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
J. ALBERT ANDERSON is one of
the enterprising agriculturists of Douglas county, and his home is now
in Bridgeport. He owns land adjoining the city and has fine improvements
on his property. He devotes his attention to general farming and
handling grain at Bridgeport.
J. Albert Anderson was born in Norway, on
June 19, 1867, the son of J. Andrew and Susanna (Anderson) Anderson, natives
of Sweden. The early education of our subject was gained in the common
schools of his native country and in the spring of 1880, he landed in New
York city. For eight years, he labored on the farms on Long Island,
in factories adjacent to New York city and in various other kinds of work.
He has labored with some of the largest contracting firms along the Atlantic
coast and worked at various places. One of the largest undertakings
he was employed upon was the Croton River aqueduct. The contractors
were Brown, Howard & Company. While in their employ he learned
the trade of a rigger and worked there until 1889, when he came to Washington,
and here, also, he has done contracting for himself. Settlement was
made near Bridgeport where he used different government rights to secure
his land and since then has devoted himself almost entirely
to general farming and stock raising. Mr. Anderson is heavily interested
in the townsite of Bridgeport and has done much to forward settlement of
this portion of the country.
At Bridgeport, on December 26, 1899, Mr. Anderson
married Miss Jessie E., daughter of Donald and Jane (Davidson) McDonald,
natives of Canada. Mrs. Anderson was born in Bay City, Michigan,
on May 26, 1881. She has two brothers, Clyde R., and James A. D.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are communicants of the Lutheran church and are well
respected people. In 1894, Mr. Anderson had the misfortune to lose
his residence by the overflow of the Columbia river. Yet notwithstanding
the various losses together with the hardships of frontier life he has
so wisely labored that he now is blessed with a large holding and excellent
One child, Clydie Bell, has been born to Mr.
and Mrs. Anderson, the date being December 31, 1901.