Walsh Grocery, Osierfield

Walsh Grocery Osierfield GA Irwin County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2008

Thanks to Leona Davidson for identifying this old store. She wrote: The abandoned country store belonged to my grandmother Rachel Walsh Kollock. My father has told me many stories about that old store. His family house is still standing around the corner. I was very surprised to see the picture on the web site. My fathers cousin ran the grocery store for many years. I went in there when I was a young teenager. I saw the write up in the paper when they closed the grocery store. Very sad to me. I visit the old store and house from time to time and go to the graveyard where all the Walsh’s are buried. My daddy loved his grandfather Washington Walsh very much!! What a big smile he would have on this face when he talked about him!

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21 responses to “Walsh Grocery, Osierfield

  1. My wife’s Great Grandfather, Harris Swails and his wife, Martha Malinda lived in Osierfield, however the most recent evidence that can be found confirming their existence would be the 1910 cesus. Anyone having any knowledge where they might be interred, which I am confident is somewhere in this area. please contact me at david_cox2002@yahoo.com or @ 912-381-3288. His Father was Morgan Swails who is buried in the Dixon cemetery in Ben Hill county. I would be extremely grateful for any bit of information that you might provide.

  2. Roy Michael Young Jr. "Mike"

    My grandfather Clifford “Toby” Young was born and lived in and around Ocilla, Irwin, Ben Hill, Coffee Co. etc. until he was about 16 yrs old. His parents Luther Young and Bessie Hudson Young moved the family to South Florida (Dade & Broward Co., Hollywood) in the late 1920-early 1930’s. While doing my family tree I took a Y-DNA test and submitted it to ancestry.com. Another male “Young” contacted me, we were a direct Y-DNA match. He shared photos of his Young family (Jacob “1000 Pound” Young) and some “relations” of his too. There were several “Walsh” men and children in one or two of the photos.
    A Dewey Walsh comes to mind.

  3. Leona Davidson

    The “abandoned country store” belonged to my grandmother Rachel Walsh Kollock. My father has told me many stories about that old store. His family house is still standing around the corner. I was very surprised to see the picture on the web site. My fathers cousin ran the grocery store for many years. I went in there when I was a young teenager. I saw the write up in the paper when they closed the grocery store. Very sad to me. I visit the old store and house from time to time and go to the graveyard where all the Walsh’s are buried. My daddy loved his grandfather Washington Walsh very much!! What a big smile he would have on this face when he talked about him!
    Leona Davidson

    • Thanks so much, Leona! I’ve always hoped I’d find out more about this old store and now I finally have. I’ll add that information to the post.

    • Marylee Fletcher

      Hello Leona, well if Rachel Walsh Kollock was your grandmother, my grandmother was her sister Mary Lee Walsh McLean! Washington Walsh would of been my great grandfather. I so wish I would of met him. But I was born 13 yrs after his passing I made a trip there to Osierfield around 2000 and found the cemetery with the Walsh’s family. As I was walking around a train came by as soon as I found their plots, was a cold dreary morning, needless to say it was so serene. I remember my dad (your Uncle) telling me about this store. I’d love to know more of our family. My email is flsaffire@hotmail.com, take care, Marylee Fletcher (McLean)

  4. dorothy

    My grandmother Elizabeth Parker worked in Miss Julia Faulkners grocery store until it closed. I remember going in there and getting the biggest hand packed ice cream cones you can believe. I have memories of Osierfield when there was a lot of people there.

  5. Joan Whitley

    I went into the store a few years ago and got some shots of the old shelves. I love to look at those pics and try to imagine when it was in operation. My dad used to go there as a small boy with his parents, Jake and Olive Whitley, to shop. He went to school in Osierfield; even dug up the corner of the schoolhouse once! He dug a “foxhole” near the school, fell into it after a rain and had to stand in the back of the schoolhouse in his undies near the old wood burning heater to dry off. My great uncle, one of Albert Harper’s sons, was the postmaster in Osierfield. Lots of family history in this little speck of a community. Thanks for the great work you do to preserve these memories!

  6. Nancy Ross

    I, along with a sister and brother, grew up in the Osierfield Grocery store building. There is an apartment in the back. Many great memories. My Mom retired about 3 years ago and closed the store. She ran it for 36 years. The store had been in the family for close to 100 years. When my great-aunt and uncle ran it, they also sold tires and used cars. Thus the tires for $5.00.

  7. Jonathan merritt

    does Glen Colson still live there?

    • I’m honestly not sure about Mr. Colson. I believe he used to sell azaleas there, and run a nursery. I can check with some friends in the area tomorrow. Email me at wbrianbrownATgmailDOTcom if you’d like to follow up.

  8. Jonathan merritt

    Does anyone know about the Merritt Graveyard that is just inside coffee county

    • Jonathan, if the Merritt Graveyard is near Osierfield, I would guess it to be somewhere right off the Osierfield-Wray Road. If you’re in the area, give me a call and I can help you find it.

  9. Jonathan merritt

    I wonder if I can go there and do some metal detecting around those old buildings. I would not hurt anything and I might find some historical artifacts. I really want to make visit all the way from Columbia SC

    • Jonathan, I would guess you could walk around the building with your metal detector safely enough. However, the structure is in dangerous condition, not as good as it looks in the picture. As to the possibilities of finding much there, I could not know either way.

  10. johnathan merritt

    I wonder if anyone remembers my grandfather John Merritt and his first wife Allene Merritt who was a Hall.
    I believe that my grandfather and Allene both attended
    Ashton School as he lived in Dicksons mill community.
    I am trying to locate the graves of Alfred Merritt
    and his wife Alice Tucker Merritt who are my great grandparents on my fathers side.
    any info would be most helpful.

  11. It is so nice to hear from you Ms. Shattles. I know of some Faulkners in the Osierfield as well. It is so nice that you remember a time when trains were the mode of transportation! How the world has changed! It is very likely that this may have been the store, as there was only one other store in Osierfield to my knowledge, also depicted on this site. It’s the one with the Texaco sign out front. It recently closed as well, the end of an era in Osiefield. My family was good friends with Buddy Hopkins of Osierfield, who moved the old Osierfield train depot a couple of miles from the tracks and made a home of it. I think he was also very good friends of some of the Faulkners, though I’m not sure which ones. Thanks again for commenting! I really am inspired by people with local connections.

  12. Mary Shattles, I have family still liveing in Osierfield, Georgia. My aunt operated one of the grocery stores in Osierfield, and her parents before her. Her husband died young, and she had a large family which I remember visiting by train from Fitzgerald, Ga.

  13. My aunt Julie Faulkner ran one of the grocery stores in Osierfield, Ga. Her parents before her ran the store.They lived in Osierfield for many years. I remember going there for visits as a child and when I was older. They had a large family. Some of the family still live there.

  14. Good to hear from you Johnathan. Yes, Osierfield I think in its earliest days was a very busy sawmill town, and until a few years ago, the main business block, including this store and a bank, among other structures, was still standing. Hope you check out my other pictures from Osierfield. I believe I have some on my other blog, and there is text with those. http://southgeorgiaphotographs.blogspot.com

  15. johnathan merritt

    my grandfather was born in this town at the time when Osierfield was larger than Fitzgerald

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