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Bascom and his sons began ranching on their own using the Bar-B-3 brand.
Over the following years, the Bascom family lived at Welling Station and ranched along Pot Hole Creek, at New Dayton on the Fort Whoop-up Trail near Deadman Coolee, at Lethbridge on the Old Man River and at Stirling east of Nine Mile Lake.
He received international publicity for his rodeo equipment inventions and designs.
Earl's brothers - Raymond "Tommy" Bascom, Melvin "High Pockets" Bascom and Weldon "Preacher" Bascom, along with their father John W.
The Mountie asked Earl Bascom just how old he was - he was 13 years old. Attending school felt better after Earl's father, who had a school district transportation contract, gave him the job of driving an old stagecoach pulled by a team of Bascom horses each day to the surrounding ranches transporting fellow students to and from school.
In 1918, Bascom gained a stepmother and a stepbrother, Frank, when his Earl's father married Ada Romeril Dawley.
In 1913, Earl's father, who had cowboyed in Utah and Colorado and worked on ranches in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, went to Alberta, Canada securing a job as a foreman on the Knight Ranch.
John Bascom's brother-in-law, Ike Lybbert, was already working there as the ranch blacksmith and farrier.
Sam Hickman and Earl Bascom went to New Orleans where they purchased brahma bulls for the rodeo bucking stock.
He competed in the rough stock events of saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and bull riding, and in the timed events of steer decorating and steer wrestling.
In 1933, he set a new arena record, a new world record time and won third place in the world standings in the steer decorating event.
Schooled mostly in one-room schools, Bascom quit school while in grade three to work on the Hyssop 5H Ranch, east of Lethbridge.
It was not long before a Canadian Mountie, who was visiting the Hyssop Ranch, thought that one of the cowboys was just too young looking to be a seasoned cowpuncher and bronc peeler.
He worked on cattle drives out of the Rockies and horse drives through the Teton Range.