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Letter to the Editor: Grain Elevator at Lake Valley

A letter to the editor from Larry Walton

There was an article written by Ron Walter from Jan 17, 2021 about the lone grain elevator at Lake Valley. I came across the article when I was looking to find out the location of an elevator that was listed for Lindstrom. Thank you for helping to make the connection to Lake Valley. The history of construction and ownership does not seem to be the same as is given in the yearly report issued by the Canadian Grain Commission and its predecessors. These reports are based on the crop year and are compiled on a given date each crop year.

Here is what I found in those reports and possibly there are some of your readers who might be interested in this further information:  

  • Warner Grain Co. Ltd. never built in Lake Valley. Had elevators in Brownlee to the north on the CPR in 1912-1913 crop year and in Eskbank (next station to the northwest) on the GTP in 1913-1914 crop year.
  • First station in Lindstrom was the Security Elevator Co. Ltd. in 1913-1914.
  • In 1914-1915 Western Canada Land & Development Co. added the second elevator. Station name changed to Lake Valley.
  • In 1918-1919 the Western Canada elevator became the Lake Valley Farms Ltd. elevator.
  • In 1923-1924 the Lake Valley Farms elevator became the Spencer Grain Co. Ltd. elevator.
  • In 1925-1926 the Spencer Grain elevator became the Crescent Elevator Co. Ltd. elevator.
  • Both elevators changed hands for the 1928-1929 report. Saskatchewan Pool Elevators Ltd. and Victoria Elevator Co. Ltd. were the new owners.
  • In 1929-1930 the Victoria elevator became the McCabe Bros. Grain Co. Ltd. elevator.
  • In 1946-1947 the McCabe Bros. Grain Co. Ltd. became the McCabe Grain Co. Ltd.
  • In 1951-1952 the Saskatchewan Pool Elevators Ltd. became Saskatchewan Co-operative Producers Ltd.
  • In 1952-1953 Saskatchewan Co-operative Producers Ltd became Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.
  • In 1966-1967 only the McCabe Grain elevator was reported.
  • In 1967-1968 McCabe Grain elevator increased capacity (probably added annex then)
  • In 1968-1969 the United Grain Growers Ltd. was the license holder.
  • 1980-81 last year license issued for Lake Valley.

Possible there are some of your readers who might be interested in this further information.

Larry Walton

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication. 

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