Born on October 30, 1897, John Curtis McElroy (Curtis) was destined to be a cowboy. While competing at many local rodeos, including Pecos, he also served as Reeves County Chief of Police, Chief Deputy and was a Game Warden.
In the early 1930’s, McElroy would enter the Calf Roping and the Heading and Heeling as well as the Dogging and any other timed event at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. He often rode his sorrel horse named Rowdy. He often placed in every go-round and was declared the over-all winner.
Curtis was a charter member of the Turtles Association, the forerunner of the PRCA. He helped put on the Pecos Rodeo for several years and along the way roped at Cheyenne, Wyoming and other major rodeos. He also roped in numerous matched roping throughout West Texas.
McElroy married Myrtle Vest and they did not have children. He died on May 15, 1966.