July 2, 1781|
Terrebonne, Province of Quebec
|Died||1868 (aged 86–87)|
|Other names||Michael Cline|
|Employer||North West Company; Hudson's Bay Company|
Jane Klyne McDonald
|Parent(s)||Johan Adam Klein/Jean Adam Klyne
Klyne was born in the Province of Quebec in 1781, son of a Hessian soldier, Johan Adam Klein (or Jean Adam Klyne) who fought in the American Revolutionary War, and his French Canadian wife, Marie-Geneviève Bisson. He had one sister, also named Marie-Geneviève, and several half-siblings through his father.
The North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company
Klyne entered the employ of the North West Company in the late 1790s as a fur trader. Following the 1821 merger of the NWC and the HBC, he was put in charge of Jasper House, near modern Jasper, Alberta. He served as postmaster for 11 years, from 1824 to 1834. In 1835, he retired to the Red River. Alberta's Cline River and Mount Cline were named in his honor (using a variant spelling of his surname), as well as "Old Klyne's Trail", a trail running along the Cline river valley from the Kootenay Plains to the Athabasca River.
In 1807, Klyne married Suzanne Lafrance, daughter of a prominent Métis family. They had ten children, including Jane Klyne McDonald, wife of Archibald McDonald of the Hudson's Bay Company, and George Klyne, MLA (1871–74) for Ste. Agathe, Manitoba.
- Ross, Jane; Kyba, Daniel (2009). The David Thompson Highway. Rocky Mountain Books. ISBN 1-897522-48-7.
- McDonald, Archibald (2002). This Blessed Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's Letters from the Columbia, 1822-44. UBC Press. p. 276. ISBN 0774808330.
- Travel Nordegg - Mount Cline
- Sanford, Emerson; Sanford Beck, Janice (2009). Life of the Trail 4: Historic Hikes in Eastern Jasper National Park. Rocky Mountain Books. ISBN 1-897522-42-8.
- The Manitoba Historical Society - George Klyne (1828-?)
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