Biography of William J. Ahern
Kings County, CA Biographies





WILLIAM J. AHERN.
Among the enterprising and successful business men of Corcoran, none has to a greater degree merited the fine success which has browned his efforts here than Mr. William J. Ahern, who is a partner in the Ford agency and service garage. He was born in the city of San Francisco, on the 12th day of April, 1884, the son of Timothy and Johanna (Dore) Ahern. These parents were both natives of Ireland, but came to San Francisco in their youth and were here married.

William J. Ahern attended the public schools, supplementing this by a course in a business college, and then was employed for eleven years as a clerk in hardware stores in San Francisco. He then joined the Ford force there and was employed for three years, one year in the assembling plant and two years on the road, checking up sales and service among the coast agencies. In 1919 Mr. Ahern came to Corcoran and established a garage, which has been a successful venture from the beginning, the Ford Agency and Service, which was established here in 1914, being the business acquired upon his coming here. In 1922 he took in as a partner H. W. B. Church and the two make a strong and enterprising firm. Prompt service and reliable work has been their motto and has resulted in bringing to them a large share of the local custom in their line. Besides the two partners, there are nine employes in the garage.

Mr. Ahern was married to Miss Margaret Powers of San Francisco. Mr. Ahern is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was formerly a vice president and director of the Chamber of Commerce and is now a member of the industrial committee of that organization. Tireless energy, keen perception, honesty of purpose, and a genius for doing the right thing at the right time, are the chief characteristics of the man. Because of his success and his high character, he is eminently deserving of the splendid position which he holds in the regard of his fellow citizens.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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