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
A. JACKSON JEFFERS is one of
the industrious and substantial farmers of Douglas county whose estate
of one-half section lies about four miles southwest of Almira. He
was born in Clay county, Indiana, on March 7, 1862, being the son of Reese
and Amanda (Fogen) Jeffers, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively,
and early pioneers of Indiana. In the common schools of his native
land our subject received his educational training and there grew to manhood.
In 1884 he moved to Kansas and in a short time went thence to Colorado,
whence he returned to Indiana. Later, we find him in the Oklahoma
country and then again in Colorado, whence he came to Washington, settling
in Lincoln county, where he lived for many years. He then took a
portion of his present estate as a homestead and added another quarter
section of railroad land by purchase. To the improvement and cultivation
of this estate he has devoted himself continuously since and the result
is that he has a fine, well cultivated farm, productive of good dividends.
Mr. Jeffers passed through the hardships and trials of the pioneer and
used in early days to go to the Palouse country harvesting to buy the bread
for the family for the rest of the year. Now he has a fine estate
and is one of the prosperous agriculturists of this part of the country.
Mr. Jeffers has the following brothers and sisters: Leander, William R.,
Sherman J., Charley, Mrs. Emma R. Crumble, Mrs. Eliza Paterson, Mrs. Millie
In Lincoln county Mr. Jeffers married Miss
Sarah, daughter of Lawrence and Lucy (Lewis) Shrewsbury, natives of Virginia
and Washington, respectively. Mr. Shrewsbury crossed the plains in
1849 to California and then made his way northward to Lincoln county.
Mrs. Jeffers has three brothers and one sister, Charles, Albert, Nathaniel
and Hollie. The names of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffers
and dates of birth are given below: Burt, born in Lincoln county on December
29, 1891; Arthur, born in Lincoln county on March 26, 1893; Amanda B.,
born in Douglas county on March 8, 1895; Ella, born in Lincoln county on
August 17, 1897; Lula, born in Douglas county on February 10, 1898; Charley,
born in Douglas county on November 24, 1902.