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.
JAMES T. JUMP, who resides three
and one-half miles south from Creston, is one of the well-to-do farmers
of the Big Bend country. He owns an estate where he lives, part of
which was secured by homestead right and part by purchase. He has
manifested in his labors, during his residence here, an honesty and thrift,
which have brought their sure reward and a gratifying competence, and he
stands today one of the substantial men of this portion of Lincoln county.
James T. Jump was born in Missouri, on September
28, 1867, being the son of Joseph H. and Margaret (Breshears) Jump.
The father was born where St. Louis now stands and was a well-to-do and
prominent farmer in Missouri. Later he came to Washington and died
in February, 1896. The mother is a native of Tennessee. Our
subject received a common school education in Missouri and Oregon, having
crossed the plains in 1877. One year was spent in Idaho and
in 1878, he came to Walla Walla. After that, he lived for a time
in Union county, Oregon. It was 1882, when Mr. Jump came to what
is now Lincoln county and took a contract to carry the mail from Davenport
to points west. For four years he was occupied thus, and at various
other labors until 1890, when he bought one hundred and sixty acres of
land just north of Creston. He afterward sold that property and spent
a number of years in traveling. Finally, in 1899 he came to Lincoln
county, settling where we now find him.
In 1902 Mr. Jump married Mrs. Mary Lavina
Cooper. Mrs. Jump's former husband, John R. Cooper, was a native
of Pennsylvania, while she was born in England. They had two children,
Eleanoria Myrtle and John, the former born in Michigan and the latter in
Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Jump are worthy and highly respected people,
being known as first class citizens.