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
ANDREW FLYNN. When the
first wave of civilization began to roll into the Big Bend country, Andrew
Flynn was on the crest. He took the land which is his home place
and started to work, both to make for himself a fortune and to assist materially
in the upbuilding of the country. Judging from the possession that
he now holds, we see that he made no mistake in settling in this country.
He has a large estate, and on the home place, about six miles north from
Hartline, has some of the most beautiful and commodious buildings in the
entire Big Bend country. He has spared no effort in arranging his
place and making improvements and excellent wisdom, thrift and progress
are manifested throughout the entire premises.
Andrew Flynn was born in Albany, New York,
on April 5, 1857. His parents, Bernard and Catherine (Bennett) Flynn,
were natives of Leland and are now living in Marion county, Oregon, having
crossed the plains thither, in 1869, with ox and mule teams. Our
subject was educated in Canada and Oregon. In the latter place, he
remained until arriving at manhood's estate and then learned the bricklayer's
trade. For ten years, he wrought in the Webfoot State, then came
to Washington and took up railroading, as bridge builder. Two years
later, he settled in Douglas county, taking a pre-emption and timber culture
claim on which he brought to a high state of cultivation. Then he
selected his homestead, where he resides at the present time. He
has, in addition to this property, large herds of fine graded cattle and
other stock and is known as one of the leading and wealthy men of the country.
When Mr. Flynn first settled in this country, there were no settlers near
and the nearest trading point was Sprague, Washington. He came in
company with Jim Heathman and Michael Buckley. Mr. Flynn has three
brothers and three sisters, Charles, Eugene, William, Mrs. Mary Mallen,
Mrs. Kate Manhoney, and Ellen.
In this country, on May 26, 1892, occurred
the marriage of Andrew Flynn and Miss Amanda M. Hennnig. Her parents
were Herman and Louisa (Young) Henning, the former a native of Germany
and the latter of Indiana. She was born in Winneshiek county, Iowa
, on June 17, 1874, and has three brothers and two sisters, William, Edward,
Otto, Mrs. Julia Thompson, and Elvina. To Mr. and Mrs. Flynn the
following named children have been born: Walter, on March 7, 1893; Lila
A., April 26, 1894; Bertholima, August 16, 1895; Edward Leo, February 3,
1897; and Van Dudley, on January 18, 1901.
Mr. Flynn was raised a Catholic.
He is active in everything that is for the benefit and welfare of the community
and has always been a progressive and energetic man. No man is better
known in the community than Mr. Flynn and he is justly entitled to the
esteem and confidence so liberally given him by all.