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Once named Tyro in the 1870s, a post
office opened under that name 1880 but closed the next year. When it reopened
in 1884, the name submitted was something of a joke since the store owners there
were novices in the business.
With the arrival of the railroad in 1910,
the town moved one mile north to take advantage of the benefits the railroad offered.
It was joined by another small town named Atoka.
figures available are from the mid 1920s when 200 residents were counted. The
town experienced a minor oil boom in the early 1930s and the population jumped
to 450. But the Great Depression reduced the populace to only 200 by the mid 1930s.
In 1971 Novice reported a population of 160, which has declined to just 142 when
the 2000 census was over.
Coleman County Map showing Novice as Tyro|
Texas General Land Office
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