History of Idaho, The Gem of the Mountains; James H. Hawley, editor; Illustrated; Volume IV; Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company; 1920; Pages 537 & 538:
ANDREW J. HARLEY.
Andrew J. Harley, a farmer and stockman of Owyhee county, has always been a resident of the northwest and the spirit of enterprise and progress which has been the dominant feature in the upbuilding of this section of the country is manifest in his career. He was born at Eugene, Oregon, June 2, 1860, and is a son of W. S. and America Harley, the former a native of Maine, while the latter was born in Peoria, Illinois. It was in the year 1852 that they started for the far west. This was long before the era of railroad travel and they journeyed with ox teams and wagon, meeting all of the hardships and privations incident to a trip of that kind. At length they settled on a farm near Eugene, Oregon, and there resided for twelve years, at the end of which time Mr. Harley sold the property and took up his abode in Idaho City, Idaho, in 1864. Eleven years later, or in 1875, he removed to Silver City, where he remained for ten years and then became a resident of the Bruneau valley in 1884. He settled on a ranch which was his home for some time and then he and his wife removed to Mountain Home, where their remaining days were passed. Of their family of ten children, eight are yet living.
Andrew J. Harley is indebted to the common school system of Idaho for the educational opportunities which he enjoyed. When his textbooks were put aside he concentrated his efforts and attention upon farming and stock raising in Owyhee county, taking up his abode on the place which is still his hom. He has here one hundred and twenty acres of land, all under the ditch, and his well irrigated fields are rich and productive, bringing to him substantial harvests.
In 1882 Mr. Harley was married to Miss Margaret M. Black, who was born in Ohio, a daughter of James H. and Elizabeth Black, both of whom have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Harley have become parents of five children: Albert L., a resident farmer of Owyhee county; Edith M., the wife of Arthur Pence, Jr.; Rosa, the wife of James Pence; Joseph W., who is now at home but who served for eighteen months in France as a member of the United States army in the World war; and Franklin G., who died at the age of eleven years.
Mr. Harley is a democrat in politics. He has filled the office of county commissioner for four years and has served on the school board. The cause of education finds in him a stalwart friend and he is a supporter of all those interests which look to the benefit and upbuilding of the community.