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
WILLIAM R. JUMP is one of the leading business men of Lincoln county. The marked success that he has achieved in his efforts in this county certainly demonstrates that Mr. Jump is possessed of no ordinary ability. At the present time he is at the head of a large mercantile establishment in Creston, the largest in this portion of the county, and carries a stock of about fifteen thousand dollars worth of goods. The establishment is conducted on strictly progressive business principles.
William R. Jump was born in Missouri, on October 5, 1872, the son of Joseph H. and Margaret (Bresshears) Jump, natives of Tennessee. In 1877, the family crossed the plains with teams to Washington and in this state and Oregon our subject received his educational training. In 1883, he came with his parents to Lincoln county who began farming. This continued for ten years and then our subject engaged in farming for himself. It was 1902 when Mr. Jump moved to Creston and engaged in commercial business. He started in partnership with Thomas F. Frizelle and they now have the largest establishment in this part of the county. Our subject began farming in this county as a hand for wages. Two years later, he bought railroad land on credit. He cleared enough the first year to pay for it. In 1897, he bought ten acres of fruit land near Peach at one hundred and thirty-five dollars per acre, improved it and in three years paid for it with the proceeds. Then he bought thirty acres more for twenty-two hundred dollars and so arranged matters that the proceeds of that paid for the whole property in two years. In 1902, he sold the first ten acres of fruit land for twenty-five hundred dollars. Mr. Jump started without a dollar and is now worth between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars, all gained by honest industry and careful business enterprises.
In 1898, Mr. Jump married Miss Etta L., daughter of William H. and Sarah Waters, retired farmers in Lincoln county. Mrs. Jump was born in Iowa and moved to Lincoln county in 1894. To this union one child was born, William H., on January 12, 1900.