from The Republican (Danville, Indiana)--issue of Thursday, October 3, 1912—page 1, column 6:
Milton A. West Measures Up As Citizen and Business Man
There is no question of the important of the office of county commissioner and there is no question that in Milton A. West is a candidate eminently qualified for the responsible duties by natural instincts and by training. He takes a broad view of affairs. He knows the needs of the people and he knows that care is required in dealing with the financial problems presented in the office to which he was nominated without opposition.
Mr. West was born in this county, Nov. 24, 1862 in Clay township and has lived all his life in the neighborhood of his birth. He was one of five sons born to D.M. West and grew to manhood as a farmer which occupation he has steadily followed.
In 1900, he was elected trustee of Clay township, looking after the affairs of his office with most painstaking fidelity. His great ambition was to clear the township of its great indebtedness and he was in fair way to do so when the Amo school building burned. This calamity hindered his plans but he bravely met the added burden of replacing the building with another. He took great interest in the schools and aided in bringing Clay township up to the high standard of the county. Roads and bridges were watched carefully as to their actual needs. From 1906 to 1910, he was a member of the County Council and this work gave him a broader vision as to the affairs of the county. Thus he became admirably qualified for the duties as commissioner to which the people will call him at the November election.