George L. Ahrens
As published in
"The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County Wisconsin: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement"
by Frank H. Lyman Vol. 2, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1916.
There are many instances in the business annals of Kenosha which indicate that one does not need a particularly brilliant start to gain notable success and prominence, that the avenues of opportunity are open and that upon the individual depends the result of his becoming an inert or a dynamic force in the business world. His choice and the course which he marks out and pursues determine his position. That George L. Ahrens has ever been ready to take an advanced step when the way was open is indicated in the fact that he is now advanced with the Simmons Manufacturing Company, in whose employ he entered in the humble capacity of office boy.
Mr. Ahrens was born in Chicago in 1880, a son of John and Ida (Neumann) Ahrens, both of whom are living, being still residents of Chicago. In the public schools of his native city the son obtained his education and in 1898 he entered the employ of the Simmons Manufacturing Company in the capacity of office boy. He was with the company in Kenosha for eight months and was afterward with the corporation in its Chicago office. When the headquarters were established at Kenosha and the office removed to this city, he returned with it and in 1904 he was advanced to the positoin of cashier, in which capacity he has since continued.
In 1906 Mr. Ahrens was married to Miss L. M. Rye, of Chicago, and they have two children, George and Clarence. The parents are members of the Episcopal church, and Mr. Ahrens is a Chapter Mason. He also belongs to he Royal League and to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In politics he is a Republican, and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, but his interest is not that of the office seeker who wishes political spoils as a reward for party fealty. He has ever concentrated his efforts and attention upon his business duties, and his fidelity is attested by all who have been associated with him in the great corporation which he represents.
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