John W Ross (1922-___)
Ross was born and raised in Malheur Co. Oregon, in 1922. He rode countless
miles a-horseback in the Owyhee Desert.
He finished high school in Ontario, OR in 1939 and decided he wanted to
be a bronc rider. So, he figured he would start riding some colts; back
then colts were probably four and five years of age. Most of them had
never been handled before. His pay then was ten dollars for thirty rides.
While riding colts he spent quite a bit of time at the Hole in the Ground
with Conley Davis and his uncle Frank Davis.
John put many hours in the saddle and worked a lot of places in So. Oregon.
Some men he worked for were Joe Basset, Red McCollough, John Stinger,
Val Becker and John Bishop, buckarooing for a while out at Freeze Out.
After he served in World War II, he and his father and brother Don had
a ranch at Vale Oregon called W.G. Ross & Sons, also known as the Cross
J, which was their brand.
A lot of colorful stories still circulate about John and his ability to
ride anything with hair on it. John was well known as a bronc rider, pickup
man and chute boss. He won the amateur bronc riding at Cheyenne Frontier
Days in Wyoming in 1950 and married Vea Loy Franklin the same year. In
1993 John was awarded the Gold Card Member for the Idaho Cowboys Association.
He buckarooed in Oregon and Idaho for almost sixty years before moving
his horse breeding and training business to Oklahoma in 1998.
John Ross was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September 2008.
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