Whiteside County Illinois
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Contributed by Robin Sayre

 Ahrens Family

 Back row L-R is Carl, Edward F., Sr, Ralph, and Frank

Row 2 Ida May, Mary (Grandmother of Robin) and Edward F., Jr.

Front - Willard and Mildred

Edward Ahrens and Ida May Keefer (Daughter of Samuel & Anna M. (Kurtz) Keefer) were married around 1887 and we think in IL but no record has yet been found. Their first child, Carl Ahrens was born in Sterling in 1888, followed by Ralph in 1890 and Frank in 1892. Sometime after 1892 the family moved to Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, IA.

The Ahrens family were all born in Oldenburg Germany. They were here in Whiteside County, living in Sterling on the 1880 Census as follows:

1880 Census
AHRENS, Arernd 54 b 1826
AHRENS, Gertina 47 b 1833
AHRENS, John H. 18 b 1862
AHRENS, Eddie 14 b 1866
AHRENS, Amos 13 b 1867

John Ahrens
John H. Ahrens married Clara H. Ferguson 26 November 1884.

About two years ago (1895?) John H. and Edward Ahrens organized the Cash Department Store in this city, with a new and extensive stock.
A year later John H. Ahrens purchased the interest of his brother. Mr. Ahrens is one of Sterling's most enterprising and hustling merchant. The stock carried is full and complete and thoroughly up-to-date in every department, of dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, staple and fancy groceries, fine choice crockery, glassware, carpets and men's furnishing goods.
Everything incident to a metropolitan department stock can be found. Mr. Ahrens has also the sole agency for the sale of the Washburn, Crosby & Co.'s celebrated Gold Medal flour. Everything in this store is strictly guaranteed as represented. 


Ahrens Store Robin
 Believed to be the store which was located at 13 East 3rd Street in Sterling.
Photo contributed by Robin Sayre


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