Ahrens, Mary A. was born on December 29, 1836 in Staffordshire, England. Daughter of William H. Jones.
Came to the United States and settled in Illinois, 1854. Studied at Galesburg Academy.
Then studied medicine and earned her diploma. Married second, 1886, Louis Ahrens (died, 1907). Graduate Union College of Law, Chicago 1889.
Opened the first relief station for starving men, 1893-1894, and was instrumental in feeding and lodging thousands of homeless people. Promoter and founder of the Mary A. Ahrens Mission, a home for destitute women. V.-p., Protective Agency for Women and Children.
A suffrage advocate for years. Chairman Woman’s School Suffrage Association of Cook Company, which secured for women the right to vote in school elections in Illinois. Vice president Illinois Women’s Press Association Home: 5484 Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Married 1st, 1857;; married second, 1886, Louis Ahrens (died, 1907).