West family papers
Scope and Contents
The West family papers, 1885-1928 and undated, consists of correspondence (1894-1915 and undated), financial records (1913-1928), advertisements (undated), and other papers (1885-1921 and undated). Correspondence contains letters (1894-1914 and undated) to and from members of the the West family, including personal postcards (1906-1915) to Ruth E. West. Financial records primarily include bills and receipts addressed to L.E. West and his wife, Ella. Advertisements include materials produced by the L.E. West Publishing Company on behalf of other firms and advertisements for the L.E. West Gum Company. See the container list below for an item-level description of advertisements. Also included are other papers, including newspaper clippings (1914 and undated), graduation and wedding announcements (1906-1914), the Dixon School of Business College Journal (1885), and ephemera (1890-1921 and undated) consisting of membership cards, club information, business cards, trivia cards, and event tickets.
- 1885-1928 and undated
- West Family (Family)
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Lewis Edgar (L.E.) West was born 13 April 1854 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Harmon E. and Mary E. West. The family settled in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1861. On 10 October 1888, L.E. West married Ella C. Clarkson of Galesburg, Illinois. They had one child, Ruth Elizabeth West, who was born 23 July 1889. Ruth attended Rock Island High School and graduated in 1908. She then attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, from 1911 to 1914.
L.E. West was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the Fraternal Tribune, the United Commercial Travelers, and the Illinois Commercial Traveling Men’s Association. He established two businesses in Rock Island: the L.E. West Publishing Company, which published advertisements, pamphlets, and specialty advertising materials; and the L.E. West Gum Company, whose slogan was “West’s Cream Gum – The creamiest of all chews.”
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Language of Materials
Lewis Edgar (L.E.) West was born 13 April 1854 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Harmon E. and Mary E. West. The family settled in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1861. On 10 October 1888, L.E. West married Ella C. Clarkson of Galesburg, Illinois. The West family papers, 1885-1928 and undated, consists of correspondence (1894-1915 and undated), financial records (1913-1928), advertisements (undated), and other papers (1885-1921 and undated).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from the Rock Island Antique Mart in August 1997.
Processed by Micaela Terronez, October 2014. Revised by Atticus Garrison, September 2015.
- Advertising -- Illinois -- Rock Island
- Advertising -- United States -- History
- Chewing gum industry -- Illinois -- Rock Island
- Entrepreneurship -- Illinois -- Rock Island
- L.E. West Gum Company
- L.E. West Publishing Company
- Publishers and publishing -- Illinois -- Rock Island
- Publishers and publishing -- United States -- History
- West, L.E. (Lewis Edgar)
- West, Ruth E.
- West family papers, 1885-1928 and undated.
- Atticus Garrison
- September 2015
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