The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John E. Cline was Buried Saturday
Ogdensburg Advance and St. Lawrence Weekly Democrat (Ogdensburg, NY), 14 Mar 1918

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Was Well Known Steamboat man
Passed Away at Hepburn Hospital

Massena, March 12 - The funeral of John E. Cline, a well known river captain and farmer of this vicinity, was held from the Methodist church in this village Saturday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. V. A. Miller officiating, and the burial was made in Pine Grove cemetery, Mr. Cline died in the Hepburn hospital at Ogdensburg, following an operation for hernia, performed Feb. 27th.

John E. Cline was a son of the late John Cline of this town, being born on Long Sault Island, April 21, 1848. His boyhood years were spent on the farm and he started in business first in Cornwall as a photographer, later coming to this village, where he married Miss Almlra Hodgkins on September 25, 1872. They lived here for a number of years and in 1886 he purchased a farm about a mile from this village, which has since been the family home.

The love which he bore to the St. Lawrence river never waned and while quite a young man be bought the steamer York and in company with his cousin, George Cline, he operated that for a time, later buying the Algona No. 1, which was burned while he was the owner. He bought the Algona No. 2 and for many years was her captain and owner. He was an expert pilot and his services were often required when there was a particularly difficult voyage to be made with other boats beside his own. He sold the Algona to James Fox and for a number of years was not engaged In boating.

At the beginning of dredging operations in the canal and the Grasse river by the St. Lawrence River Power company, he was engaged to act as pilot and for a number of years he acted in that capacity, having, during that time, been captain of one or another of the company's tug boats, his judgment being exceptionally good in all matters pertaining to river matters.

On February 26 he went to the Hepburn hospital and the following day he submitted to an operation. He seemed to be getting along well and no alarm was felt about his condition until Tuesday when a sudden change for the worst brought word to the family that matters were not as favorable as they had thought. On Wednesday a telephone message summoned the family to his bedside and he died early Thursday[March 7] morning. The remains were brought to Massena that same evening.

Mr. Cline was a faithful member of the Methodist church and for years had been an official there, the pallbearers at the funeral were all chosen from the official board of the church .

Mr. Cline is survived by his widow and ten children, Frank and Ernest, of Massena; Charles, Bernice and Mrs. Gertrude Kingsley, of Louisville; Lloyd, of Akron, O.; Harry, of lthaca; Mrs. Theo. Wells, of Trenton, N. Y.; Mrs. Victor C. Smith, of Catskill, N.Y. and Mrs. Gentzmere Barkley, of Bouck's Hill, Ont; also four sisters, Mrs. Caroline Hutchlns, of Watertown, Mrs. Lewis Potter, of Bombay, Mrs. John Wilcox, of Ogdensburg and Miss Harriet Cline, of Massena; also two brothers, Robert W. and Willis Cline, of this village. Mr. Cline's children were all present for the funeral.

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    Latitude: 44.9281 Longitude: -74.89186
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John E. Cline was Buried Saturday