Page 610 - Abe Grit, of the plumbing and heating firm of Witte & Grit, 821 Eleventh street, northwest, of Grand Rapids, is one of the successful men in this work in the city. He was born in Grand Rapids, July 22, 1893, the son of Henry J. and Henrietta (Schuur) Grit, both of whom were born in Holland. Henry J. Grit came to the United States when he was a boy, and since attaining manhood, he has operated a grocery store on the corner of Jeannette avenue and Eleventh street, northwest, for the past thirty years. Abe Grit was educated in the grade and high schools of Grand Rapids, and with the completion of his schooling, he became a plumberís apprentice. He rapidly advanced in his chosen work until in 1918 he went into business for himself. He continued thus for three years, and in 1919, he took Henry J. Witte into the partnership with him, the firm adopting at that time the present name of Witte & Grit. The concern not only carries a full line of plumbing fixtures and supplies but also takes up contracts on all kinds of plumbing and heating jobs. The company has gained the reputation of being one of the substantial concerns of its kind in the city and Mr. Grit is favorably known as an excellent business man. He was married on March 6, 1917, to Miss Emma Combs, the daughter of Rev. William Combs, the retired pastor of the Baptist church at Means, Kentucky. To Mr. and Mrs. Grit has been born one son, Raymond, on November 8, 1921. Mr. Grit is an active member of the Plumbing and Heating Association.
Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 30 December 2002