Historic Sites of Manitoba: Western Canada Flour Mills Grain Elevator / Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Kelwood, RM of Rosedale)

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A 35,000-bushel wooden elevator at Kelwood, on the CNR Neepawa Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale, was built in 1929 for Western Canada Flour Mills. In August 1940, it was taken over by the newly-formed Kelwood Co-operative Elevator Association who agreed to repay Manitoba Pool Elevators over a 20-year period. Initially handling just grain, the Co-operative began to sell coal in 1950 and farm supplies such as fertilizer, spray, and baler twine in 1963. A new balloon annex was built beside it in 1969, increasing its capacity to 68,300 bushels. The facility was closed in December 1971 and traded to United Grain Growers which, in turn, closed it in December 1979. The company sold the elevator and annex to the community, along with its other elevator built in 1927. Both elevators were removed from the site sometime before 2000.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer




Frank McConnell


Eric Dennison


Milton Alexander Howard (1911-2000)


Ernest Joseph “Ernie” Chumola (1935-2012)


Milton Alexander Howard (1911-2000)


Jeffrey P. Zboril

Photos & Coordinates

The Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Kelwood

The Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Kelwood (1972)
Source: Agricore United Engineering Department, Tom Price (Mgr), provided by Glenn Dickson (University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections)

Aerial view of the grain elevators at Kelwood

Aerial view of the grain elevators at Kelwood (1956)
Source: A15226-32, Manitoba Air Photo Library

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.62206, W99.45871
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: United Grain Growers Grain Elevator (Kelwood, RM of Rosedale)


Grain Elevators in Canada, compiled by Board of Grain Commissioners for Canada, Winnipeg, 1912-1930, 1930-1953, 1953-1998 [Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries], 1998-2016 [Canadian Grain Commission].

Kelwood Bridges the Years, 1890-1967 by Kelwood Centennial Committee, 1967.

Manitoba Pool Fonds, McKee Archives, Brandon University.

A15226-32 (1956), Manitoba Air Photo Library.

Obituary [Milton Alexander Howard], Neepawa Banner, 2 February 2000.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Glenn Dickson.

Page revised: 11 May 2021

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