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As grain elevator falls a little community gets smaller

Marquette residents lament loss of Paterson?s facility

BY GLEN HALLICK glen.hallick@sunmedia.ca With the demolition of the Paterson Grain company?s elevator, a chunk of Marquette history came to a crashing end Sept. 3. The toppling of the aging wooden elevator located along CP Rail?s main line west of Winnipeg was something that didn?t sit well with local resident Jim Sorenson. ?It?s horrible. It was a landmark,? the 84-year-old said while sitting in the local coffee shop. Sorenson recalled being a teenager and hauling grain with horse and wagon to the previous Paterson elevator in Marquette. Unlike trucks with hoists or bottom dumps, back then Sorenson had to unhook the horse and then the elevator?s lift raised the wagon?s front wheels to dump its load of grain out of the back end. Bruce Tully also reminisced about going to elevator as a kid back in the 1950s. ?My dad used to haul grain using two one-ton trucks,? he said. Tully noted Marquette once boasted four stores, some farm implement dealers, three fuel suppliers, and a train station. ?You couldn?t find a parking spot in town. It?s all gone now,? he said. ?This town was once booming.? ?People back then didn?t have cars to go to Winnipeg,? Sorenson added. Today the tiny community at the junction of Highways 221 & 248, about 50 kilometres west of the city, now primarily consists of the local Co-op, a café, curling rink, and some homes. Paterson spokesperson Kevin Woods said the company built their elevator in Marquette back in 1920. It was replaced in 1941 by the elevator that was just torn down. An annex was added to it in WINDSHIELDS SALES LEASING GLASS FINANCING 1953 and followed by two large steel bins in 1960. He said the total capacity was about 2,000 tons, which works out to be around 73,500 bushels. ?Times have moved on to larger facilities and farmers have larger vehicles. In some cases the older facilities have smaller equipment like scales,? Woods said. Paterson has its large grain terminal near the west Perimeter Highway, and then between Rosser and Marquette, the company still has its wooden grain elevator at Meadows. Sorenson and Tully said there is some scuttlebutt making its way through the local area regarding the Meadows elevator - that could be demolished - but Woods clarified the situation. ?I know there are rumours it?s going down. We always have these places looked at on an annual basis. There?s no decision made at this time,? he said. ?It?s there as a relief valve for anything we have to move out of the terminal.? AUTOBODY FULL MECHANICAL SERVICE SHOP SALES PHOTO BY GLEN HALLICK A high hoe goes to dump a bucket full of debris into a semi-truck.

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