It all started while still in college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. While I was dating Jane in 1973 (my wife since 1974), I was driving between Alva and Lamont. I learned of this artesian well located on Oklahoma highway 11 just Northeast of Cherokee OK. What a neat place and great water! It was the perfect place to stop. It was halfway back to Alva. At that time there were steel steps with no rails over the fence.
Around 1988 I tried to purchase the farm and artesian well from the Mrs Brickman . In 2003 McDermott Living Trust bought at public auction 320 acres from the Brickman estate. I really wanted to bottle this fantastic water.
We formed deVine LLC as the distribution arm of the water co. Getting the water rights for commercial sale was another learning experience. In 2004 we acquired the water rights to start selling bottled water.
Jane and I were in San Antonio visiting our son Dustin and family at Fort Sam Houston. I found a local retail water store that had a small water system setup for the 5 gallon sales. I built a clean room in my shed at home and received an Oklahoma health certificate. It was time to start bottling 5 gallon bottles. My daughter Alyson helped bottle and load the 5 gallon bottles. Deliveries were made with a pickup prior to buying our first delivery truck in 2006. I would load a 1000 gallon tank at the well and transport to our bottling site. At the same time I contracted with Caldwell Bottling Co. KS to bottle small bottles with our logo and water. It was not that long till I had them start bottling our 5 gallon bottles as it was tough to keep up while holding down a full time insurance profession.
In 2007 Caldwell Bottling Co was purchased. Our 1000 gallon transfer tank retired to a 5000 gallon tanker. We started building on our current location at the same time. We moved the equipment from Caldwell to the Jct of Oklahoma Hwy 11 and 38 in 2008. McDermott Manufacturing LLC was formed as the real estate and equipment owner.
October 2010 McDermott Manufacturing bought deVine and we changed the name to deVine Water LLC.