Kline, John, A.M., was born in Berne, Albany County, N. Y., February 1, 1849, about a year after his people
arrived in this country from Germany. He is the youngest of six children. When he was eleven years old his father
died leaving him dependent upon his infantile resources. He secured work on a farm at three dollars per month,
which he followed for four years when he engaged with a hotel keeper in Schoharie County, N. Y., as hostler. This
position he filled so acceptably that he was advanced to clerk and bar tender, continuing thus for two years. At
seventeen years of age he became a clerk in a dry goods store in Middleburgh, N. Y. Two years later he engaged
in a general merchandise store in Rensselaerville, N. Y., as head salesman, which position he held for two years.
His schooling thus far had been limited and he now determined to devote himself to study. He entered Starkey Seminary
in Yates County, N. Y., September, 187i, where he completed the prescribed course, graduating in June, 1873. The
following September he entered Oberlin College where for six years he devoted himself assiduously to his scholastic
work. He left school for an occasional term to teach, maintaining at the same time his position in college. He
was graduated from Oberlin in 1879 and received his degree three years later. December 25, 1879, he married Frances
A. Bassett, daughter of Allen Bassett, of Barrington, N. Y. In September, 1879, he established the Dundee Preparatory
School, as an individual enterprise and maintained it until the close of the school year in 1891.
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Yates County, NY
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