I heard of Grits. I just never actual seen a grit before." - Joe Pesci in My
History in a Pecan ShellSettled
by cotton farmers around 1889. When the time
came to open a post office the town wanted to be named after General
Frederick Funston, Spanish
American War Hero. Saddened to discover that Funston
had already been so honored in Texas (see Funston,
Texas), the town settled on the more earthy name of Grit - said to be the
texture of the local soil.
The post office opened in 1901, the first
store opened around 1903, and the town had its first school building in 1908.
The Baptist church met in the Grit school until it built its own building
in 1924. Telephone service began around 1914 when the town had 30 people. It remained
at 30 until the 1960s when 63 people lived in Grit. This number held into the
mid 80s, but it has since declined back to the 1914 level of 30 citizens. The
post office has since been discontinued, but Grit remains on state maps.
County 1907 Postal map showing Grit|
"A" in "MASON")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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