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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator A / Besco Grain Elevator (Brunkild, RM of Macdonald)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

A 110,000-bushel composite-style grain elevator at Brunkild, on the CNR Carman Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Macdonald, was built in 1968 by Manitoba Pool Elevators, replacing an older, smaller elevator that was sold and moved to the Homewood Hutterite Colony. In the mid-1990s, the facility passed through a succession of owners before being purchased by Besco Grain, a company specializing in the processing and marketing of mustard seed.

Agents / Buyers (Elevator A)

Period

Agent / Buyer

1928-1942

Earl J. Helgason

1942-1943

Oscar Rochon

1943-1954

James H. “Jim” Murray

1954-1956

Roy J. Lewis

1956-1977

Eugene M. “Gene” Ferens

1977-1984

Orlando Nickel

1984-1990

Dave Wilson

1991

Wes Nickel

1992

Don Hunt

1992-1994

?

Agents / Buyers (Elevator B)

Period

Agent / Buyer

1942-1947

Kenneth E. “Ken” Elliott

1947-1949

Wendell F. Johnston

1949-1952

John A. McLeod

1952-1964

Joseph M. “Joe” Storey

1964-1968

Harry A. “Hank” Lyle (c1895-1975)

Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba Pool grain elevator with the United Grain Growers grain elevator in the background

Manitoba Pool grain elevator with the United Grain Growers grain elevator in the background (August 1992)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2259.

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Brunkild

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Brunkild (no date)
Source: Donalda Johnson

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Brunkild

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Brunkild (August 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Aerial view of the former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Brunkild

Aerial view of the former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Brunkild (November 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.59236, W97.57780
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: United Grain Growers Grain Elevator (Brunkild, RM of Macdonald)

Sources:

Manitoba Pool Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

Memories & Melodies: The History of Brunkild, 1871-1980 by Brunkild History Book Committee, 2003. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.B78 Bru]

We thank Donalda Johnson, Jean McManus, Bill Sutherland, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2020

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