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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Windsor Family Grain Elevator (Municipality of Pembina)

A small, wooden grain elevator in a farm field east of highway #242, in the Municipality of Pembina, is believed to have been built as late as the 1890s by Diggory Windsor and his brothers. It stood in his farm yard along with a brick house and a shanty barn. A leanto was built at one point on the west side of the elevator in which calves were housed. A stationary oil engine and flywheel system attached via the north side of the elevator drove its leg. The cupped belt lifted the grain to a gerber spout which then deposited the grain in one of five bins, each of which held 1200 to 1300 bushels of grain. By the 1970s, an external auger was used.

Around 1979, the current owner chose to stop using the elevator because the capacity of its bins was so small. Although many of the brick and stone buildings on farms in the district did not last because clay under the foundations tended to shift, the foundation of this elevator is intact. A plan to demolish the elevator has arisen from concerns about rotten wood in its north wall.

Windsor family grain elevator

Windsor family grain elevator (July 2008)
Source: George Penner

Windsor family grain elevator

Windsor family grain elevator (October 2015)
Source: Alyssa Rempel

Windsor family grain elevator

Windsor family grain elevator (May 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.16645, W98.67053
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

We thank Jim Pearson, Alyssa Rempel, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Al Thorleifson and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2020

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