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Manitoba Business: Western Elevator Company / Western Grain Company

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This company was organized around 1900 by Alexander Reid and Thomas Baker, and formally incorporated in Manitoba on 6 July 1901. Among its directors were Frank Morton Morse, William George MacMahon, and John Henry Munson. In 1929, it was merged with the State Elevator Company, Central Grain Company, Spencer Grain Company, Beaver Elevator Company, and Western Terminal Elevator Company to form the Western Grain Company, with founding Directors of Chessman G. Spencer, D. C. MacLachlan, C. I. Hall, Donald Morrison, A. Cumberland Reid, James Stewart, Kenneth B. Stoddart, Frank B. Stoddart, and Alan H. Williamson. In 1951, the company and its country elevators were acquired by Pioneer Grain.

Presidents

Period

President

1901-1902

Thomas Bray Baker (1856-1902)

1902-1910

Alexander Reid (1860-1939)

1910-1929

?

1929-?

Chessman George Spencer (1867-1940)

Vice-Presidents

Period

Vice-President

1929-1931

D. C. MacLachlan

General Managers

Period

General Manager

1929-1931

D. C. MacLachlan

1931-

Archibald Cumberland Reid (1889-1974)

Country Elevators (Manitoba)

Location

No.

Rail

Opened

Closed

Capacity
(bushels)

Comments

Broomhill

 

CPR

Bef 1912

1925

30,000

 

Carey

 

CPR

1903

1951

25,000

Sold to Pioneer Grain (1951)

Cypress River

 

CPR

Bef 1912

1913

30,000

 

Elva

 

CPR

Bef 1901

?

25,000

 

Glenboro

 

CPR

Bef 1912

1944

22,000

 

Glossop

 

CPR

1929

1951

31,000

Built by Spencer Grain (1920), sold to Pioneer Grain (1951)

Hartney

 

CPR

Bef 1901

?

30,000

 

Langruth

 

CNR

1929

1931

28,000

Built by Spencer Grain (1920)

Linklater

 

CPR

1933

1947

20,000

 

Morris

 

CPR

Bef 1912

1921

20,000

 

Rathwell

 

CPR

Bef 1901

?

25,000

 

Ste. Anne

 

CNR

Bef 1912

1930

10,000

 

Sinclair

27

?

?

?

?

 

Stockton

 

CPR

Bef 1901

?

25,000

 

Strathclair

 

CPR

1929

1951

26,000

Built by Spencer Grain (1920), sold to Pioneer Grain (1951)

Tilston

 

CPR

c1912

?

30,000

 

Treesbank

 

CPR

Bef 1901

?

30,000

 

Underhill

 

CNR

Bef 1901

?

30,000

 

Wellwood

 

CPR

Bef 1901

?

30,000

 

Sources:

“Western Grain Company puts issue on market,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 January 1929, page 16.

“Western Grain names Reid as Gen’l Manager,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1931, page 12.

John Everitt Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 June 2020

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