The elevator at Regent was privately owned and it was owned by me, Murray Temple. I have personally owned the elevator for many years, but it has not stored grain for the last 8 as no company would insure the structure or the grain stored inside. It has stood empty for these last years and not once did anyone approach me about turning it into a heritage site.
The RM of Winchester brought it to my attention that I may have had a rodent problem. At this point I made the decision to destroy it as the cost to maintain it was too great. Because no company would insure it, the elevator was a liability to my farm and business.
There is a reason why there are no elevators on our landscape, they are very costly to maintain as well as dangerous when left in disrepair, it is economics. I could have turned it over to the RM of Winchester but that would have cost the taxpayers to clean it up and would have resulted in the same fate. I obtained a burn permit from the RM of Winchester and it was signed by an RM official as well as the local fire chief.
In my opinion the article stated to be about heritage, but really it was a personal vendetta. If heritage truly meant something, the community would not have sold the curling rink that now stands at Grande Clairiere, nor would they have then sold the community hall which still stands today along Highway 10 south of Boissevain. There was more history made and history remembered in the Saturday evenings at the community hall than there will ever be with a rundown elevator that is a fire hazard.
There is still a heritage building near Regent. It's not the Hammond elevator as it's privately owned too, but maybe the community could fix this last piece of heritage with the rest of the money received from selling the other buildings out of the community.
We as farmers clean up old rotten buildings, bushes and drain sloughs to produce more food to feed the world. It is just not efficient nor does it make economic sense to turn sloughs, old yards and tree bluffs. Economics has pushed us to make the most from what we have to work with.
Nothing against our forefathers because they improved the land and buildings from what they started with, they went from horses, to the first tractors, and to what we have today. My grandfather started farming with horses pulling plows breaking the Prairie sod, and went to rolling down the field with a 600 hp tractor. He went from pitch forking wheat into the threshing machine to roaring down the field with forty foot grain heads and from square bales to round bales. It's call progress.
In my opinion the person who wrote the Sound Off article in the March 26 edition is not only out of line with their comments but must also be against all of their neighbours and farmers in general. A person who hides behind a computer screen or pen and paper and won't sign their name to their "opinion" are cowardly and just plain ignorant.
RM of Cameron
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 1, 2014