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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. SCOTT is eminently deserving of the real title, pioneer and frontiersman, for in three different new localities he has opened farms, two of them being in heavily wooded districts.  To one who knows nothing about this arduous work, this may seen small, but to an experienced man, the opening of one wooded farm is a good life's work.  However, Mr. Scott was more than ordinarily strong and active, or he never could have accomplished this stupendous labor.  At the present time, he is dwelling about five miles northeast from Harrington, where he has a valuable estate, of one hundred and sixty acres, which is well improved and in a high state of cultivation.  Since 1896 he has been retired from the activities of the farm and the land is leased each year.  In addition to this property, Mr. Scott owns a block of lots in Harrington, and has a good competence for the golden years of his life.
     In Sussex county, New Jersey, on October 27, 1829, occurred the birth of Andrew J. Scott, the parents being Stephen and Sarah (Hammond) Scott, who were born in the same place as our subject and lived to be eighty-eight years of age.  Andrew J. was well educated in his native county and then began the work of the teacher which was followed for three years.  When twenty-two he went to Oakland county, Michigan, and settled among the first pioneers to invade that wooded country.  He went to work with his native energy and determination and in an incredibly short time, he had the monarchs of the forest reduced and a farm producing.  Eighteen years were spent there altogether and then Mr. Scott removed to Montcalm county, in the same state, where his neighbors were the deer, bear, and wolves.  Here his trusty ax was again brought forth and the woods rang with the music of the chopper.  He was undaunted at the task of clearing another farm and soon had the sun shining in the depths where shade had been for ages.  Settlers came in and Mr. Scott was recognized as one of the leading men of the section.  For four years he was justice of the peace and was a man of influence in the community.  In March, 1865, Mr. Scott enlisted in Company C, Twenty-second Michigan Volunteer Infantry, but was soon transferred to the Twenty-ninth.  He served in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky for seven months and then was honorably discharged.  He is now receiving a pension for his services.  In March, 1886, Mr. Scott, who had always wished to be on the wave of western migration, came to the Pacific coast and sought a location in Lincoln county.  He settled where we now find him and since then has given his attention to farming and stock raising until the year when he retired from this activity.  His place is in Lord's valley and is one of the fertile farms there.
     On Thanksgiving day, 1856, Mr. Scott led to the altar, Miss Harriett A. Sanford, who was born in Albany county, New York.  Their wedding journey, which occurred the day of their marriage was from Pontiac to Fentonville, on the first railroad train over that road.  Mrs. Scott's parents were Ervin and Sarah Sanford.  Five children were born to this happy union, Edwin C., married to Letta Smith and now a preacher for the Baptist denomination in Spangle, Washington, also a pioneer in 1882 to Lincoln county and a land owner of Lord valley; Stephen E., married to Minnie Adams and farming near Harrington; William, deceased; Josephine, wife of William Leonard, of Stevens county, Washington; and Egbert A., married to Elizabeth Harper of Sprague, Washington.  On March 17, 1903, a sad day, Mr. Scott was called to lament the death of his beloved wife.  For nearly a half century, they had traveled on the pilgrim way together and she lacked only twenty days of being seventy years of age.  Mr. Scott has been a member of the Christian church since his eighteenth year and his wife was also a member of the same denomination.  He is now, however, owing to situation, affiliated with the Evangelical people.  Mr. Scott has the joy of reflecting on a well spent life of honest industry, while buoyed by the hope of that faith which makes faithful, --the light for the golden days of a long and useful life.
 

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