WILLIAM H. BUMP, farmer, sec. 25, Wheatland Tp., was born in Wyoming Co., N.Y., Oct. 7, 1832. He is a son of William and Anna (Baker) Bump, natives of New York. All the education he obtained was acquired before he was 12 years old. At that age he began life for himself as a farm assistant, working for the common compensation of the kind of labor he was able to perform - $3 per month. This career was followed until the fall of 1849, when, in company with his parents, he emigrated to Wasukesha Co., Wis. On reaching there he readily found employment, and was in various positions as a farm laborer for the six years following. He was married Oct. 7, 1855, to Marcia J., daughter of James and Marcia (Bull) Klock, natives of New York, who was born in Oneida Co., N.Y, June 29, 1836, and in her childhood accompanied her parents to the Badger State. After his marriage Mr. Bump was engaged in the lumber trade, together with other pursuits, until the period of the Southern Rebellion. Before the revolt of the slavery element had attained a year's growth he became a soldier. He enlisted Jan. 18, 1861, in the three-months service, enrolling in the Fifth Wis. Reg. Vol. Inf., Co. F., Captain Bean. At the expiration of three months he returned to his former employment as a farmer and lumberman, operating until Aug. 1, 1862, when he again enlisted, in the 28th Wis., Co. F, in command of Col Lewis. After a service of 13 months he was discharged for disability, and on rejoining his family he resolved on a transfer to the county of Mecosta. In the spring of 1863, he bought a farm in Wheatland Tp., containing 120 acres of land, and moved here with his family. He has since purchased 60 acres additional, making a tract of 180 acres, 85 of which are under the plow. Mr. Bump is a progressive farmer, and is managing his agricultural interests to the best possible advantage. He is a liberal Democrat in political principle, and is present Constable of his township.
Children: Fannie A., born Ag. 1, 1857; Anna S., Dec. 24, 1860; William J.G., May 18, 1861; Mary E., Sept. 22, 1867; Geo. F., March 1, 1866, died March 23, 1866.