In the last edition of "Back Trackin'" we began the story of the Cline family of Pleasant Valley, as told by the three remaining children of Milton and Mary Cline: Raymond Cline of Star Valley, Bessie Cline Turner and Lucille Cline Breeden, both of Pleasant Valley. Now we continue.
Milton, Mary and their 10 children, Martin (1905-1998), Albert (1906-1988), Earl (1908-1992), Ernest (1910-1933), Pearl (1913-1987), Clifford (1915-1971), Bessie (b. 1917), Francis (1920-2003), Raymond (b. 1922), and Lucille (b. 1923), arrived in Pleasant Valley (Young) in 1926.
"I recall the year very plainly," said Bessie, "because I got a China doll for my eighth birthday as we passed through El Paso on our way to Arizona, and that was in September of 1925. We arrived in Pleasant Valley in January of 1926. Dad sold one of our new Model T Fords and bought a place from Judge Milton Thompson and began farming."
"With 10 children, our mother worked very hard," continued Bessie. "Mother made bread on Wednesdays and Saturdays. She made light bread and fried pies. On Saturdays, the kitchen floors were scrubbed with lye. This was our brother Francis' favorite day. He loved to walk across that clean scrubbed floor and get a fresh baked piece of bread. Lucille, Pearl and I had seven brothers. We ironed and we ironed and we ironed. Our brothers liked white shirts for Saturday night and white shirts for Sunday."
"We washed quilts on Saturday, too," said Raymond. "We put them in big tubs of water, then us kids would get in the tubs and stomp the quilts to get them clean."
Raymond's wife, Pat, added, "Raymond's mother could make the best meal out of a cup of water and a handful of flour."
In other words, the woman was a great cook. She had a dozen people to cook for three times a day, and she fed them well.
"Mother canned and canned and canned, and she made all of the girls' clothes. She did not speak French to us, but she did teach us a few little diddies when we were young. I wish I could remember them now," said Bessie.
Raymond, Bessie, and Lucille all recall that Will and Myrtle Peace and family visited often, and the Clines went to the Peaces' home. The two families were always good friends. Both lived "across" Cherry Creek.
Bessie and Raymond recall that the Cline boys had a baseball team. There were only seven Cline boys, so Albert Peace pitched for them, and Calvin Peace played second base. Raymond remembers playing right field, then third base. The Cline team played the Pleasant Valley team which made for a little friendly competition.
"My brothers also bought a sawmill," said Bessie. "They had Cline Brothers Lumber Company. The boys worked hard, and so did dad."
The Cline children went through the Young School system, then in 1933, they moved to Phoenix to go to school. This was the year that Francis was a freshman. "When all of us were through school, our family moved back to Pleasant Valley," said Raymond. "Our brother, Earl, finally bought our folks' place in Pleasant Valley. He and his wife, Nina, lived there for many years."
Following are the names of the 10 Cline children and their spouses and children: (1) Martin Cline married Elizabeth Griffin and had three children: Corwin, Alene, and Melouise; (2) Albert Cline married Geraldine Sides (no children); (3) Earl Cline married Nina Sparks and had four children: Don, Walter, Earlene (Wisdom), and Ben; (4) Ernest Cline did not marry; (5) Pearl Cline married Clifford Martin and had two sons, Clyde and Jack, and a daughter, Joy; (6) Clifford Cline married Phyllis Parsons and had a son, Melvin, and twin daughters, Janice (Gugliemo) and Janelle (Gillette); (7) Bessie Cline married Nelson Turner and had four children: Georgia (Deltenre), Bill, Gay (Blanchard), and Francie (Boccardo); (8) Francis Cline married Wanda Fern Clark and had five children: Ronnie, LaVerne (McKelvey), Francis Jr., Jerel, and Lynette (Carter); (9) Raymond Cline married Patricia Haught and had four children: Tommie (Martin), Jerrie (Tipton), Jon Cline, and Jacque (Griffin); (10) Lucille Cline married Fenton Garner and had three children: Arthur "Bud," Mary (Tieman), and Rhonda (Matney). In 1996, Lucille married C.E. "Mutt" Breeden.
"Milton and Mary are buried in Pleasant Valley," said Raymond, "and so is Uncle Sam Cline. They built the road through Pleasant Valley in 1928 and that's the year Uncle Sam died. He died in Globe, but they took him to Young to be buried."
Raymond recalled that at his Uncle Sam's funeral, he and his brother, Francis were sitting on the ground, leaning back against a wagon wheel crying because they thought so much of their uncle. "This tall old man walked by," said Raymond, "and reached back and grabbed me and Francis and said, ‘Here, here, you boys! Sam Cline wouldn't want you cryin' about him. What you boys better do -- you better try to grow up and be like him. He's the most honest man, the fairest man I ever knew.' He scared us to death. We quit cryin'. Francis asked who the tall man was and we were told that he was Fred Haught."
Nine years later, in 1937, Raymond played his guitar and sang at Fred Haught's funeral. "Alfred Haught asked me if I would sing ‘Gold Mine in the Sky.' I was 15 years old then and I had been playin' for the dances because they paid money for that. That was during the Depression and I made quite a bit of money playing that guitar. Old Drew Clark was the fiddler and he liked me because I would go with him every time. I wasn't yet old enough to want to dance. I played for a lot of funerals, but Fred Haught's was the first funeral where I played."
"We went to the country dances at Rose Creek and Workman Creek," said Bessie, "and Raymond played. And Drew Clark. Francis loved the dances in Young. I remember the ones in the schoolhouse and the ones at the old platform on Cherry Creek."
"All the Cline boys played musical instruments," recalled Bessie, "Clifford played the fiddle, the guitar, and the accordion."
A good part of their time was spent on horseback. "I remember when Clifford and I took care of the cattle," said Bessie. "We didn't have a lot of cattle like the big outfits, but we had 60 head and they had to be cared for."
Raymond worked for Miss Ola and Miss Betty Young.
"The first time I got to go on roundup, I was 17," Raymond remembers. "Albert Peace mowed the hay for Miss Ola and Miss Betty. Francis (Cline) and Calvin (Peace) were working for Martin (Cline) building a new house for Miss Ola and Miss Betty. Albert needed some help, so he asked Miss Ola and Miss Betty if they would hire me to help him haul that hay. They agreed to do it and they paid me $30 a month and my board.
"Albert wanted me to stay on to help him and John Waldrip gather the cattle that fall. I did and my pay was raised from $30 a month to $45 a month. A big raise in 1939! I thought I learned it all that year. I did learn how to flank calves. They had 500 head of cattle and I tied every calf.
"They didn't brand many calves in the spring because they would get screw worms, so there were a lot of big calves. There were four different brands and I had to keep them all straight. Albert did the branding and the ear marking, but I tied and untied all the calves."
It was wonderful to talk to Raymond, Bessie, and Lucille and hear their family history. I have known this family all my life, yet I learned a lot from the interviews. My dad's aunt, Elizabeth Griffin, married Martin Cline and my dad and Francis Cline built a lot of fence with Martin. Dad said that the Clines were a fine bunch of people. Jinx and I agree.
Jayne Peace-Pyle has released her first novel, "Muanami -- Sister of the Moon." The story shows that motherhood transcends all cultures and times. Books by Jayne Peace-Pyle and Jinx Pyle can be purchased at the Art and Antique Corral, Payson and from Lorraine Cline in Tonto Basin.