Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Private Grain Elevator (Fredensthal West, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

A wooden grain elevator at the railway siding of Fredensthal West, on the CPR Emerson Subdivision in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin, was formerly operated by the Manitoba Pool Elevators. Built over the spring and summer of 1952 at Fredensthal on the CNR Ridgeville Subdivision, a crib annex was built beside it in 1955. The elevator was moved to its present site, about four miles away, in 1980 and three steel tanks were added on its south side in mid-1992. Closed by Agricore United in 2002, the complex is now used for private grain storage by a local Hutterite colony.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer


John Kauenhofen


Harry E. Hopkins


James “Jim” Ralston (1921-2000)


Jean-Paul Sabourin



Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Fredensthal West

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Fredensthal West (June 1992)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2342.

The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Fredensthal West

The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Fredensthal West (July 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Fredensthal West

The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Fredensthal West (October 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.04733, W97.17404
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

Obituary [James Ralston], Brandon Sun, 26 February 2000, page 22.

“Agricore closes 26 elevators, lays off workers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 2001, page 4.

We thank Mike Lisowski and Jean McManus for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 October 2023

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