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
ORLANDER ANDERSON has resided in the Big Bend country for over twenty years. During this time he has always been found laboring industriously in the care of his private business enterprises and for the upbuilding of the country. Without doubt he is to be classed as one of the makers and builders of this prosperous county and deserves much credit for what he has done. At present, he resides about eight miles southwest from Davenport where he has a fine estate of over one section, five hundred acres of which are in a high state of cultivation and produce a most gratifying income annually. Owing to the wisdom and thrift of Mr. Anderson his farm is a model one in almost every respect and he deserves great credit not only for the skill displayed but for the way in which he has stimulated others in the industry.
Orlander Anderson was born in Sweden on January 3, 1856, the son of Andrew and Anna Anderson, natives of Sweden. They live there at the present time. He has two brothers, Olaf and Aaron. Our subject received his education before he was sixteen and at that time came via Liverpool and New York to Pennsylvania. In 1878, he journeyed thence to Sierra county, California, and worked for a salary until 1883. In the fall of that year he came to the Big Bend country and located his present place as a homestead. Ever since that time he has given painstaking and careful attention to the cultivation of the land and has made a brilliant success in his labors. When he settled here, the bunch grass prairies were almost unbroken by settlers and he has seen the development of this rich section. He has endured many hardships, had great difficulty to get started but he has shown the determination and grit that have won the day.
On December 27, 1903, Mr. Anderson married Miss Elizabeth Johns, a native of Pennsylvania. Her father, Jenkin Johns, was a native of Wales and came to Pennsylvania when a young man. He was among the first pioneers to Lincoln county and resides there at the present time. The mother of Mrs. Anderson is Anna Johns, also a native of Wales and now living in Lincoln county. Mrs. Anderson has one brother, William and four sisters, Mary, Minnie, Maggie and Edith.
Mr. Anderson is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and is of excellent standing in the community. To our subject and his wife, five children have been born, John W., Maggie, Dewey, Floyd and George.
Mr. Anderson remarks that from the time he located here until 1897, owing to the hardships of opening the farm, the wet year and the panic since that, he was unable to get anything ahead until 1897 and that his property has been secured since that time. In addition to the home place, he owns one hundred and sixty acres of timber land north from Davenport.