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.