Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     MORRIS W. AHERN, a farmer residing three and one-half miles southeast from Downs, Washington, was born December 10, 1876, in Sibley county, Minnesota.  He is the son of Morris and Bridget (Keefe) Ahern, both natives of Ireland.  The father came to America at the age of nine years, to Adams county, Washington, in 1888, and died on August 23, 1903, aged sixty-five years.  The mother died in Adams county in 1896, being at the time in her forty-eighth year of life.
     Our subject is the youngest of a family of seven children, Mrs. Mary Bassel, Lawrence, John and Eugene, twins, and Mrs. Ethel Baker.  He came with his parents to a homestead six miles north from Ritzville, in 1888, grew to manhood there and attended school.  On December 28, 1898, he was married to Mary J. Griffith, a native of Canada, born near Perry Sound.  Her father was Joseph F. Griffith, born near Toronto, June 2, 1855, and her mother was Mrs. Christina (Croswell) Griffith.  Her brothers and sisters are Charles R., Joseph, Clara, Sophia, Naomi, Albert, Amos, and Ella.  Mrs. Ahern came to Ritzville with her parents in the fall of 1889.  Her father took a homestead at what was afterwards christened Griffith's Corner, where he now owns five hundred and forty acres of land, but he makes his home in Manila, Washington.
     The issue of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ahern are three in number, Lester Morris Ethel May, and Mildred Rose.
     Mr. Ahern took his present place as a homestead in 1902, although he had previous to that time purchased three hundred and twenty acres.  He now owns four hundred and eighty acres, for the most part good agricultural land and under cultivation.  His improvements are many and up-to-date in every detail, including an excellent water system and a promising young orchard.  He also has a sufficient number of livestock to enable him to successfully prosecute his business.  He owns a one-fifth interest in three hundred and twenty acres of farming land in Adams county--his father's old homestead.
     Mr. Ahern started in in 1898 with no means, and is now in easy circumstances, having made every cent of his money by careful management and hard toil.