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Additional info re John Louis Klein (Cline / Kline)

Additional info has just surfaced that illuminates a bit more about John Louis Klein.  His kin have found records of a first marriage for John Louis to a Caroline Detlofson in Duwamish, King County, Washington.  Their marriage date was 13 August 1899.  John Louis and Caroline had a son, Walter Louis Klein, who was born on May 25, 1900, in Seattle, Washington.   A 1900 Census for Duwamish, Washington surfaced Lewis Cline and wife Caroline and a baby boy as yet unnamed who is listed as being born in May of 1900.   Also living with them, at that time, was John Louis’ brother, William.  Other subsequent records possibly indicate that, in 1910, Walter was living in Seattle, WA with his mom, Caroline, who was by then remarried to one George Harvey Allen.  Walter was listed as George Allen’s step-son.
John Louis and Isabel Klein’s only surviving son, Verne, has related that his dad had once owned a dairy farm in Bellingham Washington but lost that farm when a flood wiped out his farm and his cows, which drown in the flood.  He never recouped his loss.  It is not immediately clear whether this Bellingham dairy farm enterprise preceded the Klein’s settling in Silver Valley although it is noted that when he married Isabel in 1907, Klein was listed as being a resident of Bellingham, WA so quite probably it did.

[Above information courtesy of Inez Gamble and Cyndi Raymond].


Wedding Photo of Louis and Isabel Klein (Cline)

Photograph of Isabel and Louis Klein (Cline) (both seated) on their wedding day, June 25, 1907. The lady standing was Cathleen (Cate) Hazel Sharpe, Isabel’s sister.  Photograph courtesy of Verne Cline, last remaining child of Isabel and Louis Cline.

The missing pieces to their story now have finally been found, as a result of the additional invaluable assistance of Cindy Raymond and Inez.  Thank you!                 Lyle

Update re Silver Valley homesteading family – Louis and Isabel Klein

Thanks to the efforts of a recent contributor, Nelson Oliver, we now have a more complete picture of what happened to John “Louis” Klein, his wife, Isabel Klein (nee: Sharpe) and their young family.  It appears that sometime between mid-1917 and the beginning of 1920, Louis and Isabel, using the anglicized surname of Cline, moved with their young family to the southern part of Washington State – just north of Portland, Oregon.  Some years later, they moved further south into Oregon, settling in the general vicinity of Cottage Grove.  There, they continued to expand their family (BTB ten children in all).  Louis passed away there in 1943 (which appears to contradict the 1934 reference to “the late John Louis Klein” which is documented in the British Columbia-Dominion Railway Belt Land File 2457.  Isabel lived on, passing away in Oregon in 1953.


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June 2,9,16,30
August 18,25
September 15,22,29
October 6,20,27

June 6,13,20,27
July 11,18,25
August 8,15,22,29
September 5,12,19,26
October 3,10

July 13
August 10
September 7

November 10,24

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Who are These Mystery Men?

Back in the summer of 2012, a contributor provided me with an array of excellent photographs, many taken up in the area of Sawblade Falls, on Burke Mountain c.1950. They depicted three individuals – one being Rudy Soball and the other two, unidentified males – all of whom appear to have been out on a relaxed afternoon outing on Burke. In the 1950-1951 era, Bill Brownlee, Jerome Olson and Norm Johnson were actively logging in that specific part of Burke Mountain with the part-time assistance of Rudy Soball who drove a bulldozer, making roads for the logging operation. Unfortunately, although the contributor could readily confirm Rudy Soball in the photos, he was unable to identify the other two males. These are excellent photographs and some should definitely be included within Volume Two of Burke and Widgeon – A History. I can’t begin to relate the amount of time spent and people interviewed in an attempt to establish the identity of these two males. It is hoped that by identifying these two men, new avenues will be opened up and new information thereby garnered. Included here, is one of the photographs depicting the two unidentified men.

Who are these mystery men? If anyone knows their identity or has any information about the early 1950s logging operations on Burke Mountain by Bill Brownlee, Jerome Olson and Norm Johnson, please email me at

Burke and Widgeon – A History (Volume One)

If you have just purchased a copy of “Burke and Widgeon – A History (Volume One)” and initially only have a few minutes’ time, carefully read the Preface and the Acknowledgements sections in the beginning of the book. The Preface tells of how this book came into being and discusses some important, overarching themes such as accuracy, the real significance that small ‘patches’ of information can have towards contributing to a larger picture and also the sad truth that when our early residents pass on, their stories often pass with them – forever. The Acknowledgements segment attempts to extend a word of thanks to each of the many people who contributed information that will be recounted in one or both volumes of Burke and Widgeon – A History. Its modest descriptions of those individual contributions often don’t do them sufficient justice as many were truly remarkable! Reading this section also provides one with an appreciation of the significance that small tidbits of information can have towards painting a fuller picture of a community’s past.

Volume One generally covers some of Burke Mountain and the Widgeon’s history during the decades leading up to and often including the 1920s. The words, “some of”, are deliberately chosen. There is always more information available and more stories that need to be told. Let this blog be the start of those stories being brought to life. Volume Two will cover the period from that 1920s decade, up to the formation of Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park in 1995. For any who feel that they may have some stories to relate about the history of Burke and Widgeon – regardless of the time-frame – I really look forward to hearing from you! Please email me at