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.
ANDREW J. PIERCE resides about
eight miles south from Wilbur on a fine estate of eight hundred acres,
which he has cleared as the result of his labors in the course of seven
years. He was born in Indiana, on December 27, 1858, the son of Nehemiah
and Elizabeth R. (Green) Pierce, natives of Vermont and Indiana, respectively.
The father walked from Vermont to Indiana when a boy and settled in the
wilds of the then new Hoosier state, clearing up a farm in the woods.
His wife shared his pioneer labors and they are now prominent and highly
respected people. Our subject was educated in the district schools
of Pike county, Indiana, and after his father's death, which occurred when
Andrew was thirteen years of age, he and his brother took charge of their
mother's farm. They handled that until 1885. In that year he
determined to see the great world and accordingly, journeyed until he reached
Milton, Oregon, and took a homestead near. He farmed there until
1897, then came to his present location and began purchasing land.
He has the fine estate above mentioned, well improved, besides more than
half a section in Oregon. When he landed in Oregon in 1886, he had
no capital whatever and it speaks well of the energy and wise industry
of Mr. Pierce when we observe the large estates which he now owns.
In 1885, Mr. Pierce married Miss Mary C., daughter of Robert and Narsissa
(Brenton) Stuart, natives of Indiana. The father was a veteran of
the Civil War, having enlisted in Company E, Fifty-eight Indiana Volunteer
Infantry. Mrs. Pierce was born in Indiana, on June 1, 1869.
To this marriage the following children have been born, Robert F., deceased,
Charles H., Cecil E., Ruth, Olive, Alice, Herbert, deceased, and Rachel.
Mr. Pierce has two brothers and one sister,
Alva, Nathan, deceased, and Mrs. Ama Smith, deceased.