is a man who will never grow old. No matter where you may go in Alberta's
range country, you'll hear someone mention John Ware - pioneer and rancher.
John Ware was freed from slavery after the Civil War and was hired on
a cattle drive from Texas to Idaho. From there he joined a cattle drive
to the Bar U Ranch at High River. He soon became a well known rancher
and owner of his own spread on Sheep Creek and the Red Deer River.
9999, was made famous through courage and hard work as displayed by his
fighting droughts, blizzards, wolves, storms, and rustlers. He was known
to walk over the backs of penned steers without fear and exhibited superb
horsemanship by taming the wildest broncos. His prodigious strength was
demonstrated by stopping steers head-on and wrestling them to the ground,
tripping a horse by hand and holding it on it's back while being shoed,
lifting an eighteen-month-old steer with apparent ease to throw it on
his back for branding, and on and on...
in 1905 when his horse stumbled in a badger hole. For those interested please check out the book: "John Ware's Cow Country" by Grant MacEwan.
Junior High School opened in 1968 with five classes of junior high and
six classes of elementary. Today, the school serves appproximately 460
students from Palliser, Bayview, Pumphill, Braeside and Cederbrae.
daughter, Nettie Ware, visited the school in 1988. She died later that
year at the age of 96. We at John Ware are proud to be connected with
this legendary family in our western heritage.
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October 2, 2017