Biography of Wellman E. Cline
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Wellman E. Cline, retired, is widely and favorably known in Doylestown, where he has spent his entire life. He was born Sept. 23, 1857, the son of Peter and Margaret (Seitz) Cline.

Peter Cline and his wife were born in Germany. At the age of 16 years he came to the United States and settled first at Canal Fulton, Ohio. After a short time he removed to Doylestown, where he became a prominent business man. In 1861 he was associated with John F. Seiberling and John H. Hower as manufacturers of reapers and mowers, Mr. Seiberling being well known as an inventor. During the company's first year of business a total of 25 reapers were manufactured and sold, and a branch factory was established at Akron, Ohio. During 1865 the Akron plant built 625 machines, and the Doylestown plant continued in operation until 1875, under another name continued to manufacture many years. Mr. Cline retired from the firm in 1875. He died at the age of 55 years and is buried at Doylestown. His wife is also deceased. They were the parents of the following children: Elizabeth, who died in 1866, at the age of 16 years; Ferdinand, deceased; Charles Alfred, deceased; W. E., the subject of this sketch; and Samuel, deceased, and Frank G., who is in the mining business in New Mexico. Peter Cline was married (second) to Miss Hettie Ries, of Doylestown. Their son, Ross Cline, is identified with the Columbia Chemical Company, at Barberton, Ohio.

Wellman E. Cline attended the public schools of Doylestown and has spent the greater part of his life on the farm which was bought by his father in 1866. Until his retirement Mr. Cline was interested in the shoe business at Doylestown, and was the owner of one of the city's well patronized shops. He is now interested in the raising of fruit, having 20 acres under cultivation.

On April 22, 1879, Mr. Cline married Miss Mary Wilhelmina Ries, who was born in Chippewa Township, July 16, 1860. She died in 1915 and is buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Doylestown. They were the parents of three daughters: Carrie L., married Walter Scott Galehouse, lives at Doylestown, and has two children, Walter Weliman and John Henry; Mary O., who was cashier of the Bank of Doylestown, and is now married to Dr. H. A. Baldwin and lives in Wadsworth, Ohio; and Emma E., married Frank Butterworth, who is identified with the Akron Times Press. They have two children: Wells and Mary. The latter is a teacher in the Akron public schools. Mr. and Mrs. dIme have an adopted son, Paul Samuel, who lives at Doylestown. He married Frances Stuckey, and they have three children, Robert, William, and Betty.

Mr. Cline is a Republican and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. He is a life member of the American Bible Society.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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