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Roberta Bertha West

Roberta Bertha West, Norwegian, American writer. Achievements include first to At age 98, still writing weekly for the Star. Recipient 1st John M. Templeton prize, 1959, Wedgwood Jasper Plate 70th Anniversary of Class of 1927 Wm. Jewell College, 1997. Member Alpha Zeta Pi.


  • West, Roberta Bertha was born on September 7, 1904 in Saline County, Mo. Daughter of Robert and Amanda Melvina (Driver) Baur.

  • Education

    • AB, William Jewell College, 1928. AM, University Missouri, 1930.


    • Elementary and secondary school teacher Missouri and Montana School, 1922-1947. Superintendent school Hogeland School, Montana, 1947-1948, 55. Professor foreign language Will Mayfield College, Marble Hill, Missouri, 1930.

      Columnist Quad County Star, Viburnum, from 1982. Writer and researcher church history, 1964-1991. Consultant history committee Yellowstone Conference Methodist Church, 1971-1984.

      Compiler Montana list of Methodist Ministers 1784-1984.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include first to At age 98, still writing weekly for the Star.


    • Brother Van: By Those Who Knew Him
    • Collection of recalls about William Wesley Van Orsdel, circuit-riding preacher who was important figure in settling of Montana & spread of Methodist Church in late 1800s & early 1900s.
    • Author: Northern Montana Methodist History, 3 vols., 1974, Faith, Hope and Love in the West, 1971. Editor: Brother Van by Those Who Knew Him, 1975, reprinted, 1989.

      Also contributor articles.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member Alpha Zeta Pi.





    • Married Harold Clinton West, August 27, 1932. Children: Arle Faith W. Lohof, Lydia Ann (Lyda) F H. Hyde, Danna Rose F H. Burns.
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    Born September 7, 1904
    Died October 20, 2004
    (aged 100)
    • 1928
      William Jewell College
    • 1930
      University Missouri
    • 1922 - 1947
      Elementary and secondary school teacher, Missouri and Montana School
    • 1930
      professor, foreign language Will Mayfield College
      Marble Hill, Missouri, United States
    • 1947 - 1948
      superintendent school Hogeland School
      Montana, United States
    • 1964 - 1991
      writer, and researcher church history