I met Jim Cline once in the summer of 1995.  He was the first editor of a Sumner County newspaper I ever met.  As a writer, even back then I was thinking of writing a story where my main character was a newspaper editor.  I remember he was very gracious as he took me on a tour of the newspaper office, showing me the old newspaper printing presses and seeing how the paper was all laid out.  For me to still remember it almost twenty-three years later speaks volumes.  
When the Conway Springs Star was sold to Paul Rhodes in 2011, it marked the end of an era.  Jim Cline had been the publisher of the newspaper after his father retired in 1963.  Jim passed away on Jan. 27th, 2008.  In the years since, Brad Cline, a high school teacher at Goddard, has been cleaning out the old office.  “It will probably be another year before we are finished remodeling.  Possibly longer.  The plan is to rent it out for office space or to a business.  The rear of the building would be used for personal storage.”
Cline admits that “it is sad, but I would like to see the building in use again.  There has been a lot of frustration in trying to figure out what to do with everything.  There is a lot of history for the community in the form of pictures and artifacts.”

Estar Lee Cline was born Aug. 24th, 1869, near Cloverdale, Indiana.  His parents were James and Serepta (Layne) Cline.
James Cline was of German and Irish descent.  His father, Nicholas Cline, was from Germany, and his mother Lucinda (Swift) Cline was from Ireland.  Lucinda’s father was Willie Layne, born in Kentucky.  His mother was Nancy (Ross) Layne, also from Kentucky.  She was of English descent.  
There are many interesting stories that Nancy Ross Layne related to her family, of the early Jacob Piercy family who came to Virginia from England before the Revolutionary War.  One of the older sons of this family who was 17 years of age, was drafted into the army and had only a few days to prepare to go.  No clothing was furnished to the soldiers.  Mr. Piercy had some black sheep in the pasture, so he sheared the wool from them.  Jacob’s mother and sisters corded, spun, and wove it and made a coat and two pairs of trousers in three days.  He served as a private soldier for six months until peace was declared.  He and some companions walked home barefoot, traveling over rough roads, their feet bleeding and sore.  
E.L. Cline was the second son in the James and Serepta Cline family of six children.  He came to Kansas at the age of 16, and served a newspaper apprenticeship under his Uncle Lyman Naugle; and at age 18 published The Garfield County Call, a county seat fight paper, in a dugout at Eminence near Garden City.  
In September 1892, Cline leased the Conway Springs Star.  On Sept. 19th, 1893, he made the Cherokee Strip Run and established a newspaper at Pond Creek, Oklahoma.  In Dec. of 1893, he decided he liked the people of Conway Springs and bought the Star as editor and publisher.  
E.L. Cline and Alice Mae Hartsell were married Oct. 9th, 1894, in the home of the bride’s parents Samuel and Louisa (Glick) Hartsell near Oxford.  Alice had graduated from Oxford High School as valedictorian after which she taught in a rural school for two years.  The couple first lived at 113 W. Parallel where Raymond Hartsell Cline was born on Jan. 23, 1896.  They later moved to North Sixth near the location of the Star office,  Mildred Louise was born Aug. 25th, 1897.  In 1906, the Clines built their home south of Central Park at 419 Smith Street.
The Clines led an active life in their community and in the Christian Church.  Lee’s sister Daisy Cline taught school and lived with them.  They took many trips to Cloverdale, Indiana, where most of the family of E.L. Cline lived.  
Raymond Cline was active in all sports and music.  After graduating from high school in 1915, Raymond attended Friends University where he was on the state debating team with upper class men, and also on the state championship baseball team coached by Kyle Trueblood.  He was elected captain for the following year, but due to  his father’s illness he could not continue college.  He went into business with his father in 1916 and was editor and publisher of the Star for 47 years.  E.L. Cline died Aug. 4th, 1920.  Alice Cline died Aug. 8th, 1966.  
Raymond Cline and Vesta Garst were married June 23rd, 1921, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Frantz with whom Vesta had made her home for two and a half years.  A daughter Shirley Jeanne was born Jan. 15th, 1923; and a son, Raymond James, was born Aug. 31st, 1933.  
Shirley Cline was married to R.H. Hale on March 5th, 1946.  They have three children:  David Roy, born Oct. 12th, 1953; Jonathan Cline, July 12th, 1955; and Sharna Jeanne, March 5th, 1957.  
Raymond J. “Jim” Cline was married to Dalice Shinn on June 2nd, 1956.  Their children are Michael James, born on Nov. 14th, 1959; Bradley Lynn, March 5th, 1965; and Stephen Lee, Jan. 6th, 1970.  At one time, Michael had his photography business in Conway Springs, with his studio at the Star office.  
Jim Cline became publisher of the Star when his father retired in 1963.  R. H. Cline died Feb. 19th, 1968.  
While the idea of the Conway Springs Star apparently had its conception in the minds of S.T. Harris, formerly of the Walnut Grove (Mo) Journal and G.M. Magill, formerly of the Rich Hill (Mo) Enterprize; the Harris interest was bought by Fred J. Wolfe, who had homesteaded here in 1878 and the first issue appeared under the name of Magill and Wolfe.  
The two daughters and son of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Wolfe are Mrs. R.R. (Vivian) Hickson. Wichita, Mrs. George (Nadine) Slothower, Wellington, and Supt. William D Wolfe, Lawrence.  
Equipment for the Star plant was purchased in Kansas City and brought from the Missouri Pacific terminal at Millerton by lumber wagon by W.E. Tomlin to a location in Northfield.  It was in the rear of the Carson and Gray drug store, west of the Northfield post office and the Dautrich store, where Mr. and Mrs. Claude Gray now live.  The machinery was unloaded Oct. 10th, 1884 and the first issue appeared a week later, on Friday, Oct. 17th, and carried a Northfield date line.  The Conway Springs post office was not established until 1886.  
By 1885 the publisher was A.M. Anderson.  In 1890, the paper was in the hands of G.W. Cain and P.W. Bast, and was purchased from them by E.L. Cline who published his first edition on Sept. 17th, 1893.