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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Private Grain Elevator (Clearwater, Municipality of Louise)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

In July 1930, lightning struck the two-year-old Manitoba Pool elevator at Clearwater, on the CPR Napinka Subdivision in the Municipality of Louise, destroying it along with 25,000 bushels of grain. A replacement with the same 40,000-bushel capacity was built in just over a month. Expanded with a temporary annex in 1951, a permanent addition came in 1969 with the construction of a crib annex on its east side, increasing the total capacity to 124,500 bushels. Closed by Agricore in October 2000, it was sold into private ownership and remains in use for local grain storage.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1928-1932

J. A. McLean

1932-1951

John Mervin “Jack” Howatt (1907-2005)

1951-1956

Thomas Gordon Pickering (1919-1997)

1956-1979

W. T. L. “Vern” McBrien (1930-2012)

1979-1980

Brent McBrien

1980-1981

Wayne Brugger

1980-1987

L. C. ”Dick” Myers

1987-1988

Bevan Mayert

1988-1989

Jack Crompton

1989-1990

Barry Semple

1990-1991

Keith Saunders

1991-1998

Kendall Maxwell

1998-2000

?

Photos & Coordinates

Aerial view of grain elevators at Clearwater

Aerial view of grain elevators at Clearwater (1988)
Source: Manitoba Pool Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Clearwater

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Clearwater (August 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Clearwater

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

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.13269, W99.03949
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Federal Grain Elevator (Clearwater, Municipality of Louise)

Sources:

“News in brief,” Brandon Sun, 9 July 1930, page 1.

“News in brief,” Brandon Sun, 15 August 1930, page 1.

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

Obituary [Thomas Gordon Pickering], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1997, page 14.

“Agricore elevators in Baldur and Pilot Mound close November 30th,” Baldur Gazette News, 7 November 2000, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jean McManus.

Page revised: 14 July 2020

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