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Originally a subsidiary of the Peavey Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, its origins in Manitoba date to 1903 when Gabriel B. Murphy established the grain-handling firm of G. B. Murphy & Company. After acquiring several smaller grain-buying operations, the company was renamed the Province Elevators Company Limited. By 1922 this company owned 48 country elevators. In 1923, it purchased the Reliance Grain Company, a subsidiary of Peavey Company of Minneapolis, and later the Matheson Lindsay Grain Company (1928) and North Star Grain Company (1939). The Reliance Grain Company eventually owned 254 elevators, two of which form part of the Inglis row of elevators. In 1948, elevators of the Reliance line in Manitoba were sold to various grain companies, including the Manitoba Pool Elevators and Pioneer Grain Company.

Presidents

Period

President

1923-1947

Sidney Thomas Smith (1878-1947)

1947

William Arthur Murphy (1884-1968)

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

Rail

Built

1936
Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Basswood

CPR

?

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Carberry

CPR

?

22,000

 

Cracknell

CPR

?

23,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Cranmer

CPR

?

28,000

Sold to UGG (1948)

Curtis

CNR

?

?

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Glossop

CPR

?

28,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

High Bluff

CPR

?

?

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Inglis

CPR

?

19,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Longburn

CNR

?

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Macdonald

CPR

?

45,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Newdale

CPR

?

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Oakland

CNR

?

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Poplar Point

CPR

?

49,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Portage la Prairie

CPR

?

?

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Sidney

CPR

?

?

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Smith Spur

CNR

?

?

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Strathclair

CPR

?

28,500

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1948)

Sources:

“$3,750,000 grain elevator sale reported,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 January 1948, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2016

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