Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leo Toepfer

July 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm (Cline Roots, Toepfer Roots) (, , , )

Joseph Leo Toepfer was born on January 26, 1915, in Crooked Finger, near Scotts Mills, Oregon. He was the 12th child of the 15 born to Johann (John) Michael and Margaret (Riedel) Toepfer. In 1917, when Joe was 1 1/2 years old, his folks moved the family to a 160-acre farm, east of Sublimity, Oregon. Joe attended school for eight years at Coon Hollow in Marian County. In 1918, Joe’s father, with the help of his other children, built a new house on the farm. John Michael died in 1935. Joe is the only one of the 15 children that stayed on the farm. He started to farm it in 1937.

During the summer of 1937, Joe met his wife-to-be, Cynthia Marie Cline. Marie and her cousins had applied for the job of picking strawberries on Joe’s farm. She got a permanent job. Joe and Marie were married on September 13, 1938 in Sublimity, Oregon, after a 15-month engagement. They lived in one of the cabins built for the strawberry pickers. It was small, but they made do. The cabin had no electricity or running water. They had to pack their water in and wash their clothes on the old wash board… Living in the main house was Joe’s mother, Margaret, and Joe’s younger brother and sister, Johnny and Julia. In 1936, Margaret’s brother, Uncle Andrew Riedel, came to live with them… Joe and Marie’s first two children were born while living in the cabin. Rose Marie was born on August 4, 1939, and Larry Joseph was born on December 31, 1940… In about 1942, Margaret, Uncle Andrew, and Julia moved into a house in Sublimity. Eight years later, Margaret passed away.

Joe and Marie moved into the main house at this time. Joe did some remodeling and got electricity and water, which made life much easier. They raised strawberries as their main crop. They also had some blackberries and loganberries. There were also a few cattle and milk cows for their own use. Chickens were raised and hatching eggs were sold. Around 1940, they started with a few sheep and as the years went by, the number of sheep increased. On January 2, 1943, Joe and Marie welcomed a second daughter, Elvina Ann, into their lives.

(Elvina Ann Toepfer :: My mother-in-law 😀 )

The purchase of their first tractor happened in 1948. It was a Model A International. Then, in the 1950’s, they raised fescue and bent grass seed. Joe and Marie’s fourth child, Ronald Paul, was born on February 15, 1953. Joe started to build a new house for the family in 1957. He had a sawmill and made his own lumber off his timber. He did most of the inside building himself, in between all the farming jobs. Four long years later, the new house was finished and moved into.

(Photo of the Toepfer house was taken in January 1994)

The neighboring farm came up for sale in 1960, and Joe had always wanted to own it. So Joe and Marie bought it. It was 222 acres, which increased their farm to 382 acres. The piece of property had a big hill on it, that they called “Black Tail”, because of the black tail deer living on it… A new shop and machine shed were built in 1949 with a new barn following in 1952.

(Photo of Black Tail was taken in January 1994)

Joe retired in 1977, at which time his two sons, Larry and Ron, took over the farm. They continued raising strawberries. The price dropped dramatically on berries, and it was difficult getting reliable pickers and keeping up with all the rules and regulations, so in 1992, Larry and Ron stopped raising strawberries. Since then, they have been raising beef cattle and grass seed.

The number 13 has been a special number for Joe and Marie. This number came up a lot in their lives. They were married on the 13th. Special events seemed to fall on the 13th. They have had 13 calves at one time, serial numbers have had 13 in them, and prices of items had 13 in them. They had many laughs, over the years, about how many times and different ways the number has appeared.

Some of the buildings have since been torn down and newer, bigger ones built… Joe loved to hunt and fish. Marie has enjoyed crocheting… Farming has been a hard way of living, but a rewarding one… Joe passed away on June 5, 1993.

To date, July 2, 2010, Joe and Marie have 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 6 step great-grandchildren.


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Tilman Rains – Obituary

July 2, 2009 at 8:00 am (Cline Roots) (, , )

Tilman Rains, 83, Gates Oldtimer, Taken by Death (written abt 1960)

Gates – Funeral services were held at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton, Sunday afternoon, February 14, for Tilman Rains, lifelong resident of this area, who died at his home here Thursday, at the age of 83.

Tilman (Till) Rains was born January 9, 1877, at Silverton, his mother passing away at his birth. The family moved to the Mill City area later, and at the age of 12 Rains had the misfortune to lose his left arm in a threshing machine accident. Despite the handicap he worked in the woods as a logger until he retired, and his strength and ability in the woods was second to none.

Surviving are his widow, Sarah, whom he married February 16, 1924; a son, Tilman Rains Jr., of Howell; two step sons, Louis (Bud) Cline, of Mill City and Leon Cline, of Foster; a step daughter, Mrs. Marie Toepfer, of Fern Ridge; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding him in death was one son, Daniel, who died in 1918, and a grandson, Marvin Cline, of Sweet Home, accidentally killed in 1959.

Arlin J. Rothauge, of the Gates Community Church, was the minister in charge. Rains had been a member of IOOF at Bain, Washington since July 1909, joining the Mill City Lodge in 1941. Ray White, noble grand, Gates, conducted the ritual, with Irl Plymale, as chaplain. Pallbearers were Jack Gulliford, Albert Harris, and Elmer Stewart, all of Gates, and Stanley Vail, Otto Witt, and Gus Koenicke, all of Mill City. Burial was in Fairview cemetery at gates.

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Charles and Sarah Cline

July 1, 2009 at 8:00 am (Cline Roots) (, , , )

Charles and Sarah Ellen (Groblebe) Cline by you.

Charles and Sarah Cline

This is Charles Cline and Sarah Ellen Groblebe on their wedding day.

Sarah Ellen Groblebe, born on 14 May 1891 in Eureka Springs, Carrol Co., Arkansas. Sarah Ellen died in Salem, Oregon. on 28 Aug 1992, she was 101. Buried in Gates, Oregon. Education: 5th, Also Taught By Her Father.   

On 8 Jun 1914 when Sarah Ellen was 23, she first married Charles Cline, son of Jobe or Job Cline & Cynthia Julia Amelia Casto, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Born on 24 Jan 1884 in Lincoln Co. Kansas. Charles died in Mill City, Linn County, Oregon. on 3 Oct 1922, he was 38.

They had the following children:

Charles Leon Cline
b. February 20, 1916 (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)
d. still living in Oregon

Cynthia Marie Cline
b. February 17, 1919 (Oregon)
d. July 24, 2011 (Stayton, Oregon)

Paul Louis “Bud” Cline
b. December 1, 1921 (Oregon)
d. might still be living in Oregon

On 16 Feb 1924 when Sarah Ellen was 32, she second married Tilmon “Til” Rains in Albany, Oregon. Born on 9 Jan 1877 in Silverton, Oregon. Tilmon “Til” died in Gates, Oregon. on 11 Feb 1960, he was 83.

They had one child:

Tilman Rains
b. October 16, 1927 (Gates, Oregon)



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Jobe and Cynthia Cline

June 30, 2009 at 8:00 am (Cline Roots) (, , , , )

Jobe and Cynthia Cline by you.

Jobe and Cynthia Cline

Jobe/Job Cline
b. June 4, 1842
d. January 8, 1919

Son of John and Hannah (Nutt) Cline; Jobe was born in Fayette, Ohio and married Cynthia on August 6, 1868 when he was 26 years old, in Macomb, Illinois. He died in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Cynthia Julia Amelia (Casto) Cline
b. September 20, 1849
D. July 9, 1926

Cynthia was the daughter of Firman and Amelia (Cast) Casto. She was born in Wilmington, Ohio and died in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

They had 11 children (according to searches on

Junia Cline (daughter)
b. July 25, 1869 (McDonough, Illinois)
d. June 23, 1938 (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)

Media Cline (daughter)
b. 1972 (Illinois)
d. unknown

Oscar Arnold Cline (son)
b. May 21, 1874 (Iowa)
d. October 2, 1934 (ponca City, Oklahoma)

Elizabeth Cline (daughter)
b. 1976 (Iowa)
d. August 19, 1962 (Pueblo, Colorado)

Julia Cline (daughter)
b. December 1, 1881 (Lincoln, Kansas)
d. April 8, 1903 (Carroll, Arkansas)

Charles Cline (son)
b. January 24, 1884 (Lincoln, Kansas)
d. October 3, 1922 (Mill City, Oregon)

Elcenia Cline (daughter)
b. 1887
d. unknown

Charlotte Cline (daughter)
b. 1888
d. February 19, 1903 (Carroll, Arkansas)

Roy Cline (son)
b. 1980
d. unknown

Grant Cline (son)
b. 1892 (Kansas)
d. unknown

Chester Cline (son)
b. September 10, 1894
d. unknown

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Charles and Charlotte Groblebe

June 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm (Cline Roots) (, , , , )

Charles and Charlotte would be Joe’s great, great grandparents…

Generations … 1st :: Charles Groblebe, 2nd :: Sarah Groblebe (Cline), 3rd :: C. Marie Cline (Toepfer), 4th :: Elvina Toepfer (Johnson), 5th :: Joseph Johnson (hubby), 6th :: my kids; Jared, Josh, Alicia, and Amanda.

Charles Isaac Groblebe by you.

Charles Isaac Groblebe

Charles Issac Groblebe
Born: March 1844 in Germany
Died: 1933 in Eureka, Arkansas

Charles was born in March, 1844, in Germany, from which country he emigrated to the United States in his youth and settled in St. Louis. He served in a Missouri regiment in the Confederate army during the Civil war. After the war he went to Arkansas and engaged in the lumber business at Eureka Springs, and became a well known lumberman throughout northwestern Arkansas.

Oral legend has it that “Groblebe” is actually the origional name spelled backwards. A member of the family is said to have shamed the family name, so the rest of the family used the name backwards to avoid the association. “Ebleborg” or something along those lines may have been the original name, or a place in germany where Charles came from.

Charlotte was Charles’ 2nd (possbly 3rd) wife…

His first wife was Mary J. (Mitchell) Groblebe

b. August 24, 1850
d. September 12, 1883

Their children:

George William Groblebe
b. April 4, 1870
d. February 15, 1953

Earl Franklin Groblebe
b. July 7, 1877
d. June 17, 1960

Charles Isaac Groblebe II
b. October 2, 1879
d. April 10, 1966

Henry Edward Groblebe
b. August 6, 1881
d. April 21, 1963

Acording to one site I found when I googled Charles Groblebe, he married another Mitchell girl named Rose Mitchell, and had four children; Della, Bill, Dan, and Mae… But this hasn’t been confirmed by anything else… BUT… I found somewhere that Charles and Charlotte were married in 1883, which is the same year that Mary died, so he couldn’t have married someone else… Don’t know…

Charlotte Ann (Sectes) Groblebe by you.

Charlotte Ann (Scates) Groblebe

Charlotte Ann Scates
b. 1866 in Arkansas
d. 1928 in Eureka, Arkansas

Daughter of William and Sarah Scates.

They had one daughter:

Sarah Ellen Groblebe
b. May 14, 1891
d. August 28, 1992

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