History: From Gypsy Boy to Cattle King

Reprinted from the February 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

From Gypsy Boy to Cattle King
By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C.

‘There hangs in the Kamloops museum an enlarged portrait of Johnny Wilson, one of the striking personalities of the early days of the cattle industry in British Columbia. The frame is heavy and ornate in the style of the nineties, and the picture itself is no work of art, but it is a faithful likeness of a man who was highly esteemed for his honesty and his foresightedness, and whose hospitality is still recalled by old-timers half a century after his death.’

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