Daughter of the West: Herstory
​by Naida West

– Continued from Home page​​

Born in Idaho, Naida West spent her early years in small towns, on farms and ranches, often living with relatives. Among the many schools, she attended a one-room schoolhouse in Montana. Her relatives were Methodist, Catholic, and agnostic. They included conscientious objectors, military patriots, alcoholics and religious teetotalers. Politically they ranged from far left socialists to far right Republicans — all of them opinionated people. They raised sheep and cattle, potatoes and sugar beets; they practiced law and the Christian ministry. In all locations Naida wandered through open fields, hills and along streams, loving nature. Her greatest influence was her Grandmother Smith. See Symon’s Daughter: A Memoir of Elizabeth Simon Smith by Don Ian Smith, ed by Naida West

In the 8th grade Naida and her siblings moved with their divorced mother to Carmel, CA, a coastal town of spectacular beauty. From its beginning, Carmel was the home of artists and writers, some of them renown and still working in the 1950s when Naida lived there. Her mother made $1/hour, but Naida and her brother worked after school and on weekends. Her mother became a piano bar player, which made it possible to buy a car. In Carmel Naida flourished. See Daughter of the West: Herstory. Part I