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Charles J Ahlers
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1876
Graham
Young County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1942
Red Wing
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA

Charles J. Ahlers, pioneer athlete, veteran, businessman, dies unexpectedly. Was member of Red Men Basketball Team. Chalres J. Ahlers, 65 president of the C.J. Ahlers Electric here, a veteran of teh Spanish-American War and well-known Red Wing sportsman, who was captain of the nationally known Red Men Basketball Team and was instrumental in introducing basketball as a sport in Minnesota, died unexpectedly at a local hospital Monday afternoon. Although Mr. Ahlers had been in poor health in recent years, he was able to be about at his place of business daily until last Saturday morning when he suffered a light stroke when he was removed to the hospital. Just the day before, he had enjoyed a fishing trip with friends. He had been getting along nicely and a recovery from the stroke was expected. However, his condition took a turn for the worse Monday afternoon and he succumbed a short time later. His death will come as s shock to many throughout the Red Wing area. Excelling in every sport he participated in, Mr. Ahlers, in his youth, was active, mostly in basketball and baseball, and also a ardent fisherman, spending practically every "day off" at angling at his favorite fishing haunts. Born in Graham, Young County, Texas, on November 29, 1876, Mr. Ahlers came to Red Wing with his parents as a young child, the family travelling through Indian territory first Kansas, then Minnesota and Red Wing. Learning the machine shop trade in 1890, Mr. Ahlers entered the machine shop business with his father and the two operated the business until 1899 when his father retired. Mr. Ahlers and a brother entered partnership to continue the business that same year and the partnership was not dissolved until 1902 when Charles secured a position as a salesman with the McCormick Company, a position he held until 1905. From 1905 to 1912 he was employed by the Foster Brothers Electrical Construction Company. Leaving the employ of Foster Brothers, Mr. Ahlers organized C.J. Ahlers Electrical Company in 1912, assuming the office of president. His wife became a partner and secretaryof the firm. By 1921 the C.J. Ahlers Company had expanded considerably and that year the company took over the agency of Studebaker automobiles, which it still retains. Mr. Ahlers was active in musical circles here over a period of many years and held membership in the famous Melphia octet and a number of male quartets, which provided entertainment for many Red Wing festivities. Mr. Ahlers was also active in civic affairs, serving one term as a member of the city coucil in 1920-22 and being active in the Chamber of Commerce and YMCA. He also held memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and United States War Veterans. Enlisting in Company B in June 1898, Mr. Ahlers served with the 13th Minnesota regiment during the Spanish-American War, was wounded and honorably discharged October 1, 1899. During World War I, he served as member of the Home Guards and also the Red Wing Motor Corps. A man of cheerful disposition, Mr. Ahlers made friends quickly and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He was married to Sylvia Worden in Red Wing on June 21, 1913 and besides his wife, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Frank Scoville of St. Paul and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the First Methodist Church where services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 pm with Dr. J. Wilbert Lillico to officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Full military honors will be paid at the grave by the Red Wing veterans firing squad to fire a volley of shots over the draped casket and a buglar to sound taps. Friends who are requested by the family to omit flowers, may call at A. Swanson's and Sons Chapel tonight from 7 to 8 o'clock and at the church Wednesday from 11:30 am to the time of services. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Ahlers (1835 - 1898)
  Caroline Behrend Ahlers (1839 - 1923)
 
 Spouse:
  Sylvia Alberta Worden Ahlers (1886 - 1969)*
 
 Siblings:
  Louise Ahlers Meyer (1866 - 1938)*
  Alfred Benjamin Ahlers (1870 - 1935)*
  Lewis A. Ahlers (1873 - 1897)*
  Charles J Ahlers (1876 - 1942)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Red Wing
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: Connie
Record added: Sep 28, 2010
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Charles J Ahlers
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Charles J Ahlers
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Charles J Ahlers
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