J. A. Lien

Fargo, North Dakota

was born the on August 3, 1864 at Gaarden Lien Dyrkomhygden, Stordalen, about 3 ½ miles from Aalesund. His parents, Andreas Rasmussen and Olava Regine Talberg, emigrated to America in 1857 to Beardsly, Minnesota where his uncle Ole Talberg lived and he remained in that neighborhood for the summer as a farmworker. About the spring of 1888 he left Beardsley and moved to Mayville, North Dakota. He worked that summer at C. Gullick’s seven miles north of Mayville. In the fall he moved to Hillsboro, North Dakota where he lived for about twelve years. In the winter of 1888 to 1889 he went to public school there. In the summer of 1889 he became employed as a clerk at the C. L. Prienards hardware store, where he remained for the next three years. Then on January 1, 1892 he became employed as a deputy sheriff in Traill County. He had this position for the next five years under three different sheriffs. He has lived in North Dakota the entire time, except for 2 1/2 years when he was in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He took some courses at Archibald Business College and for the rest of the time was working at the Akeley Lumber Company.

Lien has been employed as a Commercial Traveler for the last 17 years. He moved with his family to Fargo, North Dakota in 1907, where he now lives at this time. He married Lottie Olson in 1897 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was born in Kristiania of Swedish Parents. They have four children, three sons and a daughter. He has represented the Bergseth Fish Company since 1912.

At the last annual meeting in Mayville, North Dakota, he was elected as Sondmore regional society’s Secretary. He is eager to get all Sondmoringer to attend the regional society, so it can achieve something that will be an honor for Sondmoringers both in Norway and in America.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 68

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