Peter WEST, who owns a half interest in valuable land holdings aggregating six hundred and fifty-eight acres, is located on section 11, Lacon township, and is there carefully conducting his farming interests. He was born near Spring Bay, Woodford county, Illinois, in 1885. His father, James WEST, was born in Illinois in 1868 and made his home on the farm now owned and occupied by our subject and which was formerly the property of Nicholas SNYDER, the maternal grandfather of Peter WEST. The father and mother of the latter both died prior to the death of Nicholas SNYDER and when the grandfather passed away he left his farm to his two grandsons, Peter and Willie WEST, the latter being a minor. Mr. SNYDER was born in 1837 and died in 1900. He was a very active, enterprising and prosperous man and at his death he owned nineteen hundred acres of valuable land beside property in Spring Bay, Illinois, comprising several lots and houses. He had two children: Mrs. Anna WEST and Emma SNYDER. The elder was born at Spring Bay in 1869 and died on the 28th of May, 1895, leaving three children: Mrs. Emma THOMPSON, whose husband is engaged in farming in Lacon township, Marshall county; Peter; and Willie.
In taking up the personal history of Peter WEST we present to our readers the life record of one of the most enterprising young farmers of the county. He acquired his education at the South Lacon school and in 1901 began farming on his own account, operating the land which was left to him and his brother by their grandfather. The place comprises six hundred and fifty-eight acres and is very valuable and productive, so that Mr. WEST is very comfortably situated in life. On the 5th of May, 1901, he wedded Miss Stella DALRYMPLE, who was born in Marshall county, Illinois, in 1884, a daughter of Charles DALRYMPLE, a farmer of Hopewell township. Their children are Pearley and Howard. Mr. WEST votes with the democracy, but does not seek nor desire public office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which he is now capably conducting and which claim his entire time and attention.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.