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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)

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

Rail

Built

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Alexander

CPR

?

?

 

Anvers (Mountainside)

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Arborg

CPR

1967

51,900

Two steel tanks (1968), new crib annex (1973)

Balmoral

CNR

1935

42,500

New crib annex (1952), new steel annex (1969)

Boissevain

CPR

?

 

 

Bryd

CPR

?

 

Demolished (February 1996)

Cameron

CPR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Cartwright

CPR

 

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Chillon

CPR

?

 

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Cracknell

CPR

1921

24,000

New annex (1952), new annex (1960)

Crystal City

CPR

?

60,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Culross

CPR

?

 

Bought from UGG (September 1969)

Cypress River

CPR

?

 

 

Dacotah

CNR

1957

 

Demolished (August 2003)

Deloraine

CPR

?

 

Bought from Young Grain (1923); sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Dufrost

CPR

?

 

Demolished (?)

Dunrea

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Dutton

CNR

?

 

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Elgin

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923), demolished (circa 1966), replacement moved from Wakopa (1966), sold to Manitoba Pool (?)

Emerson

CPR

?

?

Sold to Allstate Grain (c1983)

Enterprise

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923), moved to Fairfax (1966)

Fairfax 1

CNR

?

?

Demolished (2000)

Fairfax 2

CNR

?

?

Demolished (2000)

Grandview

CNR

?

 

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Gunton

CPR

?

 

 

Hathaway

CPR

?

 

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Hilton

CNR

?

 

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

Holland

CPR

?

 

 

Inglis

CPR

1922

30,000

New annex (1949), new annex (1953)

Ipswich

CPR

1930

 

 

Kane

CNR

?

 

 

Kelloe

?

?

 

Sold to UGG (1941)

Killarney

CPR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

La Salle

CPR

?

 

 

Lena

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Letellier

CNR

?

 

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Lyleton

CPR

1926

 

Demolished (c2008)

Marquette

CPR

?

 

Demolished (September 2013)

Meadows

CPR

?

 

 

Meharry

CNR

?

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Minto

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Morris

CPR

?

?

 

Ninette

CNR

?

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Niverville

CPR

?

 

 

Pierson

CPR

?

 

 

Rathwell

CPR

?

 

Sold to UGG (September 1969)

Ridgeville

CNR

?

 

Destroyed by fire (April 2010)

Somerset

CNR

1944

38,000

New crib annex (1954), new crib annex (1960), new steel annex (1969)

Steinbach

?

?

 

 

Swan Lake

CNR

1924

26,000

New balloon annex (1940), new crib annex (1953), demolished (2008)

Teulon

CPR

1939

28,400

New crib annex (1951), new annex (1960)

Wakopa

CNR

?

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923), moved to Elgin (1966)

Waskada

CPR

1927

20,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923), dismantled and new elevator built (1927), new balloon annex (1940), new crib annex (1952), renovated (1957), new balloon annex (1963)

Wassewa

CNR

?

 

Bought from Canadian Consolidated Grain (?)

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.

We thank Carol Wilkinson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2017

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