This is a photo of and information about FRANK JOSEPH MCDERMETT and family members from the family book produced in 1984.
Granddad McDermett (Frank) on a trip (15 miles) to Floydada wrapped a chunk of ice in sacks and made ice cream that
night. It so happened a lanky cowboy had stopped for the nite as cross country travelers did. This cowboy had never
seen or tasted ice cream. He was seriously informed on how to eat the bowl of cream fresh from the freezer. A big
tablespoon full was to be taken at one mouthful. He obeyed and found to his chagrin that it was cold and shocking
to his palate. His actions was to funny for words and granddad could tell the story with much glee. I am sure the
poor cowboy and his poor teeth never forgot the ice cream stunt.
J.E. McDermett was born on his father's ranch in Eastland County in 1888. His parents were F.J. and Lou T. (Moore) McDermett, whose home is at Floydada, Floyd County, Texas. F.J. McDermett was born in Hood County in the early '60s, and was reared in Erath County. He is a son of the late T.H. McDermett, a native of Tennessee, who volunteered for service during the Mexican War. and after its close, settled in Texas. He was a pioneer freighter between Waco and Shreveport, Louisiana. During the War between the North and South, he upheld the latter section and served as a soldier in the Confederate Army. In 1883, F.J. McDermett came to Eastland County and settled on a ranch eight miles north of Cisco, and there for some years he was engaged very extensively in the cattle business. In 1894, he moved to Floyd County on the Texas plains, which was then a newly organized county, and of which he was one of the pioneers. His wife was born in Tennessee, but was brought in childhood to Texas, where her father became prominent and was among the first settlers of Dublin, this state. Both Mr. and Mrs. McDermett are very prominent people of Floydada, the county seat of Floyd County.
J.E. McDermett attended the Bluff Branch and Allman schools in Eastland and Floyd counties. In 1905 he returned to Eastland County and has since made Cisco his home. He learned the carpenter trade and for several years worked with A.J. Olson, the well known contractor of Cisco, being employed in construction work in various towns and cities of Texas and Oklahoma. In 1917 he branched out into the contracting business on his own account and within the brief time intervening between then and now has completed a large amount of construction work at Cisco and Eastland. He has built a number of the finest residences at Cisco, including those of Waddy Mancil, Mark Stamps, Ross Saint John, Alexander Spears, J.T. McCarty, G. Daniels and many others. Among the business structures which stand to his credit at Cisco are the McDermett hotel, of which he is the owner, and others. At Eastland he built the Conner Apartment House, and others of equal importance, the whole making a record of splendid achievement for a young man.
The McDermett family was represented by McClain, who was born in Tennessee, and they have two children, O.C. and Opal. Always interested in civic affairs, Mr. McDermett maintains membership with the Cisco Chamber of Commerce, is a charter member of the Cisco Rotary Club and can be relied upon for whole-souled effort in behalf of his home community. He belongs to the Baptist Church of Cisco. Fraternally, he is an Old Fellow.
The McDermett family was represented during the great war by Calip F. McDermett of Floydada, who was a Corporal in the one hundred and forty first Infantry, thirty sixth Division, and made the supreme sacrifice, losing his life in the Argonne Forrest campaign. These gold stars in the service flag of the county have changed their color too recently for the people to be able to view them without the deepest sorrow. As the years pass, however, and the realization comes of what was accomplished through the sad sacrifice of these young lives on the battlefields of France, the tears will be dried in the blaze of deepest pride in the heroism, the patriotism and devotion of these sons of our dear country who, in laying down their lives for it and the principles for which it stands displayed a trait common also to divinity. It is yet too soon for this to assuage the natural grief, but the kindly hand of time will lead the gold star families into this state of appreciative pride which grows out of all noble actions in both war and peace.