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Middleton and Nettie Wages, first postmaster of Wages

In 1895 Appanoose County, Iowa, Pierce McKeehan is 41, Nancy 38, Nettie L. 14, Gracie 12, and Vasie E. 7.
Pierce McKeehan and Nancy C. Cline had married July 3, 1877 in Appanoose County, Iowa.
Nancy was in Appanoose County in 1870, age 14, with Asbery M. K|Cline 46 and Margaret 44.
Asbery Cline # 27243882 is buried in Appanoose County.
So is Margaret # 23150007.

Mid Wages married Nettie McKeehan in Appanoose County, Iowa September 29, 1897.

Mid Wages proved up two quarters in 25, 5N 46W in 1913.
Contributed by the Wages family
In 1917 Middleton was appointed the postmaster of Wages.
In 1920 Middleton and Nettie are farming near Vernon, with Ethel M. 16, Earl M. 8, and Velma E. 3. Pierce and Catherine McKeehan are living with them.
Middleton 1872-1941 is buried in Vernon, Colorado # 79896046, with Nettie Lavina (McKeehan) Wages 1878-1940.
In 1930 Wray precinct, Ethel is married to M.Bl. Jones, both 27, with Robert E. 3 and Mary L. 1. Grandfather Pierce McKeehan is living with them, age 76.
Pierce McKeehan 1853-1933 is buried in Vernon, # 79940917. with Nancy Catherine McKeehan 1854-1923, # 79940875.

July 19, 1923

Calvin Cline - brother of Nancy Cline McKeehan, had cash-claimed a quarter in 18, 8S 43W (Kit Carson County ) in 1891.

Calvin Cline, well known farmer and stockman and a pionee r resident of Caldwell township, where he had resided for over 75 years, died at his home near Exline at 3:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon following an illness of long duration with heart trouble and dropsy. He was 83 years of age.
Born in Ohio in 1846, as a lad of eight years he came to Iowa with his parents, who settled on a farm 3 1/2 miles southwest of what is now Exline. Here he grew to manhood and for over 75 years has resided in the same township. After his marriage to Miss Jane Caster he bought a forty acre tract, southeast of Exline, and became a farmer and stockman, an occupation he followed all his life. Thru thrift and hard work he increased his land holdings until he possessed a large farm. He was a progressive farmer, believing in the use of machinery and labor-saving equipment as a means of improving conditions. He was owner of the first thresher in the county, one of the old horse power machines. Later he and Perry Ellis, were owners of the first steam thresher in Caldwell township, and he also owned the first haystacker.
In 1888 Mr Cline sold part of his land and took his family to Colorado, in an effort to improve their health, but after eight months they returned to Caldwell. A friendly man, he possessed many friends, and his neighbors knew he could always be depended upon in times of need for any assistance they would require. He was a member of the Christian Church of Exline, and the trust and good will of his fellow citizens was reflected in their choosing him year after year for township positions of trust. Politically he was a democrat. He well remembered the Mormon trek through this section of the state and could relate many interesting stories of pioneer life.
With advancing age he sold the major portion of the homestead and purchased a smaller farm nearer Exline. He had been in failing health several years, having been confined to his bed most of the time since last November.
Mr Cline is survived by his wife, a son, Charles Cline, of Exline, a daughter, Mrs Vada Simmons, residing between Centerville and Exline, and one grandson, Ogle Cline. He also leaves two brothers Jack Cline (Madison) of Exline, and Enoch Cline, residing south of Exline. One sister, Mrs Jane Park, resides in Boulder, Colorado. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, awaiting word from the sister in Colorado, but services will probably be held some time Thursday from the Exline Christian church, with burial nearby.

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