Page 594-595, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Chas. R. Cline was a son of Samuel F. and Elizabeth (Hargett) Cline, who were natives of Fleming county, Kentucky. The elder Clines moved to Missouri, following the Civil war, and thence to Illinois. Later they came to Butler county, and the father farmed three years in Pleasant township. He and his wife then moved to Independence, Kans., and later both died in Missouri. Charles R. Cline, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, January 29, 1843. He spent his boyhood there and helped his father and nine brothers and sisters in the farm work, and attended the three-months subscription school terms during the winters. At the outbreak of the Civil war, Mr. Cline enlisted in Company D, Twenty-fourth Kentucky infantry, and served three and one-half years in the Second division of the Army of the Cumberland. He was wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, being struck by a minnie ball which fractured his left arm, and incapacitated him for furiher[sic] service.

In 1866, Mr. Cline was united in marriage to Miss Aphely Filson of his native county. In 1872, the couple moved to McDonough county, Illinois, where they remained until they came to make their fortunes in Butler county, in 1876. They shipped to Wichita, and while there Mr.


Cline was offered a strip of forty acres of splendid bottom land for an old grey mare, he had with him, but he made up his mind to locate in the vicinity of Douglass, where a brother-in-law, Samuel T. Filson, had already settled. He preempted a quarter section of land on the northwest section of Douglass township, and has added to this tract and made it his home ever since. He has been active in general farming and stock raising in which he has met with more than ordinary success.

In 1903, Mrs. Cline died, leaving eight children, four boys and four girls. In 1907, Mr. Cline attended a "home-coming" at his old home, in Fleming county, Kentucky, and at that time became acquainted with Miss Elizabeth Thompson, a cousin of Mrs. Cline, and they were married during his stay there. To them were born a girl and two boys. Mr. Cline died March 26, 1916.

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