Just the Facts

Fred ClineBorn: Frederick Walker Cline on February 1, 1924 in Galesburg, IL

Died: September 28, 2012 in Owatonna, MN

Married: Louise Harshbarger, widowed in 1999

Married: Nelle Swanson in 2000




Some Highlights

Grew up in the Delong, Illinois area.

Was known to quote his mother as saying “you were vaccinated with a phonograph needle!”

Went through World War II and Korean military service. May ’45 he left France and went through the Panama Canal – 35 days 12,000 miles. He was in conflict with the Japanese on Luzanne. He helped train Filipino folks in Manila. Got home on 2/12/46.

In 2008, Fred got to visit the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. with some of his family. Here’s Soldier Fred with part of the crew at the FDR Memorial, another stunning memorial on our nation’s mall: With Nelle, brother Sam, Jo, and Thaddeus (Andy and Anna’s son).

Used the GI Bill and taught agriculture at the high school level.

Went to school from 1946-1949 at University of Illinois. Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agronomy. Picked up enough courses to also teach.

Started ag program in Keewanee, Illinois in July 1949.

Married Louise Harshbarger two weeks before starting to teach. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage, including an active household of 3 children and many grandchildren, until her death in 1999.

Owned a Soil Service in Abingdon from 1952 – tested soil and fertilized as necessary. Claimed to never have done a written order – everything by a handshake.

Also did some insurance sales and farmed 150 acres south of Abingdon.

Married Nelle Swanson in 2000. They have enjoyed a number of adventures together, including trips to Hawaii, Scotland, Washington D.C. and family reunions.

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