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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Daddy's Boy: 1933

Daddy's Boy: 1933

1933. "Vincent P. Ahearn Jr., portrait." The Ahearns lived at 7324 Hampden Lane in Bethesda, Maryland. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

My Name

Sorry, I forgot to put my name on the comment titled MY FAMILY. I am Sally Wyly Plemons, the only child of Aline Geary Wyly Brunner, and Vince's cousin.

[What was Maggie's full name? - Dave]

My family

Vince is entombed in Calvary Cemetery, in Nashville, where most of our family is buried (Geary and Ahearn). The woman in this photo did work for my aunt Mary Belle Ahearn (Aunt Belle) for many years, but my aunt never considered her a nanny or a maid -- she was a dear, trusted friend and confidant in a time when women could hardly find jobs in the marketplace, especially women of color, so they usually hired out as "domestics." Maggie was well paid and loved by the whole family. The misspelled names in Mary Belle Ahearn's obit are those of my mother, the late Mrs. Edward (Aline Geary) Brunner, and my aunt, Nonie Geary. Both of Vince's parents were born, raised, and attended schools in Nashville.

Clarification

Many of the names are incorrect in the obituaries. Vince had family ties to Nashville; both of his families were from that area, It was his request that his remains rest in Calvary Cemetery. A cousin who is more like a sister lives in Mt. Juliet.

Please feel free to contact me if I can give you further information.

Nashville connection

There is at least one connection to Nashville, which appeared in his mother's obituary. It was the home of Vincent Jr.'s aunt on his mother's side, according to his mother's obituary. This is a comment Dave posted at the other Ahearn photo:

Washington Post, Jan. 25, 1969

AHEARN, MARY BELLE
On Thursday, January 23, 1969, Mary Belle Ahearn of 8024 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, Md., beloved wife of Vincent P. Ahearn Sr., mother of Mrs. Richard H. Walsh, Mrs. Roland H. Berger Jr. of Camp Hill, Pa., and Vincent P. Ahearn Jr.; sister of Mrs. Nonnie C. Geary of Nashville, and Mrs. Edward Brunn Bruner of Dallas. Also survived by 14 grandchildren. Services Saturday, January 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bethesda, where Requiem Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Interment private. Please omit flowers.

The nanny

Interesting how the nanny (I assume) sort of fades into invisibility, even in the comments.

[In 1933, she would have been called the maid. - Dave]

Nashville

I'm interested to see that Vincent Jr. is buried in Calvary Cemetery here in Nashville. Calvary is a very old cemetery with elaborate markers and tombs. Since his obit doesn't appear to show any Nashville connections, I wonder why Calvary was chosen as his burial place.

How About Daddy?

Dave, did you run into Daddy Ahearn's picture, or any other pictures of the family?

[There are 10 photos, including the two we've posted so far, made in 1933 and 1939. But none of Dad. - Dave]

Threads of history

Interesting puzzle, Google shows that Mr. Vincent P. Ahearn Sr., was honored at a road construction industry function in October 2004, however his name is not listed in the obit. Father & Son apparently worked in the same industry, unfortunately the son had a short retirement stepping down from his post as President of the National Aggregates Association in July of 1994. RIP.

[Vincent Sr. wouldn't have been listed as a survivor in his son's obituary because he'd been dead for decades. The 2004 dinner honored America's top 100 construction professionals of the 20th century -- most of them posthumously. - Dave]

1932-1995: Suddenly

As an A'Hearn I find this (and the previous Ahearn) picture of great interest. Could we be related? It is incredible to see a baby picture of Vincent Jr. in one browser tab and simultaneously read his obituary in another.

From the Washington Post, Oct. 29, 1995:

Vincent Paul Ahearn, Jr.

Suddenly on October 26, 1995. Vincent P. Ahearn, Jr., of Leisure World and Ocean City, MD; beloved husband of Ethelee Hughes Nalls Ahearn; father of Jeanie G. Ahearn, Sue Ahearn, Victor [sic] Paul Ahearn III, Mary Belle Toubman, Peter L. Ahearn; stepfather of Michael A. Nalls Jr. and John P. Nalls. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 15661 Norbeck Blvd., Leisure World, Silver Spring, on Monday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. Entombment Calvary Cemetery, Nashville, TN. Please omit flowers. Memorials to Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD 20853.

 
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