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.

     WILLIAM E. JONES is the son of William G. Jones, a native of Wisconsin.  In 1883, he brought his family to Douglas county, Washington, and three months later was taken away by death.  He had married Alice Owens, a native of the Badger State and to them seven children had been born, named as follows: Griffith; Maggie, wife of T. J. Allen, living in Spokane; Clara, wife of Perry Sargeant, of Hartline; William E., who is the subject of this sketch; Nellie, unmarried; John, a farmer in Douglas county; and Phoebe.  William E. was born in Wildrose, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1874.  For one year, only, he had the privilege of attending school, but he made the most of that as he has also of his opportunities for study and investigation since.  Early in life he became very skillful in handling stock and learned the business thoroughly.  When his father came west, this son was one to assist in the stock business which the father took up.  His sudden death, however, changed matters much and William was forced to meet the stern realities of life while very young.  He took advantage of his knowledge in the stock business and followed it with energy and wisdom, and has been occupied with that and farming continuously since coming to this country.  He now resides on a choice estate, which lies about four miles east from Hartline, one of the best in this part of the country, and which has been rendered valuable by the wise cultivation and improvement bestowed by Mr. Jones.  The other members of the family are also heavy property owners in this county and elsewhere and are progressive people.
     Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Martha S. Pugh, the daughter of William Pugh, of Hartline, and one of the well known and estimable young ladies of the county.  The fruit of this union is one child, a charming little lass of three years, named Mabelle.
     Mr. Jones is a member of the I. O. O. F. and a man of sound judgment and excellent executive ability.  He has so walked in his life that he has won the esteem of all who know him and is a man of worth and influence.