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Abraham Kline

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Posted: 24 Mar 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: KLINE, GRINDLE, THOMAS, FOUST, MILLER
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901

From 1872 to 1896 the late Abraham Kline was one of the prominent citizens of Union township, and the county of Huntington could boast of no better or praiseworthy man. Mr. Kline was born in Fayette county, Indiana, January 2, 1834, and resided among the scenes of his youth until attaining manhood's estate. He remained with his father, looking after the interests of the home farm, until his marriage, in 1862, to Miss Caroline Grindle, after which he continued the cultivation of the farm until 1872. In that year he changed his residence to Huntington county, and purchased a farm in Union township, now in possession of his widow, where he lived the life of a successful tiller of the soil until the close of his earthly career.

On taking possession of the above farm Mr. Kline found few improvements worth mentioning, the dwelling being but a rude log structure with a single room, and the acreage of cultivated land but limited. In process of time a large and commodious residence took the place of the primitive log cabin, and the forest continually fell before the sturdy strokes of the determined farmer until the greater part of his one hundred and seventy-two acres was highly improved and took rank with the best farms of Union township.

As a man and citizen Mr. Kline endeavored to measure his life according to the standard as found in the Holy Book, of which he was a faithful and diligent student, and his character was such that so far as known no breath of suspicion was ever uttered against it. A devout member of the Church of God, his daily life was in perfect harmony with his religion, and believed in exemplifying the outward life that faith implanted in the heart. He did well his part here, and after a long and useful life died in the hope of a blessed immortality, laying down his earthly burden October 11, 1896.

Since Mr. Kline's death his widow has managed the farm, and in doing so manifests ability of a high order. She is a member of the Church of God, and long since earned an enviable reputation as a dispenser of charity to the unfortunate and needy. She is the mother of the following children: Lon lives in Fayette county; Daniel W., a farmer of Huntington county; Alpha lives with her mother; Mollie, wife of Monroe Thomas, residing near the town of Markle; George, a farmer of Union township; Clara A., at home; Nettie, wife of George Foust; Elsie, also living with her mother. Since the death of Mr. Kline the home farm was divided, Mrs. Kline having seventy acres. She has fine cattle and hogs, and raises small grain. Mrs. Kline was a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Miller) Grindle, who were natives of Ohio and came to Grant county, Indiana, in 1849. Although eventually becoming a successful farmer, in early life he had learned the trade of a tailor, and was an excellent workman. Mrs. Kline was born December 28, 1844, and, notwithstanding the arduous duties which surrounded her early years, maintains that cheerfulness of spirit which is born of a consciousness that her life has not been spent in vain.

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