Russell is the first of the Paullina young men to give his life in battle for the ideals of Christianity and democracy. His death is a source of deep sorrow for his loving and devoted parents and brothers and sister but in these times of sorrow they have a source of comfort in their knowledge that he was a young man of exemplary habits and clean morally and physically. That his death came as a result of of prompt obedience to the high call of duty and honor. He gave his all and made the supreme sacrifice that others may continue to live in the free environment of Christian virtues, and self government.
Russell Salisbury West was born February 1, 1896 at the farm home of his parents south-east of Paullina, being twenty-two years, seven months and fourteen days of age at the time of his death. His entire life was spent in the community. His education was received in the country school near his home. Until his call to his country's military service September 21, 1917 he remained at home in the employ of his father. On entering the army he was assigned to Camp Dodge where he became a member of Co. B., 9th Inft. In November of 1917 he was transfered to Camp Pike, Ark., for further training. About the middle of June of this summer his regiment was in the big American drive that statted in Chateau Thiery July 18. He had written home concerning this and some subsequent engagements. The last letter he wrote was dated Sept. 4th. At that time he had gone over the top twice, and came through without injury. His death wounds were received between that date and Sept. 14, the time of his death.
He was the fourth child and the second son in a family of nine children one brother of whom had preceded him in death. Those of his family who survive him are his parents, Me. and Mrs. O.S. West, three brothers, Arthur, Glen, and Forest; and four sisters, Edith, Mrs. Walter Coppoks of Iowa City, Mrs. A.F. Anderson of West Branch, Ia. and Ardath.
The whole community mourn the death of this young patriot and have the deepest sympathy for the bereaved loved ones of his family.