GRAIN ELEVATORS AND BUYERS submitted by Mrytle Rudd

It is not known exactly when the first grain elevator was built in Amaranth. A letter has been received from the Canadian National Library Services with the following quote: "While we do not have records as to when elevators were constructed along the line, it can be said, however, that trackage was first opened for use to Amaranth, Manitoba December 30, 1913. (The line was extended from there to Alonsa in 1922). The mileage was built for the Canadian Northern Railway which formed part of the Canadian National Railway in 1918. With the above information in mind, it can be assumed that the grain elevator at Amaranth was placed in service about 1914.

It is believed that the first elevator in Amaranth was Wiley-Lowe. It was situated on the east side of the track, straight east of Charlie Parsons. Joe Cooper, being a grain buyer at Langruth, was moved to Amaranth to manage the elevator. Later Willey-Lowe was bought by Lake of the Woods. Charlie Parsons was the buyer then, also a Mr. Firby was mentioned in 1921, but whether he bought for Willey-Lowe of Lake of the Woods, we don’t know. Dan O‘Donnel was the buyer about 1925. Perhaps he was the last grain buyer for Lake of the Woods as this elevator was torn down about 1930-31. The annex was moved to use as a warehouse for A. F. Haddad.

There was no elevator for some years. In 1946 the Federal Grain Company built the elevator. Jake Nichol was the first agent 1945 - April 1958, followed by Harry Sellinger, 1958-1966. Then came Albert Jackson. Albert joined the Federal Grain Company in 1962, working at McCreary. Laurier, Milden Saskatchewan and then moving to Amaranth in 1966. In 1971-72, Manitoba Pool took over Federal Grain and Albert stayed on. Albert left Amaranth in 1984 when the C.N.R. abandoned the track. He went to Dauphin, Manitoba and is now at Elevator A of the Manitoba Pool Elevators. A new Pool Elevator had been built at the junction of 50 to 16.

The new Westroc Manitoba Pool Elevator project was started in September 1983. Slabs were laid, a farm supply shed and a crib annex were built by November. On December 6, 1983 they moved the Langruth elevator onto the site. New cribs were installed in January 1984. A new electronic receiving scale, complete with dust baffles and a truck hoist were then put into place. An office was built that contains a private office, receiving and grading area, washroom, a compressor room, and electrical power distribution was then constructed.

The main workhouse has 18 bins of various sizes and capacities. The crib annex is made up of 24 bins, the grain moving in and out of the annex by conveyors. This elevator is capable of handling in excess of 2 million bushels. Total cost of this project to date if $1,234,661.00.

Presently the elevator manager is Allan Wilson who moved from Stonewall Pool on August 10, 1984. Allan lives in a new three bedroom home provided by the company on the site of the new location of Westroc, on junctions 16 and 50 Highways. Allan and his wife Stanisley have four children: Robert, Ryan, Dale and Crystal. Robert and Dale are presently enrolled in Gladstone Elementary School.

The assistant elevator manager is Edward Hinsbury who moved from Basswood Pool on July 6, 1984. Ed was the first to be staffed at the Westroc location on this date. He lives in Gladstone and drives to Westroc each day. Ed will be married in July to Pat Foxton of Min- nedosa and will continue to live in Gladstone. John Lee from Amaranth who works at Amaranth Pool works at Westroc three days a week on the average. John lives in Amaranth with his wife Sherry and daughter Faon.

The staff at Westroc want to provide the best possible service they can to serve the producers and the members in the area.

The following does not necessarily pertain to Amaranth but it does tell about the prices and the different grain companies from about 1923 to 1926. The picture is a typical scene of the era.



After their recent meeting could not say when immediate steps will be taken to organize a wheat pool on a co-operative basis, it is extremely improbable that the pool will function this year.

Such is the View taken by officials of the council. The time from now until the 1923 crop is ready for marketing is altogether too short, it is felt, to get a comprehensive co-operative marketing system into operation.

The council is not yet prepared to make any announcement regarding the nature of steps to be taken now towards the organization of the intended pool.


The commission charged by the Manitoba Co-operative Wheat Producers Ltd. on platform shipped wheat will be lowered to a half cent per bushel, it is announced by Colin H. Burnell, president of the pool. a The order, which goes into effect immediately, will be retroactive, so that all grain shipped over the loading platforms this season will enjoy the minimum rate.

There will be no change, however, in the rates published for wheat handled through the elevators.


More than 10,000 cheques are being mailed out to the country by the Manitoba Wheat pool in making the interim payment to its members of 35 cents per bushel on all grades of wheat. This along with the initial payment will make $1.35 per bushel basis one northern, Fort William paid on all wheat delivered to the pool up to date. The elevator com,- panies are being notified to pay on the bases of $1.35 after March 16 on all pool wheat delivered through them. In the interval between March 2 and 16 the elevators will pay on the bases of $1.00 and 35 cents per bushel will be paid immediately the growers’ certificates are received in the pool office. r

The three pools will pay out in this interim payment approximately $30,000,000 to 92,000 farmers in the three provinces. This large sum of money placed in circulation at this time will be of great benefit not only to the farmers in preparing for this year's crop, but to all business in the three provinces.


By order-in-council, the Manitoba government has approved the sale or further leasing of the 122 grain elevators owned by the province. These at present are leased for three years to the United Grain Growers Limited which agreement expires Aug. 31. The purchaser or lesee of the system will be given possession Sept. 1.

Provision is made for the selling either enbloc or of those elevators on one or more branch lines of railways. In the case of purchase, payments may be extended over periods of five or ten years, at the option of the purchaser, it was decided.

The system originally had a string of 172 country elevators, the total today being 122, which have been leased since 1912, the revenue derived from this source last year amounting to $75,201.37, being on the basis of 6 1/ 2 per cent on a valuation of $1,156, - 944.23. The appraisal placed on the system in 1922 was $933,000. With the exception of some 20 of these elevators, some of which have been sublet, the United Grain Growers is operating the entire string.

The present lease calls for the government to repair all buildings, the lessees looking after the machinery. The average capacity of the elevators is placed at 30,000 bushels. Hon. Albert Prefontaine, provincial secretary. announces that he will advertise for offers for the system immediately the final date for receiving same being set at June 10. '


Claiming that the announcement of the Pool’s final payment of five