ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
F. H. WEST
With the history of progress in Ida county the name of West has long been
closely and prominently identified, and the enterprise, ability and public
spirit of his father are outstanding qualities in the career of Frank H. West,
whose work as an agriculturist has been a vital force in the development of this
district. He was born May 5, 1865, in Delaware county, Iowa, and his
parents were Eli B. and Artimza (Ashburn) West, the former a native of Campbell
county, Kentucky, and the latter of the state of Tennessee. They migrated to
the west in 1860, locating in Delaware county, Iowa, and with an ox team and
wagon journeyed to Ida county in 1867, settling near Battle Creek. Theirs was
the seventh family established in Ida county, of which Eli B. West was
elected auditor in 1870. He filled the office for one term, and in partnership
with Frank Burns conducted the first store in Ida Grove. He possessed the
sturdy qualities of the pioneer and was highly esteemed in his community. On
July 14, 1913, he was removed from his sphere of usefulness, and his wife's
demise occurred in December, 1905. Six children were born to them, namely:
Clara, deceased; Frank H,.; Lizzie, who has passed away; George Everett, a
resident of Manning, Iowa; Laura, now Mrs. W. H. Ertle, of Sioux City; and Leah,
who is the wife of H. E. Harvey, also of Sioux City.
Frank H. West was but two years old when his family came to Ida county, and
his education was obtained in the public schools near his home. He decided
to adopt the career of an agriculturist and when a young man of twenty-two
assumed charge of the home place, which he operated for nine years. He now owns a valuable ranch of five hundred and sixty acres and is engaged in general farming and stock raising. He raises high-grade cattle and grows the crops
best adapted to soil and climatic conditions in this locality. His work is systematically conducted and the methods employed in the cultivation of his farm are the expression of the latest scientific developments along agricultural lines.
On February 27, 1896, Mr. West married Miss Louise A. Corrin, a native of
Clinton county, Iowa, and a daughter of John and Anna (Cain) Corrin, both of
whom were born on the Isle of Man. As young people they made the voyage to the new world and lived for a time in Pennsylvania. They came to Iowa in 1882, settling in Sac county, in which the father engaged in farming for a number of years, but he now makes his home in Wray, Colorado. There were eight children in his family: Margaret, deceased; Joseph, who still lives in Sac county; Thomas, who has passed away; Louise; three children who died in infancy; and Edith, who is the wife of A. A. Cuney, of Wray, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. West have a family of ten children: Russell, J., Fred Eli, Annie Marie, Frank H., Jr., Agnes Louise, Ray Howard, Viola C., Jean Delight, June Elizabeth and Esther Ellen, all of whom reside with their parents. Mr. West votes the republican ticket but has never sought office as a reward for party allegiance. He has many friends in Ida Grove and throughout this county, and his record sustains the high reputation which has ever been borne by the family.
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