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
Mr. and Mrs. Kline have one son, Vernon E.,
born April 3, 1902, now in the third year of high
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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