Robert William Cline1

M, #45182, b. Aug 25, 1846, d. Jan 11, 1935

Chronological Events

Birth*Aug 25, 1846 Robert William Cline was born on Aug 25, 1846 at Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States.1 
Marriage*Nov 2, 1876 He married Dora Boles, daughter of John Boles and Margarette Scott, on Nov 2, 1876 at Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States.2 
Death*Jan 11, 1935 Robert William Cline died on Jan 11, 1935, at age 88 at Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States.1 
Burial*Jan 14, 1935 He was buried on Jan 14, 1935 at West Orvis Street Cemetery, Massena, Saint Lawrence County, New York, United States, Find A Grave Memorial# 36342958.3 
ObituaryJan 17, 1935  OBITUARY: Robert W. Cline, 88, the oldest member of the Massena Methodist Episcopal church in years of service, died at his home on North Main Street Friday morning at about 11:00 o'clock after being in declining health for the past few months.

He was in fairly good health during the summer. He painted part of his house himself and drove his automobile. Two years ago this winter he was struck by an automobile while going to prayer services at the Methodist Episcopal church and although no bones were broken yet he was disable for some time.

Mr. Cline was born on Long Sault Island, August 25, 1846, a son of John and Anna Farlinger Cline. He attended the district school there until he was 17 years of age and them came to Massena to take up the blacksmith trade. He served his three years apprenticeship in the Horatio G. Clark shop, which stood at the corner of Main and Water Streets and conducted various shops by himself at Louisville Landing and Massena. About 25 years ago he bought the large lot at the corner of Maple and North Main Streets and built the buildings, which are now standing there, including his own residence.

Mr. Cline joined the Methodist Episcopal church when he was 22 years off age and has always been an ardent church worker. He has served as a trustee and as a Sunday school teacher and has been regarded as one of the most loyal members of the church.

Mr. Cline's hobby was fishing and rowing a boat and in the last few years he has spent considerable time on the St. Lawrence river. He was one of the most successful fishermen of his community.

In 1868 Mr. Cline married Miss Catherine Bush, who died 14 years later. To this union were born two sons and one daughter, Fred and Albert Cline and Mrs. Albert Dow. Fred Cline lives at South Newbury, Vt. Albert Cline died a couple of years ago and Mrs. Dow resides in Exeter, New Hampshire.

In 1882 he married Dora Boles, of Canada, who was making her home at that time with the G. A. Snaith family here. She died about eight years ago.

Miss Elizabeth Richards, a niece, has been caring for Mr. Cline for the last year. Mrs. H. C. Campbell, wife of Rev. H. C. Campbell who is pastor of the Little Falls Methodist Episcopal church, was in Massena visiting Mr. Cline at the time of his death. She was raised in the Cline home.

Two half-sisters and one half-brother also survive. They are Miss Harriet Cline and Willis W. Cline, both of Massena, and Mrs. John Wilcox, of Ogdensburg. Mr. Cline had seven brothers and sisters, all having pre-deceased him. The funeral services at the Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon were largely attended in spite of the weather which was practically a blizzard. Among those from a distance were Warner Kirk and Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, of Cornwall; and daughter, and son, Roy, of Ogdensburg, Mrs. Glenn Barnes, of West Potsdam; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Potter and son, of Bombay; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grant, of Brasher Falls; Miss Dorothy Campbell, a student in Syracuse university. The immediate relatives were also present.

The services were conducted by Rev. Ray C. Ballard, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, assisted by Rev. Norman McLellan, retired Methodist pastor. Mr. McLellan said the prayer. In his sermon, Mr. Ballard emphasized the important part Mr. Cline had played in the life of the church. He told of 50 years that Mr. Cline had taught an adult class in the Sunday school, he mentioned that Mr. Cline had been a trustee ever since the church was built nearly 70years ago, he stated that Mr. Cline was the only remaining member of the congregation that helped Rev. J. B. Hammond, then pastor of the church, in the erection of the old church. Mr. Cline worked at his blacksmith shop for a share of the day and then would go to the Methodist church and work until dark. High praise was given to faithfulness in the church and of his loyal support of the various movements.

The body was placed in the new retaining vault in Pine Grove cemetery and will be placed in the cemetery in the spring.

Published in the Massena Observer - Thursday, January 17, 1935.4


Dora Boles b. Feb 17, 1852, d. Nov 12, 1925


  1. [S79] Gravestones - Find-A-Grave, online
  2. [S783] Bill J. Pecor, Personal Knowledge.
  3. [S58] Photograph of Cemetery Marker, Malcolm McKown, Colorado, United States. Also check, Death Certificates &
  4. [S19] Obituary - Online, Newspaper or Funeral Home.