West View has been home to many prominent figures over the course of its history. On this page, you can click on the names of individuals or families to find out more about them! Considerable research has been conducted to ensure the details of these people's lives are accurately presented. Please note, however, that when it comes to stories surrounding Revolutionary War-era figures like Casper Reel and Simon Girty, it can be hard to distinguish between fact and hearsay.


Sources of information from places other than the borough's archives can be viewed on the History Sources page. In the future, we plan to upload more documents from our own archives that were referenced in the creation of our history section.


Casper Reel/The Reels

Barnabas Hiland/The Hilands

Simon Girty

The Quaills

Joseph Keating

Fred Schwitter

Frederick Martsolf

Henry Blind