Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Oakland, RM of Portage la Prairie)

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The village of Oakland, on the CNR Oakland Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, once had three elevators. Portage businessman Andrew Forsythe built two of them, the first in 1912 and a second around 1925. Three years later, Manitoba Pool Elevators built a 40,000-bushel elevator beside them, augmented in 1957 with a 60,000-bushel crib annex. Eventually, Reliance Grain bought the Forsythe elevators and sold the larger of them to Manitoba Pool in 1948. Pool operated two elevators here until 1973.

Replaced in 1986 by a large concrete elevator east of Portage, the sole remaining elevator at Oakland was destroyed by arson fire, along with $300,000 of stored grain, in September 1988.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer


S. G. Dack


James McVie Ogilvie (1889-1957)


J. H. Whyte


James McVie Ogilvie (1889-1957)


Dennis Albert Corder (1922-1984)


Frederick Alton “Fred” Wentzell (1918-1969)


Aubrey Hugh Hay (1944-1986)


Brian W. Morton


Victor H. Penner

Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Clandeboye

Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator at Oakland (circa 1928)
Source: Ian Wishart

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.10668, W98.31933
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

“Arson suspected in elevator file,” Brandon Sun, 6 October 1988, page 3.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Ian Wishart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2022

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