'clock, at his home, 23 Colerick street, occurred the death of James Ahern, one of the oldest and best known employes of the Pennsylvania company's shops in this city. His death resulted from stomach troubles, with which he has been afflicted for several years and which caused him to quit work July 28, 1892, since which time he has not been able, on this account to resume his position at the shops. Last Thursday he was obliged to take to his bed and he continued to grow worse until his death at the hour mentioned above.

Mr. Ahern has for years had charge of one of the steam hammers in the blacksmith department of the Pittsburg shops, and he was, with the exception of O. E. Bradway, the foreman of the brass department, and Charles Lincoln, of the roundhouse, the oldest employe in point of service connected with the company in this city, having entered their employ on May 28, 1858, and remained with them until the beginning of his sickness.

The deceased was born in the city of Cork, Ireland, on the 16th of October, 1823, and came to this continent in 1845, while he was a young man, landing at St. John, New Brunswick. While crossing the ocean he was taken with the cholera, which was epidemic at that time, but recovered before the ship reached land.

At St. John he secured employment and worked for a few years when he went to Concord, New Hampshire, where he followed teaming, being in the employ of the Shakers. At Concord, on the 28th of May, 1847, Mr. Ahern married Mary Coleman, a young lady of that city. He remained in New Hampshire until 1855, when he concluded to come west and, with his wife, he started for Indiana, making the trip by way of the lakes and the canal. He arrived in this city on the 29th of April, 1855, the day of the double hanging in this city of Kieffer and Madden, an event that the old gentleman frequently talked about with The Sentinel reporter.

Soon after he arrived in this city he took employment in the foundry of Jones & Bass, but left them to take a position as blacksmith at the Wabash shops and, after a few years, on May 28, 1858, going to the Pittsburg shops. He entered the blacksmith department and remained there until the begining of his illness, two years ago, making him a continuous employe of the company for thirty-four years.

Mr. Ahern leaves a wife and three adopted children. His brother, seven years older than himself, resides in Concord, N.H. He is a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic church.

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Fort Wayne News, 20 September 1894
Deaths and Funerals
This morning, after a complicated illness of two years duration, Mr. James Ahern passed peacefully away, surrounded by his wife and adopted children, at the homestead, 23 Colerick street, The deceased was born at Cork, Ireland, in 1823, and landed on American soil at St. Johns, N. B., in 1846. On the voyage he was attacked with cholera, and was critically ill for months. At Concord, N. H., in 1847, he married Mary Coleman, and in April, 1855, moved to Fort Wayne. He came to this city from Toledo in a canal boat. He entered the service of the Bass foundry and remained with the firm until 1858, when he secured employment in the Pittsburg shops. He worked there continuously until 1892, when he resigned owing to ill-health. Death was due to a complication of diseases arising from disorders of the digestive organs. Mrs. Ahern and her three adopted children, James, Thomas and Nellie Quillinan, have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The funeral wil be held at St. Patrick's church, where the deceased was a regular attendant.
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