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William Kline
December 22, 1828–March 27, 1911
An Old Time Settler Gone
William Kline, a former well known resident of Lovell Township, died at his home in Eagle Grove, last Monday, the 27th inst. , at the age of 82 years, past. The body was brought to Monticello this forenoon by the widow, and the sons, William and LaFayette, and taken to the Bowens Prairie Cemetery for interment.
Mr. Kline was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, December 22, 1828. He was brought when only a year old by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kline to McLean County, Illinois. He settled on Bowens Prairie, in Jones County, in 1843. He was the eldest of the five children in his father’s family and remained on Bowens Prairie until 1850, when he was lured to California by the gold excitement of those days. He went with the usual caravan method across the plains. He engaged in mining and returned to Jones County in October, 1852.
Mr. Cline’s first wife was Emily Burnham, whose parents were early settlers of Delaware County. She died before Mr. Cline removed to northwestern Iowa, and he is survived by a second wife. His surviving sons are Andrew, Philip, Charles, William and Lafayette. Philip and Charles are residents of Nebraska, William lives in the neighborhood of West Bend, and Lafayette is the son of the second wife, lives on the homestead at Eagle Grove. Carrie, the deceased wife of Arnold Egger, of Lovell Township was the adopted daughter of Mr. Cline. He is survived by Mrs. Fisher, a daughter by the first wife, and three married daughters by the second wife.
William Cline, while a resident of Jones County, was widely known throughout this county and also Delaware County. The farm he once owned, lies on the county line and is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lawrence. He was a sociable good feeling man, and therefore had many friends. He was a member of the masonic and Knights of Pythias fraternities.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, March 30, 1911, page 5

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