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BC Cowboy Hall of Fame 2024: Historic Rose Ranch, Rose Family — Century Ranch

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame
Rose family for which the Historic Rose Ranch is named. (Photo submitted)

The Rose family’s history is a rich tapestry of perseverance, hard work and community contribution spanning over a century. From James Rose’s early endeavors to his descendants’ commitment to maintaining the family ranch, each generation has led an indelible mark on the land and the surrounding community.

James Rose was born in 1872 in Barkerville, B.C to Fred and Emma Rose. James grew up in 150 Mile and by 1893, he purchased the property at what is now Rose Lake and Ochiltree. James married Matilda McLeese, and adopted her two sons from a previous marriage, James and Peter. They would later have their own children, Catherine, Mamie, Ena and Walter (Buzzie). Despite the challenges of war and loss, such as the tragic death of their eldest son James in the First World War, the Rose family persevered, with each member contributing to the ranch’s growth and success.

Peter contributed to the community through his craftsmanship in log home building resulting in the construction of the first schoolhouse. This highlights the family’s commitment to not only their own prosperity, but also the welfare of those around them.

Following Matilda and James’s passing, Catherine took the reins of the ranch, ensuring its continuity through her dedication and hard work. Her decision to pass the ranch down to her daughter, Noreen and her husband, Sture Kallman, ensured that the family legacy would endure into the next generation.

In 2015, the ranch was again passed down to great grandson Ingemar Kallman and his wife Loreen (MacCarvill), who have embraced the responsibility of stewarding the family ranch into the future. Despite the several challenges and setbacks that they have faced since taking over the responsibilities, the ranch will be celebrating 131 years in May of 2024.

With Ingemar and Loreen’s children and grandchildren actively involved in the ranch’s operations, the Rose family’s legacy continues to thrive.

The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured just prior to Sunday’s rodeo performance at the Indoor Spring Classic Rodeo in Williams Lake April 21.

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