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Andrew Olsen Lien
Tynset, Norway

From History of Dunn County Wisconsin, Comp. by F. Curtiss-Wedge et. al. Minneapolis: H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1925, p. 747

Andrew O. Lien, a well known and respected resident of Menomonie, engaged in business as contractor, real estate dealer, and auctioneer, with offices at 2508 Broadway, was born at Tynset, Norway, on Feb. 2, 1876.  His parents were Ole K. and Kari (Tuveng) Lien, who owned and conducted a farm, on which both of them died, the mother in 1910 and the father on Aug. 18, 1924, at the advanced age of 88 years.  They had 8 children: Ole O., now residing in Oregon; Knut, of the town of Sherman, Dunn County; Charlie, of Oregon; John, who died Dec. 12, 1920; Andrew O., of Menomonie; Simon, who owns and conducts the home farm at Tynset, Norway; Sarah, now Mrs. Paul Sommerfeldt of West Allis, Wis., and Kari, who is now Mrs. Torval Lien of Minneapolis.

Andrew O. Lien attended public school in Norway and also completed a course at a military academy there. He then learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed, including contracting, until 1900. In that year he came to America and directly to Dunn County, locating at Wheeler, where he was engaged in carpentry and contracting for nine years. He then engaged in the real estate business at Wheeler, also having an office in Menomonie. Since coming to this country, Dunn County has always been his home except for short intervals, when he was in St. Paul or at West Allis, Wis.  In 1924 he bought his present residence, including two acres of land, at No. 2508 Broadway.  While his chief business is that of real estate, he also does some auctioneering, besides contracting and building. He has always taken a deep interest in the development and prosperity of Dunn County, and while at Wheeler he served three years as treasurer of the Wheeler schools, also as banker for several years of the Woodmen's lodge of which he is a member.  

Mr. Lien was married on May 24, 1904, to Julia Sahlie of Wheeler, a daughter of Andrew L. and Kari (Johnson) Sahlie.  Of this union there are five children: Oliver A., born July 14, 1905, who is a student in the Berry Business College at Minneapolis; Sylvia R., born May 29, 1909, now a pupil in the Menomonie High School; Victor C. and Vincent C. (twins), born Aug. 5, 1913; and Arnold J., born Dec. 2, 1920.  Mr. Lien and family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church.


13 May 2001 11:23 AM

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