Since W.S. Deats settled in Dickinson in 1872, members of the Deats family have been instrumental in the kind of events and organizations that help define the community they love, his great-grandson Ernie Deats said.
W.S. built a house on the Dickinson Bayou and earned a living working the land and working with his hands. His descendants followed in the footsteps of the family patriarch, who became the first of many family members to serve Dickinson in an official capacity when he was elected to the county commission in the late 1800s. He was followed by his son Henry after the turn of the century. Phraulene Deats, who still lives in Dickinson, was a city councilwoman in the 1980s.