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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

CP

1895

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Amaranth

CN

1917

-

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

Arden

CP

1895

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Beausejour

CP

1912

50,000

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

Bede

CP

?

-

Burned (23 October 1922)

Boissevain

CP

1895

35,000

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

Brookdale

CP

1902

-

Demolished (5 May 1950)

Cameron

CP

?

42,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Carman

CN

1895

?

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

CP

?

?

 

Carroll

CP

1919

20,300

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

Clandeboye

CP

1916

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Dalny

CP

?

42,500

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

Dauphin

CN

?

65,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Deleau

CP

?

?

Demolished (1924)

Dominion City

CP

1895

26,000

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

Douglas

CP

1892

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

East Selkirk

CP

1912

-

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

Elkhorn

CP

1892

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Elva

CP

1897

23,500

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Emerson

CP

?

?

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

CP

1905

-

Demolished (August-September 1949)

Forrest

CP

1897

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Giroux

CN

1899

-

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

Goodlands

CP

1902

32,000

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

Gretna

CP

1888

17,000

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

Griswold

CP

1889

35,000

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

Harmsworth

CP

1910

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Hartney

CN

?

-

Demolished (1924)

CP

?

 

 

Holland

CP

1888

-

Demolished (summer 1947)

Kenton

CP

1902

32,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Killarney

CP

1900

?

Sold to UGG (31 July 1952)

Landseer

CP

1903

45,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Lauder

CP

1897

22,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

MacGregor

CP

1897

30,000

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

Manitou

CP

?

-

Burned (16 August 1929)

Medora

CP

?

-

Sold to UGG (11 July 1928)

Melita

CP

1892

38,000

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

Methven

CP

1890

27,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Miniota

CP

1900

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Moorepark

CP

1905

25,500

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Morden

CP

1895

36,000

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

Naples

CP

1903

-

Destroyed by fire (16 September 1937)

Neepawa

CP

?

-

Torn down (1924)

Newdale

CP

1924

34,000

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

Ninga

CP

1892

35,000

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

Plum Coulee

CP

1888

25,000

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

Portage la Prairie

CP

?

60,000

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

Regent

CP

1914

-

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

Reston

CP

1895

-

Destroyed by fire (15 July 1950)

Rosenfeld

CP

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

CN

?

-

Destroyed by fire (7 April 1931)

Russell

CP

1904

?

Closed (1 February 1951)

Snowflake

CP

1906

16,000

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

Souris

CP

1891

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Thornhill

CP

1888

18,000

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

Tilston

CP

1907

35,000

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

Treesbank

CP

1892

36,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Tyndall

CP

1918

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (November 1959)

Virden

CN

1889

-

Demolished (1937)

Waskada

CP

1902

33,000

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

Whitemouth

CP

?

-

Demolished (fall 1934)

Whitewater

CP

?

-

Sold to Northwest Commission Company (September 1927)

Willen

CP

1914

30,000

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

Winkler

CP

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: 15 February 2017

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