The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, November 22, 1906
J.R. WEST, of English Township, died at his home on last Saturday, the
funeral being held at the Presbyterian Church in that vicinity on Sunday.
The fatal disease was consumption.
The deceased was 53 years of age and leaves a wife and a family of seven
children. He had resided in English Township a number of years, moving
there from near Columbia. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge of Columbia
and the order participated in the funeral ceremonies, a number from Chariton
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
November 12, 2004
John Rush West was my great-uncle. Buried first at Spring Hill Cemetery (aka
Cain Cemetery) in English Township, his body and that of his son, Walter,
were removed by their daughter and sister, Olive (West) Brewer, to the
Chariton Cemetery some years later. Here is Uncle John's obit from The
Chariton Herald of 22 November 1906.
John R. West
Mr. John Rush West was the son of Jacob and Charity West, and was born in
Greene Co., Pa., on Jan. 31, 1853, and died last Saturday, Nov. 17, at his
home in English township. He was one of ten children, he being the second
child. He lived with his parents until he was of age, and then made a trip
to Iowa and later located in Wayne Co.
On Sept. 1, 1880, he was married to Miss Eva Prentiss, Columbia, Marion Co.
To this happy union seven children were born, four boys and three girls.
They lived for two years in Wayne Co., then moved to Calhoun County, where
they lived for eight years; then moving to Marion County, near Columbia,
then to English township, Lucas County, where they have lived for five
He leaves a widow and seven children, an aged father, two sisters and four
brothers to mourn their loss. Mr. West was converted when a mere boy. He
joined the Baptist church and remained a member until he came west, and
finding no church of his choice he united with the M.E. church and remained
a member until his death. He was always found in the house of God when in
reach of one and health permitting.
He was also a member of Marion Lodge No. 660, I.O.O.F.
Funeral services were held at the Cain church, conducted by Rev. Bolton, and
the body was interred in the Cain cemetery.
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