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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

CP

1916

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Arrow River

CP

1901

25,000

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

Austin

CP

1901

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Belleview

CN

1915

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Beresford

CP

1925

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Brandon

CP

?

120,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Broomhill

CP

?

30,000

 

Brunkild

CN

1928

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Carey

CP

?

25,000

 

Carnegie

CP

?

25,000

 

Clanwilliam

CN

1908

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Coulter

CP

?

28,000

 

Croll

CP

1913

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Cypress River

CP

?

30,000

 

Dalny

CP

1910

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Domain

CP

1918

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Eden

CN

1927

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Elm Creek

CP

?

25,000

 

Gilbert Plains

CN

1910

27,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Giroux

CN

1919

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Gladstone

CN

1905

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Glenboro

CP

?

25,000

 

Glenella

CN

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Grandview

CN

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Hamiota

CP

1929

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Harding

CP

1902

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Hargrave

CP

?

30,000

 

Hartney

CN

1909

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Headingley

CP

1908

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Helston

CN

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Isabella

CN

1910

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Katrime

CN

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Kelwood

CN

1929

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Lavinia

CN

1909

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Lowe Farm

CN

1936

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

MacGregor

CP

1909

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Makinak

CN

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Morris

CN

?

20,000

 

Neelin

CN

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Oakbank

CP

1910

20,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Oakburn

CN

1919

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Osborne

CP

1918

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Pendennis

CP

1905

25,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Plumas

CN

?

25,000

 

Regent

CP

1913

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Russell

CN

1901

30,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Ste. Anne

CN

?

8,000

 

St. Boniface

CP

?

35,000

 

Springhill

CN

?

45,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Starbuck

CP

1928

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Stonewall

CP

1909

40,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Teulon

CP

1920

35,000

Sold to Manitoba Pool (1940)

Vista

CN

?

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: 14 June 2016

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