Named by a hunter who killed a male deer drinking at creek. The Swan Creek Phosphate Company opened plant about 1908. A nearby post office called Melba served community. Two churches located in community.
John Williams, Robert Willey, Charles and William Wheat, Jared Cotton, Issac Farris, Peter Searcy, Joseph Bond, William Watts, Jack Devore, Alton McCaleb, John Skipper, George Perry, and Spencer Tinsley