Sunday, January 22, 2006
Parrish and Heimbecker
Parrish and Heimbecker Limited was formed in 1909 by William Parrish and Norman G. Heimbecker. Until 1918, the firm bought and sold grain on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, but was not operating grain elevators.
In 1918, P&H bought 10 elevators from Louis Strong and Frederick Dowler, who were Calgary grain brokers. After buying more elevators, by 1920, P&H had 20 elevators.
In Alberta, P&H had 47 known elevators, after acquiring the Ellison Milling and Elevator Company, which had 12 elevators in Southern Alberta.
Presently, P&H has 3 High Throughput (HTP) concrete elevators, 6 Privately Owned, 6 Wooden Elevators, and 6 Abandoned.
Arrowwood is south of Gleichen, and was located on the CP line which ran from Mossleigh to Suffield. It is now owned by the B&B Ag Services.
The Cardston P&H, located on the CP line which ran from Stirling to Glenwood in the extreme SW part of Alberta, was destroyed in 2005.
Chin has a P&H and an Elliston Flour Elevator, both which were owned by Parrish and Heimbecker. They are located on the CP line east of Lethbridge. I do not have any information on theese two elevators.
Coaldale's P&H, which was owned by Ellison, was built in 1937, and bought by P&H in 1975.
Magrath has three P&H's, and was located on the Stirling-Glenwood CP line. However, the line was washed out east of Magrath, and was never rebuilt. The elevators are now owned by a private owner.
Milk River has two P&H elevators, and is located on the CP line which runs from Lethbridge to Coutts at the US Border.
Mossleigh is the only town in Alberta which has three P&H elevators, and is located at the end of the CP line which runs to Eltham Junction.
Raymond is located on the CP line which ran from Stirling to Glenwood, but now ends at Raymond. I am not certain if this elevator is still standing today (2006).
Sharples was located on the CP line which ran from Drumheller to Cosmay (north of Acme), and was built in 1923. It was closed in 1984, and is still standing today (2006)
Skiff is located on the CP line that ran from Stirling east to the Saskatchewan border, but now runs as far as Foremost. It was originally an Elliston Elevator, built in 1929, and taken over by P&H in 1975. I beileve it is now privately owned (2004)
Stettler's P&H is located on the former CN line which ran from Munson to Camrose. The line is now owned by the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions. The elevator was built in 1915, and was bought by P&H in 1919. The elevator was closed in 2002, and a local society is trying to preserve it.
Stirling's P&H was built by Ellison in 1922, and bought by P&H in 1975. It was located on the CP line which ran from Lethbridge to Coutts in southern Alberta. It is now located north of Stirling on a private farm.
Three Hills is located on the CN (formerly GTP) line which runs from Camrose to Calgary. The P&H is now owned by the Country Grain and Feed Mill.