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    For a number of years a successful medical practitioner of Tippecanoe City, Charles C. Cline was born in Clinton county, Ohio, on the 29th of October, 1849, and died October 22, 1882. His grandfather, Michael Cline, was a native of Germany and crossed the briny deep to the new world about the beginning of the nineteenth century, taking up his residence in Virginia where his son, Daniel Cline, was born and reared. In the Old Dominion Daniel Cline wedded Mary Miller, and later came to Ohio, taking up his abode in Clinton county, where their son, Charles Cline, was born.

    Dr. Cline received very limited educational privileges. He had no opportunity to pursue his studies until after he was twelve years of age, and then could attend school only at long intervals. In early life he became an employe in a lime factory where he remained for fifteen years, serving during the last few years of that period as foreman of the kiln. Not content to devote his life to that work, he determined to enter upon a professional career and matriculated in the Ohio Medical College, in which he was graduated in the class of 1878. He began practice at West Charlestown, where he remained for three years, after which he came to Tippecanoe City, where he resided until his death. He was a member of the various medical associations, and always kept fully abreast with the progress and advancement made in the science of medicine. He was a close student and his correct application of medical principles to the needs of suffering humanity made him very successful in his chosen calling.

    On the 23d of April, 1871, near Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Cline was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. Gordon, a native of Clark county, Ohio, and to them were born two children, who died in infancy, while two, Ida and Paul, are still living. The daughter is a graduate of the high school of Tippecanoe City, of the class of 1894, and since that time she has been engaged in teaching in the schools of this town. She is a very progressive teacher, and has won a position of distinction in the efficient corps of teachers of Miami county. Her work is executed in a most conscientious mariner, no effort being spared to instill true principles of education and ethical life in the minds of her pupils, with whom she is a great favorite.

    The Doctor was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a Knight Templar Mason, and in his life he exemplified the noble and benevolent principles of those fraternities. He made friends readily and had the happy faculty of drawing them closer to him as the years passed by. He had the strictest regard for the ethics of professional life, and his relations with his professional brethren was of a most pleasant character. A man of strong conviction, he held tenaciously to whatever he deemed right, but his personality was so pleasing and his courtesy so uniform that he won the respect and confidence of those who held opposite views. His path was ever upward, both in a spiritual and temporal sense. As this review shows, he was distinctively a self-made man- -one of nature's noblemen, whom no force of circumstances could prostrate or draw into obscurity. His friends were many and on the list were numbered many of the representative men of the county. His death was the cause of widespread regret, the community mourning the loss of one of its truest and best citizens.

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