Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     SANFORD E. JORDAN.  About eight miles northeast from the town of Waterville, we find the estate of the subject of this article, which consists of one-half section of fertile prairie land.  The same is in a high state of cultivation and produces annually bounteous returns of the cereals and other crops, under the skillful husbandry of the owner.  Mr. Jordan has devoted himself to the improvement and cultivation of his farm continuously since his settlement here and is now considered one of the best farmers in this vicinity.  He is a man of broad public mind, generous to a fault and stands exceptionally well with all who know him.
     Sanford E. Jordan was born in Crawford county, Iowa, November 21, 1862, the son of Abel W. and Mary (Palmer) Jordan, natives of Iowa and Illinois, respectively.  His youthful days were spent assisting his father and gaining an education from the public schools of Crawford county and he remained on the old home place, until he had grown to manhood.  It was in 1884, that he journeyed to Plymouth county, Iowa, where four years were spent in farming.  In 1888, he came to Douglas county, taking a portion of his present estate by homestead, the balance has been added later by purchase.  In addition to raising grain and other crops, he also handles a band of cattle and has some nice grades at the present time. Mr. Jordan also raises a good many fine hogs.
     Our subject has the following sisters, Mrs. Ida Dobson, Mrs. Lura Griffin, Mrs. Eva Arnold, and Mrs. Lovina Winn.  Mr.  Jordan is not a member of any religious denomination although he is strictly in sympathy with the work of the church.  He is ready to aid materially in building up good schools and in the general improvement of the country, and has always been an industrious laborer for the general good.