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Clarence P. Kline

KLINE, Clarence P., a thrifty and industrious farmer of Emmet Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Sciota, that county, May 16, 1859, a son of Hezekiah and Mary Ann (Painter) Kline, the father, a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., and the mother, of McDonough County, Ill. The grandfather, Tobias G. Painter, was born in Pennsylvania. Hezekiah Kline came to McDonough County in 1866, and was engaged in the lumber business until his death in 1870. His widow died in Kansas in January, 1887.

Clarence P. Kline is the only child of his parents, although he has a half-brother, Elmore W. Ellis, living in Chicago. Mr. Kline lived with his mother until her death, and in 1884 went to Kansas City, Mo., where, for nine years and ten months, he was engaged as Superintendent of a street railway line. He returned to McDonough County in 1897, and in 1898 purchased the James Crawford farm of 168 acres, in Section 3, Emmet Township, where he carries on general farming, and raises Polled Angus cattle. He also owns a tract of sixty-eight acres, bought in 1905.

On September 28, 1898, Mr. Kline was married to Beryl Painter, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. They have become the parents of five children, namely: Ru Ann G., Corinne Valley, William Elmore, Susie and Julius. In political contests, the subject of this sketch takes the side of the Democratic party. Fraternally, he is identified with the M. W. of A.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 928-929, extracted 11 May 2019 by Norma Hass.

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