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Ken Galloway: A Well-Written Life Story

This year, Ken and his family will be renting the Senior Center at 276 Main Street in Central Butte on July 11 to celebrate his birthday and have his book signed. Everyone is welcome!

Some people unknowingly become legends during their lifetime. Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Wyatt Earp all lived outside mainstream society.

Well, on July 11, 1928, a local legend arrived whose life is full of adventures and daring surprises. Ken Galloway, the mild-mannered pharmacist from Central Butte, Saskatchewan, has a book signing this summer at the Central Butte Seniors Center on July 11. The book chronicles his life and how he too lived his life to the fullest.

“It’s not what I did at the pharmacy but the whole story of my life. Some of the good and bad things I’ve done,” Ken explained.

Ken officially retired four years ago on his 90th birthday. However, as president of his company, he is still actively involved in its operation.

His cousin, John Ellis offered to write down Ken’s colorful past for a special surprise on this 90th birthday.

“Well, John Ellis, my cousin, who works for a company called 3 Cedar Enterprises in Toronto, decided to write a book for me as a birthday present for my 90th birthday,” Ken said. “That was 4 years ago and we finally created it.” Ken’s adventures and misadventures range from skiing to piloting his nine airplanes and an ultralight. So many stories and tales to share.

Going back to the beginning, his parents came to Lang, Saskatchewan and gave birth to Ken on July 11, 1928. His father was a farmer from kyiv, Russia and his mother was a teacher from the United States. Ken grew up and became a pharmacist. He moved to Central Butte and opened the Galloway Pharmacy.

Ken has been married twice and has two sons: Scott Galloway, who became a pharmacist and took over Galloway’s pharmacy four years ago, and his other son, Keith Galloway of Seattle, Washington, works with ADT.

His greatest success has been in skiing. He won numerous Saskatchewan championships and also competed in Canada’s first Canadian Winter Games in 1967 at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec.

Places he’s visited over the years include Rome, Vancouver, Las Vegas and Mexico, but none seem to compare to the adventures he’s had here in Saskatchewan.

“I flew to Vancouver and went skiing in Whitefish Montana. And of course I’ve been to California a few times and Las Vegas and a short trip to Mexico at one point.

“When I was in Rockglen, I bought 6 school buses in Moose Jaw and started a textbook business. I hired 12 people to run the show. I received $35,000 worth of books from the government to sell to schools in southern Saskatchewan.

So from great adventures to a few miscalculations, Ken always smiled and kept adding stories to his life’s adventure story.

He continued: “And then the buses broke down and the employees quit and I lost money. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.

This year, Ken and his family will be renting the Senior Center at 276 Main Street in Central Butte on July 11 to celebrate his birthday and have his book signed. Everyone is welcome! The books will continue to be available here at Central Butte for $30 and if you call Galloways Pharmacy you can arrange to have signed copies shipped directly to you for a nominal fee.

Happy Jubilee, Ken!



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