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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Searle Grain Elevator / Federal Grain Elevator (East Selkirk, RM of St. Clements)

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A 40,000-bushel wooden grain elevator at East Selkirk, on the CPR Lac du Bonnet Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements, was built around 1938 by Searle Grain. Sold to Federal Grain in 1969, it was re-sold to Manitoba Pool in 1972. Closed, it was later removed from the site.

Agents / Buyers


Agent / Buyer


Robert Caulfield “Bob” Adamson (1903-1981)


George J. Hierlmeier



Photos & Coordinates

Searle grain elevator at East Selkirk

Searle grain elevator at East Selkirk (1960s)
Source: Joel Bouchard

Searle grain elevator at East Selkirk

Searle grain elevator at East Selkirk (1960s)
Source: Russell Kroeker

Searle grain elevator at East Selkirk

Searle grain elevator at East Selkirk (May 1973)
Source: Joel Bouchard

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.12727, W96.81586
denoted by symbol on the map above


Selkirk West topographic map, 62I/2 West, Edition 2, 1952, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

“Master merit award is won by local man [Mr. G. J. Hierlmeier],” Selkirk Enterprise, 18 February 1954, page 8.

Obituary [Robert C. Adamson], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1981, page 56.

Rural Municipality of St. Clements: East Side of the Red, 1884-1984, page 302.

Grain Elevators in Canada, compiled by Board of Grain Commissioners for Canada, Winnipeg, 1912-1930, 1930-1953, 1953-1998 [Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries], 1998-2016 [Canadian Grain Commission].

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Financial support for research reported on this page was provided by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program (grant 19F-H51134, 2019-2020).

We thank Joel Bouchard and Russell Kroeker for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2021

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