United Grain Growers History 1985

HISTORY OF UNITED GRAIN GROWERS LOCAL NO. 442

ELK POINT, ALBERTA

EARLY RAIL LINE AND ELEVATORS AT ELK POINT

U.G.G. were advised by CNR in August 1926 that the rail line was being extended from St. Paul Junction 21 miles to create 3 new grain delivery points — Heenan, Armistice and Elk Point. A site was immediately reserved at Elk Point and the elevator built the next spring.

By 1930 there were three companies on the market — McCabes, Pool and U.G.G.

UNITED GRAIN GROWERS AT ELK POINT

U.G.G. opened at Elk Point August 1, 1927 with E.D.J. McDonnell as Manager. He remained as Manager for 37 years. A second elevator was purchased from McCabe Grain in 1961 along with one at Armistice. The Elk Point one became U.G.G. No. 2 but was operated by John Juba along with No. 1. The third U.G.G. elevator came by way of a trade with Alberta Pool December, 1983. Paul Ewasiuk is Manager in charge of all three plants.

 

U.G.G. ELEVATOR MANAGERS AT ELK POINT
E.D.J. McDonell           August 1, 1927           July 24, 1959
John Shokoples           July 24, 1959               March 11, 1960
J.A. Juba                     March 11, 1960           July 20, 1967
Peter Halkow              July 20, 1967               November 15, 1970
J. Shyska                     November 15, 1970    February 7, 1972
Wm. Marceniuk          February 7, 1972         April 10, 1981
Paul Ewasiuk  April 10, 1981 Present (1985)

 

UNITED GRAIN GROWERS LOCAL AT ELK POINT

In the early years Elk Point shareholders were attached to the St. Paul Local. A Local was organized at Heinsburg in 1952 to include members from Lindberg. In 1962 this became a joint Heinsburg - Elk Point Local. When Heinsburg elevator was sold the Local became Elk Point with members from other points attached. After the Grande Centre U.G.G. elevator burned in 1976 members from that Local were attached to Elk Point.

Members of the first Heinsburg Local Board 1952 - 53 were:
Henry Sorenson, Chairman, James Boyd, Steve Sharek, Michal Sawak, E.H. Horton, Charles Keller, Eric Horton, Secretary
FORMER U.G.G. ELEVATOR POINTS WITH MEMBERS
NOW ATTACHED TO ELK POINT LOCAL

HEINSBURG

United Grain Growers built the first elevator in Heinsburg. The foundation was laid in April, 1928, rail arrived in October and the elevator was taking in grain on December 5th.

A flour shed was torn down at Vermillion in 1933 with material moved to Heinsburg and re-built. It is a mark of the times that it was then profitable to move second hand lumber many miles. With changing times, the elevator was sold to Alberta Pacific Grain Company in September, 1966.

U.G.G. ELEVATOR MANAGERS AT HEINSBURG

J. Ficht                                    December 6, 1928                   April 9, 1929
J. Arnold                     April 9, 1929                           July 15, 1930
G. Lawrence               July 15, 1930                           September 2, 1940
Eric Thorne                 September 2, 1940                  March 21, 1945
R.J. Maxwell               March 21, 1945                       February 1, 1958
Eldred A. Lowe          February 1, 1958                     September 15, 1965
Edward J. Zaharko     September 15, 1965                August 26, 1966
(elevator sold to Alberta Pacific August 26, 1966)

LINDBERG

U.G.G. opened the first elevator at Lindberg on November 19th, 1928. It was closed June 7, 1968 after nearly 40 years operation and torn down in 1971.

Members of the first Heinsburg - Elk Point Local Board 1962 - 63 were:
Peter Ference, Chairman, Joe Ference, Mike Kadutski, Nick Kadutski, Mike Sawak, George A. Kinch, Harold Franks, Robert Lorenson, Henry Lorenson, Charles Frisby, Archie Anderson, Frank Bendixen,  Secretary
Members of the Elk Point Local Board in the 75th Anniversary Year of the Company 1981 - 82 were:
Steve Seniuk,  Chairman, Raymond Ewasiuk, Steve Ference, Dirk Ludage, John Maksymec, Gordon M. Miller, Jerry Shankowski, William Smereka, Joe Sakowski, William Seniuk, Gregory Zarowny, John A. Zayonce, Raymond Danyluk,         Secretary.
Members of the Elk Point Local Board 1984-85 are:
Steve Seniuk, Chairman, Bernard Boeckmann, Harry Charchun, Raymond Danyluk, Paul Grykuliak, Dirk Ludage, Johnny Mohyluk, John Maksymec, Albert Naber, Joe Sakowsky, William Seniuk, John A. Zayonce, Raymond Ewasiuk, Secretary

U.G.G. ELEVATOR MANAGERS AT LINDBERG

C. Carleton                  November 19, 1928 — June 5, 1940
Raymond Crowther    June 5, 1940    — April 30, 1941
T.R. Magnusson          April 30, 1941 — May 31, 1968
(Elevator closed May 31, 1968)

 

GRANDE CENTRE

In 1954 CN extended the Bonnyville Subdivision to Grande Centre to service the R.C.A.F. development in the area. U.G.G. followed the rail extension by building a new 70,000 bushel elevator, coal and feed sheds and a 5 room manager's dwelling in August, 1955. By 1968 a bulk fertilizer plant had been added in a U.G.G. — Sherritt Gordon agreement. Sadly on September 26, 1976 fire destroyed the elevator and farm supply sheds. The Manager's home and fertilizer storage plant were saved but were sold in 1977. The elevator was not rebuilt.

U.G.G. ELEVATOR MANAGERS AT GRANDE CENTRE

C.G. Hetherington      August 1, 1955           June 26, 1958
J.K. Drake                   June 26, 1958             September 26, 1976
(Elevator burned)

U.G.G. LOCAL BOARD AT GRANDE CENTRE

The first Local was formed at Grande Centre on June 22, 1966. Elected to the first Local Board were:
James A. Vaasjo, Grand Centre, Chairman,
Hans Kohl                   Pierceland
James J. Murphy         Pierceland
Arthur Ehle                 Pierceland
Phillipe LaPlante         Cold Lake
Edward Schroder        Flat Valley
George Harborenko    Grand Centre
George A. Sakowich   Goodsoil         Secretary
Some other members prominent on the earlier Local Boards were: Frank Roth, Kenneth Schomber, Fred Vaasjo, Herbert Yorg, John Zuchotzki, R. Weber, Leonard Hofer.

After the elevator burned in 1976, the Local was discontinued with members being attached to Elk Point for voting privileges.