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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Western Canada Flour Mills Grain Elevator / Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator (Oakbank, RM of Springfield)

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A 35,000-bushel wooden grain elevator at Oakbank, on the CPR Keewatin Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Springfield, was built by Manitoba Pool Elevators in the spring of 1947, replacing a Western Canada Flour Mills elevator built in 1910, sold to Manitoba Pool in 1940, and destroyed by fire in 1946. A 30,000-bushel crib annex was later built beside it. Closed as a grain-handling facility on 31 December 1977, the building was used for storage of special crops into the late 1980s. It was demolished in late December 1988.

Agents / Buyers

Period

Agent / Buyer

1940-1942

W. C. “Bill” Jamieson

1942-1944

M. Snow

1944-1947

Willis John Wyatt (1912-1984)

1947-1966

George Ward Mansfield (1900-1982)

1966-1971

A. W. “Abe” Wiebe

1971-1977

Charles E. “Ted” Griffiths (1912-1977)

Photos & Coordinates

Aerial view of the grain elevator at Oakbank

Aerial view of the grain elevator at Oakbank (1968)
Source: Manitoba Air Photo Library

Site Location (lat/long): N49.94345, W96.85112
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Manitoba Pool Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

Obituary [C. E. Griffiths], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1977, page 152.

Obituary [George Mansfield], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1982, page 48.

Obituary [Willis John Wyatt], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1984, page 28.

“Oakbank grain elevator no longer major landmark” by Cathleen Critchley, The Manitoba Beaver, 18 January 1989.

We thank Manny Jacob for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Denis Sabourin (Sabourin Geomatics).

Page revised: 18 January 2020

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