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Dr. Carl Heinrich "Charles" Ahrens 

Dr. Carl Heinrich "Charles" Ahrens

Male 1862 - 1936

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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  15 Feb 1862  Winfield, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth  22 Feb 1862  Winfield, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Christened  25 May 1862  Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1886  Nebraska City, Otoe, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    surgeon dentist 
    Artifact  CA 1910 
    "The Indian Camp" 
    The Indian Camp
    The Indian Camp
    Died  27 Feb 1936  Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: chronic degenerative myocarditis, & tuberculosis hip disease & cerebral thrombosis 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Name  Carl Henry Ahrens 
    Name  Charles Henry Ahrens 
    Occupation  artist 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-46864 
    Buried  Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I46864  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Herman Frederick Ahrens,   b. 27 Sep 1837, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Isabella Penelope Laird,   b. 21 May 1841, Grange, Banffshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  25 Dec 1860  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F8763  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Martha Elizabeth "Madonna" Niles,   b. 14 Oct 1882, Philmont, Columbia, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1976, San Clemente, Orange, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F33113  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Emily Marion Carroll,   b. 1861, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  25 Aug 1886  Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID  F41685  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl Henry Ahrens
    Carl Henry Ahrens
    Carl Ahrens
    Carl Ahrens
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    Ahrens,Carl-SaturdayNightMagazine7May1927review.jpg

  • Notes 
    • "Carl Ahrens was born in Winfield, near Elora, Ontario. He moved to Berlin, Ontario where he attended school until his father's death in 1875. He later lived in Winnipeg and travelled extensively in the American and Canadian west. Returning to Berlin, he worked as a dyer in a button factory, where he began his mastery of colour. In his early twenties he began to paint from his Toronto studio. His first exhibition was at the Ontario Society of Artists in 1889. In 1891 he was elected associate painter of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He later studied painting and sculpture in New York. From 1900 to 1902, Ahrens lived in New York State where he helped to start the Roycroft pottery. In 1922, after a sojourn of several years in the U.S., he and his family moved back to Toronto, and soon after settled in a farmhouse near Galt, Ontario, which Carl named "Big Trees". Here he painted and taught, often entertaining Homer Watson, a lifelong friend. A childhood bout of tuberculosis in the hip left him an invalid in his later years, although he continued to paint until his death in 1936 at the age of 73"1a

      1aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Personals

      Carl Ahrens, the artist, of Toronto, has taken up his abode at Doon, where he thinks of remaining. He is much improved in health and a corresponding increase of vigor and dash is noticeable in his work. His pictures have been winning much attention of late and a number of them go to the World's Fair [Chicago] In Doon, Mr Ahrens will find a genial comrade in Mr. Homer Watson, and many picturesque spots in that vicinity from which he can draw inspiration for his brush. Mr. Ahrens is one of the best story tellers one could wish to meet.2a

      2aThe Berlin Daily Record 26 Apr 1893

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      Here is a list of his children with Emily Carroll

      Carl Herman Ahrens born 23 Sept. 1887 in Nebraska (Christening records) and died 18 March 1960 in Rochester, NY (Social Security Death records)

      Robert Laird Ahrens - born 20 Nov. 1888 in Toronto (Christening records), died June 1969 in Florida (Social Security Records)

      Rosa Pauline Grier Ahrens - born 7 June 1892 in Toronto (Christening records) unsure of when she died.

      List of children with Martha Niles

      He married Martha Niles (my great grandmother) on October 10, 1906 in San Francisco, CA according to her repatriation papers after his death.

      Laird Joseph Ahrens born 18 November 1906 in Corte Madera, CA (according to Martha's memoirs) and died on 5 April 1986 in Mayfield, Michigan (Social Security Death Index)

      Penelope Elizabeth Ahrens born 8 April 1908 in Meadowvale, Ontario and died December 12 1910 in Toronto (death records)

      Sigrid Diane Ahrens - born 5 Jan 1911 in Toronto (according to Martha's memoirs) and died 13 October 1998 in White Rock, British Columbia (according to her children)

      Chloris Ahrens (my grandmother) born 2 August 1912 in Lambton Mills, Ontario (birth certificate) and died 21 July 1982 in Santa Monica, CA (death cert)1a

      1aKim Bullock

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Carl Heinrich, b. 15 Feb 1862, bapt. 25 May 1862 s/o Herman & Isabella Ahrens (Peel)

    2. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 14187 (1886), Charles Henry Ahrens-Emily Marion Carroll..
      Charles Henry Ahrens, Surgeon Dentist of Nebraska City, Neb., USA, Birth Place: Peel Ontario Age: 24 Estimated birth year: abt 1862 Father Name: Herman Frederick Ahrens Mother Name: Isabella P Ahrens Spouse Name: Emily Marion Carroll, residence Toronto Spouse's Age: 25 Spouse Birth Place: Toronto Spouse Father Name: Matthew Carroll Spouse Mother Name: Margaret Emily Carroll Marriage Date: 25 Aug 1886 Marriage Location: York, Toronto

    3. [S655] Vit - ON - Birth Registration, birth certificate 2224 (1936), Carl Henry Ahrens..
      Carl Henry Ahrens, d. 27 Feb 1936 Toronto, d. 15 Feb 1862 Winfield, Ontario, occupation landscape painter (artist) s/o Herman Ahrens (b. Denmark) & Isabella Laird (b. Scotland), cause: chronic degenerative myocarditis, & tuberculosis hip disease & cerebral thrombosis, buried Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto

    4. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), 7 Mar 1862.
      Ahrens - At Winfield, on the 22nd February, the wife of Mr. Herman Ahrens, of a son.

    5. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 15 Feb 1862 - Winfield, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Feb 1862 - Winfield, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 May 1862 - Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - surgeon dentist - 1886 - Nebraska City, Otoe, Nebraska, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Aug 1886 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: chronic degenerative myocarditis, & tuberculosis hip disease & cerebral thrombosis - 27 Feb 1936 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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