Robert J. West, president and manager of the West Crescent Fuel Company, is an outstanding figure in commercial
circles in Toledo. For twenty three years he has conducted the West Crescent Fuel Company and has guided in destinies
until it has become one of the leading institutions of its kind in this part of the state.
Robert J. West was born in Toledo, on the 18th of May, 1868, his parents being Charles and Mary (Williams) West.
The father, a native of London, England, was born in 1829, and died in Toledo on the 18th of September, 1909. He
was for a number of years identified with the wholesale drug business and had an extensive circle of friends in
Robert J. West attended the public schools of Toledo and began his business career in 1888, with the old Merchants
National Bank, where he was employed for two years. In 1900 he was appointed by President McKinley, supervisor
of census of the ninth census district, in the taking of the United States census, and was again called to that
office in 1910. In 1900 he organized the Leeper, West & Terry Company, which has become the West Crescent Fuel
Company, wholesalers and retailers of all grades of coal, of which he has been president since its inception. The
firm conducts four local distributing yards and enjoys one of the largest patronages of any company in Toledo.
Mr. West's activities, however, are not confined to this business alone. Of pronounced executive ability, his interest
in civic matters has proven of public benefit to the community. He has been on the board of trustees of the Community
Chest Fund and has been untiring in his efforts in behalf of that organization's work. He is a past president of
Toledo Council of Boy Scouts and a member of ' the executive council of Toledo. He has been vitally interested
in all agencies and forces which tend to promote the civic welfare of Toledo, and it has been truly said of him
that he has filled a place in local activities that few men are gifted with the ability to fill.
Mr. West married, in 1904, Miss Elizabeth Dority, a daughter of the late James Dority. Mr. and Mrs. West have one
son, James, born in 1905, who is attending Hackle School at Tarrytown, New York. Mr. West is a thirty third degree
Mason, and has been a prominent and active figure in both local and state Masonic affairs. He is a member of the
Toledo Club, Toledo Country Club, Toledo Yacht Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks; he is a generous supporter of the Symphony Orchestra; and for the last five years has been a director of
the Security Savings Bank & Trust Company.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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