Mertie Whitaker West was H. H. West's second wife. Forrest Whitaker was Mertie's brother, and Agnes was his wife. Josie Shaw was Mertie's sister and Will Shaw (William Henry Shaw) was her husband. Lester Shaw was Will and Josie's son, and Alice Shaw was his wife.
H. H. West and Mertie Whitaker West's family sit at the Thanksgiving table. There is a covered serving dish at the center of the table, as well as candles and various dishes. There is a chair with a magazine on it at the left of the photograph and the edge of an armchair or couch at the right. There is a light streak across the bottom of the photograph.