From the "History of Huntington County, 1914"
One of the oldest native sons of Clear Creek township is Phineas Hanline, who was born in that locality of Huntington county nearly seventy years ago, has lived here quietly but with substantial prosperity and has proved himself a good citizen, a hard worker, an energetic provider for his family, and a man whose influence has always been on the side of right and progress.
Phineas Hanline was born in Clear Creek township of Huntington county, July 18, 1845, a son of Thomas and Sarah (Fetters) Hanline, who were among the pioneers in this section of the state. They were born, reared and married in Stark county, Ohio, and in 1840 moved to Indiana, and located in Clear Creek township. There the father lived until his death at the age of forty-nine, and his widow survived him until she was past eighty-eight and did a noble part by her children, rearing them and keeping the homestead intact until all its members were self supporting. Seven of the eight children are still living, the family being mentioned as follows: Phineas; Flora, wife of George Andrews; Margaret A., deceased; Jackson, of Whitley county, Indiana; Jacob, of Huntington; Martin, of Huntington; Sidney, wife of Jacob Stoner of Whitley county; Agnes, wife of Moses Crum, of Fort Wayne.
Phineas Hanline was reared and educated in Clear Creek township, spent his youth on a farm, was trained to the work of farming from an early age and since starting out for himself has made all his prosperity as a result of close attention to business and a talent for management of land and its crops.
On December 12, 1875, Mr. Hanline was married in Clear Creek township to Miss Lucy A. Hoke, who was born in Ohio, but was reared in this county. To their union were born nine children, mentioned as follows: Perry E., a farmer in Clear Creek township; Maude, wife of Alfred Keel; Burdell, who lives in the state of Oregon; Albert, of Michigan; Belva and Bernice, twins; Chester, who lives at home and is unmarried; Katie, wife of Ben Stahlsmith, of Whitley county; and Maggie, deceased.
The family are all members of the German Baptist church, and in politics Mr. Hanline is a republican. When he and his wife got married they started out with practically nothing and all their prosperity has been the direct result of their individual efforts. At the present time the Hanline home in section 16 comprises ninety-three acres of well cultivated and highly improved farm lands.