Modern meat-processing plant opens in Oneonta
The opening of Fieldstone Meats, Inc., here brings something new to Blount County. The opening, made possible with the assistance of many individuals, also brings the realization of a dream to two Blount County brothers, Don and David Wilson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Wilson of Oneonta.
While it opened several weeks ago, the ultra modern plant is now ready to sell meat to the public. The Wilson’s background for this venture is an interesting one. Both graduated from Auburn University, Don in animal science, and David in food science. Both worked at the university’s meat laboratory while studying.
Both received outstanding honors in their fields of study. In his senior year, Don had the highest total score on both live animal and carcass judging. David in his junior year received a $250 scholarship from Alabama Meat Packers and Processors for his outstanding interest in the meat industry and for his academic ability. His name is inscribed among other winners’ names on a plaque in the school’s Animal and Dairy Science Building.
Don has seven year’s experience with Armour and Company eventually moving to the home office in Phoenix, Ariz., to become the youngest man to serve as head of the company’s nationwide carcass evaluation program.
Located on the road that approaches Oneonta Industrial Park, the new plant is housed in an 8,000 square foot building
Don’s wife, the former Diana Knight, is assisting at the plant. The couple has two children, Kelly, 7, and Jodie, 3. David’s wife, the former Donna Lowry, has just presented him with their first daughter, Aimee Leigh. Both couples reside in Oneonta.
Allgood School closes
The resumption of school in September marks the vanishing of an era for Allgood residents. This will be the first year that no classes will be held in a school in that community since establishment of the original Allgood School in the late 1800s.
This fall younger school children from the Allgood area will attend classes either in Oneonta or in the new Southeastern Elementary School.