Grain Elevators- Page 1

Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada

A list of Grain Elevators, printed Sept 5, 1902, shows Estevan had 1 Grain Elevator, Northern Elevator Company, with a capacity of 25,000 bushels. It was Estevan's First Elevator. Northern Elevator company was part of the first line of elevators established in 1893 in the West. In 1909 this line, and this elevator, was purchased by the National Grain Elevator Company, owned by Mr. Frank Peavey.

Per Overgaard Directory-(1956) The first elevator was built by the Imperial Elevator Company. (see postcard below). By 1903 extra storage space was needed and new elevators began to make their appearance. I would trust the 1902 article above first

1901-1910 season, a list printed Oct 21, showing Licensed Track Buyers, lists the Estevan Milling Co, in Estevan

By Jan 28, 1912, there was 5 Elevators in the Town, and they were only 1/3 full.

Aug 8, 1905, Estevan Grain Company had a large gang of men building their new elevator in Estevan. Capacity 30,000 bushels

John Matheson Elevator under Construction prior to 1917 per picture below
It actually opened Oct 3, 1908 per newspaper article
it later became Matheson-Lindsey Elevator, Sold to Weyburn Flour Mills, later became the Pioneer Elevator
Matheson-Lindsey Elevator Company was based in Winnipeg
In 1914 G. H. Bergil was the Manager.
actual name of the Company, Matheson-Lindsay Grain Company Ltd.
1927-28 they operated 27 Elevators.

The Farmer's Elevator was to be opened 4-5 days after Mathieson's elevator. so roughly Oct 8-9, 1908

My Grandfather Gus Gesell Operated the Elevator on the left in 1917 (Matheson-Lindsey Elevator Co.)
Note- the flour mill is above the word Sask. on the picture caption
Closest elevator on right not identified yet.
There was a McCabe Elevator here somewhere?

The picture of old elevators ca 1917 above does not include the Pool Elevator, which was built later, all along the tracks

Matheson Grain Co Elevator, ca:1930

Estevan Elevators ca 1955

Estevan Pool Elevator #146

This picture shows the Ogilvie Flour Elevator, Weyburn Flour Mills Elevator, and then the Estevan Pool Elevator #146

Estevan's Flour Mill, Estevan Milling Company
By Dec 1904 a 125 barrel Grist and Flour Mill was erected by Mr. Sundquist and Sons.

Grain Elevators ca 1927 a rare view from the NE.Postcard by Lee Chee, Victoria Cafe. Imperial Elevator Co #60 in foreground
postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA

Estevan Postcard ca 1910 photographer E. R. Davis. Taken from the Old PO / Customs building, looking NE. Grain Elevators in the distance, Empire hotel can be seen, large square building; Remains of the Kelly hotel in front, It burnt down Feb 23, 1909.
Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA This postcard came from Spain of all places.

Grain Tester used in the Matheson Elevator in Estevan ca 1917 by my Grandfather Gustav (Gus) August Gesell

Made of 2 tubes of brass, both hollow, one inside the other. Inserted into a wagon of grain in the closed position, then turned 1/2 turn to let the grain enter the inside tube via 7 elongated slots in the side of each tube. Then turned another 1/2 turn to close it, for removal When laid flat and opened by turning 1/2 a turn, the quality of the grain at different levels could be checked to ensure the elevator operator, the farmer wasn't cheating him by loading better quality grain at the top of the wagon load.

Western Canada Flour Mills letter Sept 28, 1922, Matheson Lindsay Elevator, Gus Gesell operator

Western Canada Flour Mills letter sept 29, 1922, Matheson Lindsay Elevator Estevan, Gus Gesell operator

Two letters written to my Grandfather Gus Gesell, Elevator operator of the Matheson-Lindsay Elevator from Western Canada Flour Mills Co. Ltd. in Winnipeg MB, re: price of product, and agent procedures. in 1922 Note- spelling of his name is wrong on these letters.

Signed by D. M. Fraser, Supt of Sales letterhead- Western Canada Flour Mills Co. Ltd. Head Office Toronto ON Cable Address “Lakuron”
Donald Murchison? Fraser- b- abt 1888 in Scotland married a Jeanette (Janet) Ferris, daughter of William Ferris, Oct 22, 1913 at home of father and mother of the bride.

Gus Gesell operated the Elevators in Grayson SK, and then Breeze SK, before Estevan SK, and later in the 1930's in Bienfait SK.


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