August 7, 2000
Hugh A. Anderson helped shape the face of the Northwest
Hugh A. Anderson of Woodinville passed away on July 29th at age 85. Anderson was born the first day of summer in 1915 and was a three-sport athlete at Edmonds High School, playing football, basketball and running track with his brother John. The brothers continued playing sports while at Bellingham Normal (now Western Washington University.) Hugh continued his education at the UW School of Engineering.
With his brother, Anderson co-founded P.J. Anderson & Sons, Inc. The general contracting company was named after their late father and performed clearing and heavy grading work all across Washington. Their work included many miles of Interstate 5, Hwy 101, and numerous other highways, oil refineries, golf courses, and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
It was the Andersons who did all of the clearing and grading work for what is now the I-405/SR-522 Interchange. At the time, the Andersons owned a large portion of what is now considered Industrial Woodinville and parts of the town of Grace.
Anderson was a member of the Associated General Contractors for over 30years and was inducted as an honorary member of the Seattle Chapter.
In the 1950s the Anderson brothers dabbled in the unlimited hydroplane racing circuit, purchasing the Slo-Mo-Shun V from Stan Sayres after it had flipped on Lake Washington.
They hired Ted Jones to rebuild her into the Miss Seattle and later brought others into the partnership to form Roostertails, Inc. and Hydros, Inc.
The Miss Seattle, Miss Seattle Too, Miss Pay 'n Save, and the Miss Exide were all Anderson-owned boats, racing in many Columbia Cup, Gold Cup and Seafair races. Some of their drivers included Lou Fagil, Al Benson, Chuck Hickling, Norm Evans, Dalles Sartz and the colorful "Flying Czech" Miro Slovak.
The Anderson brothers were working on a section of Hwy.101 east of Sequim in the 1960s when they purchased Sunland from Les and Dorcas Taylor. They completed the original developers dream and as general partners finished the golf course and residential development.
Also included in Anderson's body of work was the original nine-hole layout at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace.
Anderson retired in 1979 and was asked to serve the American Arbitration Association as an arbitrator, which he did for a number of years.
As a boy, Anderson had ushered football games as a Boy Scout at the then newly-built Husky Stadium. A long-time contributor and supporter of UW athletics, Anderson was a Husky Tyee for many years and witnessed Husky football played in seven decades. Also an avid golfer, he and his wife Pauline were long-time members of Seattle's Sand Point Country Club.
Anderson is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years Pauline Anderson of Woodinville; sister Agnes Nielson of Seattle; sister-in-law Lois Anderson of Tacoma; daughters Jeanne Milanovich of Woodinville (and partner Mark S. Hannah) and Carole Romasanta of Sequim; grandchildren Shawna Romasanta of Seattle, Briana Romasanta of Santa Barbara, CA, Tyson Milanovich of Seattle, and Bergen Milanovich of Woodinville; and great-grandchildren Alix Romasanta-Rojo and Liam Romasanta-Lemon.
A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sand Point Country Club. Contributions may be made to the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center or Evergreen Hospice Center, 12040 NE 128th Kirkland, WA 98034.