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In 1887, a group of Montreal investors affiliated with the Canadian Pacific Railway established a large mill at Keewatin, Ontario [now Kenora] to process prairie wheat into what became known as the Five Roses brand of flour. Operating as The Lake of the Woods Milling Company, they also established mills at Portage la Prairie (Manitoba), Medicine Hat (Alberta), and Brantford (Ontario), an extensive network of country elevators across the prairies, and a local administrative office in Winnipeg. In November 1954, most of the company’s assets were purchased by one of its competitors, the Ogilvie Flour Mills Company. The mill at Keewatin was destroyed by fire in the 1960s and not rebuilt.

Some corporate records are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

Presidents

Period

President

c1920

F. S. Meighen

Western Sales Managers (Winnipeg)

Period

Western Manager

1889-1906

Samuel Alexander McGaw (1848-1916)

1906-1913

George V. Hastings

1913-1922

William A. Matheson (1859-1939)

1922-1932

Nixon John Breen (1872-1954)

1932-1941

?

1941-1947

George Heatly Booth (c1886-1947)

1947-1954

?

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

Rail

Built

1959
Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Altona

CPR

1895

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Amaranth

CNR

1917

-

Built by Harper Construction Company; demolished (13 June 1936); salvaged parts shipped to Wapella [Saskatchewan] to build new elevator

Arden

CPR

1895

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Beausejour

CPR

1912

50,000

Annex (1954); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Bede

CPR

?

-

Burned (23 October 1922)

Boissevain

CPR

1895

35,000

Annex (1942); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Brookdale

CPR

1902

-

Demolished (5 May 1950)

Cameron

CPR

?

42,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Carman

CNR

1895

?

Demolished (1 November 1934); lumber used to build new elevator at Beausejour

CPR

?

?

 

Carroll

CPR

1919

20,300

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959); sold to McCabe Grain Company (circa 1961)

Clandeboye

CPR

1916

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Dalny

CPR

?

42,500

Annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Dauphin

CNR

?

65,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959), sold to UGG (?)

Deleau

CPR

?

?

Demolished (1924)

Dominion City

CPR

1895

26,000

Rebuilt (1923); annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Douglas

CPR

1892

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

East Selkirk

CPR

1912

-

Destroyed by fire and rebuilt (1922); sold to Searle Grain Company (July 1938)

Elkhorn

CPR

1892

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Elva

CPR

1897

23,500

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Emerson

CPR

?

?

Burned (25 May 1928)

Eriksdale

?

1917

-

Built by Harper Construction Company; demolished (20 June 1934); lumber reused to build elevator at Whitewood [Saskatchewan] (June-July 1934)

Ewart

CPR

1905

-

Demolished (August-September 1949)

Forrest

CPR

1897

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Giroux

CNR

1899

-

Demolished (November 1934); lumber used to construct annex at Beausejour

Goodlands

CPR

1902

32,000

Annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Gretna

CPR

1888

17,000

Annex (1942); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Griswold

CPR

1889

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959), sold to UGG (1960)

Harmsworth

CPR

1910

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Hartney

CNR

?

-

Demolished (1924)

CPR

?

 

 

Holland

CPR

1888

-

Demolished (summer 1947)

Kenton

CPR

1902

32,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Killarney

CPR

1900

?

Sold to UGG (31 July 1952)

Landseer

CPR

1903

45,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Lauder

CPR

1897

22,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

MacGregor

CPR

1897

30,000

Burned (1928) and rebuilt same year; annex (1942); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Manitou

CPR

?

-

Burned (16 August 1929)

Medora

CPR

?

-

Sold to UGG (11 July 1928)

Melita

CPR

1892

38,000

Annex (1942); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Methven

CPR

1890

27,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Miniota

CPR

1900

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Moorepark

CPR

1905

25,500

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Morden

CPR

1895

36,000

Annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Naples

CPR

1903

-

Destroyed by fire (16 September 1937)

Neepawa

CPR

?

-

Torn down (1924)

Newdale

CPR

1924

34,000

Replaced flat warehouse (before 1900); annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Ninga

CPR

1892

35,000

Annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Plum Coulee

CPR

1888

25,000

Annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Portage la Prairie

CPR

?

60,000

Annex (1959); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Regent

CPR

1914

-

Built by the Matheson Grain Company (1914), sold to Lake of the Woods Milling (1918), destroyed by fire (13 August 1944)

Reston

CPR

1895

-

Destroyed by fire (15 July 1950)

Rosenfeld

CPR

1903

35,000

Built by Imperial Grain Company; bought (1918); demolished (1937) and replaced with modern elevator; annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Rossendale

CNR

?

-

Destroyed by fire (7 April 1931)

Russell

CPR

1904

?

Closed (1 February 1951)

Snowflake

CPR

1906

16,000

Annex (1942); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Souris

CPR

1891

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Thornhill

CPR

1888

18,000

Annex (1942); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Tilston

CPR

1907

35,000

Extensive repairs (1927); annex (1953); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Treesbank

CPR

1892

36,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Tyndall

CPR

1918

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Virden

CNR

1889

-

Demolished (1937)

Waskada

CPR

1902

33,000

Extensive repairs (1927); annex (1941); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Whitemouth

CPR

?

-

Demolished (fall 1934)

Whitewater

CPR

?

-

Sold to Northwest Commission Company (September 1927)

Willen

CPR

1914

30,000

Built by Matheson Grain Company; bought (1918); office destroyed by fire (8 January 1955); sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Winkler

CPR

1895

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lake of the Woods Building (212 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“George V. Hastings about to retire,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1913, page 6.

Record of Country Elevator Receipts, Expenses 1922-23 to and including 1955-156, Lake of the Woods Milling Company Limited, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Ogilvie Flour Mills fonds, MSS120-L-128.

Ogilvie - Lake of the Woods Purchase, File 7, RG 4, Manitoba Pool Elevators fonds, Series B, Central Office Records, B.14, Acquisitions, Box 1: 1937-1977, S. J. McKee Archives.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 September 2017

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