Jack Salter - Hometown Hero


Jack Salter definitely marched to his own drummer. He was born in Wales in 1901, then at the height of World War I, decided to enlist. He was only 15 but gave his age as 18 and served in the armed forces until he was honorably discharged in December 1919. Not long after, Canada beckoned.


Most pioneer farmers in this part of Alberta began raising cattle very soon after they had settled on their land. Not Jack Salter. When he arrived in the Onoway area in spring of 1923, he chose to put his efforts into raising horses and sheep. He became well known for his flock of sheep and by the late 1940s, he concentrated on sheep. He entered his sheep in agricultural shows in surrounding communities and the big shows in Edmonton. Many are the ribbons and trophies that he won at Darwell, Westlock, Mayerthorpe, Wildwood, etc.

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Jack Salter with his first prize sheep at Edmonton Exhibition

A few of Salter's ribbons, including 1st prize at
Edmonton Exhibition Fall Show 1953 and 1958

Salter's farm was located near the village of Onoway. Onoway has grown and almost 100 years later, this farm is at the south edge of modern Onoway. For many years, his huge barn with the sagging roof was an Onoway landmark. It was demolished after Salter's death in 1985.


Jack Salter was well respected in the agricultural community (he was recognized by the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association in 1979 for his leadership and cooperation with youth and fellow breeders), a strong member of the Onoway Legion and was held in high regard in the Onoway area. In recognition of his contributions to the community, Salter's Lake was named after him by the provincial government in 1983.


Onoway and District Historical Guild is proud to recognize Jack Salter as our Hometown Hero.

Aerial view of Salter's farm
Aerial view of Jack Salter's farm on the south side of 47th Avenue

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Last Updated: July 22, 2018