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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator “A” / Private Grain Elevator (McConnell, Municipality of Hamiota)

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The first grain elevator in McConnell, on the CNR Rapid City Subdivision in what is now the Municipality of Hamiota, was built by businessman J. H. McConnell and sold to the Canadian Elevator Company. Between 1926 and 1927, its operation was taken over by McConnell Cooperative Elevator Association, affiliated with Manitoba Pool Elevators, with an executive committee consisting of A. C. Little (President), T. J. Caves (Vice-President), George N. McConnell (Secretary), C. C. Brown (Director), C. Watt (Director), W. J. Pollock (Director), and C. E. Winstone (Director). In 1928, the old elevator was demolished and a new “Pool A” building was constructed on the same site. A balloon annex was built beside the elevator in 1940.

Major renovations to the elevator were made in 1968, at a cost of $45,000, involving construction of a new driveway and office, and installation of a forty-ton scale. The final grain delivery to the elevators occurred on 16 December 1978, the same day as the final train passed through the village, as the railway line was abandoned. The tracks were removed in May 1979 and the elevators were sold to a local farmer. A station building that was still standing as of 1983 was gone by the time of a 2014 site visit.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1928-1958

Jesse Charles Richardson (1892-1980)

1958-1973

M. A. Hamilton

1973-1975

Darwin W. Hamilton

1975-1975

Donald J. Brown

1975-1978

Fermin Desrochers

Photos & Maps

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at McConnell

McConnell railway station with Manitoba Pool “A” at right and Pool “B” at left (August 1983)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2096.

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at McConnell

The former Manitoba Pool “A” grain elevator at McConnell (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at McConnell

The former Manitoba Pool “A” grain elevator at McConnell (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at McConnell

The former Manitoba Pool “A” grain elevator at McConnell (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.26688, W100.52796
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bawlf Grain Elevator / Alberta Pacific Grain Elevator / Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator “B” (McConnell, Municipality of Hamiota)

Sources:

McConnell: Little Town Lost by McConnell Women’s Institute and History Committee, 1979.

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

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jean McManus.

Page revised: 12 August 2017

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