E. E. Lien, formerly a member of the firm of Lien & Thoma, has retired from the mercantile business on account of failing health, and is now engaged in managing his farm in Marion Township. It is situated on section 15, and consists of 355 acres of finely cultivated land. His health has improved greatly since his residence upon the farm, he having gained twenty-five pounds in one month. He is a native of Norway, and was born June 20, 1836. He came to America July 4, 1857. Prior to forming a partnership with Mr. Thoma, Mr. Lien engaged in the mercantile business alone at Elgin. He was married to Carrie Olson on March 8, 1866. She was born in Norway, Dec. 29, 1845. Of seven children born of this union four are living - Ole, born June 24, 1869; Emil, Oct. 5, 1871; Emma Julia, Sept. 10, 1878. The deceased are Emil, Emma and Louie. Mr. Lien is now acting as Justice of the Peace, also Township Trustee. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, and in politics is a Republican.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 933
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