WILLIAM ROSCOE WEST, who owns and operates a fine farm of 95 acres in section 6, Jefferson township, was born
in Darke County, Ohio, July 13, 1859, and is a son of Marcus and Martha (Pratt) West.
Marcus West was born in Delaware, but was taken to Pennsylvania in childhood and was reared in that State. In young
manhood he came td Darke County with his father, Jonathan West, and there married Martha Pratt, a daughter of James
Pratt, a farmer of that section. When William R. West was about three years old, his parents moved to Mercer County,
and settled on a farm of So acres which is still occupied by his mother. There he was reared and remained until
his marriage. His father died February 21, 1905. He was a well known and highly respected citizen.
On October 15, 1881, William R. West was married to Emma Karzch, who is a daughter of John Karzch, a farmer of
Hopewell township. Mr. and Mrs. West have eight children: Ellen, Frank, Lewis, Noah, Floyd, Bryan, Clara and Lucy.
Mr. West is serving as school director in his district.
After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. West settled on the farm they have occupied ever since. His resources being limited,
his first purchase of land consisted of six acres, to which he gradually added as he could afford it, buying 37
more in the next purchase, then 12 1/2 and later 40 acres, until now he has a farm as large as he can conveniently
operate, even with the help of his sturdy sons. Mr. West has reason to fell gratified with what he has accomplished,
as it has been entirely the result of his own industry and good management. He has his land in fine condition,
and has a comfortable home and substantial barns and outbuildings.
In politics Mr. West is a Democrat. He is a good, reliable, industrious citizen and a man in whom his neighbors
repose the greatest confidence.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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