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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Northern Grain Elevator / National Grain Elevator (Pettapiece, RM of Oakview)

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A 25,000-bushel wooden grain elevator at Pettapiece, on the CPR Miniota Subdivision in what is now the Rural Municipality of Oakview, was built in 1902 by the Northern Elevator Company. In 1940, the company merged with two others to form National Grain. In 1951, a 30,000-bushel annex was built beside the elevator. Closed in 1972, the elevator was demolished around 1978.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer


John T. Shanks (1861-1959)


George Lawrence “Joe” Pettapiece (1910-1983)

Photos & Coordinates

Aerial view of the grain elevator at Pettapiece

Aerial view of the grain elevator at Pettapiece (1964)
Source: Manitoba Air Photo Library

Northern grain elevator at Pettapiece

Northern grain elevator at Pettapiece (no date) by Frederick Giles
Source: Kaye Wolstenholme

Grain buyers at the Northern grain elevator at Pettapiece

Grain buyers at the Northern grain elevator at Pettapiece (1906)
Source: Janice Spearin French

Site Location (lat/long): N50.10234, W100.20091
denoted by symbol on the map above


Birth registration [George Lawrence Pettapiece], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

History of Blanshard Municipality: 1884-1959, Volume 1.

Rivers East topographic map, 62K/1 East, Edition 1, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

Obituary [George Lawrence Pettapiece], Brandon Sun, 21 February 1983, page 15.

“The four Pettapiece elevators – 1892-1972,” Rivers Gazette-Reporter, 27 July 1983, pages 3-4.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Janice Spearin French for providing additional information used here.

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

Page revised: 27 May 2020

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