Elias Kline is one of the large land owners and successful farmers and stock men of Spencer Township, DeKalb County. His home is two and three-quarters of a mile northwest of Spencerville. Mr. Kline has 160 acres of land and has his farm well improved and stocked with good grades of cattle, horses and hogs.

He was born in Stark County, Ohio, December 24, 1848, a son of Henry and Maria (Rudy) Kline. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, were married in Ohio, and in the spring of 1866 came to Indiana and settled in Spencer Township. In 1870 they located on the farm where they spent the rest of their lives.

Elias Kline acquired his education in Stark County, Ohio, and was about twenty-two years old when he came to Indiana. In politics he has always been a republican.

January 1, 1900, Mr. Kline married Mary V. Caillet. She was born in France June 19, 1866, a daughter of John H. and Anna (Rich) Caillet. Her father died in the old country in 1871. Her mother brought her four children to the United States in 1874, landing at New York in February and going from there to Canton, Ohio. She later married John Shontz. Of her eight children four died in France and the four now living are August, Frank, Mary and Justin.

Mr. and Mrs. Kline have one son, Vernon E., born April 3, 1902, now in the third year of high school.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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