Hon. Cyrus Cline

From the History of Northeast Indiana  1920  Vol.2  page 343 clm. 1

    Hon. Cyrus Cline, who ably represented the Twelfth Indiana District in Congress from 1909 to 1917, the Sixty-First to the Sixty-Fourth Congresses, inclusive, has been a member of the Angola bar for over thirty-five years.
    He was born in Richland County, Ohio, July 12, 1856, a son of Michael and Barbarba (Orewiler) Cline.  His parents, who were natives of Ohio, moved to Steuben County in 1857 and settled on a farm five miles northeast of Angola.  In 1873, the family moved to Angola, where the father died February 28, 1878, at the age of forty-nine.  Mr. Cline's mother passed away August 5, 1918, aged eighty-eight.  Michael Cline was a democrat up to 1860 and after that a republican.  He filled the office of county commissioner in Steuben County and at the time of his death was township trustee of Pleasant Township.  He and his wife were members of the Christian Church.  Their family consisted of Cyrus;  Melissa, wife of O.F. Rakestraw;  Esther, widow of John Zabst;  Alvisa, wife of Amos Cory;  Elizabeth, wife of Ezra L. Dodge;  Nancy, wife of David  Wood;  Virgil, an Angola photographer; and Grace, wife of J. L. Machin.
    Cyrus Cline was educated in Steuben County, taking his high school work at Angola.  After a year or so of teaching he entered Hillsdale College, Michigan, in 1873, and was graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1876 and two years later received his Master of Arts degree.  Mr. Cline served as county superintendent of schools of Steuben County from 1877 to 1883.  In the meantime he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1884, and has since been engaged in a general law practice at Angola.  He was elected a member of the Sixty-First Congress in November, 1908, and his service of eight years involved a critical and vital period in our national history.
    Mr. Cline was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Angola in 1903, and served as its president for seven years.  He is still one of its directors and is also a director of the First State Bank of Pleasant Lake, which he also helped organize.  He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and in 1906 was illustrious grand master of the Grand Council. He attends and supports the Congregational Church.
    October 6, 1880, he married Jennie Gibson, a native of Vermont.  She was born in 1858.  They have one daughter, Carrie, who is a graduate of the Tri-State College and the University of Chicago, and has been an instructor in the Angola High School.