July 5, 1916, Bend Bulletin, Bend Oregon,
J. I. West passes at
Built First Stone Building in Bend-Was
veteran of Civil War and Survivor of Andersonville -Funeral Held Here
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
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.