From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 410-411


Cyrus Cline, attorney at law, a member of the firm of Cline & Dawson, Angola, Ind., was born in Richland County, Ohio, July 12, 1851, a son of Michael and Barbara (Orewiler) Cline.  In 1853 his parents moved to Steuben County, Ind., and settled on section 16, Scott Township.  Eight acres of the land were cleared and there was a good house and barn on it.  In 1872 the family moved to Angola that the children might have better educational advantages, and here the father died Feb. 28, 1878.  He was in early life a Whig, and afterward affiliated with the Republican party.  From 1868 till 1874 he was a County Commissioner, and always discharged his duties in a satisfactory manner.  He also held various local offices of trust, and at the time of his death was Trustee of Pleasant Township.  His family consisted of eight children, two sons and six daughters, all of whom are living.  Cyrus Cline was reared on the farm, and in early life attended the district schools.  After his parents moved to Angola he attended the Academy one winter, and in 1873 entered the freshman class at Hillsdale College.  Being in limited circumstances, he was obliged to procure his college education by his own efforts.  He therefore taught school in the winter, still pursuing his studies at home, and in the spring entered his class in the college.  He graduated in 1876.  The following September he was elected County Superintendent of Schools of Steuben County, a position he held till June, 1883.  In the spring of 1880 he entered the office of Woodhull & Croxton, and began the study of law, remaining with them till February, 1882, when he was admitted to the bar and formed a partnership with Joseph Butler, which continued till July, 1884, when he became associated with Mr. Dawson.  Mr. Cline is a young man of fine natural ability, which, added to his close study and determination to succeed, will make him one of the best and most influential lawyers in the county.  He was married Oct. 6, 1880, to Jennie E., daughter of Dr. Bush and Susan S. Gibson.  Dr. Gibson died in Vermont, and in 1869 Mrs. Gibson came with her three daughters to Steuben County.  Mr. Cline is a member of the Masonic fraternity, lodge and chapter.


Submitted by: Kim Davoli