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 S. NEWLAND. For
twenty years this worthy and estimable citizen of Adams county has toiled
here for the general advancement and for the improvement of the country.
He now resides some five miles southwest from Ritzville, where he has a
fine estate of seven hundred and twenty acres of choice land. His
attention is chiefly given to the production of wheat, although he also
handles some stock. He has a good place, has made comfortable improvements,
and is rated one of the leading men of the community. His labors
have not only met with their deserved reward in a handsome property, which
he now owns, but have stimulated others to effort, which has resulted in
great good to this county and the country in general.
Andrew S. Newland was born in Crab Orchard,
Lincoln county, Kentucky, on October 19, 1844, the son of J. W. and Esther
(Whitley) Newland, both natives, also, of the Blue Grass State. In
1851, they removed to Louisville, where the mother died. In 1856,
the father went on west to Missouri, and thence, in 1889, he came to the
vicinity of Lind and there took a homestead. There his death occurred
in 1895. Our subject and his two elder brothers, having secured their
education in the schools of their native country, enlisted to fight for
the confederacy. John, the oldest of the three, was killed in the
battle of Altoona, Georgia, in 1864. The others saw rigorous service
and know what it is to be in the carnage of the battlefield. Immediately
after the war, Mr. Newland engaged in farming in Missouri, and in Cape
Girardeau county, of that state occurred his marriage. The date is
1880, and the lady then becoming his wife was Fannie Hickman, daughter
of Rev. Joshua and Martha (Dunnivant) Hickman. The father was a native
of Kentucky but removed to Missouri when twenty-one. He took charge
of the Fee Baptist church, in St. Louis county, the oldest Protestant organization
west of the Mississippi, and held the pastorate for twenty years.
He now resides in St. Louis. In 1884, Mr. Newland determined to try
the west and as he could find no other portion more attractive than Adams
county, he came hither and took a homestead where he now resides, and which
has been his home ever since. He was one of the earliest settlers
here and had his share in the hardships and deprivations suffered by the
sturdy pioneers. Water had to be hauled for miles for the farm use;
squirrels were so numerous that it was almost impossible to raise a crop;
settlers were far apart; and many other things combined to make the path
of the frontiersman a hard one. But Mr. Newland was not to be deterred
from doing his work well and soon he was enabled to get more land under
cultivation and so when the prosperous years came along, he was so situated
as to take advantage and soon was on the road to bright prosperity.
He added to his homestead betimes until he has the large estate mentioned,
and also has it well improved and is one of the leading property owners
of this vicinity. For several summers after coming, he was forced
to go to Walla Walla to get work so as to bring the necessary support to
the family, but he and his faithful wife labored steadily along and now
have the good rewards of their toil and sagacity.
To Mr. and Mrs. Newland, five children
have been born, Esther, Hickman, Emma, Robert and Charles. The parents
belong to the Baptist church and are exemplary people and substantial citizens.
Mr. Newland is a stanch and active Democrat and has always taken a lively
interest in political matters.