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Manitoba Business: Western Canada Flour Mills

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The Western Canada Flour Mills originated in 1881 with the establishment of the A. Kelly Milling Company at Brandon by miller Andrew Kelly. In July 1903, it amalgamated with Parrish & Lindsay then, on 1 May 1905, with Lake Huron & Manitoba Milling Company to form Western Canada Flour Company. The founding executives included Kelly (President), Samuel McGaw (Vice-President and General Manager), Arthur Hills (Secretary), E. J. Barclay (Treasurer), A. J. Mitchell (Secretary), and Louis Lukes. It operated grain-processing mills at Goderich, Ontario (2,000 barrels per day of flour) and Brandon (400 barrels per day of flour and 150 barrels per day of oatmeal), and a salt works at Goderich (200 barrels per day of salt.)

In June 1940, the company sold its 41 remaining country elevators in Manitoba to the Manitoba Pool for $254,200. Another 20 elevators in Saskatchewan and 15 in Alberta were sold to other interests.

Presidents

Period

President

1905-?

Andrew Kelly (1852-1930)

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

No.

Rail

Built

1936 Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Arden

 

CPR

1916

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Arrow River

 

CPR

1901

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940), traded to Federal Grain (1940)

Austin

 

CPR

1901

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Belleview

 

CNR

1915

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Beresford

 

CPR

1925

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Brandon

 

CPR

?

120,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Broomhill

 

CPR

?

30,000

 

Brunkild

 

CNR

1928

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Carey

 

CPR

?

25,000

 

Carnegie

 

CPR

?

25,000

 

Clanwilliam

 

CNR

1908

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Coulter

 

CPR

?

28,000

 

Croll

 

CPR

1913

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Cypress River

 

CPR

?

30,000

 

Dalny

 

CPR

1910

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Domain

 

CPR

1918

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Eden

 

CNR

1927

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Elgin

54

CNR

c1912

40,000

 

Elm Creek

 

CPR

?

25,000

Sold to Paterson Grain (1938), demolished (1938)

Gilbert Plains

 

CNR

1910

27,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Giroux

 

CNR

1919

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Gladstone

 

CNR

1905

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Glenboro

 

CPR

?

25,000

 

Glenella

 

CNR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Grandview

 

CNR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Hamiota

 

CPR

1929

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Harding

 

CPR

1902

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Hargrave

 

CPR

?

30,000

 

Hartney

 

CNR

1909

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Headingley

 

CPR

1908

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Helston

 

CNR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Isabella

 

CNR

1910

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Katrime

 

CNR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Kelwood

 

CNR

1929

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Lavinia

 

CNR

1909

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Lowe Farm

 

CNR

1936

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

MacGregor

 

CPR

1909

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Makinak

 

CNR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Morris

 

CNR

?

20,000

 

Neelin

 

CNR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Oakbank

 

CPR

1910

20,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Oakburn

 

CNR

1919

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Osborne

 

CPR

1918

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Pendennis

 

CPR

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Plumas

 

CNR

?

25,000

 

Regent

 

CPR

1914

30,000

Built by Western Canada Flour Mills (1914), sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Russell

 

CNR

1901

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Ste. Anne

 

CNR

?

8,000

 

St. Boniface

 

CPR

?

35,000

 

Springhill

 

CNR

Bef 1912

45,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Starbuck

 

CPR

1928

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Stonewall

 

CPR

1909

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Teulon

 

CPR

1920

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Vista

 

CNR

Bef 1912

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

See Also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Western Canada Flour Mills / Purity Flour Mills / Maple Leaf Mills (440 Archibald Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“A mammoth milling plant,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 July 1905, page 2.

Western Canada Elevators, File 8, RG 4, Manitoba Pool Elevators fonds, Series B, Central Office Records, B.14, Acquisitions, Box 1: 1937-1977, S. J. McKee Archives.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2020

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