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Michael M. Ahern

  • Birth unknown
  • Death Jul 1904 Washoe County, Nevada, USA
  • Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 80171025


Spends Three Months in "Manslaughter Hellhole of Nevada" Alone.

Oakland, Cal., Feb. 1. -

When Michael Ahern of Oakland, foreman of a construction gang on the government canal between Derby and Wadsworth {Nevada}, disappeared on July 19, he had upon his person $800 in cash and a number of pay checks. Two days later his murdered body was found in the Truckee river. The pockets had been rifled of the cash but the checks were undisturbed. The remains were taken to Wadsworth and buried.

The family of the murdered man was at a loss to know what to do. No effective steps being taken by the Nevada authorities to run the criminals down, Miss Annie Ahern, one of the three daughters, resolved to take matters into her own hands. She is a determined young woman of 24. She went to Derby. There procuring a pony and rifle she has spent three months in the canal camps, and she believes that she has unmistakable clews(sic) to the identity of the murderers.

She has just returned to Oakland with the body of her father and has given it decent burial in St. Mary's cemetery. After a brief rest she will again leave home and take up the trail of her slayers.

This is her story:
"I took the trail as soon as I reached Wadsworth last October. I had to ride thirty-five miles, from Wadsworth to Derby, over the roughest kind of country and in a region inhabited by men who are more like fiends than human beings. I worked on the theory that father had been followed by men who saw him cash some of his checks at Buckman's store. I made many inquiries and my suspicions fastened upon two men. They are still employed in one of the canal camps. In order to learn what I have, I went through many hardships.

Every possible obstacle has been put in my way by men who are trying to shield the culprits. There was a man named Costello who wrote me that he knew who the murderers were and would tell me. Well, before I could get to him, a crowd got him drunk and spirited him out of the way. Upon several occasions my life has been threatened in anonymous communications, but I carried a rifle all the time and had resolved to kill the first one who made a move. I guess they saw I meant business, so they did not try to make way with me.

It's an awful community. The call it the 'Manslaughter Hellhole of Nevada'. Men would sooner kill each other there than kill jackrabbits. Since I have been there, there have been twelve murders.

Sheriff Quirk of Storey County and his deputies have been kind to me, but they do not seem to be able to do anything. I have made up my mind that I have the murderers spotted, and I am going back to get them. I don't believe that they suspect what I know, or they would try to kill me, too."

Davenport Morning Star; Davenport, Iowa.
February 2, 1905; Page Five.
dm wms (#47395868)

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  • Added: 10 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 80171025
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Michael M. Ahern (unknown–Jul 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 80171025, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by dm wms (contributor 47395868) .