J. R. Cline was a farmer and breeder of registered cattle for twenty years, but for the last four years has
lived retired at Knoxville. He was born on New Year's day, 1863, in Vinton county, Ohio, a son of Joseph and Jane
(Douglas) Cline, both of whom are deceased. The father, who was a harness maker by trade and also dealt in horses
and other stock, became a resident of Wilkesville, Vinton county, before the Civil war and resided there continuously
until his death. His business is continued by a son. The Cline family is of German and Irish descent and the Douglas
family of Scottish extraction. The parents of the subject of this review were Presbyterians in religious faith.
To their union were born six children, five of whom are now living. The eldest has passed away and those who survive
besides the subject of this review are: Clara and G. A., both of Knoxville; Mrs. W. H. Lucas, who is the wife of
a teacher and is a resident of Marysville, this county, but who was for many years a resident of Knoxville; and
J. L., who is engaged in the harness business at Wilkesville, Ohio.
J. R. Cline was reared in Ohio and after completing a course in the district schools there attended an academy.
His marriage occurred in that state and in the same year, 188c, he removed to this county, locating in Knoxville
township, where he became the owner of a fine tract of land and for twenty years he was engaged in the breeding
of registered Polled Angus cattle. He was very successful as a stock raiser, was widely known in this section of
Iowa in that connection and his yearly income was a gratifying one. His thorough knowledge of the stock business
and the care with which he raised his cattle, providing them with sanitary buildings for shelter and feeding them
those rations which have been proved best, were not in vain, for his stock were always in fine condition and brought
a high price when sold. In the course of years he accumulated enough capital to give him a comfortable income for
the remainder of his days and for the last four years he has lived retired at Knoxville. He owns a fine home in
the city and is enjoying his life of leisure.
Mr. Cline was married in Ohio in 1885 to Miss Elizabeth Henderson, a daughter of Almond and Jane Henderson, who
removed to this county in 1884. The father was a farmer by occupation and a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted
in an Ohio regiment. Both he and his wife passed away some years ago. Mrs. Cline was reared in Gallia county, Ohio.
To Mr. and Mrs. Cline have been born three children. After completing a course in the Knoxville high school Eulah
entered Coe College at Cedar Rapids, from which she was graduated in 1913. She is now a high school teacher at
Walker, Iowa. Estella was graduated from the Kirksville high school and is now a sophomore at Coe College. She
is taking a musical course. Ray H. is a farmer in Knoxville township.
The family belong to the Presbyterian church and are among those who can be counted upon to support movements having
as their object the betterment of the community. Fraternally Mr. Cline belongs to the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows at Knoxville and his wife and daughters are members of the Rebekahs. In his political belief he is a republican
with progressive tendencies. While engaged in the raising of stock and in farming he did much to advance those
interests in Marion county and the leisure which is now his is richly deserved.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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