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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

Opened

Closed

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Alexander

CPR

1920

1988

70,000

 

Arborg

CPR

1967

-

51,900

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

Balmoral

CNR

1935

2002

42,500

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

Binscarth

CPR

1995

-

?

 

Boissevain

CPR

1961

-

153,500

 

Bryd

CPR

1926

1994

72,500

Demolished (February 1996)

Cabot

CNR

1968

1970

41,000

 

Cameron

CPR

1923

1952

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Cartwright

CPR

1920

1968

52,200

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Chillon

CPR

1921

1926

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Cracknell

CPR

1921

2000

94,900

New annex (1952), new annex (1960)

Crystal City

CPR

1920

-

60,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Culross 1

CPR

1920

-

?

New annexes (1949, 1955, 1960), bought from UGG (September 1969)

Culross 2

CPR

1928

?

?

New annex (1949)

Cypress River

CPR

1920

-

?

 

Dacotah

CNR

1920

2002

?

Demolished (August 2003)

Deloraine

CPR

1923

1927

30,000

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

Dipple Siding

CNR

1921

1949

30,000

Closed (1949), demolished (?)

Dufrost

CPR

1920

1999

?

Demolished (?)

Dunrea

CNR

1923

1947

28,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Dutton

CNR

1921

1924

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Elgin

CNR

1923

1980

82,800

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

Elm Creek

CPR

1920

1993

?

 

Emerson

CPR

1938

1982

72,700

Sold to Allstate Grain (c1983)

Enterprise

CNR

1923

1965

62,100

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

Fairfax 1

CNR

1920

1999

?

Demolished (2000)

Fairfax 2

CNR

1981

1999

?

Demolished (2000)

Fairfax 3

CNR

1981

1985

?

 

Fannystelle

CPR

1923

1968

142,800

 

Gladstone 1

CPR

1920

1925

90,000

 

Gladstone 2

CNR

1923

1932

30,000

 

Grandview

CNR

1920

1924

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Hathaway

CPR

1927

1927

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Haywood

CPR

1920

1986

98,800

 

Hilton

CNR

?

?

?

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

Holland

CPR

1920

-

?

 

Hope Farm (Martins Spur)

CNR

1920

1965

30,000

 

Horton

CNR

1927

1965

73,400

 

Inglis 1

CPR

1922

1995

30,000

New annex (1949), new annex (1953)

Inglis 2

CPR

1980

1985

?

Bought from Cargill Grain (1980)

Inwood

CNR

1921

1926

30,000

 

Ipswich

CPR

1926

1961

47,700

 

Kane

CNR

1947

2008

?

New annexes (1953, 1955)

Kelloe

CPR

1926

1938

21,500

Sold to UGG (1941)

Killarney 1

CPR

1920

1999

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Killarney 2

CPR

1980

1985

?

 

Killarney 3

CPR

1999

-

?

 

La Salle

CPR

1920

-

?

 

Lena

CNR

1923

1965

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Letellier

CNR

1920

1927

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Lyleton

CPR

1926

1976

70,900

Demolished (c2008)

Madill

CPR

1921

1970

23,000

 

Marquette 1

CPR

1920

2013

?

Demolished (September 2013)

Marquette 2

CPR

1941

1972

22,500

 

Meadows

CPR

1923

2013

?

Demolished (July 2017)

Meharry

CNR

1920

1923

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1925)

Mile 202

CNR

1920

1921

30,000

 

Minto

CNR

1923

2005

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Morris

CPR

1920

-

?

 

Mountainside (Anvers)

CNR

1923

1965

30,000

Bought from Young Grain (1923)

Ninette

CNR

1920

1927

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1928)

Oakland

CNR

1924

1924

15,000

 

Pierson

CPR

1965

-

?

 

Rathwell

CPR

1926

1969

51,300

Sold to UGG (September 1969)

Ridgeville 1

CNR

1920

1980

59,400

Destroyed by fire (April 2010)

Ridgeville 2

CNR

1949

1980

62,000

 

Roseisle

CNR

1921

1974

54,400

 

St. Jean Baptiste

CNR

1920

1988

88,000

 

Shellmouth

CNR

1920

1938

25,000

 

Somerset

CNR

1932

1980

38,000

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

Sperling

CNR

1998

2007

?

 

Swan Lake

CNR

1923

2005

26,000

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

Teulon

CPR

1921

-

28,400

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

Treherne

CPR

1920

1980

82,400

 

Wakopa

CNR

1923

1965

30,000

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

Waskada

CPR

1920

2004

?

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

1960

1965

22,000

Bought from Canadian Consolidated Grain (?)

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.

We thank Carol Wilkinson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2017

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