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.

     ANDREW J. COLE is to be mentioned among the wealthy and respected citizens of Lincoln county.  He resides about four miles north from Creston on an estate, part of which was gained by rights from the government and the balance through purchase.  The same is one of the well kept farms of the county, is in a high state of cultivation and producing large, annual returns.
     Andrew J. Cole was born in Virginia, on May 21, 1864.  His parents were Andrew and Mary (James) Cole, natives also of Virginia.  The father was a farmer and also taught school.  He fought during the Civil War and later gave his attention to farming.  Our subject was well educated in the common schools of his native state, then returned with his father on the farm until he had reached his majority.  At that time he came west to Walla Walla where he was employed for a few years and in 1892, he journeyed on to Lincoln county.  Here he selected a timber culture claim and a homestead where he now resides.  He has given his attention to farming since then.  He has purchase land until he owns an estate of eight hundred and eighty acres.  When Mr. Cole came to Lincoln county, he had no finances and started here with a capital of two strong hands and a determined spirit.  He has succeeded in a very excellent manner and his success is due to his indomitable will and sagacity.
     In 1900, Mr. Cole married Miss Mary G., daughter of Peter J. and Mary A. (Sherwood) Barbre, and a native of Virginia.  To Mr. and Mrs. Cole two children have been born, Eugene and Homer J.
     Peter J. Barbre was a descendant of the Barbre family well known in North Carolina.  Some of the ancestors were among the earliest settlers in Sampson county, that state, and at one time they owned a large portion of the county and were prominent in the affairs of state.  Peter J. early migrated to Virginia and settled in Washington county.  In 1860, he married Miss Sherwood, whose parents came from England.  Mr. Barbre served in the Civil War.
     In this work appears biographical mention of several of Mr. Cole's family, who were worthy pioneers of this county.  Our subject had a full share in the hardships and arduous labors incident to pioneer life, and has won his way to wealth and prominence by virtue of his worth and ability, as have also the other members of the family.