George Miller West travelled with the Butler (wagon) Train, (organized by the Butler family, members of the Disciples of Christ Church) from Monmouth, Illinois to Polk County, Oregon in 1853. West made the journey to mine in Oregon and California. He wrote a memoir relating incidents of crossing the plains to Oregon and his experiences in the goldfields of southern Oregon and northern California. The memoir was prepared in the form of a 49-page typescript by his son, H. H. West, who distributed the memoir to several libraries and archives, along with copied photographs of members of the Butler Train and one or two mining associates. The photographs were collected by H. H. West from about 1935 to 1942. The name "Leeper" is mentioned in the memoir.