William West obituary

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Obituary incorrectly uses death year of 1900 instead of 1901
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Wednesday, January 9, 1901
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At the home of his son in Minneapolis, Thursday evening, Jan. 3, 1900 (sic), of kidney trouble, William West, aged 76 years. He was one of the first settlers of Lyle township.

He was born in town of Stockton, Chatauqua county, N. Y. December 9, 1824. His father, John West, was a native of Massachusetts and was one of the early pioneers of Chatauqua county where he bought land of the Holland company. The son William grew to manhood on the Stockton farm, receiving a common school education. He was married in 1945 to Miss Charlotte L. Gordon.

In 1855 they came west to seek a home. The came on the cares to Galena and then on a boat to McGregor when he struck out on foot to Mitchell county, and engaged in a sawmill at Otranto. In the fall his family came from McGregor.

The following year they made a claim of the northwest quarter of section 34 in Lyle township and built a log house. This remained the family homestead. Mrs. West died there March 1, 1895, and about three years ago Mr. West went to Minneapolis to live with his son.

Four children were born to them, two of them being dead. The two surviving are: Mrs. J. K. Clark of Lyle and William J. West of Minneapolis. The remains were brought to Woodbury and on Sunday were laid beside the wife and two children.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Brown of Lyle, were held Sunday afternoon at Minnereka schoolhouse, a very large concourse of old settlers and friends being present. Deceased was an uncle of Charles L. West and of Mrs. C. D. Belden of this city.