Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Charles Lien
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"

The ancestry of Charles A. Lien, the subject of this sketch, is of the sturdy German stock. His father, Valentine Lien, and his mother, Elisi (Muller) Lien, were natives of Germany and spent their entire life in their native country. The elder Lien was a contractor by occupation. They were both members of the Lutheran church. The children of the family were: Charles A., Anna, Emma and Hugo.

Charles A. Lien was born in Germany, October 18, 1862. He received his education in the public schools of his native country, supplementing this by a four years course in Gotha college, which he attended after his elementary education. During his youthful years, when not attending school, he worked in the contracting business with his father. In 1883, at the age of twenty-one, he came to America with a view of seeking a greater opportunity for the application of his mental and industrial energy. He was the only one of the family that came to this country. After landing in New York, and making some observations and inquiries as to the opportunities afforded there, he decided to proceed further west. Following his inclination he found his way to Chicago, where he first secured employment. He worked for the first few years in Chicago, Milwaukee and in other parts of Wisconsin, at whatever he could find to do, and with his native-born energy and industry, it was no trouble for him to secure employment where energy and industry were essential qualifications. In 1885 he went to South Dakota and worked on a farm for about three years. In the fall of 1899 he came to Bingham Lake, Cottonwood county, Minnesota, and engaged in buying grain for the Anchor Grain Company, of Minnesota. In 1905 he bought the Hubbard and Palmer elevator and has since continued to operate the same, handling grain, feed, flour, coal and farm machinery.

Mr. Lien was married, in 1886, to Laura Lowins, of Dodge county, Wisconsin. The children barn to this union are: Carl, born on July 4, 1900; Myrtle, Holden, Harry, Earl, Henry, Mae and Mildred.

Mr. Lien is a member of the Baptist church. His political affiliation is with the Republican party. He is a member of the Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Woodmen.

2005 Cottonwood County Minnesota AHGP