|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.