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This grain company was established in 1908 by Manitoba-born businessman Norman M. Paterson. A network of country grain elevators across the prairies funneled grain into terminal elevators at Fort William [now Thunder Bay], Ontario. In the early years, the firm acquired some country elevators by purchasing them from the Interior Elevator Company (1920) and Young Grain Company (1923).

Presidents

Period

President

1908-1981

Norman McLeod Paterson (1883-1983)

1981-2001

Donald Savigny Paterson (1918-2006)

2001-?

Andrew B. Paterson

Vice-Presidents

Period

Vice-President

?-1940

Mortimer A. Smith (1881-1940)

1940-1992

?

1992-?

Robert J. Paterson

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

Rail

Opened

Closed

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Alexander

CPR

1920

1988

70,000

Bought from McLaughlin Ellis (1916), destroyed by fire (1927), bought from Ogilvie Flour (1928), renovated (1929), new crib annex (1951), new balloon annex (1960)

Arborg

CPR

1967

-

51,900

New elevator (1967), two steel tanks (1968), new crib annex (1973)

Balmoral

CNR

1935

2002

42,500

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), rebuilt (1935), new crib annex (1952), new steel tank (1969)

Belmont

CNR

?

 

 

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), demolished (1921), material used to build new elevator at Roseisle (1921)

Binscarth

CPR

1995

-

?

 

Boissevain

CPR

1961

-

153,500

New elevator (1961), new balloon annex (1962)

Bryd

CPR

1926

1994

72,500

New elevator (1910), bought from Arnold (1926), new crib annex (1952), demolished (February 1996)

Cabot

CNR

1968

1970

41,000

Bought from Scottish Cooperative (1967), moved to Dacotah (1971)

Cameron

CPR

1923

1952

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922), demolished and material in to build annex at Swan Lake (1953)

Cartwright

CPR

1920

1968

52,200

Bought from Cartwright Farmers (1920), second elevator bought from Young Grain (1923), both demolished (1925), new elevator (1925), sold to Federal Grain (1969)

Chillon

CPR

1921

1926

30,000

New elevator (1921), sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Cracknell

CPR

1921

2000

94,900

New elevator using material salvaged from Sintaluta (1921), new annex (1952), new balloon annex using material salvaged from Madill (1960)

Crystal City

CPR

1920

-

60,000

Bought from Manitoba Government (September 1919), second elevator bought from Young Grain (1922), both demolished (1927), new elevator (1927), bought from UGG (1941), new balloon annex (1960), new balloon annex (1963)

Culross 1

CPR

1920

-

?

New elevator using material salvaged from Stoughton (1920), new crib annex (1949), new balloon annex (1955), new balloon annex (1960)

Culross 2

CPR

1928

?

?

Bought from UGG (September 1969)

Cypress River

CPR

1920

-

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), rebuilt (1927), new balloon annexes (1940, 1953, 1963)

Dacotah

CNR

1917

2002

?

New elevator (1917), rebuilt (1938), new elevator and old elevator converted to annex (1957), two steel tanks (1967), second elevator moved from Cabot (1971), demolished (August 2003)

Deloraine

CPR

1923

1927

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922); sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Dipple Siding

CNR

1921

1949

30,000

New elevator (1921), closed (1949), demolished and material used to build annex at Fannystelle (1950)

Dufrost

CPR

1920

1999

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), rebuilt using material salvaged from Kincaid (1938), new crib annex (1950), new balloon annex (1960), demolished (?)

Dunrea

CNR

1923

1947

28,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922), sold to UGG (1948)

Dutton

CNR

1921

1924

30,000

New elevator (1921), sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Elgin

CNR

1922

1980

82,800

Bought from Young Grain (1922), rebuilt (1928), demolished (circa 1966), replacement moved from Wakopa (1966), sold to Manitoba Pool (?)

Elm Creek

CPR

1920

1993

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), demolished (1938), new elevator (1938), new balloon annexes (1957, 1964), new crib annex (1978)

Emerson

CPR

1938

1982

72,700

New elevator using materials salvaged from Ettington (1938), new balloon annex (1955), steel tank (1969), sold to Allstate Grain (c1983)

Enterprise

CNR

1923

1965

62,100

Bought from Young Grain (1922), rebuilt (1940), moved to Fairfax for use as annex (1966)

Fairfax 1

CNR

1920

1999

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), renovated (1929), new balloon annex (1940), old elevator moved from Enterprise for use as annex (1966), steel tanks (1968, 1971), demolished (2000)

Fairfax 2

CNR

1981

1999

?

Demolished (2000)

Fairfax 3

CNR

1981

1985

?

 

Fannystelle

CPR

1923

1968

142,800

Bought from Fannystelle Farmers (1923), rebuilt (1940), new annex built from material salvaged at Dipple Siding (1950), sold to UGG (1968)

Gladstone 1

CPR

1920

1925

90,000

Rented from Echo Flour Mills (1921), lease unrenewed (1933)

Gladstone 2

CNR

1923

1932

30,000

 

Goodlands

CPR

 

 

 

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), demolished (1919), material used to build new elevator at Haywood (1919)

Grandview

CNR

1917

1924

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Hathaway

CPR

1927

1927

30,000

New elevator (1927), sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Haywood

CPR

1920

1986

98,800

New elevator using material salvaged from Goodlands (1919), new crib annex (1951), new balloon annex (1956)

Hilton

CNR

?

?

?

Traded to Manitoba Pool (?), moved to Ninette (1960s)

Holland

CPR

1920

-

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), rebuilt (1927), new balloon annexes (1953, 1957, 1960), rebuilt (1958)

Hope Farm (Martins Spur)

CNR

1920

1965

30,000

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), rebuilt (1934), closed (31 July 1960) and moved to St. Jean for use as an annex (?), sold to Paul Fillion (February 1966)

Horton

CNR

1927

1965

73,400

New elevator (1927), sold (1966)

Inglis 1

CPR

1922

1995

30,000

New elevator (1922), new balloon annexes (1949, 1953)

Inglis 2

CPR

1980

1985

?

Bought from Cargill Grain (1980)

Inwood

CNR

1922

1926

30,000

Bought from David Wood (1922), demolished and material used to build at Lyleton (1926)

Ipswich

CPR

1926

1961

47,700

Bought from A. S. Arnold (1926), sold to Manitoba Pool (May 1963)

Kane

CNR

1947

2008

?

Built using material salvaged from Winkler (1918), destroyed by fire (1947), new elevator (1947), new balloon annexes (1953, 1955)

Kelloe

CPR

1926

1938

21,500

Bought from A. S. Arnold (1926), sold to UGG (1941)

Killarney 1

CPR

1920

1999

30,000

Bought from Pritchard (1920), second elevator bought from Young Grain (1922), both demolished (1927), new elevator (1927), rebuilt (1961), new balloon annexes (1960, 1963), old elevator brought from Mountainside used as crib annex (1966)

Killarney 2

CPR

1980

1985

?

 

Killarney 3

CPR

1999

-

?

 

La Salle

CPR

1920

-

?

Bought from Cormier (1916), rebuilt using material salvaged from Dumas (1938), new balloon annexes (1940, 1955)

Lena

CNR

1923

1965

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922), sold (1967)

Letellier

CNR

1920

1927

30,000

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Lyleton

CPR

1926

1976

70,900

Built using material salvaged at Inwood (1926), new balloon annexes (1940, 1953), sold (1979), demolished (c2008)

Madill

CPR

1921

1970

23,000

New elevator using material salvaged from Hume (1921), closed (15 January 1959), moved to Cracknell for use as annex (?), demolished (1973)

Marquette 1

CPR

1941

1972

22,500

New elevator (1941), new balloon annexes (1953, 1960), demolished (September 2013)

Marquette 2

CPR

1920

2013

?

New elevator (1920), sold (1974), demolished (?)

Meadows 1

CPR

1947

2013

?

New elevator (1947), new balloon annexes (1953, 1960), new crib annex (?), demolished (July 2017)

Meadows 2

CPR

1922

?

?

Bought from McLaughlin Ellis (1922), destroyed by fire (1922), new elevator (1922), sold (1976), demolished (?)

Meharry

CNR

1919

1923

30,000

New elevator (1919), sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Mile 202

CNR

1920

1921

30,000

 

Minto

CNR

1923

2005

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922), rebuilt (1936), new balloon annexes (1940, 1955, 1963)

Morris

CPR

1920

-

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (1920), rebuilt (1940), new crib annex (1952), new balloon annex (1963)

Mountainside (Anvers)

CNR

1923

1965

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922), rebuilt (1928), moved to Killarney for use as crib annex (1966)

Ninette

CNR

1920

1927

30,000

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Oakland

CNR

1925

1925

15,000

Rented one year (1925)

Pierson

CPR

1965

-

?

Demolished (?), bought Manitoba Pool (?), new elevator (1965), new balloon annex (1965), two steel tanks (1969)

Rathwell

CPR

1926

1969

51,300

Bought from Rathwell Farmers (1926), sold to UGG (September 1969)

Ridgeville 1

CNR

1920

1980

59,400

Bought from Manitoba Government (1919), new elevator (1934), demolished (1980s)

Ridgeville 2

CNR

1947

1980

62,000

New elevator (1947), new balloon annex (1956), destroyed by fire (April 2010)

Roseisle

CNR

1921

1974

54,400

New elevator using material salvaged from Belmont (1921), new balloon annex (1953), sold (1977)

St. Jean Baptiste 1

CNR

1920

1988

88,000

Bought from Northern Elevator (1918), rebuilt (1935)

St. Jean Baptiste 2

CNR

?

 

 

Bought from Canadian Consolidated (July 1952), steel tank (1969)

Shellmouth

CNR

1920

1938

25,000

New elevator (1920), sold to British America (1940)

Somerset

CNR

1934

1980

38,000

Bought from Federal Grain (1934), rebuilt (1945), new balloon annexes (1954, 1960), steel tank (1969)

Sperling

CNR

1998

2007

?

 

Swan Lake

CNR

1924

2005

26,000

New elevator (1924), new balloon annex (1940), new crib annex using material salvaged from Cameron (1953), demolished (2008)

Teulon

CPR

1922

-

28,400

Bought from David Wood (1922), destroyed by fire (1939), new elevator (1939), new crib annex (1951), new balloon annex (1960)

Treherne

CPR

1917

1980

82,400

Bought from Manitoba Government (1917), rebuilt (1928), new balloon annex (1955), steel tanks (1968, 1969)

Wakopa

CNR

1923

1965

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1922), rebuilt (1940), moved to Elgin (1966)

Waskada

CPR

1920

2004

?

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), second elevator bought from Young Grain (1922), both dismantled and new elevator built (1927), new balloon annex (1940), new crib annex (1952), renovated (1958), new balloon annex (1963)

Wassewa

CNR

1960

1965

22,000

Bought from UGG (October 1959)

Winkler

CPR

?

 

 

Bought from Northern Elevator (June 1918), demolished (1918) and material used to build new elevator at Kane (1918)

Winnipeg

?

2000

-

?

 

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Norman McLeod Paterson (1883-1983)

Sources:

“Rural Municipality of Riverside Council Minutes,” Belmont News, 3 March 1966, page 2.

“Elevator disposal a challenge,” Brandon Sun, 22 July 2000, page 5.

“Goodbye to an old friend,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 2003, page 20.

Elevator Company Files [Temporary Box #1], Paterson Grain Company, John Everitt Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

We thank Carol Wilkinson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2017

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