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.
JACOB LUMPP is one of the oldest
settlers of the territory now embraced in Lincoln county. He was
here long before the county was organized and since those early days has
labored faithfully and continuously, both for the building up of the country
and to make himself a good home. His labors have met with a deserving
success and he is a respected and influential man in the community, the
owner of a large amount of property and one whose labors have done much
to make his country prosperous and progressive.
Jacob Lumpp was born in Shelby county, Illinois,
on June 25, 1851. His father, Jacob Lumpp, was born in Germany and
died when our subject was seven years old. He had come to the United
States when twenty-five years of age. The mother, Charlotte (Freyburger)
Lumpp, was also a native of Germany and came to the United States when
nine years old. She is now deceased. Our subject was the third
of the family of six children and spent his early life in Illinois.
His education was gained in the primitive log cabin school houses of the
times and he labored on his father's farm until twenty-one, then came to
Salmon City, Idaho, it being 1872. He operated a pack train for two
seasons, then went to Silver City, where he did packing and teaming until
1875, in which year he came to Walla Walla, Washington, and wintered.
The spring found him again in Silver City and he devoted himself to teaming,
packing and so forth, until he went to Cornucopia, Nevada. There
he was occupied in much the same lines of work and visited various other
camps in the territory. He went overland to Arizona and did packing
there for two years. From Greenwood in that territory, he came on
horseback to Walla Walla, it being a long and dangerous trip across the
Arizona desert with Redskins to contend with. From Walla Walla he
explored the country in every direction and finally after working on a
ranch for two years, he filed on a quarter section of railroad land near
Dayton. He sold before proving up and came to where Edwall now stands,
taking up a homestead and timber culture claim. He at once began
stock raising, dairying and general farming and has since conducted the
same together with marked success. Mr. Lumpp has purchased much land
since then and now has a very large and finely improved estate. In
the fall of 1892 his house burned down and he has erected in its place
a fine modern eight-room residence, one of the finest in the country.
At Dayton, on April 18, 1880, Mr. Lumpp
married Miss Addie M., daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hardesty) Despain,
natives of Illinois and pioneers to Oregon in very early days. The
father died several years since but the mother is still living at Prosser,
Washington. Mrs. Lumpp was born and reared in Linn county,
Oregon, and has been on the frontier all her life. She made one remarkable
trip when nine years old, that from Oregon to Arizona with a band of cattle,
and returned on horseback, crossing the desert and being without water
two nights and one day. She is one of a family of five children.
Mr. and Mrs. Lumpp have three children; Lottie May, wife of O. J. Reddy,
a grain buyer at Edwall; William J., who died on December 23, 1891, and
Dora Bell, aged fifteen, attending school.
Mr. Lumpp is a specimen of what man can do
in this western country. Coming here without means he has become
one of the heavy property owners in the county. Mrs. Lumpp is a member
of the Methodist church. He has always been an active worker in all
educational lines and greatly interested in political matters as a progressive
and enterprising citizen.