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James A. WEST
Amelia Etta STRAUB
Husband:  James A. WEST
Birth:  Jan 1855, MI
Occupation:  railroad worker, hotel proprietor
Father:  born in NY or MI
Mother:  born in MI
Marriage:  1876/7
Wife:  Amelia Etta STRAUB
Birth:  Sep 1860, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  (John) George STRAUB, Jr.
Mother:  Anna BEIGHTOL
Children born in Grand Island, Washington Twp., Hall Co., NE:
1.  Viola WEST, b. 1878/9
2.  Floyd WEST, b. 1879/80; d. by 1885
3.  Earl B. WEST, b. Aug 1888; d. by 1900
4.  Herman C. WEST, b. 1894
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #21 of 35):  Fifth Street, Grand Island, [Washington Pct.,] Hall Co., NE, Roll T9_749, p. 201A, PN 21, SD 2, ED 132, enumerated 11 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
* 149 161 West J A W M 25       / works on R R   MI MI MI
    ____ A E W F 19   Wife   / keeping house   PA PA PA
    ____ Viola W F  1   Dau /   at home   NE MI PA
    ____ Floyd W M 8/12 Sep Son /   at home   NE MI PA
    Straub Ida W F 16   sister in law /   at home / PA PA PA
*Fifth Street

3.  Index/Extraction of the 1885 State Census of Nebraska (online at Ancestry.com):  Midway Borough, 2d Ward Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, E.D. 352, p. 9, enumerated 3 Jun 1885:
Name Race Age Birth Place
Jenes West W 30 Michigan
Ettie West W 24 Pennsylvania
Violer West W  7 Pennsylvania
Entries are name-by-name, so you don't really know where one household ends and the next begins.

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 census was destroyed.

5.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 23:  Occidental Hotel, 109-115 Front Street, Grand Island City (Third Ward), [Washington Pct.,] Hall Co., NE, Roll 929 (Book 1), p. 242B, SD 5, ED 83, SN 9B, enumerated 12 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27
154 164 West J A Head W M Jan 1855 45 M 23     MI NY MI Prop'r Hotel 0   Y Y Y R H
    ____ Etta Wife W F Sep 1860 39 M 23 4 2 PA PA PA       Y Y Y    
    ____ Earl Son W M Aug 1888 11 S       NE MI PA At School   9 Y Y Y    
There were also ten servants/lodgers in the hotel, none of whom appear to be kin, so I did not extract the entire record.  Their Occidental Hotel is enumerated next door to the Union Hotel, at the corner of Front and Locust Streets, which enumeration includes a J.A. STRAUB as Servant (male; single; b. Oct 1869, PA; parents b. PA), who appears to be Etta's brother, Joseph Allen STRAUB.

6.  Emails from Matthew F. Friend.

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