He was an early settler in Vivian township of Waseca county. Was elected to the county board of supervisors in 1859. Died 8 Aug 1882, age 83, by "hanging himself to a bed post in his room" according to Child's History of Waseca County (page 366) [NOTE: WCHS site gives his DOD as 25 July 1882]. Goes on to say: "Mr. West had been living with his son's family and had been growing blind for some time. This greatly annoyed him, and caused him to express fears that he would become entirely helpless. This seemed to him an unbearable calamity. On Tuesday forenoon he went to his room. Soon after, his daughter-in-law had occasion to go in there when she found him suspended to the bed post by means of a handkerchief. He had evidently passed the handkerchief around the bed post and then around his neck and deliberately strangled himself to death." He and his two sons, Ammi and John F., and their families moved to Vivian township in 1858. Cemeteries in Vivian township include First Lutheran in Waldorf, Prairie Peace, Radloff (Coy Farm), St. John's Ev. Lutheran, St. Joseph's in Waldorf, St. Paul's UCC Lutheran, and Zoar UCC.