Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dan West

Dan West was the fourth member of "The Four Horsemen" traveling from camp to camp during the summers of 1926-1929 and the only single member of the group. He was often teased by the others in group about all his girl friends, always the prettiest ones, in each camp. They told him that at 36 he should be marrying. They often kidded him that he had formed the habit of allowing some of the most beautiful and intellectual women all over the country to think he was in love with them. He was eventually married to Lucy in 1932 shortly before his 39th birthday.

Dan West was the discussion leader and had a marvelous way of bringing out the best in youth. He would follow Chauncey Shamberger as the National Director of Young People's Work from 1930 to 1936. In 1937-1938 he traveled to Spain to serve as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War. While working in Spain he envisioned the concept behind Heifer Project, believing it better to send cows rather than powdered milk. Returning home to Northern Indiana he sold the idea to his neighboring farmers in the Church of the Brethren.

Source: Passing on the Gift: The Story of Dan West, Glee Yoder