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“Ware lived in what we may consider the golden age of the ranching frontier and achieved heroic status for his impressive physical strength, remarkable horsemanship, good nature and courage. The true story of the man is difficult to discern from the legends built around him.” 1 John Ware the man who created “steer wrestling,” now seen in the Calgary Stampede and ” has now became an integral part of the western festival ” 2 was born into slavery on a South Carolina cotton plantation in 1845. Wares freedom came at the same time when ranching started to become popular in the Midwestern United States and moved to Texas to learn the tough life of a cowboy. He experienced cowhand in the late 1870s, “he was employed driving herds of Texas cattle northward along the Western Cattle Trail to the distant ranges in Wyoming and Montana territories.” 3 In 1882 John Ware was hired to help bring 3000 cattle from the US to the North West Catling Company ranch in Calgary also known as the Bar U Ranch owned by Sir Hugh Allan. After the job he decided to stay in Calgary and started working for the Quorn Ranch on the Sheep River in 1884.After years of working hard for the Quorn Ranch he became the representative of the ranch and was described as “not only one of the best natured and most obliging fellows in the country, but he is one of the shrewdest cow men, and the man is considered pretty lucky who has him to look after his interest. The horse is not running on the prairie which John cannot ride.” 4________________________________1.”John Ware-The Canadian Encyclopedia. January 27, 2013. Accessed September 30, 2017.” http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/john-ware/2. “Noteworthy historical figures.” Government of Canada. April 11, 2017. Accessed September 30,2017″ https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month/black-canadians.html3. “John Ware-The Canadian Encyclopedia. January 27, 2013. Accessed September 30, 2017.”http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/john-ware/4. “John Ware-The Canadian Encyclopedia. January 27, 2013. Accessed September 30, 2017.”http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/john-ware/In 1891 John Ware started his own ranch in Millarville and became rancher and farmer. By the end of the 19th century, he became one of the most well-known and respected ranchers in Western Canada. In 1892 he married Mildred Lewis, who came to Calgary with her family from Ontario. John and Mildred moved to a new ranch site along the Red Deer River east of Brooks because of the face of increasing settlement in 1900. While living in his new ranch with his family the spring flood of 1902 hit and destroyed his ranch. Ware reconstructed his cabin for his wife and his five children on high ground overlooking a stream, which is now called Ware Creek.But Wares family didn’t live in the new cabin for very long. In the spring of 1905, Mildred died of pneumonia and in September of the same year John was killed when his horse tripped and crushed John as they fell. “It was testimony to Ware’s stature in the community that his funeral, held in Calgary, was the largest in that young city’s history.” 5  Afterwards John and Mildred’s children left to live with their grandparents and their property overlooking the stream was sold in an estate sale.Twenty-two years after the Canadian government recognized February as Black History Month, Alberta has officially followed suit after proclamation by premier Rachel Notley. Nortlay said Black History Month provides people the opportunity to learn about the black experience in Alberta, and a chance to hear stories of struggle, hope, and triumph. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on our history and to inspire Albertans of all backgrounds to work towards a better Alberta for all of us,” she is quoted as saying. “Our diversity is our strength and it should be celebrated now and for years to come.” 6_________________5. “John Ware.” Alberta Settlement. April 29, 2001. Accessed October 9, 2001.http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/eppp-archive/100/200/301/ic/can_digital_collections/pasttopresent/settlement/aa_john_ware.html6. Nurun.com. “Alberta honours John Ware’s legacy.” High River Times. February 27, 2017. Accessed October 20, 2017 ,7,8http://www.highrivertimes.com/2017/02/27/alberta-honours-john-wares-legacy”An article in the Vulcan Advocate by W. Bruce Marsden noted the animal had stumbled in a badger hole, and it was a “strange death for a man who had ridden scores of untamed horses without injury.” 7 The Vulcan Advocate later expressed that Ware’s family received special mention at the George Lane Memorial Park dedication ceremony in High River. “John’s stock saddle, spurs and 44 six-shooter were on display as an heirloom of one of the great cowboys of the west,” as quoted in the newspaper.” 8   Today John Ware’s name lives on across Canada. In Kananaskis there is a Ware Creek, a John Ware Ridge, and a Mount Wrare. Calgary is home to the John Ware Junior High School, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has a John Ware building, with a cafeteria called the Four-Nines. “Over the course of his life, Ware became a legend of the Canadian West and he’s become even more legendary in the century since his death.” 9 There are countless rumors about John Ware. Some people say that he discovered Turner Valley Oil Field by flicking a match. People also say that Ware could never get bucked off a horse. He’s been credited as the inventor of steer wrestling, and was the last cowboy to use the Calgary bridge as a cattle crossing. Ware was also rumoured  to have had a tremendous appetite, eating sandwiches the size of a family bible. “Even if none of these stories are true, they speak to how large John Ware looms as an important historical figure in Alberta.” 10          

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