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.
ROBERT H. BANDY, who is one of
the heavy real estate owners of the county of Lincoln, is also one of its
most substantial and capable citizens. He has won for himself the
distinction of carrying unsullied the priceless legacy from worthy ancestors
of a good name and a high sense of the responsibilities of his stewardship
in this world. He is a son of the Old North State, and his birth
occurred on April 17, 1856. The parents are Rufus and Letty E. (Abernathy)
Bandy, natives also of North Carolina, being descended from prominent and
wealthy planters. The father served with distinction in the Civil
War under Lee. During the war his property was largely destroyed
and as the schools were neglected, our subject had little opportunity to
gain the educational training that is available usually to the rising generations
in this land. Owing to this, he was forced to gain by personal application
and by constant reading the information with which he is so well fortified
at this time. At the age of twenty, he purchased a plantation of
two hundred acres, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself with
energy and wisdom. In 1888 the western fever attacked Mr. Bandy and
the only cure was to come to the fertile region of Lincoln county.
He soon selected land where he now lives, two miles west from Wilbur, and
which is now one of the elegant and valuable estates of Lincoln county,
and which is handled with becoming wisdom. Mr. Bandy has in this
farm fourteen hundred acres of fertile wheat land and also owns other property.
The nucleus of his estate was taken as government land, the good old homestead
right being utilized to secure the same. He has improved his estate
well and has an elegant home.
In 1877, while still in North Carolina, Mr.
Bandy married Miss Amy E., daughter of Marcus and Betsy E. (Keener) Beal,
planters of North Carolina. Mrs. Bandy was born in that state and
has shared the successes of her husband along the journey of life until
the present, being a true helpmeet in achieving their goodly competence.
To them have been born the following named children: George, a pharmacist
in Wilbur and proprietor of a first class drug store; Mary A. Johnson;
William G.; Edward; and Robert E. Mr. Bandy has given his children
the advantage of a good education, thus fortifying them for the battle
of life in exceptionally good manner.