Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Private Grain Elevator (St. Jean Baptiste, RM of Montcalm)

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In early 1951, farmers at St. Jean Baptiste, on the CNR Emerson Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Montcalm, convinced Manitoba Pool President William J. Parker to build a 40,000-bushel elevator there. Opened in August of that year, its capacity was more than doubled with a six-bin annex constructed in 1952. Thirteen years later, a crib annex added 90,000 bushels of space. Modernized and fully renovated in 1971, three steel bins were built next to the elevator in 1991, and track capacity was expanded in 1994.

Closed by Agricore in 2001, the elevator was used for private grain storage until 14 October 2023 when the wooden elevator was destroyed by fire.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer


David Friesen


Henri P. Trudel (1924-2015)


Leon Lafond


Van Huebner


James R. Borgford



Photos & Coordinates

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at St. Jean Baptiste

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at St. Jean Baptiste (September 2014)
Source: Jean McManus

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.26888, W97.34260
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

Obituary [Henri P. Trudel], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 2015.

St. Jean Baptiste grain elevator destroyed by fire was ‘part of our history’: reeve,” CBC News, 14 October 2023.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jean McManus.

Page revised: 14 October 2023

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