Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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William Cline

WILLIAM CLINE, an extensive land owner in Labette county, Kansas, is one of the influential citizens of Dennis. He was born in Carroll county, Ohio, in 1839, and is a son of Daniel and Mary Ann Cline.

Daniel Cline was a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and was born in 1806. He was eighty-two years old when his death occurred in Dennis, Kansas, in 1888. His wife died in 1859, at the age of forty years. They raised these children: John, who lives in Indiana; Samuel, who lives in Tennessee; Polly, deceased; Daniel, who owns a large farm in Oklahoma; Margaret, who lives in Labette county, Kansas; William; Elizabeth, who lives in Labette county; Mary Ann, deceased; David, of Oklahoma; and Josiah, who lives in South Bend, Indiana.

William Cline was raised on a farm in Indiana, where he lived at the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in the army, and served in Company K, 29th Reg., Ind. Vol. Inf., as a private, for three years and sixteen days. After the war he returned to Indiana, and engaged in the drug business. In 1877 he sold out his drug business, and with very little money set out for Kansas. He located in Labette county, where he commenced farming. In 1884 he opened a drug store in Dennis, which he conducted until 1897, when he sold it to Charles Moore. Since then he has devoted his attention to the care of his property. He owns two farms near Dennis, and a great deal of property in that town. He is a self made man, and has good cause to be proud of his success. He is a man of sound judgment and good business principles, and is highly respected in Dennis, where he is one of the most progressive members of the community. He is a stockholder in the Dennis Co-operative Store.

Mr. Cline is a Republican, in politics, but does not aspire to political office. He is a member of the Anti-Horsethief Association. The subject of this sketch is widely known in Labette county.