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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

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)

Elm Creek

CPR

?

25,000

 

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

?

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

?

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 August 2017

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