Nat Love and John Ware

Nat Love

Nat Love

Born Nat Love a slave  on the plantation of Robert Love in Davidson County, Tennessee around 1854. His father was Sampson Love

Nat Love had a wife but she died also he never spoke much about her and never mentions her name. They had no children together

When he entered a rodeo in Deadwood, South Dakota, on the 4th of July in 1876, he won the rope, throw, tie, bridle, saddle, and bronco riding contests. It was at this rodeo that fans gave him the nickname "Deadwood Dick"

Love spent the latter part of his life working as a pullman porter on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. He died in Los Angeles, California in 1921 at the age of 67

5 Facts:

1. At the age of 15, Love was strong and alert and looked older than his years

2. He got his first job as a cowboy with the Duval Ranch

3. He made many trips into Mexico in this capacity and in the process learned to speak Spanish fluently

4. In 1872 Love went to work for the Gallinger Ranch in Arizona, where he remained for many years. He became a master range rider and traveled over all the important western trails between the Gulf of Mexico and Montana

5. In 1907 he published his autobiography, which contains photographs of him wearing his western gear

John Ware

Born John Ware as a slave in South Carolina or Texas in 1845

He had a wife named Mildred Lewis and they had 5 children.

John Ware is best remembered for his ability to ride and train horses and for bringing the first cattle to southern Alberta in 1882, helping to create that province's important ranching industry. It is said that he was never tossed from a wild horse and that he popularized steer wrestling, which would then become a highlight of the Calgary Stampede.

Despite being a master horseman John was killed in the fall when his horse tripped in a badger hole crushing its rider and breaking his neck. John Ware's funeral was reported to be one of the largest held in the early days of Calgary.

5 Facts:

1. Second youngest of 11 children

2. An experienced cowhand by the late 1870s

3. He was employed driving herds of Texas cattle northward along the Western Cattle Trail to the distant ranges in Wyoming and Montana territories

4. In 1882, he was hired to help bring 3000 head of cattle from the US to Sir Hugh Allen's North West Cattle Company ranch, commonly known as the Bar U Ranch, in the foothills southwest of Calgary

5. In 1884 he started working for the Quorn Ranch on the Sheep River; it had a large herd of cattle but it also raised horses for the English market. Ware was put in charge of the horse herd.


"John Ware", The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1/27/13

"Nat Love Facts", YourDictionary, 29 January 2015

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