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Manitoba
History

No. 87


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Manitoba Business: Inter-Ocean Grain Company

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Presidents | Country Elevators | Sources

The grain firm was founded in 1918 by Edward James and Robert A. Purves. It operated country grain elevators across the prairies but the number had decreased to 25 when, in 1972, it withdrew from the grain-handling business and sold its elevators to the Pioneer Grain Company. The company continued to operate for a time as a commodities trader.

Presidents

Period

President

1918-1927

Edward James (1866-1940)

1927-1962

Robert Alexander Purves (1887-1962)

1962-1988

Robert Peter “Bob” Purves (1927-1997)

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

Rail

Opened

Closed

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Clanwilliam 1

CNR

1928

1972

53,000

Sold to Pioneer Grain (1972)

Clanwilliam 2

CNR

1968

1972

82,000

Sold to Pioneer Grain (1972)

Elphinstone

CNR

1942

1972

71,000

New elevator (1956), sold to Pioneer Grain and moved to Glossop (1972)

Lac du Bonnet

CPR

1950

1964

100,000

Sold to United Grain Growers (1965)

Morden

CPR

1962

1972

76,000

Sold to Pioneer Grain (1972)

Waskada

CPR

1918

1919

30,000

 

Winkler

CPR

1963

1972

123,000

Sold to Pioneer Grain (1972)

Sources:

“Tax omission unintentional, Purves say,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1978, page 11.

Grain: The Entrepreneurs by Charles W. Anderson, Winnipeg: Watson & Dwyer, 1991.

Grain Elevators in Canada, compiled by Board of Grain Commissioners for Canada, Winnipeg, 1912-1930, 1930-1953, 1953-1998 [Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries], 1998-2016 [Canadian Grain Commission].

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2017

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