From "Republican Register" [Aurora, Hamilton Co., NE], 23 Aug 1929:
DAVID KLINE DIES MONDAY
Old Resident Of County Lived Here
Nearly Fifty Years; Funeral Monday
Funeral services of David L. Kline, who died Monday morning at 5:20 athis home in Aurora following a stroke Thursday of last week, were held Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. W. L. Ruyle in charge and Rev. H. A. Dierdorff assisting. Brief services were held at the home prior to services at the Methodist church at 2:30. Music at the home was furnished by Garl Worthington, accompanied by Thelma Dierdorff. The Legion quartet sang at the church, accompanied by Miss Effie Swanson. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wood sang a duet at the church, accompanied by Miss Swanson. Services at the grave were in charge of the Modern Woodmen.
Mr. Kline had been a resident of Hamilton County for nearly half a century, having come here in 1882. Following is the obituary that was read at the services:
David L. Kline was born in Independence, Mo., December 24, 1859. He was the only son of William and Mary Kline and the last one of the four children to pass into the great beyond.
On the first day of January, 1882, he was wedded to Ada B. Nichols at Spring Grove, Wis. The same year, November 7th, they reached Hamilton county, Nebraska, coming through with team and cattle with five other immigrants. They were on the road six weeks.
In 1885 Mr. Kline carried mail between Aurora and Sutton. Mr. Kline purchased land near Trumbull, built a home and farmed for some time, then sold and moved to a farm near Hampton. During the drought of 1893-94 he left the farm and in 1896 he moved to Aurora, where he became connected with railroad service and for twenty-seven years was a faithful employee of the Burlington company.
He sustained an injury that crippled and left him lame during the rest of his life. He bore this misfortune cheerfully and with his sunny disposition he never complained. He had many friends among his neighbors, lodge and church people. Especially did he make friends among the children, who were fond of calling him "grandpa" whenever meeting him on the street.
He was converted during the pastorate of Rev. B. W. Marsh and attended the Methodist church when able to go.
He was a member of the Burlington Relief department, also a member of the Modern Woodmen since 1896.
Mr. Kline was a devoted and a kind, loving father to his children. His son, Roy, at the call of his country, was one of the first to sail for France, June 5, 1918, and fell on the battlefield of Argonne forest, November 6, 1918. The shock and loss of his only son broke Mr. Kline's health. He was never well during these last few years and aged very fast in a few months.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, two daughters, Edna Maud Lancaster of Waco, Nebr., and Delilah Bell Kline of Aurora. One son, Lester Claude, passed away February 3, 1885, and Roy Clifford died on the battlefield of Argonne forest, France, November 6, 1918. He leaves also three grandchildren, Gladys Fay, Adahbell Serena and Elenor Marline Lancaster, all living near Waco.
Thus passed a patient, cheerful soul to rest.
Note: David L. Kline was the son of William Kline and Mary Ann O'Neal [aka Oneall]. Green Co., WI, marriage records indicate he was born in Grundy Co., MO [not Independence]. He was not Kline's only son: David's siblings were Catherine Luella, Isaac Hugh and Flora/Florilla A.
From the "Republican Register" [Aurora, Hamilton Co., NE], 27 Sept 1929:
MRS. DAVID KLINE, PIONEER HERE, PASSES AWAY FRIDAY
Was Prominent In Patriotic Orders of Community; Funeral Held Sunday Afternoon
Only six weeks after her husband's death, Mrs. David Kline, pioneer resident of Hamilton county, died at her home in Aurora Friday morning. She had been seriously ill almost from the time of her husband's death, and was under the care of a trained nurse most of the time. She had been in poor health for many years. Mrs. Kline was nearly 72 years of age.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, with Rev. W. L. Ruyle in charge. Short services at the home preceded, Garl Worthington singing a solo, accompanied by Mrs. Ivan Jones. Music at the church was furnished by a quartet composed of Garl Worthington, I. M. Bengtson, Roy Westlake and Chester P. Burt and by Mr. and Mrs. Harve Wood, who sang a duet. Both were accompanied by Mrs. Jones. Interment was in Aurora cemetery. Pall bearers were Ned Gunnerson, Arnold Isaacson, George Funk, L. P. Swartzentruber, Dr. F. Paulsen and Fay Dobbs.
Following is the obituary that was read at the funeral.
Adah Bell Nichols was born Nov. 9, 1857 at Picetanica [sic], Illinois.
When two years of age, her parents moved to Spring Grove, Wisconsin, where she grew to womanhood, where she attended school.
She united with the Methodist church at the early age of fifteen years and remained a faithful, consistent member until the end.
She was married to David Lorenzo Kline, her schoolmate, on January 1, 1882. On November 7th of the same year, she and her husband arrived in Nebraska, where they have lived. She lived through the hard pioneer days cheerful and happy and contented with a husband and children. She was a lover of home and a true helpmate.
She was a member of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic and served in all the different offices except two. She was a member of Gold Star mothers and their chaplain one year. She was state president of the Ladies" G.A.R. organization in 1918, attending the national convention at Portland, Oregon, August 16, 1918.
She was the fifth member to sign the charter roll of the local American Legion Auxiliary and the first chaplain of that organization and each year held an office, while she lived, in the organization, the one most dear to her for what it represented for God and country.
Her son, Roy, paid the supreme sacrifice in the Argonne forest in France. Mrs. Kline has never been well since the death of her only son. Three years waiting for the return of her son's remains to be sent home was a long wearing waiting and sapped her strength and health. Mrs. Kline has been ill, never seeing a well day, although up and about the house.
Her husband passed away August of this year, a month and ten days ago.
Her church and Sunday school meant so much to her, but has been unable for some time to attend. In 1892, she was superintendent of the Hampton M. E. Sunday school.
She was a loving wife and mother. Mrs. Kline had many kind friends. She has lived in Hamilton county 47 years, and in Aurora 33 years.
She was the mother of four children, Edna Maude Lancaster, Roy Clifford Kline, died in France, Claudie, who passed away in 1885, and Deliliah Bell Kline, who has been the devoted daughter in her mother's grief and her long sickness; three grandchildren: Gladys Fay Lancaster, Ada Bell Lancaster, Eleanor Marlene Lancaster are left to mourn their loved mother [sic, grandmother].
Note: Adah Nichols Kline was the daughter of Asa Corbin Nichols, Sr., and Rosella Niles. She was born in Pecatonica, Winnebago Co, IL, but probably in 1855 [not 1857]. On the 1860 Census [Spring Grove, Green Co., WI], Adah was age five with two younger siblings: Mary, 3; and Asa Jr., six months.