Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Ninette, RM of Prairie Lakes)
A wooden grain elevator at Ninette, on the CNR Hartney Subdivision in what is now the Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes, was operated by Manitoba Pool Elevators. The original elevator burst open and collapsed in late September 1967 and was replaced by one moved from nearby Hilton, acquired in trade from United Grain Growers. The relocated elevator was officially opened on 15 December 1967, with the first unloading performed by John McKay, the last still-farming original member of the Ninette Pool Elevator Association, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by Pool Vice-President Harold Sneath. It was closed in August 1987, and despite attempts to save the structure, was demolished on 27 October 1988, with the debris burned at the local landfill.
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“Collapse of Ninette elevator,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1967, page 26.
“Oak Lake farmers lobby to save elevator,” Brandon Sun, 12 August 1987, page 1.
“Elevator opened,” Brandon Sun, 16 December 1967, page 3.
Obituary [George Mansfield], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1982, page 48.
“Ninette elevator demolished,” Belmont News, 3 November 1988, page 1.
Manitoba Pool Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Joel Bouchard for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 July 2020