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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
John Herron


John Herron is now living retired at Pincher Creek, after years of earnest, persistent labor, which brought to him a handsome competence. He engaged in ranching for many years and still retains some of his, land. He was born in Ontario, on the 15th of November, 1853, a son of John and Marguerite (Crane) Herron, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Scotland. The father was a farmer and came to Ontario at the age of twenty-one years. He owned much land in that province and lived retired for some time prior to his death, which occurred when he was ninety years of age. Mrs. Herron died in her sixtieth year. To Mr. and Mrs. Herron twelve children were born, John being the third in order of birth. One son, Peter, came to Alberta in the latter part of the '80s and homesteaded some land near Pincher Creek, on which he resided until his death. John Herron, Sr., was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church throughout his life and was an Orangeman.

John Herron attended the common schools of Ashton, Ontario, until he was twelve years of age, at which time he hired out, working in the woods of Ontario and Quebec for six dollars per month. At the age of sixteen years he began to learn the trade of a blacksmith and in 1874 he joined the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, as blacksmith for the police at Winnipeg. The following spring he came to Alberta with the Northwest Mounted Police, as escort of Major General Snipe. From Calgary they moved on to Macleod and thence into Montana. Subsequently he returned to Calgary with the same party. Later he went through the mountains to Walla Walla, Washington, and finding it too late to make his way back through the passes Mr. Herron went on to Salt Lake City, where he bought a pack horse and made the journey to Calgary by way of Macleod, arriving there at Christmas time. He was stationed at Calgary until he received his honorable discharge from the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, in May, 1878. He then returned to Ottawa, Ontario, by the way of Fort Walsh and there embarked in the grocery and liquor business. Later lie entered the firm of Bate & Herron, which association was maintained until 1881, when he withdrew and came back to Pincher Creek. He organized a cattle company in this district, which was known as the Stewart Ranch Cattle Company and he obtained a lease of about forty thousand acres between Pincher Creek and South Fork. He became local manager of the ranch and he deserves great credit for what was accomplished. He engaged in breeding Clydesdale horses and imported several stallions. At one time he put one thousand head of horses, which he had brought from Idaho, in the Crowsnest Pass for the winter and he never lost a horse. When Mr. Herron determined to dispose of his interests and retire he held a large sale and averaged better than one hundred and eighty dollars per head. Aside from ranching he has done some experimental farming, and he owns a half section of land. He retired from active life in 1908.

Mr. Herron married Miss Ida Lake of Lindsay, Ontario. To their union three children have been born: The eldest child, Georgia G., is the wife of E. G. Ambrose, a successful farmer; Kate is the wife of J. L. Jenison, superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railroad at Edmonton; the youngest member of the family is Edith Maude, who is the wife of George Hunter, manager of the Union Bank at Lethbridge.

Mr. Herron gives his political allegiance to the Conservative party and he was elected to parliament at Ottawa in 1904 and again in 1908. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, being past master of the Royal Arch Masons, and he is also an Orangeman. Mr. Herron deserves great credit for what he has accomplished, for he started out in life empty- handed, met difficulties cheerfully and bravely, overcame obstacles, and by energy and perseverance worked his way upward to success. His friends throughout Macleod district are legion and he is held in high confidence and esteem.


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