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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 20, No. 3
September, 1942
ARTHUR JOHN CLINE
1865 — 1942

BY ROBERT L. WILLIAMS

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Arthur John Cline

Arthur John Cline, born March 23, 1865, was the son of William Tilghman1 Cline, who was born at Sandusky, Ohio, his father's family being from Bradford, Pa. He came to Arkansas prior to the Civil War and settled at Fort Smith, where he engaged in the drug business, and on November 12, 1861 enlisted in Company C, 17th Regt. Ark. Inf., Confederate States Army, and was wounded at Elkhorn (Pea Ridge), and "left at Bentonville Hospital March 9, 1862,"2 according to records for September and October, 1862, absent from his command "wounded at Elkhorn Battle, in the hospital at Bentonville," and on consolidation of Confederate organizations in December he became a member of Company I, 11th and 17th Consolidated Regt., Ark., Inf., C. S. A., and on muster roll for January 1 to April 30, 1863, shown as absent with notation "wounded at the battle of Elk Horn, March 8, 1862," and on April 5, 1864 Gen. E. Kirby Smith appointed him Subsistence Agent in the Trans-Mississippi Department, C. S. A., his name appearing on a list dated Shreveport, February 20, 1865, and stationed at Doaksville, Choctaw Nation, and roster of commissioned staff and acting staff officers at the Post of Boggy Depot, Indian Territory, dated February 22, 1865, shows him assigned to duty there as of August 1, 1864.

His wife, Frances Rutherford, to whom he was married at Paris, Texas on April 19, 1864, was descended from Samuel Morton Rutherford,3 and his wife, Eloise Beall.


1Judge William Tilghman,a at whose memorial services Horace Binney said, "It is in the great assembly of the dead that the philosopher and the patriot who have passed from life complete their benefaction to mankind by becoming imperishable examples of virtue."






3Samuel Morton Rutherfordb was born at Goochland Court House, Goochland, Virginia, March 31, 1797, son of Archibald Hamilton Rutherford and his wife, Margaret Massey Parrish, and at age of 12 years his family removed to Gallatin, Tenn., and at age of 17 he enlisted in Col. Ralston's Tennessee Volunteers and fought in the battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He came to Arkansas Territory in 1817, and was sheriff of Clark county for a number of years and later of Pulaski county, and elected from Pulaski county to the lower House of the legislature in 1831 and 1833, appointed by the president register of the land office at Little Rock in 1835; and in 1836 presidential elector on the democratic ticket and also in 1840, and established trading posts in the Indian Territory, first at the mouth of the Verdigris River; and appointed special agent for the Choctaws, and superintendent of Indian Affairs in the western territory, with his residence at Scullyville. In 1849, after inauguration of President Taylor, he resigned and removed to Fort Smith. In 1859 he was appointed member of the commission to treat with the Seminole Indians in Florida, and arrangements effected for removal of Seminoles to the Indian Territory, and he became their chief government agent and lived during such incumbency at Wewoka, and continued in this office until the beginning of the Civil War, and while he was too old for active military service, two of his sons as volunteers became loyal soldiers in the Confederate States Army, Robert B. and Thomas Allen Rutherford.


bHe married Eloise Beall of Kentucky, to whom came the following children: Robert B., Margaret, Mary Eloise, Samuel Morton (Physician at Seagoville, Tex.), Frances (married William Tilghman Cline), and Thomas F. Margaret married H. M. C. Brown and died at Fort Arbuckle, 1858, no children; Mary Eloise married William M. Cravens (by order issued by Lt. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, C. S. A., assigned to duty on staff in the second Indian Division [Choctaws and Chickasaws], District of Indian Territory, June 30, 1864, and signed roster as acting assistant Adjutant General, 21st Ark. Regt., Provisional Army, C. S. A., from Arkansas, taking such rank from Feb. 19, 1864), and to them came the following children, Jerry and Ben, who at the time of his death was a member of Congress; Richard, who was a Colonel in regular army, dead with interment in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D. C.; Duval, Daisy, and Rutherford. Robert B. Rutherford (Circuit Judge, Fort Smith) married Sallie Wallace Butler and to them came the following children: Jenny married William Smith; Samuel Morton married Sallie Dillard (U. S. Marshal, Northern Dist., Ind. Terr., and State Senator at time of death, with interment at Muskogee, Okla.); William Butler died at Magazine, Ark.; Emmalise married Andrew Dowd; Robert, circuit clerk, Sebastian County; Ethelyn married Robert Faulkner; Raymond Perry (Checotah, Okla.) married Edna Lipscomb. Said Samuel Morton Rutherford married Sallie Dillard and to them came the following children: Helen, who married Ross Loomis, one son, Ross Rutherford Loomis; Jane, who married Wallace Gallagher; John Dillard, unmarried; and Samuel Morton of Tulsa, Okla. (State Senator) who married Dema Barton, with two children, Samuel Morton and a daughter, Sallie. To Emmalise Rutherford Dowd and Andrew Dowd came the following children: Wallace Rutherford Dowd, commander in the United States Navy, and Larry Scales Dowd, with a child named Peggy.

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William Tilghman Cline after his marriage resided until the close of the Civil War at Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, where Arthur John Cline, the subject of this article was born on March 23, 1865, and returned to Fort Smith with his wife, where he died in June or July, 1865, and there interred. After his death his wife, who was an educated and cultured woman, taught school in the Cherokee Nation in the Bruton settlement and at Greenwood in Sebastian County, Ark., and later whilst residing at Stringtown in Indian Territory, with a brother, Thomas A. Rutherford, she met and married her second husband, Walker B. Rodgers, and by him became the mother of four children, two dying in infancy and the other two are still living, to-wit: Mary Elizabeth, married Malcolm E. Rosser, Sr., of Muskogee, and are the parents of three children, Frances, now Mrs. Stacy L. Brown; Malcolm E., Jr.; and Louise, now Mrs. John Page Kemp of El Paso, Texas; and Cora Beall married A. E. Cook of Checotah, and their son, Walker E. Rodgers, Jr., married Grace Shelly, who died in 1938.

Her second husband, the said W. E. Rodgers, was also a native of Ohio and, too, a southern sympathizer and at the close of the war settled in north Texas, and later engaged in the lumber business at Stringtown. His grandfather on the Rodgers side emi-

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grated from Scotland to the United States before the Revolutionary War and served in the navy as a gunner on the President and fired the first shot at the Little Belt at the beginning of the War of 1812.

Arthur John Cline, soon after his marriage at Lehigh on April 6, 1892 to Elizabeth Hodges, engaged in the hotel and mercantile business at Atoka, until the erection of the state of Oklahoma, and at the election at which the Constitution for the proposed state of Oklahoma was ratified on September 17, 1907, he was elected on the Democratic ticket as the first County Clerk of Atoka County under the state government and qualified and held that office, faithfully and efficiently discharging the duties thereof until his term of office expired in the early part of January, 1911, and resumed his business activities. His wife, Elizabeth Hodges, preceding him indeath, passed away on August 15, 1939, and he on January 28, 1942, with interment of each of them in the Atoka Cemetery.

He is survived by the following children, to-wit: three sons, John Tilghman Cline, Durant, Oklahoma; Joseph Victor Cline and Edward Milton Cline, Houston, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Allen John Cline (Elizabeth), Evanston, Ill., and Alice Frances Cline, Durant, Oklahoma; and two sisters, Mrs. Malcolm E. Rosser, Sr., Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Mrs. A. E. Cook, Checotah, Oklahoma.

A consistent member of the Methodist Church, and a faithful and devoted husband and father, and a fine citizen—as such he will be remembered.

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