Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 139-140

Col. West first made Mason County his home in 1844, having located in Bath that year, when Bath consisted of two log cabins and a small frame house, the latter not occupied. When Bath was the county seat of Mason County, and no court house was yet erected, Circuit Court was held at the house of Col. West. He also served in the Winnebago war, which was then a serious drawback on the settlement of the northwestern part of this State. Col. West is now a resident of Miami County, Kansas. Being born in 1801, he is consequently now seventy-five years of age, a marked instance of health and vigor.

Nature has covered him over with certificates of good conduct-of fidelity to her laws-thus enabling him to enjoy his present years with the life and vivacity of youth, or “he has eaten his cake and still has kept it”. Col. West opened the first stock of general merchandise in the town of Bath. Few men have been more fortunate than Mr. West. Possessed of a competency, and his family all well settled in life, thought bereft by death of the companion of his life’s journey, he finds happiness in visiting those old friends and the members of his family in this State and in the west.

One daughter is the wife of Dr. H. O’Neal, well and favorably known in this county. Another is married to a prominent physician in Jacksonville, and a third daughter is the wife of Dr. Chapman, an eminent physician in Peoria. A son is a prominent business man in Paola, Kansas.

On the early settlement of Mr. West at Bath, a daughter died, and was the first interment in the Bath cemetery.

The acquaintance of Mr. West and his pleasant family raises our estimate of the human race. It is seldom we find the talents, refinement, health and general sociability that we have met in our acquaintance with this family.


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