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Manitoba Business: Canada West Grain Company / Dawson Grain Company / Red River Grain Company

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Incorporated at Melfort, Saskatchewan by Harold George Dawson in February 1914, its corporate offices were later moved to Winnipeg. Along with subsidiary Red River Grain Company, it operated country grain elevators, seed plants, feed mills, and warehouses in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. It became known as the Dawson Grain Company in the mid-1940s. In early 1961, its remaining facilities were sold to United Grain Growers. The company surrendered its charter in October 1964.

General Managers

Period

General Manager

1914-1935

Harold George Dawson (1874-1956)

1935-1961

?

1961-1964

John Allan “Jack” Dawson (1904-1996)

Secretaries

Period

Secretary

1914-1921

?

1921-?

G. A. McEwen

?-?

?

?-1964

John W. “Jack” Newis (1905-2001)

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

Rail

Opened

Closed

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Benito

CNR

1924

1925

30,000

 

Bowsman

CNR

1928

1941

35,000

Bought from Northern Elevator (1928), sold to Searle Grain (1942)

Hubbell

CNR

1938

1947

30,000

Sold to UGG (July 1948)

Longburn

CNR

1946

1952

30,000

 

Minitonas

CNR

1923

1939

30,000

 

Mollard

CNR

1946

1952

30,000

Sold to Ogilvie (1952)

Sevick

CNR

1923

1924

35,000

 

Swan River

CNR

1923

1941

49,000

 

Winnipeg (Fort Rouge)

CNR

1938

1961

55,000

Sold to UGG (1961)

Winnipeg (Red River)

CNR

?

?

?

Sold to UGG (1961)

Winnipeg (St. Boniface)

CPR

1932

1945

40,000

 

Sources:

“Melfort company builds elevators,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 April 1915, page 22.

Advertisement, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1946, page 10.

“UGG purchases firm’s plants,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 April 1961, page 25.

“Red River Grain Company Limited,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 October 1964, page 46.

Obituary [John W. Newis], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 2001.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 May 2021

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