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.
J. WAVERLY ANDERSON, one of the most prominent and one
of the earliest pioneers of Lincoln county, and for several terms auditor
of the county, resides at Davenport. He was born in Chesterfield
county, Virginia, March 11, 1844, the son of Peter H. and Jane R. (Aiken)
Anderson. Dr. Peter H. Anderson was a successful planter and practitioner
of medicine of high standing and extended reputation. Both father
and mother now reside in Yolo county, California. To her immediate
family belonged that fine old country seat in Virginia, known as Verina,
on the banks of the James river, seven miles below the city of Richmond.
During the late war between the states it was known as Aiken's Landing,
and was a point for the exchange of prisoners.
The parents of our subject, when he was fourteen
years old, removed to the county of Henrico, near Richmond, and subsequently
moved into the city where they resided until 1861. Dr. Anderson,
considering the necessity of educating his sons, of whom there were five,
purchased a farm in Prince Edward county, Virginia, in the neighborhood
of the celebrated Hampden Sidney College, and of this institution his sons
received the benefit. These educational plans were, however, frustrated
by the opening of the Civil War. Our subject, at the age of seventeen,
entered the confederate service in Company B, Twelfth Virginia Batallion
of Light Artillery. Twelve months thereafter he was promoted to a
First Lieutenancy under the command of General G. W. Curtis Lee, and saw
considerable service and endured many hardships. Following the close
of the war Mr. Anderson engaged in the mercantile business at Meherin,
Prince Edward county, and later at Farmville, Virginia. In 1871 he
arrived in Yolo county, California, accompanied by his family.
In 1872 Mr. Anderson was united in marriage
to Miss Hannah Elizabeth Glascock, daughter of George and Elizabeth Glascock,
formerly of Culpeper county, Virginia. In February, 1884, our subject
came to Lincoln county, Washington, filed on one hundred and sixty acres
of land, built a house and was joined by his family in October of the same
year. His enterprise was successful, and he gradually acquired more
land, but in 1890 he disposed of this property and was elected county auditor,
on the Democratic ticket, serving four years. One year thereafter
he followed the mercantile business, in Sprague, but was burned out.
Following this disastrous fire he became a clerk in Davis & Gray's
general merchandise store, at Sprague, going thence to Spokane. Removing
to Harrington he engaged in the mercantile business with A. C. Billings,
closing out his interest at the end of the year to his partner. He
then came to Davenport where he was elected auditor by over eleven hundred
majority, on the Democratic ticket, the largest majority ever given any
candidate for office in the county. Mr. Anderson served two terms,
and is at present deputy auditor under A. S. Brown who was his deputy for
four years. He is secretary of the Montana Scotch Bonnet Copper &
Gold Mining Company and the King Gold & Copper Mining Company, near
Valley station, Stevens county, Washington. He is a member of the
Lincoln County Pioneer Society, the A. F. & A. M., the K. of P., of
which he is past C. C., and of the I. O. O. F., being past grand.
The family of Mrs. Anderson dates back to the Jamestown settlement, Virginia,
the Glascocks participating in the Revolutionary and other wars.
A grandfather of our subject was, also, active in the war of the Revolution.
Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Anderson; Peter H., dying in infancy; Virginia A., wife of A. W. Lindsay,
cashier of the Fidelity Bank, Spokane; Annie E., wife of E. W. Anderson,
of Davenport; Henry G., of Nesperce, Idaho; Ernest R., in Spokane; J. Waverly;
B. Brook; Robert E. L.; and C. May N.
Mr. Anderson is a gentleman whose hospitable
bearing and genial disposition have rendered him markedly and deservedly
popular with his large number of acquaintances both here and in the east.