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 Charles H West

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Charles H West

Birth
Vermont, USA
Death 21 Dec 1921 (aged 76)
Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana, USA
Burial Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana, USA
Plot Sec A, Row 8, Lots 19-21, G/S 6
Memorial ID 107188084 View Source

Son of Norris & Eliza (Wheeler) West
Husband of Emma West

Butte Miner 22 Dec 1921
CHARLES HENRY WEST VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR
George G. Meade Post Loses Esteemed Member; Old Soldier Passes.
Anaconda Bureau:
Another gap was made Wednesday in the ranks of George G. Meade post No. 16, Grand Army of the Republic, by the death of Charles Henry West at his home, 512 West Sixth street. He contracted a cold last week, but but continued about his regular duties at the West Anaconda shops of the B.A. & P. railway until Friday when his doctor ordered him to bed. On Sunday he suffered a paralytic stroke, and from then the end was only a question of time. He died shortly after 4 o'clock Wednesday morning.
Mr. West was born March 30, 1845, at Pashem, Vt., and had he lived until spring would have been in the employe of the B.A. & P. railway for 27 years. Following a course in the grammar schools, he entered upon an apprenticeship as a mechanic. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the First Vermont cavalry and served with the Union forces in the civil war from December, 1863, until he received his honorable discharge in may, 1865.
He first came to Montana in 1862 to accept a position in the mechanical department of the Northern Pacific railway at Glendive. Later he was transferred by that company to St. Paul, Minn., where he was married to Miss Emma Premer on June 25, 1883. Several years later he returned with his wife to Montana and came to Anaconda in 1895 to accept a position in the mechanical department of the B.A. & P. railway, where he was foreman of the blackmsith department.
Besides being affiliated with the Grand Army of the Republic Mr. West occupied a prominent position in Masonic circles. He took his first three degrees in Staunton lodge No. 13 of Staunton, Va., more than 50 years ago. He was a member of the commandery, Knights Templar and was a charter member of Bagdad temple of the Mystic Shrine in Butte.
Mr. West was a typical Yankee, and took pride in the fact that he was a descendant of the pilgrims. His yankee ingenuity showed to good advantage in his work at the railway shops, where he was recognized as a mechanic of ability and an executive who possessed the knack of handling men. He was a rigid taskmaster, but held the respect of men who worked under him, and insisted that they recieve their rights in any controversy that might develop. He was of an intensely patriotic nature, and had no use for the hyphenated American. It was told of him that during the war a man came to him with a note from an official, requesting him to put the man to work. The first question asked the applicant was was he a citizen. The man replied that he had taken out his fist papers. Further inquiry developed the fact that the man had been in the country long enough to secure his final papers, but had neglected doing so.
"Get out of here," Foreman West is said to have yelled. "No one but a full-fledged American can have a job in the ship so long as I am boss."
It was related that there was some objection on the part of the official who had sent the man to Foreman West, but the latter stayed by his guns and upheld his point.
"If there is anyone who thinks the men in the B.A. & P. blacksmith shop aren't Americans," he remarked one time during the war. "let him come and investigate. I've got the best crew on earth and every one is branded with the American flag."
Besides his wife, Mr. West is survived by his son, Wheeler West, of Oakland, Cal., and a granddaughter Althea West. They arrived in the city Wednesday night.


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