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Owen Cline is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred acres in Scottville township that he cultivated for many years, but he is now living retired. He was born in Independent township, Washington county, Ohio, on the 23d of July, 1851, and is a son of Reuben and Diana (Cady) Cline. Reuben Cline was a son of David and Sarah (Mills) Cline and was born on the 28th of February 1819, in Washington county, Ohio, where his death occurred on the 27th of March, 1904. The Clines originally came from Pennsylvania and are of Dutch extraction, the great-grandparents of our subject having been George and Susan (Buck) Cline. The Cady family first located in Vermont but later removed to New York, whence they came to Ohio. The mother, Diana Cady Cline, was born on the 7th of July, 1821, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Chandler) Cady. The maternal great-grandparents were Zebulum and Miriam (Simons) Chandler and the great-great-grandparents Jonathan and Mabel (Burress) Chandler. Reuben and Diana (Cady) Cline were united in marriage in Washington county, Ohio, on the 18th of November, 1841. Immediately thereafter they located on a farm in the same county, the father devoting his attention to agricultural pursuits during the entire period of his active career. The mother is still living and now makes her home in Williamtown, West Virginia. Nine children were born to them, our subject being the fifth in order of birth.

The early years in the life of Owen Cline were, in the main, very similar to those of hundreds of other farmer lads of that period. There was little occurring to vary the monotonous routine of rural life in those days before the advent of the telephone and the daily rural free delivery of the mail. In the acquirement of his education he attended the district schools in the vicinity, during their brief winter sessions, until he had master the common branches, his time when not there employed being very largely devoted to assisting with the work of the fields and care of the stock. When he was twenty-one years old he left home to begin his independent agricultural career. On the 23d of October, 1872, he arrived in Morgan county, Illinois, where he spent about three years, when he came to Macoupin county. When he first located here he rented a farm from his father-in-law, but later acquired a fine property of two hundred acres. He devoted his attention to general farming and stock-raising, making a specialty of feeding cattle and hogs for the market. Mr. Cline has withdrawn from the active work of the fields and is now living retired on the old homestead of his wife's parents.

On the 18th of September, 1879, occurred the marriage of Mr. Cline and Miss Sarah E. Hicks, a daughter of Vine and Nancy (Rhodes) Hicks. Vine Hicks was born at Whitehall township, Greene county, Illinois, on the 26th of September, 1835, while the mother was born at Athensville, the same county, on the 13th of August, 1839. Athensville township was also the birthplace of Mrs. Cline. In 1861 Vine Hicks removed with his wife and family to Macoupin county, locating upon a farm which he cultivated until his retirement. The paternal grandparents were Vines and Elizabeth (Tunnell) Hicks. Vines Hicks was born on the James river in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia, on the 4th of February, 1788, and was a son of David and Nancy Hicks. He was one of nineteen children born to his parents, seventeen of whom attained maturity. When the second war with England broke out in 1812 Vines Hicks with four of his brothers went to the front, serving under Colonel Williams and Captain James Tunnell. He participated in the battle of New Orleans under General Andrew Jackson on the 8th of January, 1812, and was present at the killing of Tecumseh at the battle of the Thames at the close of the war. After hostilities ceased he went to Anderson county, Tennessee, and there he met Miss Elizabeth Tunnell, who became his wife on the 3d of July, 1817. Mrs. Hicks was a daughter of Colonel William Tunnell and was born in the vicinity of the village of Clinton. In the autumn following his marriage, Mr. Hicks moved to Madison county, Illinois, with his bride, and there he engaged in splitting rails for William Montgomery. In 1818 he removed to Greene county, locating on some government land on Macoupin creek, upon which he erected a log cabin that served him as residence for some time. Their nearest neighbors were Indians, a camp of five hundred being located within a distance of two hundred yards of their cabin. At that time Mr. Hicks knew every man, woman and child by name in Greene, Jersey, Madison, Morgan and Scott counties. The settlers of this section at that period were ever in imminent danger from their treacherous neighbors, and it was at this time that Mr. Hicks learned to sleep with his clothes on, which habit he retained during the remainder of his life. He was present at the massacre of two white families and assisted in wiping out his red neighbors, four hundred and ninety-nine of the five hundred being killed by the whites. Edwardsville, at that time only a fort, was the headquarters for the rangers. When the Black Hawk war broke out he went to the front, serving under General Duncan, Colonel Henry and Captain Smith.

Mr. Hicks always engaged in agricultural pursuits and when he retired owned a fine farm of seven hundred acres. The latter years of his life were spent at the home of his son, Samuel Hicks, who was a resident of Greene county. He belonged to a family noted for their longevity and celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of his birth two months and fifteen days before his death, which occurred on the 19th of April, 1888. He had long survived his wife, her death occurring on the 9th of November, 1876, at the age of seventy-eight years, four months and fifteen days. Mr. Hicks was a most unu7sual character and was widely known throughout the county and vicinity. He always was his own barber, not only shaving himself but cutting his own hair without the aid of a mirror. Although he was able to walk about the house he preferred to travel on a chair on account of rheumatism, the chair being hitched along with rapidity. During the interval he had practiced this mode of locomotion he wore off the legs of seven or eight hardwood chairs to the first round.

He was always a stanch democrat and cast his ballot for every presidential candidate on that ticket from James Monroe to Grover Cleveland. he left no estate, having divided his property among his children some time prior to his death. His residence in the state covered the great formative period of the middle west and he saw Indian wigwams superseded b y modern houses; railroads displace stage coaches; and hamlets develop into thriving towns and cities.

To Mr. and Mrs. Owen Cline were born two children: Lucretia, who married James M. Emmons, a farmer of Scott county; and a son Vines R. Mrs. Emmons became the mother of two daughters: Blanche, who is deceased; and Gladys.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Cline are affiliated with the Baptist church of Mount Zion, and he belongs to the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Palmyra Lodge, No. 463, A.F. & A.M., Palmyra, Illinois; and the Modern Woodmen of America, being a charter member of Scottville Camp, No. 506. His wife belongs to the Royal Neighbors, Lodge No. 3803, and also to the Court of Honor Lodge No. 99, of Scottville. In politics Mr. Cline has always been a very ardent democrat, and has served as township commissioner, senator committeeman and school director. He is one of the widely and favorably known residents of his community, whose early efforts were so intelligently directed that he is now able to live in full enjoyment of every comfort as the result of capably applied energy.

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