|JOHN McDERMOTT, deceased, was one of the most promising young farmers of the town of Fitchburg, where he had lived from early childhood, and by industry, integrity and neighborly kindliness had won the high regard of a large circle of acquaintances who sincerely mourned his untimely taking off.
He was born in the state of Vermont, January 6, 1860, of pure Irish lineage, his parents John and Mary (Kivlin) McDermott both having been natives of the little green island.
The subject of this review came to Dane county, Wis., with his parents about 1866, and his educational training was received in the district schools of LakeView. The father purchased a farm in the town of Fitchburg, which he operated until his death in November 1892, and after his demise the son took charge of affairs, and purchased the homestead, the mother continuing to reside there until her death, in 1902.
After the death of our subject, which occurred July 26, 1893, his widow remained on the farm until 1905, when she removed to the city of Madison, for the purpose of giving her children the excellent educational advantages there afforded.
Mr. McDermott was married in February, 1885, to Miss Catherine Kivlin, of the town of Fitchburg, and to the union there was born three children: Francis Bernard, May Mayra, and Lawrence John. A more extended sketch of the Kivlin family appeared in the biography of John Kivlin elsewhere in this volume.
Mr. McDermott was a Catholic in his religious faith, and his political views were expressed by and unswerving allegiance to the Democratic party.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 584-585.