The Families of Adam Keith

Doctors, Lawyers, Reverends and such


Hon. Cyrus Cline, Esq. [1851-1923]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Michael Keith2>Barbara [Keith] m. [John] Orewiler3>John Adam Orewiler4>Barbara [Orewiler] m. [Michael] Cline5>Cyrus Cline6

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."

The Cyrus and Jennie Cline Memorial House Museum, Angola IN


The Cline House documents the lives of two families who lived in Steuben County in the early 1900's. It was one of three identical homes built in Angola in the 1890's; the other two are now gone. With its asymmetrical styling and decorative exterior woodwork, the house is a fine example of the exuberant Queen Anne Architecture of the late Victorian era. The original carriage barn stands at the rear of the property.


From the History of Northeast Indiana 1920 Vol.2 page 343 col. 1


Hon. Cyrus Cline, who ably represented the Twelfth Indiana District in Congress from 1909 to 1917, the Sixty-First to the Sixty-Fourth Congresses, inclusive, has been a member of the Angola bar for over thirty-five years.


He was born in Richland County, Ohio, July 12, 1856, a son of Michael and Barbara (Orewiler) Cline. His parents, who were natives of Ohio, moved to Steuben County in 1857 and settled on a farm five miles northeast of Angola. In 1873, the family moved to Angola, where the father died February 28, 1878, at the age of forty-nine. Mr. Cline's mother passed away August 5, 1918, aged eighty-eight. Michael Cline was a democrat up to 1860 and after that a republican. He filled the office of county commissioner in Steuben County and at the time of his death was township trustee of Pleasant Township. He and his wife were members of the Christian Church. Their family consisted of Cyrus; Melissa, wife of O.F. Rakestraw; Esther, widow of John Zabst; Alvisa, wife of Amos Cory; Elizabeth, wife of Ezra L. Dodge; Nancy, wife of David Wood; Virgil, an Angola photographer; and Grace, wife of J. L. Machin.


Cyrus Cline was educated in Steuben County, taking his high school work at Angola. After a year or so of teaching he entered Hillsdale College, Michigan, in 1873, and was graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1876 and two years later received his Master of Arts degree. Mr. Cline served as county superintendent of schools of Steuben County from 1877 to 1883. In the meantime he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1884, and has since been engaged in a general law practice at Angola. He was elected a member of the Sixty-First Congress in November, 1908, and his service of eight years involved a critical and vital period in our national history.


Mr. Cline was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Angola in 1903, and served as its president for seven years. He is still one of its directors and is also a director of the First State Bank of Pleasant Lake, which he also helped organize. He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and in 1906 was illustrious grand master of the Grand Council. He attends and supports the Congregational Church.


October 6, 1880, he married Jennie Gibson, a native of Vermont. She was born in 1858 [1854]. They have one daughter, Carrie, who is a graduate of the Tri-State College and the University of Chicago, and has been an instructor in the Angola High School.