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Henry Kline

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Posted: 24 Mar 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Kline, Weishe, Snowden, Banks, Johnson, Thornton
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901

Henry Kline, retired farmer, living in Huntington, was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1823, and is the son of Daniel and Catherine (Weishe) Kline, both parents of German lineage. He is the oldest of a family of seven children, namely: Mary, wife of Byron Snowden; John, a farmer of Union township, this county; Abraham, deceased; Benjamin, who resides in Fayette county, Indiana; Daniel, now living in the state of Wisconsin; and Samuel, a farmer and stock-raiser of the township of Union.

When Henry Kline was six weeks old his parents moved to Butler county, Ohio, where they remained one year and then changed their residence to Indiana, settling in the county of Fayette, Waterloo township. There he grew to manhood, assisting his father on the farm and attending such schools as the county afforded. At the age of twenty-one he began life upon his own responsibility, for which he was well fitted by his experience on the home place, where he had learned the valuable lessons of industry and formed correct habits of living. In the spring of 1850 he came to Huntington county and purchased a quarter section of land in the township of Union, paying for the same five dollars and twenty-five cents per acre. But little, if any, improvements had been made on his place, and he at once addressed himself to the task of preparing a dwelling in the shape of a diminutive log cabin of the most primitive pattern, consisting of a single room with one door and no windows, covered with rough boards rived from an oak tree. In this domicile mid the woods he brought his bride, to whom he was united in marriage March 5, 1850, and thus began housekeeping, and if not under the most favorable auspices they were at least happy, strong hearted and imbued with a wealth of determination which prophesied a successful future, The maiden name of Mrs. Kline was Parmelia Banks, and she proved a valuable helpmate throughout the long and arduous pioneer experience, and contributed much to her husband's success in after years.

Mr. Kline's land was coverd with a dense forest growth, to remove which and prepare the ground for tillage required strong arms, a strong heart, a strong will and a world of patience, all of which he possessed to a degree which eventually resulted in success. By many years of arduous labor he was at last rewarded with a beautiful and highly improved farm, upon which he lived until accumulating a sufficiency of this world's goods to enable him to retire from active life, which he did in 1882, removing that year to Huntington. In addition to his first purchase Mr. Kline bought other land from time to time, until he now owns two hundred and sixty-five acres, the greater part well improved and successfully cultivated. He has been eminently fortunate in his business affairs, possessing a soundness of judgment quite remarkable and ability to compete with the world which marked him as no ordinary man. His has been a busy if not an eventful life, and now, on the verge of fourscore years, his mind is active and in his conversation he displays the result of much observation and contact with his fellow men. He has always been known as a sound business man, careful and observant, never hastening to conclusions in any of his transactions, and forming opinions only after mature reflection. In his social relations he enjoys the love and esteem of those who have known him for so many years, and is regarded by his more recent acquaintances in the city where he now lives as a kindly, genial neighbor, a sincere friend, and one whose convictions are exemplified in his daily life.

In politics a Democrat, he has never entered the arena for public favors, and usually votes for the candidate best fitted for the office sought, irrespective of party. In 1890 he was deprived of the companion of his youth, the one who had traveled life's pathway hand in hand with him for a period of forty years. Mrs. Kline died December 23, 1890, aged sixty-eight. She bore him the following children: Charles H., of Union township; Catherine, wife of John Johnson, of Rock Creek towship; and Ella, who married Edward T. Thornton.

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