THOMAS OTTO MINTON
1895 – 1958
Thomas Otto Minton was born October 20, 1895. In 1916, he married Belva Eller and two children were born of this union.
Mr. Minton built first poultry house in 1923 to hold 150 pullets. He started with the Pure Tom Barron Strain English White Leghorns from England for breeding. These birds were rated as the best breeders in the world at that time. He was one of the first in North Carolina to begin blood-testing birds.
During the late 1930â€™s and early 1940â€™s, Mr. Minton had the largest commercial breeding farm in the South and the third largest in the United States. On a 500 acre farm, he had a capacity for 35,000 layers, 30,000 pullets, and incubator facilities for 164,000 hatching eggs. He also ran a milling company which manufactured feed that was used on his own farm in addition to commercial selling.
In 1937-38 as a result of a Record of Performance Director being kept by the State of North Carolina, Champion Farm had the highest hen record in North Carolina with an avenge of 241 eggs per hen for the year.
Mr. Minton was a true pioneer in the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.