July 5, 1916, Bend Bulletin, Bend Oregon, Wednesday Afternoon
   Bend pioneer died Sunday
   J. I. West passes at The Dalles
Built First Stone Building in Bend-Was veteran of Civil War and Survivor of Andersonville -Funeral Held Here Yesterday
 J. I. West a pioneer of the Central Oregon Country, and one of the early residents of Bend, died at The Dalles on Sunday. The body was brought to Bend for Burial in the Pilot Butte cemetery, funeral services being held at the Baptist Church at 12:30 yesterday, Rev. H. C. Hartranft conducted the services. The old soldiers of the vicinity attended in a body.
 Mr. West was 71 years of age, having been born in Stueben County, Indiana on October 9, 1845. As a young man he enlisted in an Indiana Regiment in the Civil War and was captured by the Confederates before seeing much service. After being on Belle Isle for a short time he was transferred to Andersonville prison where he spent 3 years, being one of the three men of the company captured when he was to survive the experience. When an effort was made, after the war, to obtain his testimony against Captain Wirz, the commandant at the Andersonville prison who was charged with inhumane treatment of the prisoners, he refused to go, saying that if he ever saw Wirz again he would shoot him.
 Mr. West, before moving to Crook County, (Oregon) over 24 years ago lived in Moro County. It was while there that he brought lumber from Goldendale, Washington, by ferry over the Columbia, to build the Moro school house.
 On coming into what is now Crook County, Mr. West settled on a homestead near the meadows on the Deschutes. He came down to Bend to take employment with A. M. Drake when Mr. Drake came here about 1901. In Bend, where he was always familiarly known as "Dad", he built the first stone building in town, now the Oregon Hotel on Greenwood Avenue, and also the Triplett Building on Wall Street, destroyed by fire last spring.
 Mr. West was one of the trustees of the Baptist church and instrumental in the erection of the present building which contains a memorial window to his wife given by him. He was the treasurer of the first commercial club formed in Bend.
 For several years Mr. West has lived in California during the winter and at The Dalles during the summer, the altitude making it impossible for him to remain here. He visited here frequently, the last trip being made in April.
 There survive him four children, Mrs. E. V. Ward, Mrs. Eva Burgess, Mrs. C. O. Stover, and Rene West.

Dave Sams