Historic Sites of Manitoba: Reliance Grain Elevator / Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Smith Spur, RM of Morris)

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A 40,000-bushel wooden grain elevator at Smith Spur (probably named for grain executive Sidney T. Smith), on the CNR Miami Subdivision east of Lowe Farm in the Rural Municipality of Morris, was built in 1943 by the Reliance Grain Company, replacing a 30,000-bushel elevator built by North Star Grain around 1912. In 1948, the elevator was sold to Manitoba Pool Elevators. A crib annex was built beside it in 1967. Closed in 1987, the annex was moved to Morris in 1989 and the elevator was demolished.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer




G. A. Poersch


David J. Friesen (1919-?)



Photos & Coordinates

Newly constructed Manitoba Pool grain annex at Smith's Spur

Newly constructed Manitoba Pool grain annex at Smith’s Spur (1967) by Earl Gordon Johnston
Source: Shelley Johnston-Frith

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Smith's Spur

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Smith’s Spur (no date)
Source: Julie Harris

Site Location (lat/long): N49.35424, W97.50230
denoted by symbol on the map above


Roland East topographic map, 62H/5 East, Edition 1 ASE, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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

Reflections of Lowe Farm, 1899-1999 by the Lowe Farm History Book Committee, 1999, page 92.

We thank Julie Harris and Shelley Johnston-Frith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2022

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