Nels Lien

Nels T. Lien and his wife, Hannah, came to North Dakota from Spring Grove, Minnesota.

Nels was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Torger N. Lien, both of whom had died prior to 1888.

Hannah was the daughter of Peder and Mary Quanrud, who originally came to Spring Grove from Norway.

Nels and Hannah were married at Spring Grove, Minnesota.

Nels and Hannah's brother, Ed Quanrud, arrived in North Dakota in 1903, looking for farmland. They purchased two farms that had already been homesteaded, with some of the ground already cultivated.

In March of 1904, Nels and Hannah, along with their four children (Truman, Laura, Norton and Agnes), Mrs. Peder Quanrud, and Ed Quanrud, along with their cattle, horses, and all of their possessions, came by immigrant train to Ypsilanti, in Stutsman County, North Dakota.

Ed's farm was in Plano, which was in Barnes County. Nels and Ed exchanged farms, because the post office and store were in Plano, and Hannah had taken over the position of storekeeper and postmistress. Their children, Morris and James, were born at Plano. Later, Nels and Ed exchanged farms again.

Mr. Lien also operated a threshing rig in the area, and Mrs. Lien did the cooking for several men in the cook car, generally three meals a day, and a lunch in between. All of the cooking and baking was done on a hot cook stove, and every morsel of food was prepared from scratch. Plus, pioneer women had to churn butter, cure or can meat, and wash clothes on a scrub board, ironing them on flat irons. There was sewing and mending to do, children to care for, and many other tasks. Their children, Esther, Philip, and Palmer were born on the Lien farm.

The day began before sunrise, and chores were often done by the light of a kerosene lantern after dark. After breakfast, the horses were harnessed for the long day in the field, whether it was tilling, planting or harvest, working until sundown. Then the horses had to be cared for, and there were chores to do once again.

Nevertheless, the Liens were active in church work. Mrs. Lien was a charter member of the Ladies Aid, and Mr. Lien helped with the construction of the Ypsilanti Lutheran Church, later serving as township clerk for several years.

Nels Lien died in 1921, and Mrs. Lien passed away in 1946. One daughter died in infancy.

Following the deaths of their parents, Morris, Palmer and Esther stayed on the farm. In connection with farming, they raised turkeys and chickens for many years. One year, they raised as many as four thousand turkeys and one thousand, five hundred chickens. People for miles around came to the Lien farm for poultry meat and eggs.

Morris died in 1970, and Palmer in 1976. At that time, the farm was sold, and Esther moved into a new home in Ypsilanti. She died in 1980.

Truman married Evelyn Brush, who died in 1964. At the time that the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published in 1982, Truman was living in Garden City, South Dakota.

Laura married Bert Nicholls, and was living in Spokane, Washington in 1982, although her husband was deceased. They were the parents of Lorraine, Gordon, Robert, Eileen, and Helen, all of whom were living in Washington in 1982.

Norton married Ida Whitney in 1931. He farmed and did brick work, as well a carpentry work. Both Norton and Ida were deceased in 1982. They were the parents of Phyllis, Shirley, and Nels. After the death of his wife, Norton married Ruth Reule, and had two children with her, Palmer and Norman.