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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Private Grain Elevator (Warren, RM of Woodlands)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

A 40,000-bushel wooden grain elevator in Warren, on the CNR Oak Point Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Woodlands, was built in 1948 and operated by Manitoba Pool Elevators. Its capacity was more than doubled with the construction of an attached crib annex in 1956. It became the “A” elevator when Pool bought a nearby Federal Grain elevator in 1972, with the former Federal elevator (now gone) becoming the “Pool B” elevator. The railway line was abandoned around 1996 and the elevator was closed in October 2000. Owned now by the municipality, its scale is used for local purposes but the elevator is not used for grain storage.

Agents / Buyers (Pool A)


Agent / Buyer


Allan Clifford “Cliff” Gorrell (1906-1989)


Joe H. Fraser


Charles Frederic Granger (1908-1979)


John William Lien (1921-2006)


Ralph Steven Tanchak (1957-2019)


Don Hunt

Agents / Buyers (Pool B)


Agent / Buyer


John William Lien (1921-2006)

Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren

Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren (July 1992)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Grain Elevator Inventory, slide 2004.

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren (April 2015)
Source: Jean McManus

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren

Former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren (June 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Aerial view of the former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren

Aerial view of the former Manitoba Pool grain elevator at Warren (October 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.13362, W97.54879
denoted by symbol on the map above


Yesteryears - Woodlands Municipal Memoirs by Opal Langrell, 1978, page 56.

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

Obituary [Charles Frederic Granger], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1979, page 47.

Obituary [Allan Clifford Gorrell], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1989, page 42.

“What to do with elevators,” Stonewall Argus, 5 February 2001, page 2.

Obituary [John William Lien], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2006.

Obituary [Ralph Steven Tanchak], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 2019.

We thank Mike Lisowski, Jean McManus, Rose Kuzina, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 October 2020

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