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This is a complete list of all inductees in the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, including a short biography and a photo of each inductee.

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Allen, Antoine
Allison, Red
Alphonse, Raphael   New
Anderson, Pike
Archacan, Steve (Hyde)
Ardill, R.W. (Dick)
Baker, Pat & Charlie
Bambrick, Eddie
Bates, Louie
Boitano, Antone
Bowe, Gil
Bracewell, Gerry
Bulman, Alex
Bonner, Veera (Witte)
Bryson, Clarence
Charlton, June
Chase, Cecil
Clark, James
Coldwell Ranch
Coldwell, Charlie
Copeland, Andy
Cornwall, S and H
Coutlee, Jake
Coutlee, Joe
Cripps, Paddy
Cuningham Family
Deanfield Ranch
Desmond, Tom
Dodd, John
Dorin, Slim
Downie, Bill
Elkins, Joe
Earl, Gordon
Ferguson, Mike
Field, Shirley
Fletcher, Orville
Fry, Alan
Fox Ranch
Garcia, Jesus
Gleeson, Frank

Gottfriedson, Gus
Granberg, Norman
Grinder, Floyd
Graham, Thomas
Hance, Charlie
Haywood-Farmer, George
Hines, Roy
Haynes, Valentine
Haughton, Ernest
Haughton Ranch
Hobson, Rich
Hook Family
Isnardy, Mike
Jacobs, Stan   New
Jasper, Delmer
Jesson, Robert P (Bob)
Jocko Creek Ranch
Johnson, Ray
Jules, Clarence
Kerr, Helen (Schneider)
Kjos, Bob
Krynen, Hank   New
LeBourdais, Joseph
Lauder Ranch
Lavington, Dude
Lloyd Creek Ranch
Long, Fred
Louis, Ben Family
Lytton, Danny
McDonnell, Jimmy
McKague, Bud
McLean, Kenny
McLeod, P and L
Mack, Maxine
Maiden Creek Ranch
Manuel, Andy
Marriott, Harry
Matier, Herb
Maurice Family
Minnabarriet, Percy

Monical, Wendell
Mulvahill Family
Mulvahill, Randolph
Nichol, Frederick
Parke, Gordon
Palmantier Family
Palmantier, Leonard
Palmer Family
Paxton, Alex & Anne
Petal, Clarence
Phillip, Warner
Phillips, Pan
Perry, Joan & Dave
Pooley Ranch
Pozzobon Family
Puhallo, Mike
Ramstad, Larry
Reaugh, William H (Kinik)
Rosette, Joe
Ross, Mary Ann
Sahara, "Butch" Robert
Sharpe, Bud
Siebert, Rosalie & John
Smith, Lloyd "Cyclone"
Schneider, Henry   New
Steffens Family
Stewart, Pat & Bill
Teer, Frank
Telford Family
Thomson, Ray
Threlkeld, Dick
Twan Family
Twan, William
Walters Family
Watt, Bruce
White, Doug
Williams, Archie
Wilson, Johnny
Woods, Gordon
Wright Family


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Jimmy McDonnell

Competitive Achievements

Jimmy McDonnell "He worked on good ranches, broke a 'jillion' colts, rode broncs, and trained world-calibre cutting horses. He was ranch cowboy, rodeo cowboy, horseman, and showman: a combination unheard of in today's world of specialization. They don't make 'em like Jimmy anymore - a cowboy in everyones eyes!" is what Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine said about Jimmy in its June 2000 issue. In 1933 he was breaking horses for Jack Dubois and over the years worked for many different ranches including: Gang Ranch, BC Cattle Co., 105, Willow, Nicola, Guichon, Semlin, and Douglas Lake. Jimmy passed away on March 19th, 2000, in his home in Armstrong BC, at age 86.

Dude Lavington

Artistic Achievements

Dude Lavington was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall Of Fame for artistic achievements in recognition of his two great books depicting his life; Nine Lives of a Cowboy, and Born to be Hung. Dude was also a working cowboy and cattle rancher. He and his brother, Art, carved a pioneer ranch out of the wilderness west of Quesnel. Raised on a ranch in Alberta, Dude and Art came to BC to pursue their dreams, build their ranch and raise their families in the Cariboo. Dude's books captured a splendid and little known piece of our western heritage.

Sim Dorin

Ranching Pioneer

Few know cattle like Slim Dorin. Cowboy, rodeo competitor, and Cow Boss to Order Buyer. He was born in the Wetaskiwin area of Alberta in 1913. At the age of 14 he had his own bundle team on a threshing crew. The love of rodeo and the possibility of as much as $35 per month lured Slim to BC in the 1930's. He competed in calf roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, and team roping before he took the job as Cow Boss at Douglas Lake Ranch. Slim did lots to help rodeos such as Merritt, Cloverdale, and Williams Lake, achieve their professional status. In 1952 Slim started as field man, lining up cattle to buy and sell, for the Cariboo Cattlemen in Williams Lake (the fore runner of BC Livestock). In 1959 Slim became head buyer in BC for Canada Packers, retiring in 1973. He has been honored several times for the contributions of his time and talent to rodeo, and in turn the cattle industry of BC. Slim passed away in May, 2001!

Roy Hines

Working Cowboy

Roy Hines Born May 31, 1902 at Adel, Montana, Roy moved to Canada with his parents in 1905. At Rockyford, near Strathmore, Alberta they, with their 500 head of Herefords, purchased the "Dam Ranch" with 1000 cattle on it. After about 15 years they moved northeast to establish the "KM" near Morwayne, Alberta. It took 88 railcars to move the 1500 head of cattle, horses, cowboys, and family. During the latter part of the Great Depression, Roy, his wife and children moved to Pinantan Lake, BC and started raising sheep. Later when cattle prices started to look better, he went to calf crop sharing with the Frolek Ranch and for about 10 years looked after two to three hundred head. His wife Mary passed away in 1965 and Roy moved from Pinantan and started cowboying for other people. At nearly 70 he started punching cows for Charlie Frolek up Lac Du Boix way. He remarried and did some travelling but always returned to animals of some sort and finally hung up his saddle for good at the age of about 80!


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Helen Kerr

Working Cowboy

At five foot one inch, Helen (Schneider) Kerr has been called "one of the best" by some of Canada's finest cowboys! She can spot a good looking animal in any herd and she has the rare ability to detect the slightest sign of sickness when riding the range. She can also doctor the animals with a knowledge that comes from a lifetime of experience riding on the range! Helen was born on her parent's ranch at Upper Hat Creek. She married Alvin Kerr in 1949. Helen is respected by all who have had the privilege of knowing her!

Mike Ferguson

Working Cowboy

Mike Ferguson worked as the cowboss at Douglas Lake Ranch for 38 years! Born in Kamloops in 1918, Mike's knowledge of cattle came naturally. His maternal Great Grandfather was Johnny Wilson, former cattle king of BC, who owned land from Savona to Westwold in the late 1800's. Mike started working cattle at the age of nine when he worked summers for his Uncle Harry Ferguson. In 1949 he started as a cowboy for Douglas Lake for $90 a month. His first cowboss was Slim Doran (see 1998 Hall of Fame). In 1951 he started as cowboss. Mike was known as a leader, a keen judge of an animal's health, weight and finish, and had an amazing ability to sort cattle with concise uniformity!

Herb Matier

Competitive Achievements

Born in Shelby Nebraska on Oct 30th 1899, Herb Matier was a hard man to beat in a saddle! He was also a hard man to get to know as he was loner. He began his rodeo career at the age of 13 and hit the height of his rodeo fame in the 1920's. In 1925-26 he was the Cariboo saddle bronc champion, and in 1927 was the saddle bronc champion of BC! As well as being known in places like Cheyenne, Pendleton, Denver, and New York (some of the worlds best rodeos), he was also known as a top horse breaker and trainer. Herb rode for both Douglas Lake Ranch and the Gang Ranch and was known as "quite a horseman and a good cowboy". He passed away in 1975.

Vera Bonner

Artistic Achievements

Veera (Witte) Bonner, with the help of her two sisters, took on the enormous task of compiling the history of the Chilcotin and putting it into a book - "Chilcotin: Preserving Pioneer Memories." The book started in a small form called "History and Legends of the Chilcotin" in 1958 and was compiled by five Chilcotin communities but was out of print and needed to be expanded. Veera was inspired by the desire to record the history of her Grandfather, Tom Hance. He was the first permanent, independent fur trader to settle among the Chilcotin Indians.

Cecil Chase

Ranching Pioneer

Cecil Chase represents one of the finest examples of the living pioneer spirit in the province of BC. Born in Chase on April 1st, 1917, Cecil began developing a life long commitment to the pioneer and cowboy spirit. The village of Chase was named after his Grandfather, Whitfield, who purchased the land from the crown. In the 1960's Cecil got a name as a tamer of wild horses. He was known to spend every weekend chasing these wild horses. He worked as a logger, mill worker, and cowboy all of his working life. During the 70's and 80's Cecil ran cattle on his leased property located on Neskonlith Lake, near Chase.


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William Twan

Working Cowboy

William Twan's skill with horses and cattle was known throughout the Cariboo. One of 12 children, Bill was born at Alexandria on Dec 8th 1913. At the age of 13 Bill stopped school and went to work, spending most of his life at Alkali Lake ranch. He worked as both manager and cow boss and his ability to train horses was obvious in the cutting work shown by the horses that he rode day to day. A 1950's CBC documentary called "The Lazy Cross" (named after the ranch brand) was mostly focused on Bill working cattle. He also raced horses and competed in roping, riding, Roman racing, and chariot racing. In the late 1940's and early 1950's he always cleaned up in the Stake and Roman races. He always said "You are no kind of cowboy at all if you ever look after yourself before your horse at the end of the day." Bill died Nov 8th 1988, a cowboy to the end.

Leonard Palmantier

Competitive Achievements

Leonard Palmantier became known as one of the best bareback-bronc riders that ever climbed on a horse during the early years of the Williams Lake stampede. He won and re-won the title of bareback-bronc champion of the Cariboo. In the early 1920's it is said that after winning a championship he made an exhibition ride on one of the meanest bucking horses at the Stampede. This ride was different - Leonard rode facing backwards! He spurred the whole time and stayed with her not only 'til the whistle blew but until she was too tired to buck any more! Leonard settled in the Cariboo in 1919. To raise some extra cash he would ride bucking horses to entertain the train passengers at Williams Lake - This was the beginning of the Williams Lake stampede! At nearly 75 he died Oct 24th, 1963.

Shirley Field

Artistic Achievements

Shirley Field decided at a young age that there would be no wasted time in becoming an "important cowgirl"! An exceptionally talented yodeller, Shirley has performed with the likes of Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, and Rex Allen. When she was nine she listened to Jimmy Rogers at the neighbours and said "I'm gonna be a yodeller!" Shirley hosted a live radio program called The Cowboy's Sweetheart Show in 1948, 49, and 50. At a contest in Vancouver, judges Wilf Carter and Emmett Kelly awarded her Top Western Vocalist and Canadian Champion Yodeller at the PNE. 1962 saw Shirley in Nashville and Aug 4th 1962 she sang at the Grand Ol'Opry. Since 1991 Shirley has recorded eight tapes and three CD's. Shirley never retired and has been at it for 55 years! "I don't intend on quitting until I have to" she said. We are happy to have Shirley perform again this year (2001)!

Frederick Nicole

Ranching Pioneer

Frederick Nichol was born in 1907. At the age of 14 he left school to start ranching full time. From 1928 to 1935 Fred looked after cattle for the Hull Estate in the North Thompson Valley. He married Violet in 1935. A 35 year relationship with Bob Cahilty was started when Fred was asked if he would go to Monte Creek and break horses for the Bostock Ranch. In 1948 Fred began to show his own cattle and also started the Pinantan 4-H club. He spent many years as a 4-H leader. Fred retired in 1988 and died in 1997. He is remembered as "a man of great humour and a wonderful story-teller...a great humanitarian who will always be fondly remembered by all those who knew him."


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Dick Ardill

Ranching Pioneer

R.W. (Dick) Ardill was born Sept 3, 1926 in Pouce Coupe, BC. Dick and his brothers and sisters grew up on a family ranch west of Fort St.John where he and his wife Irene stayed and raised 4 children. At the age of 12 Dick was doing field work with 4 horse teams and at 13 he graduated to 6 horses (2 broke and 4 unbroke)! The ranch has now expanded to aprox. 40 sections of land running 400 commercial Hereford cow/calf pairs and in June 2000 celebrated its 80th anniversery as a family ranch! Dick, with 2 friends, brought rodeo to Hudson Hope in 1958 where the Double H Saddle Club was developed (and still runs the rodeo). At the age of 74 he still works the chutes and flags at the rodeo. He still manages the ranch and cowboys! He was a director of the BC Cattlemen's Assoc. for 25 years. He also continues to be active in the North Peace Cattlemen's Assoc. where he served as president for 10 years. He always has and still is very community minded introducing and assisting anyone interested in ranch life and is a strong supporter of the BC High School Rodeo!

June Charlton

Working Cowboy

June Charlton "From cradle to cowboy to champion." June was born in Walhachin, BC. on September 6, 1919 to Bud and Dora Walters. She is the youngest of 6 children. When she was a baby her Dad used to put her on a pillow in front of the saddle. She learned lots from her Dad who one time watched her get bucked off and told her to get back on and don't dare grab the saddle horn this time. "If you hadn't grabbed it you wouldn't have fell off". Sure enough the horse tryed to buck her off again but she stayed with him. Her Dad owned a ranch in Deadman Creek. She went to school in Savona until they built a school in Deadman. At the age of 8 she was driving their big Clyde mare pulling hay onto the stack. June and her sister Rita were the first two women in BC to hold a big game guide license. She rode with Herb Matier chasing wild horses on Tobacco Mountain. When her Dad sold his cattle June bought some of her own and registered her own brand. In 1946 she married Bill Charlton. They raised two boys. At the age of 50 she joined a riding club and started to get involved in Gymkana and showing the young girls how a cowgirl could ride!

Bud McKague

Artistic Achievements

Over 60 years ago Bud McKague was born in Porcupine Plains, Sask, where he learned poetry from his parents who recited poetry as family entertainment. Throughout his life as a wild horse catcher, rough string rider (at Douglas Lake Ranch), rodeo cowboy (from Williams Lake to Florida), cattle rancher, Thoroughbred Horse racer, and more recently master poet, Bud's passion for the rhymer's art has never waivered. His ability to recall hours of classics as well as his own original poems has entertained and astounded countless audiences. Bud was the first BC Cowboy Poet to be invited to Elko, Nevada. His generosity in passing along poems in the truest sense of the oral traditions to the younger generations, further exemplifies his love of poetry. Bud has published a book, a tape and a CD. Bud was the real deal!! Bud passed away on June 16th, 2002

Bob Jesson


Robert P (Bob) Jesson still training young horses at 86 years old (in photo). Born December 24, 1914 in Lougheed Alberta. Bob is a great natural athlete and excelled in boxing in his youth! He is respected as one of the best horsemen in BC. In 1932 he started cowboying for the Gang Ranch and by 1938 he had established a solid reputation as a horse trainer and broke many horses for the Gang Ranch as well as other ranches in the Cariboo and Chilcotin. From 1939-44 he cowboyed for Tranquille Stock Association. Bob was equally at home in a Western or English saddle and trained a long list of winning horses in many different fields of competition.

Gus Gottfriedsen

Competitive Achievements

Gus Gottfriedson was born August 21, 1913. At a young age he had the expertise of an exceptional horseman. His 'horse sense' was vast knowledge that brought him to the rodeo arenas where he excelled as a cowboy, stock contractor and rancher. His success in these areas brought him to many communities where he captured the heart of the rodeo world. At one time Gus owned as many as 480 horses! He supplied rodeo stock for every level of rodeo, from Little Britches to Professional! He was the Canadian Wild Horse Race Champion in 1945. During WWII he broke horses for the Canadian Army. Gus, with his father-in-law, owned a stock contracting company which Gus passed on to his son in 1979. He retired from bronc riding in 1957. Some of his horses were National Finalist horses and some were used in Walt Disney Film Productions. Its great to see some of his grandsons still carry on the rodeo tradition!

Kinik Reaugh

Artistic Achievements

William H (Kinik) Reaugh was born November 3rd, 1920 in Cadillac, Sask. His family moved to BC while Kinik was still an infant and he spent the rest of his life here, mainly in the South Cariboo area. He worked for a lot of recognized ranchers over the years and finally bought his own place in 1971 and in 1972 he went to work as the Provincial Brand Inspector. He liked this job and stayed on untill 1987. He retired from his job but kept on riding for different ranches and for pleasure. He didn't give up riding until 1995! During all his years as a cowboy he always seemed to have a guitar at hand and played in a band somewhere! He was well known for stories, his horsemanship, and his musical ability which was always in demand! Kinik passed away July 25th, 2000

Eddie Bambrick

Working Cowboy

Eddie Bambrick was born at Big Creek on November 12th, 1901. He became cowboss at Alkali Lake Ranch at the age of 21! His next job was ranch foreman at the Gang Ranch where he supervised numerous cowboys and approximately 8000 head of cattle. In 1952 Eddie went to Chilco Ranch where he worked for 10 years and finally retired at the age of 60. Eddie also excelled in the rodeo world. He rode saddle bronc and took money and trophies, not only from his home town of Williams Lake but from numerous rodeos, from Prince Rupert to Vancouver. In 1925 he won the dangerous "Mountain Race" in 2 minutes and 27 seconds! Eddie died in Williams Lake, November 10th, 1967 at the age of 66.

Mike Isnardy


Mike Isnardy was born at Chimney Creek in 1923. He was interested in horses from the time he was very young and was known as a horseman at an early age. He worked at a number of different ranches breaking horses. In 1954 he bought Springhouse Ranch and ran some 400 head of cattle and horses. In 1960 he started his own little rodeo which lead to contracting stock to other rodeos all over the Cariboo. In 1965 he was one of the founding fathers of the Interior Amature Rodeo Association. He rode pickup, hazed for bulldoggers, and supplied stock from 1963 to 1972. In 1972 he sold his stock to Gus Gottfriedson (see below). He rode pickup for Gus until 1975. It was that year that Mike was feeding from the back of a pickup truck when a bale string broke and Mike fell to the ground, breaking a vertebra and ending up in a wheel chair.

Kenny McLean

Competitive Achievements

Kenny McLean entered his first rodeo in 1956 at the age of 17. In 1959 he joined the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association (now C.P.R.A.) and in his first year of pro rodeo won the first of his record three consecutive saddle bronc championships. In 1961 he was named Rookie of the Year in the US, and in 1962 he got the World Saddle Bronc Title! In 1968 and 1969 he won two more Canadian Bronc Riding Titles. During his bronc riding days he decided that he wanted to develop a couple of other rodeo skills - calf roping and steer wrestling. He became the Canadian Champion in both these events - one of only two cowboys to do so! Kenny was Canadian All Around Champion 1967 through 1969 and again in 1972. He also won the high point award in 1967 and 1968 and still holds the Canadian record for the most major championships - 14! Kenny still trained horses and competed in calf roping and team roping and always offered advice and encouragement to young competitors right up until he left us on July 13th, 2002!


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Dick Threlkeld

Working Cowboy

Dick Threlkeld was born in Kamloops in 1923 and raised on the T-- Ranch in Deadman Creek. He remembers riding his horse to school every day. At 13 he learned to shoe horses and at 16 he sent away for a Professor Berry Course on how to train horses. One of the highlights of Dick's life were the Fall cattle drives to Savona. He would compete in the local rodeos - his favorite events being the calf roping and the wild cow milking. Dick went to work for the Basque Ranch after he left home, at age 27, stayed 2 1/2 years until it sold, then spent 10 years working for Kamloops Life Stock at the Duffy Lake Ranch in Cherry Creek (later called the 3-- Cattle Company). He drove cattle along the highway to the George Field (now called Aberdeen) and down Columbia St. in Kamloops to the train. His next job was as foreman on the Walhachin Ranch where they used to drive 1000 head to summer range at X-J Cow Camp (a 4 day trip). Dick then took on the job as beef herdsman for the Government, at Tranquille Farm. After 14 years he and his wife, Eunice, retired to 108 Mile Ranch and took up team penning. You can hear Dick and his banjo at many of the Cowboy Concerts - including the Kamloops Cowboy Festival!

Andy Manuel


Andy Manuel 1886 - 1956. Andy was raised around horses and rode from a very early age. His father was killed in a tumble while chasing horses. Andy was a top hand both on the range and in the arena. He competed in the very first Calgary Stampede, as well as other rodeos all over the west. Later in life Andy started raising horses for packing, and duding, as well as supplying rodeos with bucking stock. He would farm his ranch and his neighbour's ranches using his own teams. He would drive all the bucking stock to the rodeos, some as far away as Vancouver. This was done over the original Coquihalla Trail. Some say it would take him 3 weeks to reach Vancouver but three months to return home. The first professional Falkland Stampede used the bucking horses that Andy drove from Kamloops through Chase and over to Falkland. Andy also cowboyed for many of the local ranches, including Harper Ranch, Seven O, and Lloyd Creek (Piva). There is even a lake, Andy Lake, behind Mount Lolo, that was named after him. During World War 2 Andy and his son-in-law, Gus Gottfriedson, broke horses for the Canadian Army.

Pike Anderson

Competitive Achievements

Pike Anderson was born in Vernon in 1920. In his early years he trapped, hunted and ranched. His P & B Cattle Company was at one time one of the largest ranches in the Okanogan. He had a cow/calf operation and also ran some yearlings, at times running up to 700 head. He had an eye for cattle and knew the traits of every one he owned. He also did everything at the rodeos except ride bulls and saddle broncs. He also rode pickup for a stock contractor. Pike had an eye for horses and bought and sold an uncountable number. He also loved helping young people get started in rodeo and was the guy that everyone wanted when it came to problem solving. Pike was one of the first members of the CPRA and one of the first to get a gold card and a lifetime membership. He is honorary lifetime member of the BCTRA and has many other different awards. A few years ago he had an accident when his horse tumbled and rolled on him - that has slowed him down a little but he still remains the same old "Pike" - a real western character!

Alex Bulman

Artistic Achievements

Thomas Alexander Bulman was a rancher and historian that was born in the Kamloops area in 1911. His book "Kamloops Cattlemen" was published in 1972. The book tells the story of Alex's own family, as well as the contributions made to the growth and prosperity of the ranching industry by many other cattlemen, cowboys and ranch hands in the Kamloops area! Alex cowboyed for his Dad moving cattle from ranch to ranch from the time he was 10 years old. He married Nora Govett in 1932. Alex and his brother, Joe, inherited some large debts but after selling off some of their properties was still able to run around 1000 head. In 1946 the two brothers went their seperate ways. Alex kept the Willow Ranch. In 1947 he sold all but 5000 acres and downsized to 250 head. He semi-retired in 1953 and sold the ranch. The following year he took on the job as fieldman for the BC Livestock Coop. In 1956 Alex got back into ranching by purchasing 2160 acres next to his old ranch as well as buying back the Hudson Bay Meadow that he used to own. Eventually they retired to the Lower Mainland to be with their daughter and her family. After many trips back to the ranch Alex finally sold.

Joe Elkins

Competitive Achievements

Joe Elkins was born in Nemiah Valley in 1898 or '99. Joe's father left the family and Joe was adopted by Alex Humm and raised at Anaham Reserve. In 1916 he married Matilda Long Johnny and they raised a family of 15 children! They had a small house at Anaham Reserve and a small ranch at Halfway Meadow north east of Alexis Creek. He had a small herd of good cattle and numerous, quality horses. He put up 250 tons of hay and wintered stock for other ranches. For a few years in the 30's he was Ranch Manager for the Anaham Reserve. He loved rodeo and entered most events whenever he could. He was a top bronc rider and also won the "Mountain Race" at the Williams Lake Stampede. He didn't always make it to The Stampede because the trip would take 3 or 4 days by team and wagon but he did win the bronc riding in 1929 and again in 1949. He once rode a steer out of the shut backwards to show that he could do it and at age 60 his name went into the legend book for riding the meanest horse there at the Stampede. Whatever Joe did - he did well! He always managed to provide for his family, even in the toughest of times. Joe passed away in Quesnel in 1977.

Pat and Charlie Baker

Ranching Pioneers

Pat and Charlie Baker were married in 1950 and worked together to raise a family and build up a ranch! Pat helped riding and haying until the children were born then tended a garden, cooked for the ranch help and family, and taught their kids by correspondence. They were one of the first to bring Charlais Cattle to the area where they ran 750 cows and 500 yearlings. Charlie was born in Ashcroft in 1921 and lived at Loon Lake until 1993. He took over the ranch in 1936 when his father passed away. Pat Drew was born in a nursing home in Kamloops in 1926. Not only did she ranch along side of Charlie but also found time to paint and do some taxidermy work. In 1985 they sold the ranch but stayed on to run it for five more years. In 1993 they retired to a small place on the Mound Road. In 1994 they bought their first Paint Stallion and raised Paint Horses. They purchased an additional 325 acres close by for hay and pasture and ran a cow herd until Charlie's death in May, 2003.


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Red Allison

Working Cowboy & Horseman

RM (Red) Allison has a deep rooted history of the pioneer cowboy and ranching industry. Red was born in Kamloops in 1926 and spent all of his childhood years around what is now known as Tranquille and North Kamloops. On leaving school Red worked for the Harper Ranch, 57 Mile Ranch, and spent a short stint in the army. He then worked for Henry Cornwall at Cherry Creek, then Alkali Lake, the Circle S, Gang Ranch, Tranquille Farm, Fintry Estate, and finally, in 1960, bought the Riske Creek Store. While there he worked on the Becher Prairie and Bald Mountain round ups, and oversaw the Gang Ranch steer range as well as sorting cattle for BC Livestock sales at Williams Lake and Quesnel with Mike Isnardy. In the 1970's he managed the OK Cattle Co and since then, for the last 20 years, he has been a bonded livestock dealer. Red has always promoted the cowboy way of life and was instrumental in starting 4H in the Chilcotin area. He was a founding member of the Interior Rodeo Association, and presently contracts timed event stock for BCRA and jackpot rodeos in the Interior.

You can always find him around the arena watching, helping, and giving tips to young up-and-coming cowboys. Red served as president of the Clinton Cattlemen's and director to the BC Cattlemen's for many years. Rodeo has always been a big part of Red's life. He started as a young man entering events such as saddle bronc, bareback, team roping, calf roping, pony express, wild horse race and wild cow milking. If he wasn't entered you could find him behind the chutes or in the arena picking up bronc riders. The name Red Allison is known and respected across the province of BC. He shares many stories of the old times with his family and friends. It always seems like he has a new one that we haven't heard. Red is a man that requires only good food, a good horse, a good dog, and his family around him to shine. He is a true depiction of the words "working cowboy."

George Haywood-Farmer

Working Cowboy & Ranching Pioneer

George Haywood-Farmer was born on August 23, 1915 in New Westminster, BC. In September of the same year, his family traveled by train to Ashcroft, BC, and then by wagon to the North Bonaparte area. The family settled on a small parcel of land and began raising cattle. This was the beginning of George's life as one of BC's outstanding cowboys. From then on his upbringing, way of life, and his employment, all involved ranching and cowboying in BC. From here the family moved to Taylor Lake, BC, just north of Green Lake. In 1929 the family relocated to Kamloops and in 1932 they purchased the Indian Gardens Ranch,

now primarily the area occupied by the Gardens Creek Ranch, approximately 10 miles south of Savona, BC. George worked on the ranch cowboying and haying while still in school and in 1935 ranching and cowboying at Indian Gardens Ranch became his full time lifes work. In 1932, at 17, George and Charlie Prest drove 50 head of cattle from Taylor Lake to the new ranch at Indian Gardens. It was -45F. He was also known for his ability to break and train horses. In 1942 George married Mary Margaret (Peggy) Higginson and raised six children. He was a leader of the Cherry Creek 4H Beef Club for 16 years, an active member of the BC Cattleman's Association and a Director for many years, a horse judge at different fairs, and President of the Savona Community Association. George has been responsible for the early agricultural education of many of today' s ranchers, teaching not only the basics of ranching and cowboying, but also the appreciation and protection of nature. This includes giving an educational speech to a group of UBC Students on Range Management. The fact that he instilled his love of ranching and cowboying to his family shows, as there are now fourth generation members of the family who continue to carry on his life's work. To George, life was his horse, his dog, and himself riding alone out on the range. It is obvious George had a great admiration and pride for his chosen life's work as a cowboy, rancher, father, teacher, trainer, and community worker. George passed away on October 8th, 2003.

Bud Sharpe

Artistic & Competitive Achievements

Bud Sharpe was borne in 1927 near Battleford, Saskatchewan. From the age of 10 he owned his own horses and by 15 had nearly a dozen. His first rodeo he started with the cow riding and bareback riding and after quite a while he switched to saddle broncs. He traveled to rodeos all through the US and Canada. In 1950 - 51 he rode in Cody, Wyoming at the Buffalo Bill Show. "This was after Buffalo Bill ran out of buffalo." says Bud. In 1958 he won the bronc riding in Coffeeville, Kansas and it paid $710. $700 of that money bought his five acres in Cawston, BC. He turned from bronc riding to judging the bucking horses as a PRCA judge. Bud worked as a cowboy in Alberta for a year when he was 17 or 18 and in 1953 he worked as a cowboy for the Douglas Lake Ranch. The ranch had a lot of young colts to ride and Bud was sent out to the Springfield corral to break them. These corrals were a long way out and there was no one around so Bud and his partner flanked these colts and bucked them out. He said,

"We needed the practice! I don't think management ever did hear about it." When he was a kid he would find old saddles and overhaul them, not really knowing what to do. He'd sent to Eaton's for his leather. One year in the US, Bud ordered a tree because he needed a saddle for the next weekend. A friend owed him some money that bought him some leather and sheep skin - the saddle was ready in time! He has since sold it four times and bought it back four times. When he needed money to build his house he sold the saddle for $500 and bought it back a year later for $500. He then sold it for $750 and bought it back for $500. Sold it again for $950 and bought it back for $300. He sold that same saddle the last time for $1700 and bought it back for $400. One year he made $11,000 on the rodeo circuit using that same saddle, so that saddle has made him good money! Over the years Bud has made about 1200 saddles. One fellow in Pennsylvania ordered four saddles. Some of his saddles have been sent to Texas, Colorado, California, and as far away as Australia. Bud also makes a lot of chaps, panniers, saddle bags for horses and motorcycles, and rodeo gear, rigging, and spur straps - anything out of leather. Today rodeo is everywhere around Bud - in the saddle shop, in the horse corrals around the farm, and in their home. Rodeo photos from Madison Square Gardens, the Los Angeles Coliseum, and graceful bucking horses, highlight Bud's impressive career as a rodeo contestant, judge, cowboy, and saddlemaker.

Delmer Jasper

Competitive Achievements &
Ranching Pioneer

Delmer Jasper was born at Meldrum Creek in 1925. He was the youngest son of pioneers Wes and Mabel Jasper. Inheriting his love of ranching and rodeo from his father, who was one of the top ropers in the Williams Lake stampede, Delmer began riding with his Dad at the age of three. His first job was at Gang Ranch, where he helped train horses, at the age of 15. His rodeo career lasted almost 50 years, beginning when he won the saddle bronc and calf roping at Anahim Lake when he was 17. In the 1940s and 50s he competed at Anahim and Riske Creek, and before the war, at Williams Lake. After his marriage in 1948 he focussed on

team and calf roping - his speciality was team roping, and he was a top header. Delmer also competed in gymkhanas where his specialty was the potato race. If he wasn't competing himself, he was somewhere behind the chutes helping to put on the show and after a full day of competing, or working, he carried on his volunteer work at the evening functions. He also played an important part in organizing stampedes including his annual hometown show at Riske Creek. He became a member of the Interior Rodeo Association in its early years and was a gold card holder in the IRA and the BCRA. Delmer was among those who established the Riske Creek Rodeo grounds in 1958. Delmer passed away in 1991 at the age of 65. The 1992 BCRA Indoor Rodeo in Williams Lake was dedicated to his memory and the Delmer Jasper Memorial Team Roping and Gymkhana has become a yearly event at Riske Creek. Delmer's children, and grandchildren, continue the Jasper tradition in rodeo and ranching.

Gil Bowe photo by Patti Gerhardi

Competitive Achievements

Gilbert (Gilly) Bowe was born in 1930 and raised at Springhouse, near Williams Lake, BC - one of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bowe. Gilbert Sr. was the son of Henry Bowe, and the grandson of Herman Bowe who founded the Alkali Lake Ranch in 1860. Gil began riding broncs as a youngster and began his rodeo career when he was in his early teens, riding steers and bareback. As an adult he competed in most events, from bronc riding to the infamous mountain race. He topped the steer decorating and won the saddle bronc at the 1957 Williams Lake Stampede. In Chelan, Washington, in 1960, Gil scored a 94 in saddle bronc - a score unchallenged anywhere in Canada or the US for many years.

In 1961 he entered 6 main events at Burnaby Lake and won every one - plus the all-round buckle. He was ranked in the top three in all of Canada for all-round cowboy. For seven years he rode on the pro circuit in saddle bronc, calf roping, bare back, bull riding, and steer wrestling. Gil has always been more than willing to help out at the drop of a hat. He was one of the founding members of the Interior Rodeo Association, which later became the BCRA. Gil also opperates his own leather and saddle shop - the "Rodeo Shop" where he hand builds saddles, producing as many as 20 saddles a year. He has built many trophy saddles for the different rodeo associations of BC. Since Gil retired from rough stock he spends much of his time competing in team roping as a header or heeler and continues to host BCTRA events at his home arena in Red Rock. Gillie spent years on the amateur and professional rodeo circuit as a competitor and a judge.


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Peggy and Laverne McLeod

Ranching Pioneers

Peggy and Laverne McLeod
Laverne was born March 14, 1924 in Kamloops and moved with his family to the farm in Westwold in December of 1933. Laverne was a rancher from his earliest years. The farm raised sheep, cattle and hay until 1967 when the sheep were sold. The cattle and hay are the mainstay today. As a young man his talents for breaking horses (riding and work) were much in demand throughout the valley. He learned the art of blacksmithing from local pioneer Alex Pringle and would often travel throughout the valley with Alex shoeing horses. In the fall Laverne would harvest Christmas trees and haul them to the coast to sell. On one such trip, through mutual friends, he met Peggy Mullin.

Peggy was born September 13, 1923 in Saskatchewan and at a young age moved with her family to Abbotsford. Peggy earned her teachering certificate and was teaching physical education in Langley when she met Laverne. Laverne and Peggy were married in June 1952 and moved to the home on the farm in Westwold, where they still reside. Peggy adapted well to farm life, the large gardens, doing preserves for winter, and cooking for hired help. Together they raised three children and became actively involved in the community groups and events. As their children grew older Laverne and Peggy became involved in their activities, one being the BC High School Rodeo Association where they both were honoured for their contributions (see photo). To supplement the family income Peggy returned to teaching at Falkland and taught until retiring in 1984. Laverne continued to farm actively until the last few years when son Scott has taken over, although Laverne is still a very integral part of the day to day operations. In the true sense of the words, ranching and pioneers, Laverne and Peggy always have a hot cup of coffee and a warm bed for visitors.

Fred Long


Fredrick James Alexander (Fred) Long Whether it be brush-popping and choking dust on a cattle drive, climbing onto a colt in the breaking corral or driving a team in harness, Fred Long was equally at ease. He was a man with a lifelong passion for horses, cattle ranching and the western lifestyle, and he was proud to be a part of BC's cowboy heritage. Fred was born on December 28, 1938 in Belfast, Ireland. During his teen years, he would steal horses from the gypsies and gallop wildly over the moors - returning his mounts before they were missed. Since this was not quite the cowboy life that he dreamed of, he immigrated to Canada in 1959. First Saskatchewan, then Alberta, then in 1960 Fred went to Vanderhoof, BC. Here he

bought the first cows of his own. Next Fred hired on at Alkali Lake Ranch to break horses, and to cowboy. He chased wild horses south of Alexis Creek, catching nine, by roping them one at a time. From 1965 to 1969 he worked in the Quarter Horse barn at Douglas Lake Ranch. His next move was to Barriere where he set up his own training stable. In 1974, Fred went to England and joined the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, but the lure of the Canadian west called him back again and he returned to the Kamloops area. He managed a stud farm in Barnhartvale, where he also trained racehorses. In 1978, Fred took a job as deputy brand inspector in Kamloops. He moved to Williams Lake in 1980 to a full-time inspector's position until 1999. Fred bought the 147 Mile Ranch in 1984, then a ranch on Enterprise in 1995. Here they had a small bunch of cows, yearlings on grass, and of course, broke and trained horses - until recently when Fred's health slowed him down. Over the years Fred has trained and successfully competed horses in western pleasure, reining, working cow horse, cutting, packing, jumping, racing, and driving! In his lifetime, Fred has ridden, driven or packed over 4,000 horses, 400 of which he broke himself. During the late nineties Fred worked in the movie industry in BC and Alberta. He immensely enjoyed reliving the horse and buggy days in western scenes created for the movies. Over the years he promoted BC's cowboy and ranching heritage by helping out at community activities such as 4H, school education sessions, and cattlemen association meetings. Fred "left this outfit" on October 24th, 2003 for that "spread in the sky." At his funeral in Williams Lake, his casket was carried in a horse drawn wagon to the cemetery. Local teamsters supplied five additional teams and wagons to transport guests to and from the gravesite. Fred shall be missed and remembered. His life has been a journey - from hanging on to the western culture of the working cowboy to embracing better horses and horsemanship through competition.

Charlie Hance

Working Cowboy

Charlie Hance was born October 7, 1900 at Canoe Creek, BC and was raised at Big Bar. At the age of 12 he started to work at the Gang Ranch where he worked most of his life. He also worked for Pudge Moon (Hillcrest Ranch), Harry Durrell (Wineglass Ranch) and Phil McRae (River Ranch), but he always went back to the Gang. Although Charlie's life was horses and cowboying, he lived in Williams Lake for three years working for All Fir and Lignum sawmills. City life didn't appeal to Charlie so he returned to the Gang Ranch. He was given the job as head cowboy at Riske Creek, taking care of steers on the Riske Creek range with his home base at Harper Meadow. Charlie was an excellent horse breaker. He always rode a good cow horse. He took good care of his horses and

expected no less from others. He was always on hand to teach and help the younger cowboys to be top hands. He was well liked and respected by his many friends and co-workers. In his prime he was a competitor in bronc riding, the famous mountain race in Williams Lake, and also did a good job as a pickup man. Charlie never learned to drive a car though it was known, that after a few drinks he gave it a fling, but when it came to driving a team there was none better. Charlie left us July 30, 1983. He is buried in the Toosey Cemetery, in the heart of the country he always called home. Charlie will always be remembered for the good cowboy he was; there's few left like him.

Gerry Bracewell

Ranching Pioneer

Gerry Bracewell was born at Halfway Lake, Alberta in 1922. She lived her early years on the bare back of a steer calf or horse. Her mother bought her a filly when she was eight, but she wasn't allowed a saddle until she was 16. Gerry took a job at the Circle X Ranch in the Tatlayoko Valley of the West Chilcotin. Gerry's life for 62 years has been in this valley, ranching and guiding. Gerry married the son of K.B. Moore, the owner of the Circle X Ranch, and had two sons. She ran the ranch with her Grand Dad Moore during her husband's absence for the war, cowboying with her babies in front or behind of her - the packboxes carrying pillows, diapers and food. Grandpa kept the boys at the ranch while Gerry did the

165 mile cattle drive to the Williams Lake sale. She became a qualified guide/outfitter and for 50 years, guided and outfitted hunters for Grand Dad Moore. Gerry remarried, to Alf Bracewell, in 1954. When Grand Dad Moore passed away, Gerry and Alf took over the Circle X Ranch. They had two more sons, who helped to build the Bracewell's Alpine Wilderness Adventures Lodge. The reins of the family business have been handed over to son Alex and his wife. Gerry has passed her guide/outfitter licence on to Alex as well. Gerry's life has been one of community involvement; being postmistress, census taker, and she is presently the President of the West Chilcotin Historical Society. Gerry and Alf live on the ranch, putting up hay for the horses used at the lodge. Gerry busies herself with grandchildren, cowboy poetry writings, and is just this Fall hosting the CBC "On the Road Again" crew, as they pay tribute to her life.

Joe Rosette Photo by Liz Twan

Working Cowboy

Joe Rosette was a cowboy. It is all he ever did and all he ever knew in his lifetime. He was one of the best, but you would never hear it from him. Unassuming and modest and one of the most likeable individuals that you'd ever meet, Joe was born January 3rd, 1934 at Williams Meadow, Gang Ranch, BC. He never strayed far from his birthplace. He was raised on the famous Gang Ranch & schooled at Dog Creek. Joe started work full time at the Gang Ranch as a 12-year-old, first on the hay crew for a short time before joining the cowboy crew. After a time, Joe rose to the cowboss position working under the management of the Sidwell family, then working for the next Gang manager, Wayne Robinson. He later moved his family to

Empire Valley Ranch, where he spent 9 years as a foreman under the manager at that time, Floyd Fellhauer. Gang Ranch was Joe's home and the pull of the place was strong enough for Joe to return there to work once again. Joe also worked for Mike Fairless - as cowboss and it was his last job on the Gang Ranch. After a brief stint in Walhachin working on a hay ranch that the Sidwells had purchased Joe returned yet again to Empire Valley to work for Tom Hook. At Walhachin Joe was farther away from home than he had ever been for work. In the spring of 1979 Joe moved across the river to the Alkali Lake Ranch to work under Bronc Twan, for the Mervyn family. This was the end of the cowboy road for Joe, he had unloaded his gear for the last time. He spent the next 17 years working under Bronc at Alkali. It was a very unusual thing to see this fine man in a "bad" mood; he always had a smile, a joke or a kind word. He liked children immensely and was always ready to teach an interested person a thing or two about his profession. Joe was also a rodeo cowboy, competing at local rodeos as a team roper. He had friends everywhere, and from every walk of life. There never was a cowboy with whom he worked, that did not respect his abilities. If you ask anyone whom ever knew and worked with this man, the respect and admiration for his ability was unwavering and unilateral. Joe's lifetime was cut short when he passed away suddenly, August 31st, 1996, at the young age of 62, at home, at Alkali Lake Ranch - he was still cowboying daily.


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Danny Lytton

Competitive Achievements

Danny Lytton
Born in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1949 to a pioneer family and raised on a ranch on Powder River, Dan moved with his family to a ranch in Flathead Valley of Western Montana when he was 8 years old. His Uncle Loy Finley bought Mound Ranch at Clinton, BC in 1961. Dan spent a lot of time there before moving to Loon Lake Ranch in 1969 working with Charlie Baker breaking horses, working cattle, and rodeoing. Dan placed in the top ten for just about 30 years before an accident at the finals in Princeton 2000. He was a Canadian Team Roping Assn. director and helped organize many finals before it became CUSTRC. Dan placed at many finals, CTRA ropings and CUSTRA ropings. In Pro Rodeos he placed deep at both

Kamloops Indoor and Williams Lake Stampede, winning 1st at Williams Lake one year. He placed in many Jackpot ropings as well as in Fraser's Instant Rancher Roping and Spring Classic Claresholm, Alberta, Stockman's Choice at High River, Alta where he won a stock trailer in 1991. He also received roping and penning overall High Point Bronze in 1993. In various Truck Ropings from FairView, Grand Prairie, to Claresholm he placed both heading and heeling. Between ranching at Sheridan Lake, breaking horses, trucking hay and livestock all over the province, shoeing a pile of horses (individual's and guest ranches') in 100 Mile House area, he raised four children to be good riders and ropers. They learned to appreciate the lifestyle of rodeo, the good horses you ride, and all the good friends you make along the way. Dan put on many a mile with partners, and later with kids, always optimistic and ready for a good contest. Most of all he loved competing against the big boys with his family. Being confined to a wheelchair since Sept 2000 hasn't stopped Dan from cowboying. He is a certified cattle buyer and still runs over 100 head of cattle in the Sheridan Lake area with his wife Linda and his family. He can often be found miles from home on his ATV keeping an eye on his cattle. In 2002 Dan undertook the task of driving his son, pulling a stock trailer and two horses, to the National High School Rodeo Finals in New Mexico. He is still an active participant at rodeos as an organizer and volunteer.

Ernest Haughton

Ranching Pioneer

Ernest Haughton A lifetime working in the cattle industry has earned Ernest Haughton a place in the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Ernie was born in Knutsford in 1911. He was raised with his siblings on the family's Beresford homestead and spent all his life in the Kamloops area. The Haughton brothers bought up neighbouring homesteads which served as a base for their ranching operations. Ernie and his wife Lillian went on their own and started the Sunny Hills Ranch where they ran up to 350 head of cattle. Ernie had a reputation for picking great breeding bulls. He was always involved in the community, first as a 4-H member at age 17 in 1928, and later as a leader and livestock judge. He was dedicated to the advancement of the cattle industry and, while running his own operation, served on the Kamloops Exhibition Association, chaired the Provincial Winter Fair, was a Director of BC and Canadian Short Horn, Limousin and Angus Associations, a Director of Pacific National Exhibition Livestock Board, Ppresident of the Kamloops Stockmans, BC Cattlemens and BC Livestock Co-op and more. Ernest Haughton loved the ranch life and will be long remembered for his contributions. He passed away in 1986.

Antoine Allen

Working Cowboy

Antoine Allen was born in Oregon in 1853. He made his way to the Cariboo when he was just 9 years old and stayed to work for Jerome and Thaddeus Harper at their ranch on the Fraser River near Dog Creek. He drove cattle on some of the longest known trails from Washington and Oregon to the Cariboo. Antoine and Jerome Harper drove cattle to the Barkerville market at the height of the gold rush. In later years he went on beef drives with the Pat Burns Company. In 1871 at age 18, Antoine went to school in Cache Creek. Three years later he visited Oregon to reunite with his family. On his return to BC, Antoine worked at the Harper Ranch east of Kamloops. He had many wild adventures on the cattle drive trails but in time settled in the Kamloops area and married

Sarah Ignace. The couple had four daughters. Antoine worked for Pat Burns on Newman Range and in later years spent his summers prospecting at the mouth of Jamison Creek on the North Thompson. Antoine Allen passed away in 1936. He was 83. Allen is buried on the Kamloops Indian Reserve.

Hugh Cornwall
Sonia Cornwall

Ranching Pioneer and Artistic Achievements

Hugh Cornwall was born in 1912 on the family ranch near Ashcroft that was founded in 1862 by his grandfather Clement F Cornwall. He finished school and worked on the ranch for several years before starting a charter plane service using the ranch airstrip. During WWII, he served overseas with the Seaforth Highlanders and re-enlisted in the RCAF as a flying instructor. After the war, Hugh returned to the Cariboo and took the job of assistant fieldman for the Cariboo Cattlemen's Association and in 1946 became the district fieldman.
Sonia, daughter of Charles and Vivien Cowan, owners of the historic Onward Ranch, married Hugh in 1947. The couple managed the 150 Mile Ranch, which was owned by the Onward. When the 150 Ranch was sold, Hugh and Sonia ran the Onward until the main ranch was sold in 1965. They re-located at Jones Lake, land that was originally Onward hay meadows and pastures, where they ranched until Hugh's death in 2001. Sonia still lives on the ranch. Hugh believed it was every cattleman's duty to be involved in organizations that protected and benefited the industry. He served terms as President of the Cariboo Cattlemens and BC Cattlemens Associations. Hugh was a leader in expanding the boundaries of the cattlemens associations to represent the needs of the ranching industry throughout the whole province, as opposed to the traditional small geographic segments. Sonia has a passion for painting, and is a charter member of the Cariboo Arts Society, formed at the Onward by her mother Vivien Cowan, in 1945. A.Y. Jackson and other well-known

artists were frequent visitors at the ranch. Sonia studied painting but had to put her art career on hold to help run the ranch after her father's death. When she married Hugh Cornwall she worked along side him on the ranch. The couple raised two daughters. After Hugh and Sonia moved to the Jones Lake Ranch and the children were grown, she took up painting again. Despite the busy life on a ranch, she has turned out numerous paintings portraying the natural beauty of the ranching way of life. Her paintings are sought after worldwide.

Randolph Mulvahill

All Round

Randolph Mulvahill rancher, bronc rider and rodeo stock provider was born in 1917 at Chezacut. He is the youngest son of ranchers Charlie and Martha. From an early age the Mulvahill boys worked with the livestock on the ranch and broke the colts. Every year the family took the four day trip on horseback to the Williams Lake Stampede. Randolph became a competitor in 1937 and dominated the saddle bronc event for several years (riders had to stay on for 10 seconds then). Knowing that a good bucking horse was essential for a high score, Randolph began bringing his own bucking stock to the Stampede in 1938. The Mulvahill stock was good and soon gained a reputation throughout the rodeo world. He also raised saddle horses and Hereford cattle on his ranch, which is part of his parent's original place. He sold his bucking stock in the 1960s to different contractors. One load of 350 head, to Dale Miller of Kamloops, was the largest bunch of horses shipped from the Chilcotin at one time. Randolph retired in 1989 and lives with his wife Kathy on Spade Ranch at Alexis Creek.

Wendell Monical

Working Cowboy and Horseman

Wendell Monical is well respected as a working cowboy and horseman. He has spent most of his life in the saddle. In fact, Wendell believes anything that can't be done 'a-horseback' isn't worth his time and effort. Monical came to BC in 1962 and co-owned and managed a 700 head cow/calf operation on the 105 Mile Ranch. By establishing a Crown cow range where once only wild horses roamed, he increased the operation to 1200 head. Wendell's far sightedness has made him an influential member of the cattle industry. The 105 Mile Ranch was sold in 1970 and Wendell tried ranching in several other locations around the province but always came back to the Cariboo, eventually buying back the old ranch. Wendell is still raising cattle on the 105 Mile Ranch and spends much of his time training cow ponies and cow dogs to help work their cattle. He has also been known to write a little cowboy poetry in his spare time.


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Joe Coutlie

Working Cowboy

Joe Coutlee, born Nov 24, 1867, spent his early days helping at his fathers hotel and ranch. At the age of 10, Joe was working cattle with a Mexican packer, Joseph Castillion, helping his father on cattle drives to Yale. At age 23, he started working at the Douglas Lake Ranch and 10 years later he was the cow boss. He had a talent for accurately calculating the number of cattle that could be held in a field, and for how long - the mark of a good range manager. He also had the uncanny ability to identify individual animals out of a herd of 13,000. At Douglas Lake, Joe developed his own band of horses and all wore the Joe Coutlee JK brand. The stories of Joe's prowess as a

cowboy, horseman, cattle and range manager are countless. Joe and his wife, Muggins, were together for 45 years and raised six children. He spent 55 years on the Douglas Lake Ranch, working every day until six months before his death from cancer in 1945. He is buried near his childhood home in Shulus, alongside his mother.

Dave Perry

Joan Perry

All-around Cowboys

Joan Perry & Dave Perry
David James Perry was born in 1926 on the Bonaparte Reserve near Cache Creek, BC. He was a top contender in the rodeo circuit, specializing in bareback riding. He was a skilled calf roper. As one of BC's top cowboys, Dave captured the all-around title at the Williams Lake Stampede in 1952, 1954, 1955 and 1957. With ten years on the rodeo circuit, Dave turned his interests to raising rodeo stock at his ranch in Cache Creek and later formed a partnership with Garry Hook. Their rough stock thrilled audiences from the Williams Lake Stampede to Calgary Stampede and the NFR in Oklahoma City. Dave was the first to start rodeo schools in BC. He helped establish and promote both indoor rodeo and professional rodeo in BC, and built and introduced portable chutes enabling the smaller centres to put on rodeos.

Joan Stewart was born in 1936 on the Upper Nicola Indian reserve. She spent her childhood helping on her uncle's ranch. As a young girl, she entered gymkhanas on her big horse, King, winning many awards. Joan concentrated on barrel racing and has been at the top of her game since 1976 when she won the IRA barrel racing championship. She is a seven-time barrel racing champion from various rodeo associations, has numerous

runner-up titles, and is a lifetime Gold Card Member of the BC Barrel Racers Association. Joan is active in organizing and teaching barrel racing and horse handling with her friend, Sandy Pasco. She is a long time director of the WIREA which promotes the family unit and 'stick horse' racing for tiny tots. Joan and Dave Perry met in 1956, were married soon after and had six children. Dave was taken away suddenly in 1970 at the age of 44. Joan and children carried on at the family ranch.

Pat Stewart & Bill Stewart

Working Cowboys and Artistic

Bill and Pat Stewart's contributions to the ranching industry include years of work with the Stockman and Cattlemen Associations as well as 4H. In addition, Bill was a cowboy poet and Pat is a writer and ranching historian, whose articles have appeared in numerous publications. Bill was born in 1906 on the North Thompson's Glensullivan Ranch, established by his father, Frank. Pat's family moved to the area in the early 1940s and the couple wed in 1944. They bought the ranch when the senior Stewarts retired in 1950. The first office of the BC Livestock Producers Co-Operative

Association was opened in Kamloops in the late 1950s and Bill became barn supervisor, often sleeping in the office at night to deal with the cattle which came in at all hours. Pat spent 25 years volunteering at the stockyards. In the early 1970s, Bill went to work for the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1979, the Stewarts sold the ranch, but the family, which includes two daughters and a son, continued to live there. Bill passed away in June, 1984. The family established a scholarship in his memory at Cariboo College (now Two Rivers University) for students majoring in agriculture-related fields. Pat remained on the ranch until 1994 when she moved into Kamloops where she continues her keen interest in the ranching community and is a valuable resource for those seeking information on ranching.

Louie Bates


Louie Bates, born in 1919, on the Sugar Cane Reservation near Williams Lake, was known throughout the ranching/rodeo world as an exceptional horseman. Louie was riding at an early age and had a special rapport with horses. Working for the Mayfields at 141 Mile House, no one could match his riding skills. Louie was a natural bronc rider. His cowboy life was interrupted by World War II. He returned a war hero, but as a First Nations veteran, lost his Indian status. He still had his ability to train horses and was in much demand. Louie was a legend on the rodeo circuit as a saddle bronc rider, staying on bucking horses no one else could ride. He rode with the best in BC, Alberta and the US. He was best All-Around Cowboy at the Williams Lake Stampede in 1949 and 1950. He competed in saddle bronc, bareback, steer riding, roping

and the wild horse race. When his days of competing were over, Louie found work training horses at race courses in the southern US and was licensed to train on every track in North America. Louie married Doreen Sellers from Soda Creek after the war and they had one son, Marvin Bates. Louie Bates is buried at the Sugar Cane cemetery. His gravestone says it all - "Best All Round."



Cowboy Family

The Twan and Maurice Families
The Twan family history in the Cariboo pre-dates the gold rush. Charles (Twan) Tuan came as a fur trader from Quebec in the early 1830s. He met and married Mary Cletsus at Fort Alexandria. Their eldest son, John Sanford Twan, was born in 1853, at Fort Alexandria. When the Hudson Bay Company closed the fort during the gold rush, John bought the property. He and his wife Rosalie had twelve children, eight of whom survived past childhood. Irvine, Dave, Bill, Clarence, Evelyn and Charlie and many of their descendants, over five generations, have spent, and still are spending, their lives in ranching and rodeo. They were involved in thoroughbred racing and rodeo competitions, and managed notable ranches, such as the Alkali Lake Ranch, Onward Ranch, Chilco Ranch and others in BC.

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Charlie is the last surviving member of their family of 12.
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Evelyn & Hermie Maurice

The Maurice Family has been intertwined with the Twan family since Hermie Maurice, born in 1916 in Calgary, came to BC in the 1930s finding a job at Chilco Ranch. In 1942, while competing at the Riske Creek Rodeo, Hermie met Evelyn Twan and left Chilco to work at the Alkali Lake Ranch with Evelyn's brother, Bill. Hermie and Evelyn married in 1943 and had four children, Sharon, David, Lawrence and Rosalee. The Maurice's stayed at Alkali for 16 years. Hermie was the St Joseph's Mission ranch foreman, Evelyn was chief cook. They stayed there until the ranch sold in 1980. Hermie died in 1988, but his love of ranching and rodeo lives on in his children and grandchildren who have many accomplishments as cowboys and rodeo competitors.

Palmantier Joan Palmantier Gentles

Cowboy Family

The Palmantier Family Leonard Palmantier came to the Cariboo in 1914 as an adult, with a string of horses from Riverside, Washington. He married Josephine Grambush of the Chilcotin First Nations in 1935. Of their seven children, five have been involved in rodeo: Fred, George, Jack, Julie and Joan. They and their families, three generations, are all living in the Cariboo in the Riske Creek area. The family members were professional bull riders, bareback and saddle bronc riders, competed in barrel racing, raised rodeo stock, and judged rodeos. They have won titles such as the Interior Rodeo Association Overall, Wes DeRose Memorial Trophy for the most sportsman-like competitor, the North American Saddle Bronc Championship. The women are noted for being Canada's Indian Princess, a BC Indian Princess, a Williams Lake Stampede Queen, and one of the first women to be certified as a rodeo judge.


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Ray Thomson


Ray Thomson was born in Wyoming in 1928 and grew up in a cowboy tradition which we will see no more. When he was barely in his teens, Ray was starting colts. He spent his summer working for the great cowman Rex Wardell. The lessons he learned and skills he gained here stayed with him all his life. In 1953 the Thomson family purchased Hillcrest Ranch from Pudge Moon and moved to Riske Creek. For the next 25 years Ray worked on the ranch building up a herd of horned Hereford cattle. In the 1960s he brought some registered quarter horse mares and a Stormy Weather stallion up from Montana. From then until his death Ray raised and sold registered cow horses that packed his Bench H brand to rodeos and ropings around the country. They were intelligent and they were cowy. He said he would always have a good horse in the corral until the day he

died and he did. He is remembered by his many good friends and loving family as a man who was generous in sharing his knowledge and experience, a good teacher, a great observer of nature, and a man with a sense of humour and fun. He is remembered for being a great horseman and for breeding some of the finest horses in the country.

Floyd Grinder

Competetive Achievments

Floyd Grinder was born on the family ranch near Clinton in 1942. His family were pioneer ranchers in the area since the 1800's and Floyd learned all the ranching skills at a young age. As a youngster he helped his father to bring cattle from the Gang Ranch to the railhead at Ashcroft. He used to tell stories about running wild horses off Big Bar Mountain with his Dad and brothers. Rodeo was one of Floyd's great loves. He competed in rodeos all over western North America and won many championships and all-round titles over the years. Floyd once represented BC at the Calgary Stampede as part of the BC Rodeo Team. He was also awarded the BC Rodeo Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. When

Floyd wasn't riding in a rodeo, he could usually be seen helping with the stock, pulling gates and helping other riders. Floyd ran a successful logging operation for 23 years, and was a licensed big game guide and outfitter, and a licensed trapper. He initiated the very successful Clinton "Old Timers Rodeo" held annually for 9 years. In every path Floyd chose throughout his life, he was always a gentleman of the highest magnitude. He was loved and well respected by all who came into his life.

Harry Marriott

Artistic Achievments & Ranching Pioneer

Harry Marriott Rancher and pioneer Harry Marriott was born in 1891 and came to the British Columbia Interior in 1912. He got off the train at Ashcroft and traveled by horse drawn wagon to the Gang Ranch where he worked as a cowhand and managed the Crow's Bar. Harry joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and served for three years in World War I. Shortly after returning from the war, he filed a homestead claim on Big Bar Lake flat, where he started his own cattle ranch. 1920 Harry married Peg Price and they had one son, Ronnie. The Marriotts acquired smaller surrounding ranches, which Harry consolidated into the O.K. Ranching Company. By the 1930s, cattle prices were down and Peg decided to open a fishing and holiday camp on Big Bar Lake to

supplement the ranch income. She operated the guest ranch for 43 years. Harry is the author of the book "Cariboo Cowboy" which describes ranch life as he lived it and the early ranching families in the Gang Ranch, Big Bar, Clinton area of the Cariboo. Harry died in 1969 in his 79th year.

Gary Hook with Black Hawk Gary Hook with Black Hawk
1968 Canadian Bucking
Horse of the Year


The Hook Family Reg Hook, a working cowboy and teamster was born in Saskatchewan in 1909. In 1938, Reg, his wife Bertha and three children, Jim, Garry and Connie moved to Pinantan Lake and built a log lodge with their uncle and aunt, Roy and Mary Hines. Soon, five more children were added to the family, Mae, Ardyce, Roger, Rick and Harley. Reg rode broncs as a young man in the 1920s. He and his brother owned a dairy farm from 1938 to 1994. In 1944 Reg started Hooks Ranches Ltd. To start the herd, Hook drove cattle from Duffy Ranch at Cherry Creek through Kamloops to the lease on Westsyde Road. The Hook ranch boasted 500 head of breeding cows and 100 head of yearlings by 1959. Reg was the first rancher in the area to try to breed buffalo with cattle and had the first buffalo calf born in captivity. He was the first rancher to bring Charolois cattle to BC. Reg also raised and broke horses

on his ranch that were later used as rope horses in rodeo competitions. He ran a herd of 25 brood mares and sold many to rodeo stock provider Joe Kelsey. He was instrumental in getting the Charter of, and starting, the Kamloops Exhibition Association. Hook was active in all aspects of ranch life and was also a well-respected cattle buyer for Canada Packers from 1945 until his death in 1959. He was known as one of the best cattlemen in the area. Reg's eight children, and his grandchildren, were born to the ranch life. Many have excelled in local and national rodeo, and raised some of the world's top rodeo stock. The family has been instrumental in introducing indoor rodeo to BC, and members of the family have held positions on the boards of Canadian Rodeo Association, BC Cutting Horse Association, the Canadian Cutting Horse Breeders Association, Kamloops Pro Rodeo Committee, and the Canadian Rodeo Board of Directors.

Anne and Alex Paxton

Competetive Achievments &
Ranching Pioneer

Alex and Ann Paxton were both descendants of some of the first families to come to the Cariboo/Chilcotin. Both were born, raised and spent their whole lives in the area cowboying on ranches and competing in rodeos. Alex Paxton, a third generation Paxton, was born at the Onward Ranch in 1903. His parents were Tom and Agnes Paxton. Alex learned about ranching early in his life and his talent with horses soon became evident. He began breaking horses when he was 16 and entered the bronc riding event at the Williams Lake Stampede in 1923. He competed in Calgary, Winnipeg, and the U.S. He rode with the best of

them including Pete Knight. In the mid 1940s, Alex married Ann, daughter of Hortense and Frank English, born 1913 at 4 Mile Creek. Ann was a capable cowgirl and hard worker. She competed many years in the Williams Lake Stampede riding race horses. In 1933 she won the Silver Cup in the Pony Express race. They bought Spain Lake Ranch in 1949 and stayed there until 1970. Ann and Alex competed together and won in team roping for many years. Ann died in 1986 and Alex in 1999, both cowboys to the end.

Paddy Cripps

Working Cowgirl & Ranching Pioneer

Frances Patricia (Paddy) Cripps was the daughter of Alkali Lake Ranch owners Charles and Mary Wynn Johnson. She was born in 1907 and spent her formative years at Alkali. Paddy spent as much time as possible astride a horse or at the barns. Paddy remembered going to Williams Lake, to see the first stampede. Leonard Palmantier, who was breaking horses at the Alkali Lake ranch, was riding in the rodeo. Branding was done in early July and Paddy was there for every minute of it helping to round up seven or eight hundred cows and calves. In 1929 Paddy married Pack Harris. They had two children. With a nanny to care for Jim and Cherie, Paddy continued her cowgirl life at Alkali until the ranch was sold in 1939. They purchased the Big Lake Ranch and Paddy ran the ranch and worked part time at the local stockyards after Pack passed away. She was a dedicated rancher and active in community affairs. In 1941, Paddy married Harold Cripps. Three children, Julie, Wade and Clint were born. They sold the ranch in 1956 and purchased Chilako Ranch near Prince George and ranched there until 1970. Paddy was a working cowgirl to the end and proved equal to the best of her peers. She passed away in 1983.

Cyclone Smith

Competetive Achievments

Lloyd 'Cyclone' Smith "Cariboo Country's Immortal Cowboy" "Cyclone" Smith came to the Cariboo in 1919 from Davenport Washington. He worked on cattle ranches cowboying and breaking horses and was one of the early performers and organizers at the Williams Lake Stampede. He earned the name Cyclone for his wild bareback and saddle bronc rides. He delighted the crowds, piling up honours over the years while thrilling the spectators with his flamboyant style and dashing good looks. Smith and his business partner, Beatrice Colonna an Italian princess, owned and operated a ranch and lodge at Timothy Lake in the Lac La Hache area. Cyclone Smith was killed in a freak accident at the Williams Lake Stampede in 1932. He was the arena manager at that time and was filling in as a pick up man when his horse and a lunging bronc collided and he was trapped under the thrashing animals. Smith's only son, (Tornado) Torry, was only four at the time and was adopted and raised by his aunt Hazel Exhsaw, Lloyd's sister.

James Clark

Competetive Achievments

James Clark was born in Grant Co., Oregon in 1907 and came to British Columbia in 1929 settling in the Cheslatta, Ootsa Lake area. Jim started competing in saddle bronc riding at western US rodeos when he was a teenager. At age 16 he won silver studded spurs as a prize at the Cloverland, Washington rodeo and rode in the Pendleton Roundup in 1927. After arriving in Cheslatta, Jim continued to rodeo and helped to organize rodeos at Ootsa Lake. The poster for the 1932 Ootsa Lake rodeo featured a picture of Jim on a bucking horse named Dirty Dan. Not only did he compete, but he rounded up stock for local rodeos. He competed in the Williams Lake and Green Lake Stampedes in 1931. Clark kept riding saddle broncs until the late 1950s. In 1957, at age 50, Jim won the top rider trophy at Kispiox. After retiring from saddle bronc he still competed in all

the Gymkhana events. He was always willing to help young riders with their horses and equipment, providing mounts from his own stock. On his small ranch at Cheslatta, Jim raised horses and cattle and it was also headquarters for his guiding business. The Clarks sold the ranch in 1979 and retired to Quesnel where Jim died in 1991.


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Alan Fry

Artistic Achievments

Alan Fry was born on the family ranch near Lac La Hache in 1931. His roots are ingrained in art and ranching. His grandfather, Roger Fry was a well known artist and art critic in England and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Alan's father, Julian, studied agriculture in England and from the time he first arrived in Canada in 1923, was committed to cattle ranching and to the development of cattlemen's associations. In the summer of 1943, Alan was twelve years old and went out to work on nearby ranches. He had to become a man and under the watchful eye of the master, Gussy Haller, learned ranching skills.

By the time he was sixteen he had cowboyed on various ranches in the Kamloops area to earn his keep. He left ranching for a year to attend University of BC and then joined the Canadian Army Active Force. He returned to ranching in 1952 and later joined the Department of Indian Affairs where he spent twenty years. In 1974, Alan left Indian Affairs and settled in the Yukon where he lives today with wife Eileen. In 1962 his book The Ranch on the Cariboo was first published. Since then he has had four more books published.

Jake Coutlee

Working Cowboy

Jesse Jacob (Jake) Coutlee, born in Merritt, September 1942, raised at Douglas Lake where his father, Oscar, ran the farm crew. Jake's career began at Douglas Lake around 1955. He was fourteen when Mike Ferguson assigned him to roping calves for branding. He had been driving teams with the farm crew since he was nine but wasn't on the payroll until he started working for Mike, and stayed working at the Douglas Lake Ranch until his retirement in 2007. Over the 50 plus years Jake worked on the ranch he could tell the history and details of every cow horse on the ranch. He kept track of other things too, such as the fifty-two different cooks that worked at the ranch while he was there. He was a man to watch if you wanted to learn to do

things right. He led by example and many cowboys, novice or experienced, learned from him. Jake was a top hand, legendary cow man and highly skilled with a rope. For a few years, Jake and his team roping partner Scotty Holmes were contenders in the local rodeo circuit but it was hard to travel too far afield working six days a week. It has been said about Jake, that any cowboys who rode with him over the years had 'something to brag about'.

Percy Minnabarriet

Competetive Achievments

Percy Minnabarriet was raised at 89 Mile near Spences Bridge. His first job was cowboying at the Ashcroft Ranch. He began rodeoing when he was sixteen. He won his first steer-riding competition and that was the start of his career. Percy married Marie and they had six sons and three daughters. With a family that size, juggling a job, getting to rodeos, and finding money for entry fees was not easy. The family always traveled with him in his 1948 Ford with the youngest in a banana box. In the off season Percy worked at area ranches. He received his Gold Card Life Membership from Pro Rodeo Canada in 1979, honouring his twenty-five years as a professional rodeo cowboy. In 1971 he was BC's champion calf roper and won All Around cowboy on other occasions. His rodeo career came to an end when he lost his pride and joy, Ben, his roping horse. The gate to the field where Ben was grazing, was left open and he got out

and was hit and killed on the highway. Percy didn't have the heart to start over again with another horse. Percy died in May 2001 and is buried in the family cemetery at 89 Mile.

Maiden Creek Ranch - the Dougherty family

Century Ranch

Maiden Creek Ranch In 1862, Edward and Elizabeth Dougherty established a farm and popular roadhouse on Maiden Creek. Today the fourth generation of Doughertys operate the ranch and the fifth generation of children is being brought up there. A crabapple tree, planted in 1887 to mark the birth of youngest son Charles, still watches over the family. Edward Sr. died in 1897 and oldest son Edward III managed the

ranch until he married in 1902 and moved to a homestead in the Bonaparte Valley. His brother Thomas ran the ranch until WW1 when he enlisted. Edward's son Charlie married Mary Jane Pollard in 1912 and managed the ranch, raising nine daughters and one son, Charles II. He was born in 1929 and stayed on the ranch continuing to operate it after Charlie died in 1968. Charles II married Helene Charryon in 1956 and ran the ranch untill his death in 1973, after which Helene managed the business and the two oldest sons, Chuck and Ray, did the outside ranch work. The ranch is a traditional cow/calf operation. The Doughertys recently built an indoor arena where ropers, cattle penners, and barrel races compete and practice in the winter months. Fourth generation Dougherty, Raymond, and his wife Jody now manage the Maiden Creek Ranch for Helene and the brothers and sisters. It is thought to be the oldest century ranch in British Columbia.

Pan Phillips

Ranching Pioneer

Pan Phillips Floyd Phillips, known as Panhandle or Pan for short was born 1910 in Illinois and came to the Cariboo in 1933 with his friend Rich Hobson looking to start a cattle ranch. The partners went to Anahim Lake and found natural meadows north east over the Itcha Mountains at the headwaters of the Blackwater River. They established the Home Ranch there. Phillips ran the isolated Home Ranch bringing in supplies twice a year by horse and wagon. Every fall he drove cattle 100 miles through the Cariboo range country and forest to Nazko, or 60 miles beyond to Quesnel. The rugged drive took 21 long, cold days. Home Ranch remained almost completely cut off from the outside, accessible only by horse and in later years by light plane. Pan became a director of the Quesnel Cattlemen's Association and a stockholder in the BC Cattleman's Association. When the

ranch was sold in 1969, the Frontier Cattle Company had over 2,000 head of cattle ranging over 1,000 deeded acres and 20,000 acres of leased land. That's when Phillips ended his career as a rancher and opened Pan Phillips hunting and fishing lodge at Tsetzi Lake. Phillips died May 28, 1983 at age 73. He is immortalized in the Rich Hobson stories Grass Beyond the Mountains, the Rancher Takes a Wife, and Nothing Too Good For a Cowboy.

Rosalie and John Siebert

Working Cowboys

Rosalie and John Siebert John Siebert, raised in Chilliwack BC, came to the Cariboo when he was nineteen to work for Ike Kerrs of Clinton where he learned the cattle business. The Kerrs used horses for all ranch work so John became expert at training, driving, riding and maintaining horses under the guidance of Ike Kerrs. Later he was head rider for Gang Ranch and eventually ended up working on Dick Church's ranch in the Chilcotin area. The Church family ranch in Big Creek was started in 1902 when Herbert Church pre-empted

the land. There, he met and married Rosalie, daughter of Dick and Rona Church. Rosalie Siebert started her career as a cowgirl in early life. When only three years old she was riding on a regular basis with her dad. She learned the art of tracking and handling cattle, running horses and survival in the rugged Chilcotin country. At age five, Rosalie accompanied her dad to trail two train loads of horses from Ashcroft to Big Creek. She continued working on the ranch all of her growing-up years. After John and Rosalie were married they worked as a team cowboying, both capable of riding the range, gathering horses and trailing them through the jackpine forests. They are both experts with cattle as well. John and Rosalie are now retired and live just outside of Williams Lake.

Mulvahill Family


Mulvahill Family Charlie Mulvahill came to BC from the US in 1908 to freight on the Cariboo Wagon Road between Ashcroft and Barkerville. He pre-empted land at Chezacut Lake in 1909. He and Martha Copeland married in 1912 and started a ranch on the pre-empted property in 1914. The Mulvahills had three children, Eleanor, Bill and Randolph. Along with Hereford cattle, the Mulvahills raised horses. The two boys became proficient at breaking and training horses for work and riding. To amuse themselves, the brothers rode unbroken horses and inevitably they entered stampede competitions. Bill earned the nickname "Wild Bill" because of his daredevil approach to rodeoing and his willingness to try foolhardy stunts, even saddling and riding a moose. He won the bull riding contest at his first rodeo in 1936 and continued to compete for several years. Bill began building

his share of the famous "Broncs of Mulvahills" after the war. The stock earned a reputation for being a tough ride. Roy Mulvahill, oldest son of Bill and Violet, started his own successful cattle and horse ranch at Chezacut, following in his Father's footsteps, supplying bucking stock for rodeos in the true Mulvahill tradition. Roy was born and raised in Chezacut. He is well known for his horse breaking techniques and specializes in draft horse sales. He inherited his grandfather's skill as a teamster and has trained many teams to drive. For a few years in the 1990s, Roy offered old time wagon train trips from Chezacut to the Williams Lake Stampede.


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Palmer Family


Palmer Family - Bill and Jim The Palmer Family has an extensive history in the ranching and cattle industry. William Palmer established pre-emptive claims in Rockford, BC in the early 1870's. The cattle herd was derived from some of the best breeds brought to BC from the Yakima Valley. William II was raised in the Rockford area, moved to Kamloops area and amalgamated several parcels of land to form the Palmer Ranch at Heffley Creek, BC. William II's son, Doug purchased the Palmer Ranch from his father in 1928. In 1952 his sons Bill and Jim formed and developed the Seven-O Ranch into a modern ranch with Hereford and Shorthorn cattle, alfalfa, oats, barley and wheat crops. The family ran the ranch until 1968 when it was

sold. Bill and Jim are still active in the ranching industry. Bill has put in 40+ years at the BC Livestock Co-op, cowboyed at several local ranches, rodeoed and been involved in a Government cattle program. Jim has also cowboyed at several local ranches, team roped, judged horse shows and remains active cowboying with the Lloyd Creek and Seven-O Ranches.

Gordon Earl


Gordon Earl was born September 12, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He and his family moved when he was a child to Newgate, BC, where he ranched until his passing in 1992. Gordon was very involved with rodeo - it was the love of his life! He participated in several events during his years, and had many accomplishments in rodeo. In both 1953 and 1954 he was awarded Calgary and Canadian bull riding and bareback riding championships, and was the Canadian and Calgary Stampede All Round Champion in 1954. In 1994 he was inducted into the Canadian Pro-Rodeo hall of fame. Gordon also won several circuit rodeos through the years. Due to an unfortunate logging accident, Gordon passed away in 1992. The family ran a cow/calf operation for many years. He was a dedicated family man raising two sons alongside his wife of 46 years, Lorna.

Thomas Graham

Competitive & Ranching Pioneer

Thomas JW Graham was born on his Uncle William Fortunes (one of the famous Overlanders) farm on November 3, 1875, in the Kamloops area on the north side of the Thompson River. His parents had emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1870. Tom pre-empted 360 acres on the south side of Summit Lake, or Lackenby, now known as Monte Lake, BC where he farmed, and raised cattle. In 1909 he married Florence Emily Stickney. They had 5 children. In 1907, Tom went to Victoria and entered one of BC's very first rodeos. He won the "Bronco busting" championship of BC! He repeated this feat in both 1908 and 1909. This probably makes him the first person to win the title. He received the leather belt and buckle to keep, as well as the keys to the city of Victoria. Tom broke wild horses for the First World War and boarded workers when the railroad came through. He often would trade horses with people coming

through the Valley that needed a fresh horse. One of those people was Billy Miner. Tom was instrumental in helping to organize the first Falkland Stampede. He was on the original committee and competed in the first rodeo. He was one of the pick up men when his son Howard won the bronc riding championship at the Falkland Stampede in 1934 and again in 1936. He passed away in January of 1948, and his wife in July of 1952. He has two surviving children, son Howard Graham and daughter Dodie Langton.

Warner Philip

Ranching Pioneer & 2009 Century Ranch

Warner D Philip was born Dec 28, 1920, the son and grandson of homesteaders who came from Washington State in 1909 to the Long Lake area, and it was here that Warner lived and ranched all his life. In the mid-30's and early 40s, local ranchers gathered their market cattle together. As one of the group, Warner recalled driving them on horseback to Kamloops to be shipped by rail to Vancouver or Calgary. In 1941 their father died, leaving Warner, just 20, and his brother Russell to manage the ranch. At that time, horses were used in all phases of farm and ranch work. In his younger days, Warner was the local "vet" for neighbours having calving problems or ailing animals. He

was deeply involved in many organizations and activities related to the beef industry. Over the years, Warner faithfully attended local and regional stock association meetings and was on the BC Livestock Co-op board for 23 years. Over the years, the ranch has grown to over 3000 acres, the number and quality of cattle steadily improving. Although mechanization and hydro have considerable reduced the workload and manual labour on the ranch, the cowboy and his horse remain essential to its operation. Warner passed away August 2005, leaving his son, Peter, to continue operating the Philip family ranch, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2009.

Mary Ann Ross

Working Cowboy

Mary Ann Ross was born in the Kleena Kleene Valley on April 1, 1913, the daughter of George Turner, an American relocated to the Chilcotin, and Louisa One Eye, daughter of Tsilqotin Chief One Eye. The Turners raised both horses and cattle at Kleena Kleene. Mary Ann learned about trapping and the outdoors from her father, the traditional Indian ways from her mother, and how to raise stock from both of them. Like her mother she was an excellent horseman, and a daring one, and began working with cattle when she was about six years old. Mary Ann married Jim Ross who ranched at Redstone with his brothers. Shortly after their marriage, the couple bought a place

at Charlotte Lake, and later at Chezacut. Jim and Mary Ann had 12 children. They moved about for a few years working on various ranches. Whether it was putting up hay, feeding cattle, rounding up or riding the range, Mary Ann was always an integral part of the crew. Her way was quiet and slow, and she had a good sense of humour. She could be in the saddle for hours on end without seeming to tire, always getting the cattle where they were supposed to be. Everything Mary Ann did, she did well. She was a top hand, an excellent craftsperson, and a good cook. Mary passed away in Williams Lake in July 2001.

Raybone Johnson

Working Cowboy

Raymond (Raybone) E Johnson Sr was born at Alkali Lake on August 17, 1925. He started working on the Alkali Lake Ranch at the age of 15 and never left until he retired - as a cowboy - at the age of 64, Aug 17, 1990. Ray and his wife Elsie had 11 children. Ray spent 50 years in the saddle working on the same ranch. Ray was always ready to help a youngster and he had a happy demeanor that made him a pleasure to be around. Ray also worked the old forge and he was good at building horseshoes, built a lot of his own tack, and broke his own horses. You could send him out in any kind of weather and he

got the job done with no whining or complaining. He was capable of using his head, and was never at a loss for how to get something accomplished no matter what the circumstances or conditions. He had his share of the usual cowboy wrecks, but bounced back, smiling and ready to carry on. For many, many years Raybone was the ranch ironman, applying the perfect brand each and every time. He was proud of his work, whether he was chopping water holes in -40 weather, or peeling corral rails in 100 degrees, or while riding the range in all weather chasing cows. He was a real cowboy. Ray passed away in 1996.

Rich Hobson

Artistic Achievements

Richmond P Hobson Jr. was born 1907 in Washington DC, son of Rear Admiral Richmond P and Grizelda Hobson. In 1934, while working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, Hobson and his friend Panhandle Phillips decided to head to the 'new frontier', the Cariboo Chilcotin, in search of range land. Hobson and Phillips crossed the Itcha Mountains to the headwaters of the Blackwater River where the home ranch of the Frontier Cattle Company was established. By the late 1930s the company had four million acres of controlled range land between Williams Lake and Vanderhoof. In 1944 Hobson married Gloria McIntosh and in 1945, a year later, the couple started Rimrock Ranch and later the River Ranch. Rich Hobson died of a heart attack at the age of 58, August 1966. His name is known far and wide by fans of his literary works first copy

written in the 1950's and 60's, "Grass Beyond the Mountains', "Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy", and the "The Rancher Takes a Wife". With laconic cowboy humour and the ease of a born writer, Rich Hobson describes the life-and-death escapades, the funny and tragic incidents peopled with extraordinary frontier characters, in a true adventure series that surpasses the most thrilling wild west fiction. These stories went on to become a major CBC TV series, which premiered January 8, 1998.


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Frank Gleeson

Artistic Achievements

Frank Gleeson - Local rancher, cowboy poet, humorist and singer/songwriter Frank Gleeson has been entertaining folks with his fast-paced rhymes since the early 1990s when he made his first public appearance at a Williams Lake Fall Fair. Frank came to the Williams Lake area from Saskatchewan in 1962 and married Betty in 1963. They have been ranching north of Williams Lake at Lone Birch Ranch since 1984. Frankís poetry tells of their love of ranching and their experiences - the stories of backwards calves, snotty cows, and cold nights. Frank has performed at major festivals and cowboy gatherings all over the North West and on both sides of the border, including several appearances at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. He is the only

Canadian to perform at Elko, Nevada for five consecutive years. The Academy of Western Artists has nominated Frank for the male Cowboy Poet for Humour on several occasions. Frank was named Williams Lakeís official Cowboy Poet in 2003. He is known as the fastest poet in the west for his rapid-fire delivery. He has written five books of poetry and has four CDs and Cassettes all of his original material.

Clarence Jules

Working Cowboy

Clarence Jules - Raised on his parent's farm near Kamloops, Clarence Jules always enjoyed working with animals. He was born in Kamloops in 1926 and attended Indian Residential school until he reached the ninth grade. While at the school he milked the cows and looked after the horses. After leaving school he worked haying for a rancher, milked cows by hand at a dairy, and spent seven years working at the Palmer Ranch in Heffley Creek. In 1952, Clarence married Delores Casimir and continued to work on area ranches. Clarence later lived on the Kamloops Reserve where he went to work as a range rider for the band. It was his responsibility to develop water holes for the cattle and to try to build up the grazing land. He maintained his own hay lands and cattle, and always had a nice string of horses. Clarence was Chief of the Kamloops Indian Band for nine years, from 1962 to 1971. Clarence is credited with many accomplishments during his time as Chief including establishing a

more effective irrigation system for the hay lands, and starting a band farm to help band members develop ranching skills. As a member of the band council in 1999, he finalized the purchase of the Harper Ranch for the band. Clarence is now retired from cowboying, ranching and political life and enjoys watching rodeo.

Lauder Ranch

Century Ranch

Lauder Ranch Joseph Dixon Lauder came to British Columbia to find land for his family and found the land he wanted with natural meadows, and a creek and springs that dotted the bunch grass hills. In 1876 he pre-empted Lot 427 in the Nicola Valley for a homestead. He then sent for his wife and three children who were still in Ontario. Four generations of Lauders have been raising cattle on the land since. The Lauders first raised horses and dairy cows, but within ten years they had several hundred head of beef

cattle. During the harsh winter of 1886/87 thousands of cattle perished in the area. The Lauders had to rebuild their herd and acquired more land for hay production. William took over the ranch in 1903 and added part of the Garcia Ranch just east of Merritt. William's son Joe bought the outfit in 1948. The Garcia place grew good hay, so Joe drove cattle there to winter them every year. John, the eldest of Joe and Molly Lauder's sons, took over management of the ranch in 1977, and he and his wife Jean bought it eleven years later. The Lauders run a traditional cow/calf and yearling operation, using the original JL brand.

Orville Fletcher

Working Cowboy/Ranching Pioneer

Orville Fletcher was born 1910 in Saskatchewan and moved to the Cariboo in 1917. At seven years old, Orville, an orphan, started his ranch life with a family who had a homestead near 150 Mile House. By age 15, Orville was a cowhand on the ranch, often living alone in the upper meadow, feeding, herding and tending cattle. He then worked on the 150 Mile Ranch for four years as a top hand earning $50 a month. In 1934 he applied for, and moved to, 160 acres of crown land where he built a cabin and a barn. Two years later he married Marie Case. By 1939 he had a herd of 175 cows and yearlings and bought the adjoining property. He purchased the 144 Mile Ranch, stocking it with a herd of 800 sheep, enabling them to pay off the

mortgage in two years, and purchase 100 head of Hereford cattle. He developed a flood irrigation system and over the next 30 years brought the ranch up to its maximum production level of 700 head. Orville was active in BC Cattlemenís Association and BC Livestock Co-op in many different capacities. Orville passed away in 1992. The ranch is now operated by the sixth of Marie and Orville's nine children, Karen Thompson, and her husband Clint.

Antone Boitano

Ranching Pioneer

Antone Boitano youngest of five children, was born in 1885, to Agostino (Augustine) Boitano (an Italian immigrant) and Mary Kouslips (Kuslips) of Alkali Lake. Augustine was lured to the Cariboo by the Gold Rush in 1858, and was a packer for the Hudsonís Bay Company until 1884 when he started a homestead, Springhouse Ranch, west of Williams Lake. Antone was born and lived on this ranch for 57 years, carrying on with the ranch after Augustine died in 1914. He married Elizabeth Mary (May) Hamilton in 1906 and they had one daughter. Antone was the Springhouse postmaster for 28 years, 1913 to 1942. After selling the ranch in 1942, Antone and May moved to Williams Lake. Boitano attended the first Williams Lake

Stampede (1919) and never missed it, also being a rodeo judge for many of those years. He always rode his white horse in the Stampede Parade, wearing a big black hat and a black silk shirt. Antone, a soft spoken gentleman, was also known for his musical talents and loved to play the piano and fiddle. In 1966 a park in downtown Williams Lake was named Boitanio Park by the Centennial Committee. It was felt that Antone typified the courage, colour and ingenuity of the men who settled in the Cariboo. Antone passed away in 1970.

Maxine Mack

Competitive Achievements/Working Cowboy

Maxine Mack Rancher, rodeo cowboy, big game outfitter, Maxine Mack also served his Tsilhqot'in Nation members of the Anaham Indian Band honourably throughout his life. Born in 1923 he began his cowboy career at Chilco Ranch when he was 12 years old. He worked there for 18 years and learned cowboy skills, doctoring horses and cattle, breaking horses, which unveiled his natural ability to ride bucking horses. He competed in many amateur and professional rodeos in BC and Alberta. He followed bronc riding for years and also competed in team roping and calf roping events. He worked as rodeo judge and assisted in forming the Interior Rodeo Association now known as the BCRA. Eventually, Maxine established his own ranching operation based at the Anaham Reserve. During these years he organized jackpots, BCRA, and Indian rodeos and gymkhana events for the youth at Anaham. In addition to his ranch and rodeo background, Maxine had a long record of public service to his community, with many accomplishments to his credit. He married Emma Joe in 1948 and the couple had thirteen children. Maxine, who personified the cowboy and ranch tradition of the Chilcotin, passed away in 1997.


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Cunningham Family
Bill Cunningham family pictured here


Cunningham Family - In 1891 Jack Cunningham, from Scotland, pre-empted land on the southwest side of Loch Lomond near 70 Mile House, BC. He married Margaret Clark in 1896. Jack and Margaret had four children, ran a successful roadhouse, and developed a large cattle herd. Reita, Jack and Margaret's oldest daughter, was born at the 74 in 1901. At the age of 10, with the loss of her older brother and father, she and her surviving brother Norman took over ranch chores. Reita is best known for horse racing and horsemanship. Norman married Mary (Molly) Wilkinson in 1930 and

they continued to live at the 74. They had four sons, Kenneth, William (Bill), Gordon and Earl. Norman died in 1975, passing the ranch on to son, Bill. Margaret, Jack and Margaret's youngest child, was born in 1905. Margaret was an accomplished horsewomen and spent much of her time riding. Margaret married Len Sadler-Brown, in 1929. They had two daughters, Rita and Pat.

Norman and Molly's children Bill, Gordon, and Earl were all involved in the ranch when they were growing up, but it was Bill that carried on with the ranching way of life at the 74 Mile Ranch. At the age of 20, Bill worked breaking horses at the Flying U Guest Ranch where he met Olga Rust. They were married two years later, in 1954, and had six children; Bryan, David, Lee, Keith, Ross, and Heather. When Norman passed away in 1975 Bill took over ranch.

Bill and his sons and grandsons continue to raise cattle at the 74 Mile Ranch, and some of his children have their own cattle. His sons and grandsons have all competed in rodeo over the years. His grandson Wade was the 2010 BC Rodeo Association Saddle Bronc champion.

The Cunninghams are a resourceful, united, family, who manage to keep ranching through all the ups and downs with the cattle industry. The family has "cattle in their blood" and they have the stamina and courage of their Scottish forefathers who pre-empted the 74 Mile Ranch property back in 1891.

Bill Downie

Artistic Achievements

William "Bill" Downie - Bill, born in Rapid City, Manitoba in 1918, came to the Cariboo in 1936. Coming from a farm on the prairies, Bill had worked with lots of teams of horses, and farm equipment. His first jobs in the Cariboo were working with horses, haying at various ranches. Bill then started working for the Lazy R ranch owned by Bordie Felker at the 118 Mile House, feeding 300 head of 2 year old steers, hauling hay across lac La Hache with a team and sleigh. He developed a long time friendship with the Felkers, working for them at the Lazy R until 1944, then the 137 Mile Ranch. Bill married Martha Faessler in 1945, and purchased the 137 Mile Ranch from Bordie Felker in 1948. They raised five girls and ranched at the 137 Mile until 1972, working several different types of jobs to make ends meet. They sold the ranch and moved to100 acres at the 140 Mile. During the 60's Bill joined Hillary Place in the band "the

Satellites". He played fiddle at the Williams Lake Stampede at "Squaw Hall" for years, until the hall closed down. In 1981 Bill joined the Old Time Fiddlers and still plays with them at all of their functions. In 2002, Bill was asked to play on Rosetta Paxton's new CD. Bill has been in Williams Lake area for 71 of his 89 years, and still contributes to the Williams Lake community through the Old Time Fiddlers.

Jesus Garcia

Ranching Pioneer

Jesus Garcia - Jesus was born in Hermosillo Mexico in 1832, arriving in the United States when he was seventeen years old. He worked on ranches, learned to use pack horses and mules, packing for silver mines. With finding gold on the Fraser River, he came to British Columbia in 1858. Not being a fortunate miner he became employed as a packer in the Fraser River area. Having experience as a packer in California, it did not take long until he purchased his own "string". Jesus Garcia became a successful packer, working from Yale BC to Cottonwood House, east of Quesnel BC. Apparently he used to winter his pack train, by turn in the Nicola Valley. Jesus Garcia brought his small family to the "Forks" (Merritt, BC) over the mountains on pack trails and settled on land he pre-empted in 1871. He married Marie, a native woman born in Spuzzum BC, some fourteen years later. They were married by the well known Priest, Father Le Jeune. The Garcias purchased stock and raised good animals, especially horses. Jesus Garcia purchased land and attained recognition as a

rancher and a contributor to the commerce of a growing community. Jesus Garcia died 1915 in Merritt. (an anecdote with regard to my great grandmother - she purchased a church bell, made in France, had it shipped to Merritt. It hangs in the Catholic Church of Sacred Heart, in Merritt. She died in Merritt 1932)

Jocko Creek Ranch

Century Ranch

Jocko Creek Ranch - is a family operated cattle ranch located 12 km south of Kamloops along the Lac le Jeune road. The ranch has been in the Michell family since 1903 and is currently being run by Noel and Katy Michell and their family. Noel's grandfather, John Ralph (J.R.) Michell, moved to the Kamloops area to manage a machinery store. He bought the home quarters of the ranch where the ranch house is presently. JR Michell married and had five children. The ranch initially sold hay to the nearby Iron Mask Mine to feed the horses and mules used in the mine. In the early years the ranch raised horses and had a small herd of cows. The ranch's brand is a lazy J connected lazy M on the right hip and it was bought by JR Michell in 1904. This brand is still used to identify the ranch's cattle. As the market for horse teams started to decline, the decision was made to expand and

raise sheep in addition to the small herd of cattle. JR Michell became involved with city politics and was Alderman and Mayor of Kamloops. During this time, his son, Herbert Michell, took over the ranch along with his wife Gladys Reynolds. The flock was expanded to approximately 1000 Rambouillet and Columbia ewes. Herbert's son Noel took the ranch over at a young age after Herbert's health failed. In 1966 the bulk of the sheep were sold and more cattle purchased. The ranch's cattle herd initially was comprised of 200 Hereford or Shorthorn cross cows. Black Angus bulls were introduced in 1985 and now the herd is predominantly Angus. Noel married Katy McCallan in 1964 and they have managed the ranch side by side for 46 years. The ranch has evolved over the last 107 years by being flexible and changing as the agriculture market and lifestyle changes require.


Competitive Achievements & Working Cowboy

Robert "Butch" Sahara - was born and raised in Merritt, BC. He was always interested in horses and cattle. Butch and his wife Gail own and run their own ranch called "Lazy L Ranch" where today they raise and breed quarter horses. Butch held a lot of roping schools where he brought in world rodeo Champion instructors. He held many weekend team roping competitions. He was a top contender in the rodeo circuit, in bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, and team roping, both in Canada and the USA. He was involved in the Little Britches, High School and Professional Rodeos. Butch is well respected and known, not only in the Nicola Valley, but in Canada and the US. He is a very generous and kind gentleman who gives freely his time and knowledge, getting individuals involved in rodeos, to starting up their own stock, to simply giving a helping hand.

Bruce Watt

Competitive Achievements

Bruce Watt - Growing up in the Fraser Valley area of BC, it wasn't until Bruce was in his early twenties and newly married that he moved up to the Chilcotin region of central BC. The young couple purchased their own place, Breckness Ranch, and began raising their family of three girls and two boys" along with herds of cattle and horses. The work was often difficult and the conditions were rough, but it was a life they all enjoyed and the family called Big Creek home until 1973. Rodeo became a big part of his life, competing in the timed events of calf roping and steer wrestling, then later taking up team roping, a sport he enjoyed into his late 70's. Bruce started Lightning Cattle Co. with his brother-in-law, building the cattle business to over 11,000 head and three ranches. He also became actively involved with the Williams Lake Stampede Board of Directors and served in various capacities over years, including President,

and his appreciation of fast horses and beautiful women led to his favorite position of coaching "The Classics - Rodeo Riders" grand opening performances. Bruce also worked diligently each year to keep the arena grounds in the best possible condition throughout all performances of the Stampede, only retiring from these duties at the age of 78. In recognition for his outstanding contribution to the Stampede and the sport of rodeo, Bruce was honoured by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association in 1994 when he was named Committee Person of the Year.

Doug White

Artistic and Competitive Achievements

Doug White - was born in Fifeshire, Scotland on July 9th, 1930. In 1953, after serving his apprenticeship as a carpenter and two years in the Scottish Army with the Black Watch, he headed to Canada. Doug attended his first rodeo in 1956 in Burnaby. He won the jackpot and was hooked by the rodeo bug. In his pro-rodeo career, one of Doug's most memorable wins was when he beat two world champions in the calf roping at a rodeo in Sedro Wooley, Washington. He won first above Dean Oliver (8 times World Champion Calf Roper) and Canadian Champion, Jim Gladstone. In Kamloops that same year, Doug won the Calf Roping just ahead of World Champion, Kenny Mclean. Doug traveled to many pro rodeos in the 1960s and 70s. Doug's last pro rodeo was in 1971. He then joined the Interior Rodeo Association where he qualified to the finals in

either the Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling or Team Roping for about 10 years. He was the first cowboy ever in the IRA to qualify to the finals (in Penticton 1973) in all three events in the same year. Doug is also quite an accomplished artist, drawing and painting in his free time. Doug's art has been donated to the Williams Lake lndoor Rodeo Association and been the seasonal poster for BCRA in 2002. Also, Doug has been playing the bagpipes since the age of nine. He has piped at the King's Funeral in Scotland, belonged to the Black Watch Pipe Band in Vancouver, and currently belongs to the local pipe band here in Williams Lake. Doug attends weekly practices and pipes at many local functions in the area.

Gordon Woods

Artistic Achievements

Gordon Woods - was born in 1928 in Riske Creek, BC, to Charlie and Pearl Woods. At 7 yrs of age his family moved to Meldrum Creek BC. One of his first paying jobs was with Pudge Moon doing general cowboy duties. Gordon began his love for Rodeo very early and started competing in team roping and gymkhanas. All the horses he or his children rode were broke by him. At an early age Gordon started playing the button accordion eventually moving onto the piano accordion. Playing with a small band at many rodeo dances, weddings. anniversaries and of course the notorious Squaw Hall at Williams Lake Stampede. To this day he still enjoys playing for a get together now and then, accompanied by his children and grandchildren. When people hear that Gordon will be playing music they know they will get to dance to many old time waltzes and good ole polkas. Talk to any old cowboy and at one time or other they have danced to Gordon's tunes. He lives now on a small ranch in Miocene, still has his workhorses and is set on breaking at least one more saddle horse. He is and always will be a cowboy and musician at heart and is now passing on his love and knowledge to his grandchildren.

Iris (Fletcher) Wright, William Wright, Stan Wright, and Dave Wright (riding the bull)

Family as Working Cowboys

Wright Family - The family roots can be traced back to 1862 when William Wright and his son John came from Upper Canada. They took up land at 137 Mile and started ranching to supply miners with beef and other farm products. John had a son, Burton, and his family grew up at Meadowbank Ranch a few miles south of Lac La Hache, known by locals as Wright's Corner. Burton's sons were some of the best cowboys around and had a rare gift for handling horses and cattle.

Stan, born in 1920, the oldest son of Burton and Mary, grew up working on one of his father's ranches and for almost 60 years Stan worked the Timothy Lake Ranch. He built it up to 900 acres running a successful yearling operation. Stan ran the ranch until his retirement in 1992.

William Wright was born in 1923. Willie stayed on the family ranch with his elder brother Stan, and they raised Hereford cattle, and raised and trained horses for sale. He and his family moved to 140 Mile and he continued to work in the ranching

trade, first for his father-in-law and then on his own. He died in January 1985.

The younger brother David was born in 1927. Dave married Iris Fletcher in 1958 and they leased the Jones Lake Property from her father for a few years, and then went to 127 Mile to manage the ranch for Dave's aunt, before buying the Murphy Meadows Ranch on Knife Creek in 1967. When Dave died in 1985, Iris carried on alone, looking after some 1,700 acres under fence and over 500 head of cattle on the ranch that she and Dave had built together over the past 19 years. Iris and their son Burt are still on the ranch.

The Wright family members were first and foremost working cowboys. It was their vocation, their passion and their life.


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Deanfield Ranch
Colleen and Bob Gowans

Century Ranch

Deanfield Ranch - Walter and Robert Gowans sailed from Scotland in 1906, settling in BC. Walter Gowans filed to homestead land on Campbell Range, 20 miles southeast of Kamloops in November 1908. Later, his brothers Jimmy and Jock homesteaded two more quarters, one of which was next to Walter's. The ranch at that time was called Gowans Brothers. These two quarters are where the ranch yards and home sites are today. Robert's sons, Jack and George carried on the ranch as the second generation. They acquired more land and raised Red Polled cattle. In 1947 they purchased 3 registered Hereford heifers and a herd sire. They established the herd prefix "Deanfield" which was the name of the area where they came from. That prefix is

still used on the registered cattle and the cowherd goes back to the same genetics. Jack passed away in 1994 and George in 2009. Jack married Margaret Hamilton in 1948, and they had four children. The two sons, Bob and John took over the ranch as the third generation. John was later killed in an accident. The operation is known today as Deanfield Ranch and is owned and operated in partnership by the remaining brother (Bob) and his wife, and John's widow Mary, with the help of all their children. The ranch maintains 60-70 registered Herefords and approximately 200 head of commercial stock.

Andy Copeland

Competitive Achievements

Andy Copeland - In Fort St John, where Andy calls home, his neighbors often call on him to attend cattle drives and brandings, where his ability as a horseman and a roper make him and his horses a welcome commodity. The world of amateur rodeo has not witnessed a career as colorful or successful as that of Andy Copeland. Forty-five years of riding broncs in competition!! He has been decorated with thirty-five trophy saddles for saddle bronc, bareback, team roping and "all round" titles. He won the last of these in 2009. Last summer (2011) he took part in a couple of local shows at 63 years young!! He still rides and ropes like a champ! He has ridden the banner broncs from most of the top Rodeo Contractors in the west. He will help his competition set their riggin', lend his bronc saddle to a total stranger,

give you the shirt off his back and tip his hat to a bronc that bucks him off!! His arena serves as a crossroad for cowboys and horsemen, young and old to participate and learn the cowboy way with rope and saddle. In his many years and miles of rodeo, Andy always took time for our youth. Some of these became world champions in bigger circles. Andy represents four generations of ranch and rodeo in the west.. Andy owns the original family ranchland on the banks of the Blueberry River. It is there where his horses and cattle graze.

Norman Granberg

Working Cowboy

Norman Granberg - Ellis Granberg came from Sweden to Lone Butte in 1914. He homesteaded a small acreage, and started a family. Axel Norman Granberg (Norm) was born Feb. 10, 1925, at the homestead on Taylor Lake Road. Norm attended school at Roe Lake. When he finished grade 8 at the age of 13, he began working with cattle. He married Anna Nath in 1945. In 1954 they bought their own place, 400 acres on 93 Mile Creek, north of Lone Butte. He has been running cattle on high country open range since 1965. Each fall Norm moved the cattle to "the Hay Camp", a leased meadow near Dog Creek Road, living in a little cabin for two months, watching his cattle fatten. The cattle drive home was undertaken in late December, sometimes under brutally cold conditions. Norm has been a one-man operation and ranched all his life, maintaining a seventy cow/calf herd and haying his own land and meadows for feed. Anna and Norm grew most of their own food, only making the trip to Lone Butte twice a year. In order to supplement the ranch income he was a cat skinner for a local logging operation, and built log homes in the area. Norm and Anna have five children, fifteen grand children and nineteen great grand children. Norm retired in 2008, and is still living on the main ranch property with his wife and border collie, keeping a small herd of cattle to keep him busy.

Joe LeBourdais

Competitive Achievements

Joe LeBourdais - born November 19, 1929 in Williams Lake, resided on the Clinton Indian Reserve. Joe married Lorraine in 1955 and they had eight children and have numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A well-known rodeo competitor and contributor, Joe started riding at age 5 and began competing in rodeos at age 10. He won his first event at age 12 in cow riding. Joe competed in many amateur, semi-pro and pro rodeos throughout BC, Alberta, and the U.S. (CPRA, Interior Rodeo Association, BC Rodeo Association, All Indian Rodeo Association, Old Timers Association) from the 1930's thru 2003. Joe also raised some well known bucking stock that were used by GG Stock Contracting. Throughout Joe's rodeo career he won numerous trophies and buckles in saddle bronc, calf roping, team roping and all around. Joe was a Pro Rodeo competitor in the 1950's/60's. Saddle Bronc was his specialty. He won his last buckle for bronc riding in 1986 (age 57) and his last buckle in team roping in 2003

(age 74!). In 1993 Joe was the honored recipient of the BC Rodeo Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Joe has always been involved in rodeo teaching many who have gone on to become champions. Besides rodeo and ranching, Joe took on a variety of jobs; including hunting guide for over 20 years, camp cook, logger and tree faller, prospector, and for many years Chief and Councilor for his respective Indian Band. Rodeo and ranching are still a family tradition carried on by Joe and his family at his home at J&L Ranch where he still raises quarter horses.

Johnny Wilson
Johnny Wilson

Ranching Pioneer

Johnny Wilson - was an Englishman born 1832. At the age of 17 he emigrated to the United States, farming for two years in Indiana. He then moved west to California and engaged in mining at the American River, Russian River, and the Petahuma. He came north to British Columbia in 1858 trading and mining on the Fraser River, and joined the Cariboo gold rush in 1862. He became the owner of the Tinker claim on Williams Creek, which proved a paying property, yielding as high as 300 ounces in a single cleanup. In 1864 with money in his pocket he left the Cariboo. He and a partner went to Oregon, purchased a good sized herd of cattle and drove them over the mountains to the South Thompson River. The following spring they took them up to the mine fields getting a nice profit. The cattle business later increased by such large proportions that he earned the title of Cattle King of BC. The JW brand on the left hip of both cattle and horses was well-known throughout the province. Wilson homesteaded below Savona's Ferry, then bought the 8 Mile Creek Ranch as well as large ranches at Grand Prairie (now Westwold), Cache Creek Copper Creek, and Indian Gardens. There was a slump in the cattle trade in the

late 1870s but unlike many others, he kept his ranch going. By 1897, with the boom following the railway construction, he was regularly shipping 150 head of cattle to the Coast each month. Wilson slowly again amassed a fortune. Johnny Wilson was also fortunate to enjoy the love and guidance of two native women, Anne Marie of Lillooet and Nancy Burke. His properties were considerable at his death in January 1904, but were split up and reverted to their original component parts.

Gordon Parke
Gordon Parke

Ranching Pioneer

Gordon Parke - was a fourth generation rancher on property taken up by his grandfathers' uncle, Philip Parke, soon after arriving in Canada from Ireland in 1862. This property became the Bonaparte Ranch near Cache Creek and later extended into the Upper Hat Creek valley to the west. It was here that Gordon made his home. Gordon Parke was born in 1929, going to school in Ashcroft until grade 10. He was sent to boarding school on the Coast, and graduated from UBC. He always returned during the holidays to work on the two ranching properties. He learned to ride at an early age and often helped gather cattle on horseback out on the range. He helped during haying season in the days of pitch forks and teams of horses. When his father Arthur Parke died in 1967, he and his brother took over the operations of the Bonaparte Ranch, the Parke Ranch, and Upper Hat Creek Ranch. In 1970 they agreed to split the ranch up, and Gordon chose the Upper Hat Creek property. He built his home with a view overlooking his beloved ranch.

Gordon was always interested in the politics of the cattle industry and served as a Director of Canadian Cattlemen's Assoc since its inception in late 1960 until late 1970s, and President from 1974 - 76. He also served for 20 years as director of BC Cattlemen's Assoc and President from 1965 - 67. Gordon is now retired at age 81.

Gilbert Walters
Gilbert Walters

Family as Ranching Pioneers

Walters Family - Thomas and John Walters, like many others, headed for the gold rush in the 1800s They started the 83 Mile Roadhouse and over time, also established roadhouse farms at 93 Mile, 105 Mile, and 122 Mile. Thomas and Mary Walters it's said, had the 1st white baby born in the Cariboo - at 83 Mile House in 1865 - Henry (Harry) Walters. Harry journeyed to the Horsefly area in 1891 and applied for a 160 acre pre-emption in 1892. He married Alva Yongker in 1895 and the following year their first child was born. That year Harry pre-empted property on the west side of Harper's Camp and opened the Horsefly Hotel where he also operated a livery stable and was the postmaster. In 1902 the Horsefly Hotel was closed and the growing family moved in. The Walters had six children and a cattle herd. In 1916 the Horsefly Hotel burned to the ground and Harry built a new log house that is still being used by the family. He died in 1918 leaving Alva with a 2,000 acre ranch and a large family. Harry's son

Glen, still on the ranch after WW1, married Lily Ann Widdowson in 1927 and had four children. Glen acquired more land adjoining the original place and built the ranch up to 300 head of cattle. Glen and Lily later sold the ranch but bought it back in the 1950s. Their son Gilbert, and wife Lilly bought it from them in 1972. Gilbert married Ann in 1955. They had five children who all helped with the prospering family ranch. In the mid-1990s, Gilbert scaled down to about 100 head. Ann passed away and Gilbert operated the ranch on his own starting to raise Quarter Horses and Paints as well. Three of Gilbert's 12 grandchildren live nearby and often come to help on the ranch. Today the Walters ranch is still owned by Gilbert and is operated with the help of his children and grandchildren, fourth and fifth generation Walters on the same property. Gilbert Walters is with us here today to accept the plague for the Walters Family as they are inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame.


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Mike Puhallo
Mike Puhallo

Artistic Achievements

Mike Puhallo - was instrumental in starting the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and spent many years as president of the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. One of his first jobs out of high school was cowboying for Douglas Lake. For many years he rode out at Big Creek where he was a partner in Twilight Ranch. In recent years he spent hours in the saddle riding for ranchers in the range above his own home place in Westsyde. Mike was not only a cowboy and a rancher, but an artist, a horse trainer, a historian, and of course we all know him as a cowboy poet. He performed far and wide attending gatherings and festivals all over North America and in numerous other venues ... always spreading the word and educating people on the cowboy way of life, the culture and history of the real west. Mike was Canada's most published Cowboy Poet with six books and three CDs to his name. He was nominated for and received several awards from the AWA and Artscan, as well being presented with the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal.

Steve (Hyde) Archacan
Steve (Hyde) Archacan

Working Cowboy

Stephen "Hyde" Archacan - Stephen Mark Archachan aka Steven aka Hyde was born May 5, 1934 at Quilchena Creek in a willow bush. He began his first job at age 16 in 1950 in the winter time where he worked for Guichon Ranch feeding cows and cowboyin'. Hyde also broke horses for his family, and for others for $10 a head. In the 50's Hyde was one of the fastest calf ropers around, no matter what horse he was on. He has worked at Douglas Lake Ranch. John Lauder's Ranch, Blue Ridge Ranch in Lillooet, North Kamloops (Westsyde), and at Lake Jamison. From 1964 -1968 Hyde took a break from the saddle, moved to Washington to do some logging, but went back to what he loved the most, cowboyin' in the Nicola Valley. From 1993-2010 Hyde would hang his cowboy hat at the Nicola Ranch. Like a true cowboy he knows the cow inside and out, and has even been known to rope a bear from time to time. While in his 70s he has won 2 saddles. To this day Hyde is still active in team roping and still works for Judy Guichon and John Lauder.

Sammy Pozzobon
Sammy Pozzobon


Sammy Pozzobon Family - Sammy Pozzobon was born in Kamloops in 1927, 26 years after his father Sam Pozzobon Sr left Traviso Italy to start a new life on a homestead in Pinantan, BC. Sam Sr and his wife Assunta had five children. All of the Pozzobon boys were bitten by the rodeo bug. At age 15, Sammy entered his first rodeo in Falkland. In 1972, thirty years after entering his first rodeo, Sammy became a lifetime gold card member of the Cdn Pro Rodeo Association. Sammy married Lillian Cherriman in 1956, and they had three children, Cheryl, Keith and Kevin. Sammy passed on the love of fast horses and rodeo to all of them. Sammy and Lillian later lived on property on Pemberton Range which they purchased in 1966. One of the first things built at the new place was an outdoor arena followed by an indoor arena. Sammy still competed himself, but once the children were old enough the kids

became his priority. All his children went on to compete at amateur and professional levels of rodeo, and worked on the ranch alongside Sammy and Lillian, both cowboying and farming. With the marriages of their children, new talent and skills were integrated into the family, and eight grandchildren gave Sammy a new batch of kids to coach. Sammy passed away in 2008, yet Lillian and their children's families continue to live and work on the place at Pemberton Range. Keith has assumed the majority of operations of the ranch.

Pooley Ranch
Pooley Ranch

Century Ranch

Pooley Ranch - Will Pooley settled at Nicola in the early 1870s. His cousin Jim Pooley followed and settled on property in the Nicola area in 1885. While searching for more sheep and cattle range, Jim discovered and subsequently homesteaded the current day ranch around 1900. After his accidental death in the fall of 1911, William John Pooley sailed from England, (almost booking passage on the Titanic) and continued his brother's dream of creating this fine Ranch. William John had 5 children, 3 of which became heirs to the Ranch ... Gladys, Harold, and Bill. Harold passed away in 1976, Gladys in 1979, and Bill in 1998. The first 40 years of the ranch was primarily

raising sheep, with cattle being phased in around World War II. 40 years later Harold's son Mark took over the Ranch and gradually built the base herd up to 500 Hereford/Red Angus cross mother cows. Today the Ranch contracts 1500 grass cattle each year and supplies fine timothy grass hay for the surrounding area. Mark is now in the succession planning stages with his children.

John Dodd
John Dodd

Working Cowboy

John Dodd - was born July 24, 1915 in Spuzzum BC. At an early age he was on his own and working as a ranch hand. He worked on many ranches until the second World War broke out. He enlisted in 1940 and served courageously until 1946. He worked on many ranches, including Gang Ranch and Circle S Ranch, was general manager on Chilko Ranch and worked at the Williams Lake Stockyards. John was involved in 4H and the BC Cattlemen Association and helped many youngsters with problems with their horses. John himself was never a competitor but was always there to help with repairs and maintenance of the Williams Lake rodeo grounds. He worked for a brief period in Alberta, then returned to the Gang Ranch, where he worked until his retirement. John had a profound respect and love for the cowboy way of life. His greatest joy was riding the open range. He spent his last years at Riske Creek, where he kept a few horses to ride. John passed away Sept 16, 1995 at age 80.

Archie Williams
Archie Williams

Competitive Achievemnets

Archie Williams - was born and raised on the Bonaparte Reserve in Cache Creek, where he spent a lot of time with his uncle, coach and teacher Dave Perry. When not competing he worked as a cowboy and farrier, raised and trained horses, and put on roping clinics. Archie competed mostly in timed events, but team roping was his favorite. He also spent many years riding as a pick-up man in bucking stock events. In 1974 he made history as the first pick-up man chosen for Cdn Nationals Finals Rodeo, chosen by the cowboys themselves. He is a five-time BC Team Ropers Assoc champion, and roped with numerous cowboys throughout the years, although for over 15 years with his friend Fred Stevenson. At 68 years old he is one of the only cowboys of his age still competing in rodeo. Today he ropes with his sons and grandsons. Archie was presented with the BCRA "Sportsman of the year" award in 2010.

Frank Teer
Frank Teer

Ranching Pioneer

Frank Teer - was born in Big River Saskatchewan in 1916, the youngest of eight children of Irish immigrants Sam & Luce Teer. His father died suddenly when Frank was about six years old but with the guidance of his uncle Paddy, Frank learned to handle horses and work the land. Frank enlisted in the army from 1942 to 1945. When he returned to BC he was hired by the Mound Ranch in Clinton until 1949. Frank then went to work for the Gang Ranch. He acquired 160 acres of raw land with a 320 acre lease in the Houston area in 1963 where he carved out a road, a house, barns and corrals. In 1970 another 640 acres of good hay fields was leased. The cattle herd had grown to 120 breeding cows, 22 head of breeding horses and 10 good riding horses. Frank continued ranching, raising cattle and horses, and training and selling a few young horses until 1986. At the age of 70, Frank retired and turned the ranch over to his two daughters Frances and Colleen, who continue to ranch today. Frank passed away on October 22, 1999 and was buried in the Clinton Heritage Cemetery alongside his wife and many friends.

photo by Liz Twan
Larry Ramstad
Larry Ramstad

Working Cowboy

Larry Ramstad - came to BC from Valleyview, Alberta as soon as he finished agriculture college. His first job was a ranch hand for the Guichon Ranch. He then moved to Quilchena where he worked under cow boss Ken Knapp. Larry started most of the colts each year and calved about 250 heifers by himself. After six years at Quilchena he was cow boss at the Cotton Ranch in Risky Creek for three years. Larry then managed the River Ranch at Riske Creek for the new owners in Italy. The ranch was badly run down, but Larry made it a success within two years. The owner of Quilchena rehired Larry to manage it and to try and turn it around. Larry accomplished this in a short time, soon had it running smoothly, and stayed on this job for thirteen years. He was hired to manage the Gang Ranch in 1990 for the owners in Arabia. The ranch was in very bad condition, but Larry has rebuilt almost everything and has it operating well. He has been there

longer than anyone else (23 years) and has been the only one to have much success. He was honored at the Nanton rodeo in Alberta with a plaque for upholding the western tradition and cowboy lifestyle.


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Steffens Family
Steffens Family


Steffens Family Claude Paul Henry (CPH) Steffens came to Canada in 1885. In 1904 his family (wife and 13 children) pre-empted land 12 miles north of Merritt and 7 miles south of Mammette Lake. These 320 acres were the beginning of the Steffen Brothers Ranch. CPH died in 1910, but between 1904 and 1930 the family acquired approximately 4,000 deeded acres. The seven brothers that were still at home registered 7B as their brand. The ranch income came from a 320 head beef herd as well as numerous other farm animals and poultry. The family would hold cattle drives ever year to Nicola where the cattle were loaded on the train and shipped to Vancouver. In 1983 they held their last cattle drive from the home ranch to the Merritt Stock Yards.

In 1930 James (one of the brothers) bought his brother Fritz's Lazy L Ranch and with his family ran the ranch until his death in 1958. All of Jame's kids were involved in the ranch but it was Jim that had the most interest. Jim got his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and ran a vet clinic in the basement of his house in Merritt. He would work all day at the ranch and then head to the clinic for a 6pm opening. He was the first vet in Merritt and also the first to start clinics in Princeton and Logan Lake. In the early 1970s Jim bought the Steffens Brothers' Ranch outright - it consisted of the Lazy L, Home Ranch, and Bergoing. He started downsizing in the late 70s and early 80s and sold his vet practice and then the Lazy L. Today Jim still lives on the last 63 acres.

Clarence Bryson
Clarence Bryson

Ranching Pioneer

Clarence Bryson Clarence George Bryson developed the Grange Ranch at Pavilion BC, with his father, J.B. Bryson, and family. When the Grange Ranch was sold in 1949, Clarence managed the Diamond S Ranch at Pavilion for Colonel Victor Spencer. Next he managed the Chilco Ranch at Riske Creek for George Meyfield. He bought the Voght Ranch in Merritt in 1949, and he and his family held that ranch until he sold it and bought Empire Valley Cattle Co. from Henry Koster in 1956. Clarence, with his family, developed the Empire Valley Cattle Co. by adding a half million acres of summer grazing with the aid of the BC Forest Service. He built 65 miles of four wheel drive road to service that huge back country which extended to the base of the Coast Range. Now the Forest Service has expanded that road to be a major forest access road. Clarence and his family were in the ranching business for 100 years. He has two grandchildren who are still in the

ranching business in Alberta. He was the announcer at the Williams Lake Stampede for many years, as well as the Minto City Stampede, the Fountain Stampede, and he was the announcer for the first BC High School Rodeo in Kamloops. He was also very involved in developing the Kamloops Exhibition Association {KXA} rodeo grounds and race track in Kamloops BC.

Fox Ranch
Fox Ranch

Century Ranch

Fox Ranch In the fall of 2000, the Fox family celebrated 100 years on Duck Range, 40 kilometers east of Kamloops. John and Jayne Fox, immigrated to Canada from Ireland in the 1860s and settled in Ontario. John Fox Jr., one of 10 children, was the first Fox brother to arrive in BC. Jack, as John Jr. was called, came to BC in the late 1890s, working for several ranchers in the area, before applying for his homestead. He received the deed to his 160 acres, on October 13, 1900. Brothers Fred and Lew come west to work for him. In April of 1907, Fred and Lew pooled their funds and purchased three more quarters of land at Duck Range, farming in partnership for the next 22 years, adding Jack Fox's quarter, and Alexander and Elsie Allan's quarter which they had pre-empted in 1904. Fred's death in 1929, split the partnership, with his widow receiving the original three quarters which was then sold in the 1940s. Lew remained on the other quarters.

In 1930, Lew built the frame house that his son Bud and wife Dorothy still live in today. Building upon his father's hard work, Bud not only expanded the land base but also improved the land. The ranch underwent changes and hard times, but today, they run a cow calf operation built from a few favorite top cows. Their son Jim and his wife Jo-Ann, also live on the ranch with their three young children. Bud noted, that the 100 year mark was accomplished in two generations.

Clarence Petal
Clarence Petal

Working Cowboy & Competetive Achievements

Clarence Petal was born Aug 12, 1935. Clarence worked with his father, Henry Petal, hay contracting. Clarence was 15 years old when he was hired by local ranchers to put the cattle through the stockyard for the sale. Clarence also moved cattle and worked together with: Dan Lee, Broken Stirrup Fitzpatrick, Henry Petal, Frank Pigeon, and Slim Janke, with a total of approximately 662 head of cattle on one drive. They would drive from Eagle Lake, BC to C-1 Ranch located at Alexis Creek. Eighty miles travel, rest for one week then move on to Williams Lake Stockyards. The cowboys would have to water the livestock twice a day at Williams Lake as at the time there was no water at the stockyards. He has cowboyed on ranches throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin such as Mission Ranch, Onward Ranch (Hugh & Sonia Cornwall), 150 Mile Ranch (Huston Dunaway), and C-1 Ranch (Duke Martin) and did fence contracts for many others. Clarence still lives part

time on his late father's homestead on Edwards Meadow on Anaham Reserve. He also participated in rodeos, gymkhanas, and competitions: team roping, and calf roping, and was Champion at Anahim Lake Stampede. Clarence is a working cowboy who has spent all of his life working on numerous historical ranches as well with his own. He is competitive and participated in rodeos, and gymkhanas all over the Cariboo Chilcotin. Clarence is an all-around cowboy. Today he still ranches and operates his fulltime cattle operation, using horses, and has had an outstanding contribution in all competitive categories.

Telford Family
Telford Family


Telford Family This family's love of, and commitment to, the ranching and cowboy way of life has spanned a period of 118 years, and it has all taken place in the Alexis Creek area. Alex Graham, came into the Chilcotin area at the age of 18, having left Ireland in 1886. Alex married childhood sweetheart, Anna Harvey, also from Ireland. They started ranching their own place at the Alex Graham Meadows above Alexis Creek village. The ranch was named the C-1 and this brand is still used today. The ranch was turned over to his daughter Francis and her husband, Duke Martin in 1927. Alex purchased and moved to a ranch a few miles west of Alexis Creek, Canyon Ranch. Alex died in 1934 and his youngest daughter Kathleen and her husband George Telford took over, increasing the herd to 1000 head. George's sudden death in 1948 left Kathleen and her two sons to run the ranch. The KC

brand became synonymous with top grade Hereford cattle and she won many trophies for her two year old steers at the fall fairs. The boys became involved in the daily life of ranching. Norman and his wife Valerie spent the next 48 years working together on the ranch. When Kathleen retired in 1959, the ranch was separated into three parcels, one for each son. Norman continued to ranch while the other two took different career paths. Norman held a rodeo on the ranch from 1964 to 1972. He expanded the cattle herd and was managing the Olmsted Ranch next door. Norman remained faithful to his mother's love of good Hereford cattle, and is an icon in the cattle industry and a legendary Chilcotin Cowboy. In 2000 the Canyon Ranch was turned over to the oldest daughter, Beverly Madley. Norman passed away in 2003. In 2009 the Canyon Ranch received the BC Cattlemen's Association Environmental Stewardship Award. Alex started a cattle ranching legacy for his family in 1886 that would encompass five generations, and it continues to operate to this day, 118 years later.

Valentine Haynes
Valentine Haynes

Working Cowboy

Valentine Haynes was the first white child born in Osoyoos, on December 21, 1875, the eldest of 6 children born to Judge J. Haynes and his wife Emily. Judge Haynes arrived from Ireland in 1853 and joined the newly formed BC Police force. He was the first Collector of Customs at Osoyoos in 1861. Val became a cowboy at the early age of 8 years old, trailing a herd to Alberta and returning home. In 1888 Val and the Judge were on the Dewdney Trail, in Princeton when the Judge died. Mrs. Haynes moved the family to England in 1890, Val returned to BC in 1893. He went to work for Thomas Ellis who had acquired the vast Haynes estates. When the Shatford Bros bought out the Ellis holdings in 1905, Val was made foreman until the Shatfords sold in 1919. During this time he bought the Hester Creek Ranch (1906), and pieces of the former Haynes estates; much of Kruger Mtn, Vaseaux (Swan) Lake (1935). He was a keen judge of horses and cattle and was able to carry on as a successful stockman and cattleman in a big way despite the encroachment of the modern era. In appearance, he was every inch a cowboy with his large, flat-brimmed

Pikes Peak hat, silk neckerchief and woolly chaps. "There is so much more that could be said about Val Haynes". He was an outstanding cattleman and cowboy, and remained active until a month before his death in 1963.


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Haughton Ranch
Haughton Ranch

Century Ranch

Haughton Ranch
In 1904 Harry Haughton made his permanent move to BC in 1906 with his wife and 3 year old son Jack. Three years later they moved and homesteaded in Knutsford. Leonard and Ernest were born in the following years, 1910 & 1911 respectively, and Don the youngest brother, was born in 1918. Every Saturday the family would take their produce and meat to the farmers market in Kamloops (until it shut down 1918). Over the years the Haughtons obtained more and more land. Ernie joined 4H in 1928 and his first show was the Bull Sale in 1929. He also won the judging competition in Vancouver the following year and went to Toronto to the Royal Winter Fair. Ernie was also a 4H Beef Club leader. Leonard and Ernie were both very involved in 4H and in the Bull Sales and Provincial Winter Fair. In the 1970s the brothers went their separate ways, each taking one of the properties. Ernie had moved to Kamloops in 1957 but his sons, Jim, Ken and Doug assisted him by running the original ranch. He was very proud of the Shorthorn Cattle he had raised over the years. The three boys assumed ownership of the ranch after Ernie's death in 1986 and at that time added more properties to their holdings. In the mid 1990s

the boys began operating independently - Jim continued with cow-calf on High Lonesome Ranch, Ken had a cow-calf operation at Separation Lake, and Doug at Southlands Ranch. Doug switched from cow calf in 1998 to yearling heifers and now avidly promotes quality local Black Angus beef. In 2013 Jim saw his 55th year of showing at the Provincial Winter Fair. The Haughton families take pride in the ranch's history & heritage and they look forward to passing it on to future generations. Their homestead that was purchased in 1909-1910 has never left the family.

Coldwell Ranch

Charlie Coldwell
Coldwell Ranch and Charlie Coldwell

Century Ranch & Working Cowboy

Coldwell Ranch and Charlie Coldwell
Harry Coldwell was born in England in 1882 and moved to Vancouver in the spring of 1910. After two seasons he moved to Ashcroft and built houses in the area. He spent the winter building homes at Gang Ranch and in Dog Creek. In 1914 Harry bought a place called "Mountain House" with two others and registered the CD brand for both horses and cattle. He became sole owner in 1919 and changed the name from "Mountain House" to "Jesmond". As well as a ranch the property was also a stopping house for the BX Stage Coach. Harry also became a postmaster for Canada Post and delivered mail from Clinton to Jesmond, Gang Ranch, and Canoe Creek. After the house burned down in 1921 they built a new one. By this time the stage coach traffic had slowed down and motorized vehicles started going by so they decided to make Jesmond a store and gas station as well as the post office. At the ranch today they still have buildings from the store days ... "an ice house, meat house, warehouse, and the old 'plant house' where the generator was". The ranch transferred to Harry's son Pete in 1971 after Harry's death in 1970. Pete was also a guide outfitter and owned the hunting area which he turned over to Raymond in the mis 1980s. In 1993 Pete transferred the title of the ranch to Charlie. Pete died later that same year. Charlie and his wife Pat switched from doing horseback hunting trips to pack trips for tourists and still run the ranch and about 150 head of mother cows. As well as the Coldwell Ranch being inducted as a Century Ranch, Charlie was inducted as a Working Cowboy - Charlie said he can never remember a time when he wasn't surrounded by both horses and cattle.

Louis Family
Louis (Ben) Family


Louis Family The Ben Louis family in Vernon has been involved in rodeo for five generations as well as raising both horses and cattle. They have rodeoed in BC, throughout Canada, and the US. They have been involved as judges, organizers, and competitors in amateur, professional and Indian rodeos. They have been great promoters of the sport as well as winning their fair share of trophies and trophy saddles over the years. The family was actively involved in the birth of the Western Indian Rodeo and Exhibition Association which at one time approved 22 rodeos in BC. In the early 1970s they started and ran the "Head of Lake Rodeo" that is believed to be the first, and only, professional rodeo on Reserve Land. They attracted more bronc riders (about 50) than any other rodeo in Canada. Ben Louis was born in 1909 and passed away in 1995. He and his wife Rosie had nine boys and six girls. Ben was a cowboy in and out of the arena, a pickup man, and a team roper. His sons: Mike was a team roper and a quality

registered Quarter Horse breeder. Charlie was a saddle bronc rider, Howard competed in team roping, Robert team ropes and trains horses, and Frank rode saddle broncs. Oliver (passed away 1992 at 44) was an all round cowboy competing in; saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, and even rode a few bulls. Cecil is also an all round cowboy competing in saddle bronc, steer wrestling, calf roping, a little bareback, and still team ropes. Blaine and Vaughn both rode saddle bronc and continue to team rope. These cowboys have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren continuing in their footsteps.

Tom Desmond
Tom Desmond

Working Cowboy

Tom Desmond was born January 24th, 1927 in Kamloops and received all his schooling there. His family ran a dairy farm and an orchard in Brocklehurst. Tom had 3 or 4 cows to milk in the morning before going to school and again at night. Never liking the milk cow or farming business and always having to break horses on the side, Tom left Kamloops on horseback and rode to the Diamond S Ranch at Dog Creek where his friend Guint Gullrich was cow boss. Here he began a lifetime of cowboying. After a year at Diamond S Ranch he moved to the Alkali Lake Ranch for a few years. He then spent one summer guiding in the Spatzizi for Tommy Walker but on his return he hired on as a full time cowboy for Circle S Ranch at Dog Creek. This meant riding 12 months of the year and covering some 6000 plus miles on horseback each year. Tom worked between Alkali Lake and Dog Creek for about 20 years as a cowboy and at the last as Cow Boss

at Dog Creek. By this time Tom had bought his own small ranch at the top of Pinchbeck Hill and later added the George Felker Ranch at Chimney Lake. He still did all of his own riding and some for the Mission Ranch as well. He did this until his health started to fail and he then turned things over to his son Reggie. Tom Desmond passed away September 13th, 2006.

Bob Kjos
Bob Kjos

Competitive & Artistic Achievements

Bob Kjos was born in 1935 and raised in Alberta. He worked with his dad as a guide outfitter. In the winter months they had permits to catch wild horses which they broke and either sold or put in their pack string. In 1955 Bob helped start, and was a director of, the Foothills Cowboy Association. He married Maxine Christopher in 1955 and they had two children. In 1966 he bought a hunting area and the Toad River Lodge in Northern BC - Mile 422 on the Alaska Highway. The lodge came with 100 head of cattle. In 1969 they homesteaded 380 acres across the Toad River which allowed them to raise enough feed for the cattle and a hundred head of horses. Their hunting business (now known as Stone Mountain Safaris) was very successful and Bob was able to retire at the young age of 40. He then got the rodeo bug, sold the ranch in Toad River and moved to Fort St John where he started team roping and raising roping stock. Bob qualified for the Northwest Rodeo Association finals 18 times and won the Team Roping Championship four times. Bob wrote an autobiography called "Horse Shoe In My Hip Pocket - Lucky Again" which is

now in its third printing with over 5000 copies sold. It's a book about "close calls and fun experiences". Bob was honoured as the Grand Prairie Stampede's Honorary Cowboy in 2014. Bob and Maxine are now retired on their ranch in Montney, BC (just north west of Fort St John).

Lloyd Creek Ranch
Lloyd Creek Ranch

Century Ranch

Lloyd Creek Ranch
Joe Piva and his brother acquired property near Pinantan Lake in 1914 where they cleared the land and raised cattle. Over the years they added property and grazing leases and have developed a high quality commercial herd. Joe's son Vic has lived and worked on Lloyd Creek Ranch from the time he was born and bought out his brothers Albert and Gordon in 1966. Good horses have always been an essential part of the Lloyd Creek Ranch operations as cattle were moved all the way from Kamloops to the ranch and to the far reaches of the vast rugged range above the ranch. Lloyd Creek Ranch still practices traditional brandings, turnouts, summer cattle drives, and fall roundups. They have taken pride in honoring BC's ranching heritage and traditions for over 100 years in the same family ... and Vic still rides tall in the saddle.


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Stan Jacobs
Stan Jacobs

Working Cowboy

Stan Jacobs
Stan Jacobs is the cow boss at Canada's largest ranch, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company, and has been for the past 25 years. It's Stan's job to oversee 16 to 18 cowboys, 20,000 head of cattle and a remuda of about 350 horses. Stan was born in Calgary June 22nd, 1956, but his family moved to DeWinton soon thereafter. Here he got his appreciation for the land; hunting, fishing, and trapping. When Stan graduated from high school he applied at a college in Hinton with the idea of becoming a park warden. The courses were full so Stan decided to get a job as a cowboy. He spent a few years pasture riding for Alberta Livestock Transplants then moved to BC and took on a job cowboying with a friend at Nicola Ranch in 1980. Here he met and married his wife Shirley. In 1984 they moved to Gang Ranch for a short time, then returned to the Nicola Valley, range riding on Pike Mountain. They returned to Nicola

Ranch in 1985 as cowboss and had two kids, Megan and Cameron. In 1987 the family made the move to Douglas Lake Ranch and in 1990, with the retirement of Mike Ferguson, Stan became the cowboss. Cattle graze 10 months of the year and the herd consists of about 4,500 Hereford cows and 2,500 Black Baldie cows and 450 bulls. 4,500 yearlings are put on grass the following spring to be sold as long yearlings in the fall. Each year about 1,500 yearling heifers are retained as replacements. Douglas Lake Ranch cattle are grazed on over 350,000 acres of Crown grazing land and the ranch has about 5,700 acres of crop land producing as much as 6,000 tons of hay and 21,000 tons of silage. Stan is a believer in tradition and all the cattle work at Douglas Lake Ranch is done with horses.

Raphael Alphonse
Raphael Alphonse

Working Cowboy/Horseman

Raphael Alphonse
Raphael Pascal Alphonse was born to Mabel (Lee) and Charlie Alphonse on December 17, 1928 in Anaham Meadow. He spent many years in this meadow feeding cattle in winter and making hay in summer. In his younger years, Raphael also worked at many ranches: Chilco Ranch, Chezzacut Ranch, Gang Ranch, Onward Ranch, and others. He was one of the best team ropers and calf ropers, on the head or the heels, he didn't care. Raphael competed in the Chilcotin Rodeo Association (CRA), British Columbia Rodeo Association (BCRA), British Columbia Indian Rodeo Association (BCIRA), the Interior Rodeo Association (IRA), and many jackpot rodeos. He won many trophies and buckles and was proud of his BCIRA gold membership card. Raphael trained many of his own horses for rodeo and took great care and pride, spending many hours in training his "hosses". He trained his last horse at age 80. He attended farrier training in

Dawson Creek in 1970 and was certified. Raphael and his wife Susie ranched and raised seven children; Florence, Bella, Faye, Karen, Melvin, and twins Carla and Carl, and their oldest granddaughter Sharmon for her first few years. Raphael passed away on November 12, 2014 and had rode his horse up until two years before his passing.

Henry Schneider
Henry Schneider

Working Cowboy/Horseman

Henry Schneider
Henry Schneider was born November 3rd, 1916 in Ashcroft. His parents, John and Lena, had moved, by covered wagon, from the US to a homestead in Upper Hat Creek. Henry was their middle child of three, with sisters Edna and Helen (Helen was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame 1999 view). All three turned out to be great, hardworking ranchers and were more comfortable in the saddle t han anywhere. Henry met Elsie Johnston, a school teacher who had moved to Ashcroft from the Prairies and in October 1951 they married. They never had children of their own, but did have an extended family of neighbours and friends' kids that often stayed with them on holidays. Henry raised cattle on the property homesteaded by his parents. He ran about 200 head of cows and kept the calves till they were long yearlings. He was an excellent grass manager and cattleman and his yearlings always brought top price. Henry and Elsie kept a couple of milk cows, a couple of pigs and a bunch of chickens and raised their own hay and grain to feed these animals. Henry was also a very good horseman and cowboy, he participated in some of the local rodeos

in both calf roping and team roping. He was particularly good at heeling calves and was in great demand as a heeler at the various brandings in the Upper Hat Creek Valley and in the Ashcroft area. He was also a great friend to all who knew him. They sold the ranch in 1965, worked on the Harper ranch for a while, had 2 addresses in Cache Creek, and then moved to 16 mile. Henry spent the rest of his life cowboying for whoever needed a hand around the area. He passed away on April 6th, 1991.

Hank Krynen
Hank Krynen

Working Cowboy

Hank Krynen
Hank Krynen was born September 14th, 1932 in Bussum, Holland. During WWII, the occupying soldiers would let a young Hank feed and groom the army horses starting a love for horses. He would also harness and drive any animal that would allow it. Liberated in 1945 by the Canadians, Hank always wanted to see where those "tough buggers" came from. Well, in 1950 at the age of 18, he did just that. While attending Utrecht University, he had the opportunity to come to Canada to work on a farm in Ft. Langley. He left Holland on a Troop Transport ship and made his way across Canada by train. Working his way across BC, Hank made it to the Cariboo where he first worked on the Fox Mountain Ranch for Jim Fox and then for Harold Robson. One spring in the early 1950's his good friend Lenny DeRose took him to a rodeo at Alkali Lake ... he loved it there and took a job as cowboy for Mario Riedemann, and cow boss Bill Twan, at the Alkali Lake Ranch, a place where he was to spend most of his working life. In

1961, Hank took a short diversion from Alkali Lake to the Circle S Ranch at Dog Creek. He then rode for Hugh & Sonia Cornwall at the Onward Ranch, always referring to Hugh as a "true gentleman." When Martin Riedemann took over ownership of the Alkali Lake Ranch from his father in the early 1960's, Hank was appointed Foreman and continued in that role for 15 years, until he left the ranch in 1978 when Martin passed away. By this time, Hank had married Julia Dakin and they had two children, Andrew and Joanna. An avid rodeo competitor in his youth, Hank participated in the Calf Roping and Team Roping events at local rodeos and the Wild Cow Milking in the Williams Lake Stampede. In his late 70's, Hank was driving teams in the Williams Lake Stampede Parades with Inductees of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. At the age of 70 he drove a team and wagon from Chezacut to Quesnel for the Mulvahill Wagon Train and he also took guests for wagon rides at his own surprise 80th birthday party. Hank, at age 83, now has his own place on the west side of the Fraser where he still ranches. He acquired a new saddle horse at the age of 80 and a Percheron draft horse at age 82.

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