by: Charlene Cooper - Frost High School
Submitted by Dan Lunsford
Faye McCary is
easily the most traveled person in Frost, Texas. Miss McCary, 95, has traveled
extensively throughout Mexico and Canada. In addition to her travels over the
North American continent, she has visited Israel, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon,
Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden,
and Norway. While in Sweden, she ventured as far north as the Arctic Circle.
Later she traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Faye McCary was
born in Frost, Texas, in 1904. Her
father was a butcher and at one time owned a small grocery store downtown. Her
mother sold hats in a millinery that adjoined the meat market that was located
just east of downtown Frost. Her grandfather J. B. Cypert was one of Frost’s
six physicians at the turn of the century. Today, she lives only one house down
from where she was born and in the house on North Front Street that her father
built when she was a very young child.
Faye recalls her
childhood in Frost as being an excellent experience. She and her friends spent
many afternoons playing tennis on a grass court near the railroad tracks. As
Faye recollects, they mowed the courts themselves and used a shovel to hand cut
the lines that formed its boundaries. These courts were located on what is now
East North Front Street.
played an integral role in shaping Frost. In fact, the city of Frost began as a
smaller settlement known as Cross Roads. This small community was located about
two miles south of what is now Frost. In 1887,when the Cotton Belt Railroad was
built to connect Hillsboro and Corsicana, the residents of Cross Roads moved
their town to the railroad. After moving the town, the settlers set to work
finding a name for their new community. Originally, the residents considered
naming the town Barry in honor of Bryan Barry, the owner of the land on which
the town was located, but a town further up the line had already been named for
him. Instead, they chose to honor Judge Sam R. Frost of Corsicana. Frost had
been a close friend and business partner of Barry.
Not long after
the establishment of the town, which was located halfway between Corsicana and
Hillsboro, the men of the community began digging a lake that served as a source
of water for the steam trains traveling on the line. This lake also served as a
source of entertainment for the people of the community. Miss McCary spent many
hours fishing from the dam. The lake also was an ideal location for
picnicking. On the edge of the lake, on the site of the current football field,
was a large white building known as the “Tabernacle”. This Tabernacle was a
large open building with a nice roof and a dirt floor. Wooden benches served as
seating for the large number of residents and visitors from the surrounding
communities who came to town to attend church activities, political rallies, and
the occasional tent show that came to town.
graduated from Frost High School in
attended North Texas State Teachers College in Denton. It was there that she
first heard of the terrible destruction wrought by the
tornado that struck Frost on
May 6, 1930. A friend called a couple of days after the disaster and told
Faye, “I guess you know your hometown blew away.” Faye accused him of lying but
soon realized he must be telling the truth when he began to read the names of
the people who had been killed. As Faye recalls, “He certainly didn’t know who
those people were.” Faye soon learned that all of her family was safe but that
their home had been damaged slightly by the tornado. The force of the wind as
the tornado passed by had put a tremendous bow in a back door. Faye’s father
had waited out the tornado by hiding with some friends in a walk in refrigerator
at the market. The ammonia pipes used to cool the refrigerator were damaged by
the storm and had begun to leak noxious fumes into the container in which the
men were locked. Finally, one of the men broke through the two panes of plate
glass and released the lever holding the refrigerator closed.
graduation from college, Miss McCary taught school in Denison for seven years.
Later she taught school in Sheppard, Texas, and Groves, Texas. Eventually Miss
McCary moved to Beaumont, Texas. She remained in Beaumont for 17 years until
her retirement in 1970. Following her retirement in 1970, she returned to
Martha Fay McCary
Martha Fay McCary, 97, of Frost passed away Monday,
Dec. 3, 2001 at Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove
with the Rev. Robert Moon officiating. Interment will follow at
She was born Nov. 9, 1904 in Frost to Dudley and Callie
McCary. She graduated from Frost High School in
North Texas State College in Denton and received her bachelor of science degree
in 1939 and later received a master of education degree from University of
Houston in 1949. she taught in Denison schools from 1939 to 1941, Groves schools
from 1941 to 1946, and David Crockett Jr. High School in Beaumont from 1946 to
1970. She retired in 1970 and returned to Frost to live in the family home. She
was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Beaumont since 1947. She was
also a member of Brandon Presbyterian Church in Brandon. She belonged to Delta
Kappa Gamma Organization for Key Women Teachers, Beaumont Retired Teachers,
Texas Retired Teachers, and National Retired Teachers.
She was preceded in death by parents; brother, Dudley Cypert McCary; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch B. McCary and Dr. and Mrs. J.
Survivors include several cousins.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of