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.
LEWIS ANDERSON is a typical representative
of the Big Bend country and of the class who have come to our shores from
foreign lands to make worthy citizens of this grand republic. He
was born in Sweden, on October 24, 1853, being the son of Andrew and Lena
(Christenson) Anderson, highly respected agriculturists of their own country.
After receiving his educational training in his own country, our subject
started for America with simply enought money to pay his fare here.
He arrived in Kansas in 1869 with a pair of good strong hands and a determined
resolution to work out his fortune in this favored country. He immediately
engaged with the railroads and wrought through Kansas, Texas, Arizona and
New Mexico, until 1883, when he came to the Big Bend country and worked
for a while on the construction of the Northern Pacific. The following
year, 1884, he located a homestead and later took a timber culture claim,
then bought a quarter section. Like other early settlers of this
county, he was forced each year to go abroad and earn money to improve
the premises and pay expenses but in a very short time he had the farm
self sustaining and soon there after had four hundred and eighty acres
producing fine crops. He has now one of the excellent farms of the
country, well improved with orchard, residence, and other buildings.
Upon coming to this country, Mr. Anderson determined to make himself master
of the English language and he has done so and is now thoroughly able to
read and write it with ease and fluency. Mr. Anderson has two brothers,
Charles A., a bishop of the Lutheran church in Sweden and a prominent and
capable man, and Swan J., a leading farmer in his country.