Noah S. West Chaves County, New Mexico

Noah S. West, who is the owner of two hundred and eighty acres of well irrigated land near Hagerman, New Mexico, was born February 5, 1871, at Brook. Grant County, Arkansas, and is a son of John A. and Elizabeth (Clement) West, the former born in Mississippi, August 4, 1847, and the latter in Georgia, March 18, 1850. The father became a resident of Grant County, Arkansas, in 1849, and the mother in 1853. He was a farmer by occupation and engaged in stock-raising and in carpentering and blacksmithing.

Noah S. West attended the common schools in his youth and attended a high school for ten months after he had attained the age of twenty-two years. His time and attention were largely occupied by the work of the home farm, and throughout his life he has been interested in agricultural pursuits. After leaving school he engaged in teaching, but, deciding that he preferred the work of the fields, he returned to the farm.

It was after leaving the schoolroom that he married and removed to a farm in Grant County, Arkansas, where he remained for six years, and then, on account of illness, removed to the plains in northwestern Texas in the winter of 1901-2. There he lived for two years, being engaged in farming for one year and in the lumber business for one year. On the 26th of September, 1902, he went from Canon City, Texas, to Roswell, New Mexico, to visit the fair, and was so well pleased with the red apple and alfalfa farms that he purchased land before returning home. He took up his abode upon his new purchase in October of the same year and has here since resided, having two hundred and eighty acres of well irrigated and productive land near Hagerman. He is also president of the Hagerman Real Estate Company, and is now serving for the second term as horticultural commissioner on the board of Chaves County.

Mr. West is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Methodist Episcopal Church south. He was married, February 14, 1895, in Cleveland County, Arkansas, to Mattie A. Mullis, and their children are: Harvey C, born March 15, 1896; Guy A., April 15, 1898; Beryl A., January 20, 1900; Joseph H, May 5, 1902; and Roy, January 15, 1906.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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