EDWARD  M.  WEST

Data Submitted by Mrs. T.L. West of Brady for
   McCulloch County History, Vol. I    Compiled by Wayne Spiller, 1976

     Born in Cooke County, Texas, 20 April 1859, he married at Burnes, City, Texas, in July 1888, Mary Magdaline Jeter.  She, A daughter of David and Elizabeth (Meadows) Jeter, was born 18 November, 1870 in Alabama.
     Edd and Mary - she was Mollie to her family-lived in Denton County for a time, then in 1891 they, with their 2 small children, migrated by train to Portland, Oregon, with the idea of securing homestead land there.  He worked at a sawmill and other day labor.  Their first-born child died there and another was born there.
     One wet, cold winter proved enough for them, however, and they returned to Denton County where they lived until 1906 when they moved to McCulloch.  With the exception for one year at Port Lavaca, Texas, they rented land in the Fairview community until 1915 when they bought a 200 acre farm near Lohn, some of which, still with timber, was cleared for additional acreage to be cultivated.
     Edd and Mollie worked-produced milk and butter, eggs, pork and other farm products.  They built a new home, replaced old barns and fences.  Mollie gardened, sewed, quilted, and along with their children, worked in the fields, and the family prospered.
     But in 1923 they rented out the farm and purchased a home in Brady where Edd did work as a city night watchman and seasonal work at Embry's gin and at the poultry processing plant.
     Edd died in June 1946; Mollie in 1960.  Seven of their nine children lived to adulthood, two of whom are still living-Verna Webb of Abilene, and T. L. West of Brady.

 
Data Submitted by Mrs. T.L. West of Brady for
   McCulloch County History Book, Vol. I
Compiled by Wayne Spiller, 1976
Submitted by: Louann Hall