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Canopa Sha (James Ogle)


    James Ogle was the second son of Tasunke Hin Hotewin and William Hall Ogle. His childhood was spent at Wood Mountain except for a few years when he attended the Regina Industrial School. From the time he was a small boy he was very interested in the ranch and especially in horses.  He told his own story for the local history book They Came to Wood Mountain:
    " Most of my young life was spent riding horseback, as I used to go with the round-up outfits and my job was to look after the saddlehorses...
When I was twelve years olf I graduated into a man's job and joined the other fellows in rounding up the horses and riding with the boys in general.

Bill et James Ogle

    In 1913 I married Elizabeth Lecaine. We made our living selling horses as horses were in demand and
brought a fair price. We usually got from $100 to $300 a piece for them.  I had twenty-five head when I got married so I made out not too badly. I remember my wife used to ride with me on our own round-ups and it would be a good day's ride. We would take our lunch along and be gone all day.
...up until the time I sold my horses I used to furnish bucking stock for all the rodeos held here and other small shows around the country. I was reluctant to part with my horses, but as my health was not too good, and the pasture was needed for cattle, which were worth more, I sold them locally.
    In 1911 he filed on his own homestead. By 1918 he had 42 acres of land under cultivation, had increased his horse herd to 100 head and had constructed a log home, stable and granary. He had also built a fence around his homestead. Through the years he gradually acquired more land and began raising cattle when horses were no longer profitable.
James and Elizabeth Ogle had a family of seven children. He lived on his ranch until his death in 1978.


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