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Paul W Bear

Paul W Bear (1916 - 20__)

Paul Bear was born in Roslyn, SD in 1916. He was orphaned at an early age and adopted by Walter Bear family of Mission Ridge, SD. Growing up on the Mission River area near where the famed Tibbs rodeo family lived. He left home at seventeen to find a buckarooing job in Nevada. He rode a freight train to Elko, NV where he thought the winter would be warmer. He started out working for Louie Dressie and then landed a job at the YP working for Garates who had impressed him with their fine bridle horses. After that he rode the rough string at the Spanish Ranch in northern Elko Co. for Stanley Ellison at $5.00 per month, and then went to the PX ranch on the North Fork, Humboldt River for Angus Maxwell as the cow boss.

He was drafted into the military in July 1942 and was sent to the Aleutian Islands (Alaska). While on leave in 1944 he married Betty Reed before being discharged in 1945. He returned home and started breaking horses for the Moffat Co. He rode bucking horses in the rodeos, but after getting out of the military he settled for roping in rodeos instead. He and his family moved to Charleston to manage a ranch for Steve Perkins for a year, then moved to the Devils Gate Ranch and worked for John and Peggy Rutman as ranch manager for eight years.

In 1958 he and Betty and their three children moved to Elko and bought the J.M. Capriola Co. a thriving saddle making business. He still helped at brandings, ran mustangs and team roped at rodeos.

Paul Bear was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September 2008.