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Manitoba Business: Northern Elevator Company

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This Winnipeg-based company was established in September 1893 through the merger of five smaller companies. Its initial major shareholders included Nicholas Bawlf, Rodmond P. Roblin, Arthur Atkinson, Samuel Clark, George Crowe, and James Mitchell. By the turn of the 20th century, it operated 92 country elevators, handling about 2.4 million bushels of the annual grain production on the prairies. The company later became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Peavey Elevator Company based at Minneapolis, Minnesota. In June 1940, Northern Elevator merged with the British America Elevator Company and National Elevator Company, both of which were owned by Peavey, to form a single administrative entity known as the National Grain Company.

Presidents

Period

President

1893-1909

Nicholas Bawlf (1849-1914)

1909-1940

?

?-?

George Reading Crowe (1852-1924)

?-?

Samuel Peck Clark (1859-1924)

Vice-Presidents

Period

Vice-President

c1929-1940

George W. P. Heffelfinger (?-1970)

General Managers

Period

General Manager

1910-1923

Charles Henry Leaman (1871-1930)

Country Elevators

Location

No.

Rail

Opened

Closed

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Alexander

?

CPR

1897

1912

30,000

 

Altona

?

CPR

1897

c1901

25,000

 

Arden

?

M&NW

1895

c1901

15,000

 

Ashdown

?

NP

1896

c1901

20,000

 

Baldur

?

CNR

1897

c1913

20,000

 

Balmoral

?

CPR

1898

1918

22,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Basswood

?

CPR

1895

1921

23,000

 

Belmont

?

CNR

1895

1918

29,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Bield

?

CNR

1919

1926

30,000

 

Binscarth

?

CPR

1895

1912

31,000

Sold to Manitoba Elevator Commission (1912)

Birtle

?

CPR

1895

?

23,000

 

Bowsman

?

CNR

1920

1927

35,000

 

Bradwardine

?

CPR

Bef 1912

?

25,000

 

Burnside

?

CPR

1898

1912

20,000

 

Carberry

?

CPR

1895

c1901

35,000

 

Carman

?

CPR

1895

c1901

35,000

 

Carroll

?

CPR

1897

c1901

30,000

 

Cartwright

?

CPR

1897

1898

25,000

 

Chumah

?

CPR

1924

?

30,000

 

Crystal City

?

CPR

1898

c1901

25,000

 

Cypress River

?

CPR

1898

1918

22,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Dauphin

?

CNR

1897

?

22,000

 

Deleau

?

CPR

1896

1912

22,000

 

Deloraine

?

CPR

1897

1912

26,000

 

Douglas

?

CPR

1896

c1901

25,000

 

Dufrost

?

CPR

1899

1918

25,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Dunrea

?

CNR

1898

c1901

25,000

 

Elkhorn

?

CPR

1895

c1901

27,000

 

Elliotts

?

CNR

1898

c1901

12,000

 

Elm Creek

?

CPR

1898

1918

20,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Elphinstone

?

CNR

Bef 1912

1927

26,000

 

Elva

?

CPR

1897

c1901

25,000

 

Emerson

?

CNR

1895

c1901

70,000

 

Erickson

?

CNR

Bef 1912

?

26,000

 

Fairfax

?

CNR

1899

1918

25,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Findlay

?

CPR

1897

1912

23,000

 

Firdale

?

CNR

1929

?

25,000

 

Fishing River

?

CNR

1923

1925

30,000

 

Floors

?

CPR

1924

?

25,000

 

Fork River

?

CNR

1913

?

35,000

 

Forrest

?

CPR

1898

?

18,000

 

Foxwarren

?

CPR

c1901

?

25,000

 

Franklin

?

CPR

1895

1918

17,000

 

Gladstone

?

CPR

1895

1896

3,500

 

Glenboro

?

CPR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Glencairn

?

CNR

1918

1927

30,000

 

Glenella

?

CNR

Bef 1912

1924

25,000

 

Goodlands

?

CPR

1899

1918

23,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Grandview

?

CNR

1901

1901

25,000

 

Greenway

?

CNR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Gretna

?

CPR

1898

1898

35,000

 

Griswold

?

CPR

1897

c1901

25,000

 

Hamiota

?

CPR

1896

c1901

25,000

 

Harding

?

CPR

Bef 1912

?

25,000

 

Hargrave

?

CPR

1895

c1901

25,000

 

Harrowby

?

CPR

Bef 1912

1919

30,000

 

Hartney

?

CPR

1896

1896

35,000

 

High Bluff

?

CPR

1895

c1901

20,000

 

Hilton

?

CNR

1895

c1901

14,000

 

Holland

?

CPR

1895

1918

20,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Hope Farm

?

CNR

1899

1918

21,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Ingelow

?

CNR

1929

?

25,000

 

Inglis

?

CPR

1923

?

30,000

 

Kelloe

?

CPR

Bef 1912

?

22,000

 

Keyes (Midway)

?

CPR

1895

?

17,000

 

La Salle

?

CPR

1898

1899

25,000

 

Letellier

?

CNR

1895

1918

24,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Macdonald

?

CPR

1895

c1901

15,000

 

MacGregor

?

CPR

1897

c1901

25,000

 

Martinville

?

CNR

1895

c1901

12,000

 

Melita

?

CPR

1897

?

26,000

 

Methven

?

CPR

1897

1898

1,500

 

Miami

?

CNR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Millwood

?

CPR

1901

1928

25,000

 

Minnedosa

?

M&NW

1895

1899

7,000

 

Morden

?

CPR

1895

c1901

35,000

 

Morris

?

CNR

1895

1918

31,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Myrtle

?

CNR

1895

c1901

20,000

 

Napinka

?

CPR

1895

c1901

25,000

 

Neepawa

?

M&NW

1895

c1901

12,000

 

Nesbitt

?

CPR

1895

c1901

27,000

 

Newdale

?

CPR

1895

1926

43,000

 

Ninette

?

CNR

Bef 1912

1918

23,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Ninga

?

CPR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Oak Lake

?

CPR

1895

1895

25,000

 

Oak River

?

CPR

1898

1919

22,000

 

Otterburne

?

CPR

1897

?

14,000

 

Paulson

?

CNR

1923

1924

30,000

 

Pettapiece

146

CPR

1895

1940

27,000

Transferred to National Elevator (1940)

Pierson

?

CPR

1898

?

16,000

 

Pine River

?

CNR

1918

?

25,000

 

Pipestone

?

CPR

1897

c1901

30,000

 

Pitlochry

?

CPR

1924

?

25,000

 

Plumas

?

CNR

1896

c1901

25,000

 

Pope

?

CPR

1929

?

25,000

 

Rapid City

?

CPR

1895

?

25,000

 

Rathwell

?

CPR

1897

c1901

30,000

 

Reston

?

CPR

1897

c1901

30,000

 

Roblin

?

CNR

Bef 1912

?

25,000

 

Roland

?

CNR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Rosebank

?

CNR

1895

?

18,000

 

Rosenfeld

?

CPR

1897

c1901

10,000

 

Rossburn

?

CNR

Bef 1912

1927

30,000

 

Rounthwaite

?

CNR

1895

1912

32,000

 

Russell

?

CPR

1895

1921

25,000

 

Sandy Lake

?

CNR

1913

?

25,000

 

Sewell

?

CPR

1896

c1901

25,000

 

Sidney

?

CPR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Silverton

?

CNR

Bef 1912

1927

30,000

 

Sinclair

?

CPR

1913

?

30,000

 

Smart

?

CNR

1933

?

30,000

 

Snowflake

?

CPR

1899

c1901

25,000

 

Solsgirth

?

CPR

1898

?

15,000

 

Somerset

?

CNR

1895

c1901

8,000

 

Souris

?

CPR

1897

c1901

25,000

 

St. Jean

?

CNR

1895

1918

21,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

St. Lazare

?

CNR

1929

?

25,000

 

Starbuck

?

CPR

1898

1899

25,000

 

Stonewall

?

CPR

1895

1895

6,000

 

Strathclair

?

CPR

1895

c1901

7,500

 

Swan Lake

?

CNR

1895

c1901

8,000

 

Treherne

?

CPR

1895

c1901

35,000

 

Union Point

?

CNR

1895

c1901

8,000

 

Uno

?

CNR

1929

1931

25,000

 

Varcoe

?

CPR

1895

c1901

8,000

 

Virden

?

CPR

1895

c1901

35,000

 

Vista

?

CNR

Bef 1912

?

30,000

 

Waskada

?

CPR

c1901

1918

25,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Wawanesa

?

CNR

1895

c1901

30,000

 

Whitewater

?

CPR

1896

?

22,000

 

Winkler

?

CPR

1897

1918

26,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (June 1918)

Winnipeg

?

CPR

1895

?

150,000

 

Sources:

“Exhibit “B” Manitoba elevators,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 May 1912, page 7.

“C. H. Leaman leaves Northern Elevator Company,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 March 1923, page 12.

“Elevator group to be operated as one company,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1940, page 12.

The Exchange: 100 Years of Trading Grain in Winnipeg by Allan Levine, Winnipeg: Peguis Publishers Limited, 1987.

Elevator Company Files [Temporary Box #1], Paterson Grain Company, John Everitt Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

We thank Kaye Wolstenholme for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 December 2017

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