BURRE H. LIEN. - The selection of any individual to fill an important position is naturally an evidence of that
person's ability and efficiency. Mr. Lien has been appointed, and is now filling the important office as receiver
of the United States Land Office at El Centro. His birth occurred at Spirit Lake, Iowa, December 21, 1859, a son
of Hans J. and Gertrude Lien. His parents removed to Iowa in 1853 and were among the pioneer farmers of that state.
Mr. Lien's parents were natives of Norway. He acquired his education in the public schools and later attended the
normal school of Mankato, Minnesota. At the age of twenty Mr. Lien removed to South Dakota and followed farming.
He served as deputy county recorder from 1883 to 1886. He served as probate judge and from 1886 to 1891 he was
county recorder of Brookings County. Removing to Sioux Falls, he engaged in the real estate business. Mr. Lien
was elected mayor of Sioux Falls and served for a period of two years and during his office he was president of
the State Board of Charities and Corrections of South Dakota from 1898 to 1900. He was a nominee in 1900 for the
office of governor of his state. During his residence in South Dakota Mr. Lien was actively identified in making
public improvements. He donated what is known as Lien Park, which is a very valuable amusement park in Sioux Falls.
He followed the real estate business previous to coming to Imperial County and in 1911 engaged in that vocation
in El Centro, continuing up to the time he was appointed receiver of the land office here. In politics Mr. Lien
is a Democrat. Fraternally he is a thirty second degree Mason, being a member of the Scottish Rite and a Shriner.
While a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he went both ways in Masonry. He is a charter member of the Commandery
of El Centro. Mr. Lien was married at Brookings, South Dakota, May 15, 1881, to Miss Anne Udseth, a daughter of
Louis and Olena Udseth, pioneers of South Dakota, both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Lien have been born five children:
George O., born August 9, 1884, a civil engineer with the Southern Pacific Railroad and Imperial Irrigation District;
Florence, wife of Frank A Fostick, born September 25, 1887, residing in South Dakota; Agnes, wife of Calvin Mousseau,
born February 20, 1889, a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Harold V., born February 28, 1891, a member of Company
H, 364th Infantry; Eva M., born September 26, 1897, a student in the State Normal in Los Angeles. Mr. Lien's father
fought all through the Civil War.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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