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Harry Rowell was born in Peterborough, England. He joined the British Navy while still in his teens. After discharge, Rowell went to Canada and then headed west to California arriving in 1912.
Rowell was a rancher, rodeo producer and livestock provider - succeeding in each of the ventures. In 1940 he went into the saddlemaking business with his partner Victor Alexander, in Hayward, California. In 1942 Alexander left, and the shop name was changed to the Rowell Saddle Co. Harry prospered in Hayward, building a reputation for saddles and buckles while sponsoring Bay Area rodeos. Rowell moved his saddle shop from Hayward to Castro Valley where it remained until the early 1960s.