John Ware’s Cow Country, Grant MacEwan, – Signed by Subject’s descendants & Author

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John Ware’s Cow Country, MacEwan, Grant. Published by The Institute of Applied Art, 1967. Third printing. Signed by author Grant MacEwan and 4 members of John Ware’s immediate family. 8vo. 8½” x 6”; 261 pp. with index and 3 black and white photos. Brick red cloth boards; black front and spine titles. slight toning of pages; otherwise fine. Dust jacket is taped repaired with chips to top of spine. Volume is signed on the title page and signed on the free endpaper: With Best Wishes, Grant MacEwan. Above this inscription are signed names of four members of the Ware Family: A. Ware; Mildred Ware; R.L. Mare and Janet (Nettie) Ware. It is assumed that these signatures were obtained on March 11, 1973 at an honorary 80th birthday event held for John Ware’s daughter Janet (Nettie) Ware in Vulcan, Alberta. This date and place are inked on free endpaper with a related newspaper clipping laid in.
This volume has significant historical value. John Ware (c. 1845 –1905) was an African-American cowboy 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. Ware was born into slavery in South Carolina. After the American Civil War, he worked his way up to Canada driving cattle from Texas to Montana and then into the great plains that would eventually become Alberta.
Grant MacEwan, OC AOE (1902-2000) was a farmer, Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Dean of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, the 28th Mayor of Calgary and both a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Canada.


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