How Type got its name:
A native West-Goth,1 the
Swedish-born August Smith2 named the Scandinavian part
community "Type" on December 24, 1901,3 when he applied
to the U.S. Postal Service for a post office to be
located in his store. Because the Smith Store was on the
Bastrop County side of the county-line road, the
application shows that Type is in Bastrop County.
However, most of Type, including the cemetery, is in
Williamson County, about twenty-five miles northeast of
The U.S. Postal Service had rejected the first name sent
in by August Smith. "Type" was then submitted by Mr.
Smith, presumably, because of "typing" done on the
printing press owned and operated by Jonas Sunvison,4
another Swede. Mr. Sunvison printed advertising posters,
flyers, greeting cards and similar material until he
moved from Type to Beaukiss in 1912.