Walter Robert McClure (1902-1973)
born in 1902 in Harney Co. Oregon. His grandfather, William Early Alberson
was the first assessor for Harney Co., and he also built Alberson Station,
a stage stop at the northeastern end of Steen’s Mtn. Range. His uncle
Mort Alberson ran the first stage line from Denio to Winnemucca.
Walter was orphaned at nine years old. Walter and his two brothers became
drifters and traveled by horseback from ranch to ranch in southern Oregon
looking for work. The McClure brothers were known in the area and made
finding jobs a lot easier. They often found work at one of the many Miller
and Lux ranches in the area. Walter relied on his horse more than he did
people. He became a ranch hand and buckaroo at a very young age and continued
this career into adulthood.
In the 1940’s with the effects of the depression and "buckarooing"
in his blood, Walter went to the Lucky Seven Ranch and Hearn Ranch out
of McDermitt, NV. Life on ranches was more secure with food and housing
provide during those uncertain times. Near the end of the 1940’s Walter
worked as ranch hand for ranches in Paradise Valley, NV for Frank McCleary
at the Reed Ranch and Grayson Ranch.
In 1950, Walter went to work in northern Washoe Co. and northern Humboldt
Co. Nev. for Alder Creek Ranch, Paiute Meadows, Deep Hole Ranch and Soldier
Meadows. Walter was a man of few words, he figured if you were working
the range under his leadership… if he gave you enough rope (slack), you’d
figure it out. He smoked Camel cigarettes in a two and half inch cigarette
holder. The perfect picture of him would be sitting on an ole humped up,
high spirited horse riding across the desert somewhere smoking his cigarette
in its long holder. Walter McClure passed away June 6, 1973.
Walter McClure was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September