Mary Ahrens (1894-1985), a native Hoosier, resided in Pendleton for 46 years.
During those years, 1953-1972, she was well known as the librarian for the Pendleton-Fall Creek Library.
During that time, Ahrens started a summer reading program for children and the “Story Hour” for young readers. Both programs are still part of Pendleton Community Public Library.
Also, Ahrens was a member of the Pendleton Art League, Saturday Club, Literary Society and First United Methodist Church and a supporter of Pendleton Symphony Orchestra.
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She often wrote for the Pendleton Times.
Ahrens was quiet, artistic and always promoting the library. Many in the community remember the paintings Mary did of the local area.
Those old enough to have visited the Pendleton Library when it was in the Carnegie building probably remember the name Mary Ahrens.
These pictures are intended to bring back fond memories. Maybe you will recognize some of the places in her paintings.