Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevators / Ipswich Siding Monument (Ipswich, RM of Yellowhead)

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Agents / Buyers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

Established in 1910, the railway siding of Ipswich (midway between Strathclair and Shoal Lake on Highway 16, on the CPR Bredenbury Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Yellowhead) was named for the English home town of settler Harold Stevenson, who owned the land. The following year, the first elevator was built by A. S. Arnold. It burned down around 1924. A new elevator owned by the Province Elevator Company replaced it, but it was soon sold to Paterson Grain.

The Ipswich Cooperative Association, founded in 1928, operated a newly-built Pool elevator and it acquired the Paterson Grain elevator in 1962. The two elevators were closed in late December 1974 and demolished. The railway siding was removed. In 2012, a monument to commemorate them was erected.

Agents / Buyers (Manitoba Pool)


Agent / Buyer


Alexander “Alex” Pirie (1889-1957)


William H. “Bill” Hollier (1908-1990)


Adam Proudfoot Wright (1909-2006)


J. R. “Jack” Green


William Henry “Bill” Ruddock (1914-1985)

Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Ipswich

Manitoba Pool grain elevators at Ipswich (no date)
Source: Joel Bouchard

Ipswich Siding commemorative monument

Ipswich Siding commemorative monument (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.41830, W100.48210
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: A. S. Arnold

Manitoba Business: Province Elevator Company / Reliance Grain Company

Manitoba Business: Paterson Grain Company

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Paterson Grain Elevator (Bryd, RM of Yellowhead)


“Strathclair burial for Alexander Pirie,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1957, page 33.

“Farewell presentation,” Shoal Lake Star, 5 August 1965, page 1.

Obituary [William Henry Ruddock], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1985, page 36.

Obituary [Adam Proudfoot Wright], Shoal Lake Crossroads, 11 November 2006, page 25.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank John Everitt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 April 2024

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