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.

     JOHN T. JORDAN is well known throughout the Big Bend country as one of the pioneers and his labors have been such that he has won the esteem of all those who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.  He is well acquainted with pioneer life in its various phases and has ever done the part of a good citizen and upright man.  He was born in Adams county, Illinois, on February 6, 1851, the son of William J. and Matilda E. (Burke) Jordan.  The father was born in Jefferson county, Illinois, on September 20, l820, and followed farming most of his life.  He was a pioneer of Adams county, Illinois, and when the Mexican war broke out, he enlisted and served throughout the struggle.  In 1855 he went via New York and Panama to California where he sought the precious metal for one year.  Then he returned to Adams county and there remained until his death, March 26, 1876.  He was a member of the I. O. O. F.  The mother was born in Kentucky in 1828 and died in the fall of 1853.  She was a devout member of the Christian church.  Our subject was reared on the farm and grew rugged from its invigorating exercise.  In the adjacent schools he laid the foundations of a good education and until 1872 was at the parental home.  At the date last mentioned he went to western Kansas and spent some time hunting buffalo.  In the next spring he returned to Illinois and remained with his father until the death of the latter.  Then he learned the painter's trade and in 1878 entered the Gem City Business College at Quincy, Illinois, where he finished his education.  In the spring of 1879 we find young Jordan in Hutchinson, Kansas, painting and in the fall of the same year he went via San Francisco and Portland to Walla Walla.  Next he located in Lewiston, Idaho, and in January, 1880, he made his way to Medical Lake, Washington.  He was also in Cheney and Spokane, and in 1881 he located in Sprague.  For several years he diligently followed his trade, and in 1883 engaged as salesman in one of the large stores of that city.  When the Coeur d' Alene excitement was on, Mr. Jordan spent some time in prospecting, then returned to the store where he continued uninterruptedly until the big fire of 1895.  The next spring he went to Spokane and took up the real estate business which occupied him until 1901, when he accepted a position with the Western Historical Publishing Company as biographical historian, where he has continued uninterruptedly since.  Mr. Jordan has operated in this line over a large field and has performed much of the Lincoln county biographical work.  He is well and favorably known to all the old timers in Lincoln county and stands exceptionally well.
     On October 19, 1884, Mr. Jordan married Miss Annie Schultz, a native of Adams county, Illinois, where they went to school together.  Mrs. Jordan's parents are Henry and Permelia Schultz.  Both were born in Kentucky and in early day pioneered to Adams county, Illinois, where they remained until their death.  To Mr. and Mrs. Jordan two children have been born, Charles E., now in business in Spokane, and Ethel Marie.  Mr. Jordan was made a member of the I. O. O.  F. in Illinois in 1874.  He has passed the chairs of the lodge and now holds his membership in the Imperial lodge in Spokane.  Mr. and Mrs. Jordan are both members of the Christian church and are faithful followers of the teachings of that denomination.  Theirs is the faith that makes faithful and they are both exemplary and highly respected people.