Osierfield, Georgia

osierfield ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Osierfield holds many dear memories for the people who lived and worked here. I’ve shared some of them here.

Randy Sneed writes: I remember so well coming of age in Osierfield, a time when simple things was a way of life, when life was about being a part of Osierfield. The work was hard, the days were long and the summers was hotter than hot. Each day we would stop by Nell Grace’s store for a soda or talk with Nob at the service station. Many of my friends are no longer with us, but every time I find myself passing through Osierfield I can hear their voices and see all their faces. Thinking of Osierfield makes me smile.

Tammy Burden Mays: My Aunt Nelle Grace & Uncle Horace Burden had the store in Osierfield for many years. Then built the tire/service station and round house across the street. So interesting to read these posts from people that knew them. I would love to hear from some of you.

Donna Griffin: Special breaks from the hot July/August tobacco croppings were the trips to Osierfield where Ms. Madie put “it” (cokes, Dr. Pepper, crackers, honey buns, moon pies, peanuts…) on the ticket.

 

 

 

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15 responses to “Osierfield, Georgia

  1. dan

    I reckon having great grandparents on both sides of my tree raise families in Osierfield gives me the rights of ownership on all of the email addresses prefaced with Osierfield. If it doesn’t, I have ’em anyways. Thanks Brian for this forum to shower the memory of a very special place, still bustling with the beating heart of what it means to be a good neighbor. We all care about each other here, but allow each family to be themselves. The only bad part about living in such a place is, I feel great unease in the crowded streets and buildings of the Great Urban, because my peace at home is the song of birds, crickets, and frogs…my landscape are those tall pines Mr. Buddy planted half a century ago, and they still sing their quiet song when the wind blesses us with a summer breeze, just long enough to keep the gnats at bay.

    • Roy M. Young Jr

      If my family tree work is done correctly, my Young family and relatives lived/live in the area
      My grandfather is Clifford “Toby” Young
      Great grandparents Luther and Bessie (Hudson) Young.
      Great-Great Grandparents Jacob F. And Elizabeth Young

  2. Linda Gaines

    I ran the mail route for several years. I love all the osierfield people. I retired in 2013. Also back in 1966, I worked at the store for Nelle Grace and Horace.

  3. My mama had a small grocery store there one time. The RR people were the only ones that came in, except for occasional passerby.

  4. Jean Carol Smith Ruis

    What precious memories of Osierfield! While many folks could not pronounce it…most could definitely not spell Osierfield! However, Route 1, Osierfield, GA was our address during my entire childhood. We had a post office. 🙂 I loved going to the “store!” Our family grocery shopped there….if Mrs. Faulkner didn’t have what we needed, Mrs. Nell Grace & Mr. Horace did. I especially loved the little brown paper bags filled with penny candy we could select all by ourselves from the large clear candy jars! The tootsie rolls and long boys were much larger than they are now AND were 1 cent! AND the hoop cheese..sliced from a large roll right at the time of purchase…oh my goodness! Delicious! Daddy would send me to get gas and tell me to put it “on his bill.” Everyone knew everyone. ..and trusted the bill would be paid at the end of the week…..including the bags of candy. 🙂 AND, service with a smile! This post brought back so many precious memories! !!! RC Cola with a small bag of peanuts poured into it or a moonpie with the RC, square packs of cheese crackers, honey buns, cinnamon rolls in the aluminum pans……friends, neighbors, family…… The store owners felt like family!!! Mr. Horace in his wheelchair…doing whatever he could and not letting his disability be an excuse. I remember when the round house was built and our tour of it. We were amazed! Thank you so much for sharing this and for the memories of Osierfield, my real home!

  5. Ladawn Porter

    My great grandmother mother Elizabeth Parker worked at the red store, she lived on moss lane the house that’s past the two white churches, just about my whole family is buried in the graveyard across the railroad tracks down the road from miss Julia house

  6. Tammy Mays

    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this website! My Aunt Nelle Grace & Uncle Horace Burden had the store in Osierfield for many years. Then built the tire/service station and round house across the street. So interesting to read these posts from people that knew them. I would love to hear from some of you. Tammy
    My email is burden@bellsouth.net

  7. Randy Sneed

    I remember so well coming of age in Osierfield, a time when simple things was a way of life, when life was about being a part of Osierfield. The work was hard, the days were long and the summers was hotter than hot. Each day we would stop by the Nell Gray’s store for a soda or talk with Nob at the service station. Many of my friends are no longer with us, but every time I find myself passing through Osierfield I can hear their voices and see all their faces.
    Thinking of Osierfield makes me smile.

    Randy Sneed

  8. I’m kin to Youngs from that general area.

    My grandfather was Clifford Artly Young, born in the late 1890s in Ocilla
    His siblings were Roy,Lila, Lillian,Claude
    His parents were Luther Young and Bessie Hudson
    They all moved to South Florida in the 1920s.
    Luther Young, was the son of Jacob F. Young and Elizabeth Minchew
    Luthers siblings were,
    Gordon, Richard Cornelious, and Jacob Hinton Young.
    If you know anyone who may know of these peoples historys or any kin-folk who still live in the area please let me know.
    Have a great New Year,
    “Mike” Young

  9. Donna Griffin

    Special breaks from the hot July/August tobacco croppings were the trips to Osierfield where Ms. Madie put “it” (cokes, Dr. Pepper, crackers, honey buns, moon pies, peanuts…) on the ticket.

  10. Mike M.

    Poignant comments from Tom R. Picture kind of makes me think about the Whistle Stop cafe.

  11. Tom Robinson

    One might never guess that Osierfield was once a thriving little community hub – with grocery, bank, train station and more. And, it wasn’t all that many years ago, that the corner store was open for business. One of the extreme contrasts – which is tough to pick up from this angle is the 30-yr-old round house behind the seen building, across the tracks – with the well-worn and aged remains of this main street community. In yesteryear, all roads seems to come together here, and now they all seem to simply breeze through – slowing some at stop signs, and all the way for trains. I had several classmates who called Osierfield home, and several still do.

  12. Mike M.

    RR tracks and crossing make the picture. If you ever go back, I’d like to see a shot from the other side of the tracks. Overall, an outstanding picture.

  13. T Warren

    Brian that photo, has a lot goin’ on in it. The contrast of the weeds against the brick, the brightness of the Texaco sign meeting the peeling paint and the rust that never sleeps on the pole itself, to the green lamp post cover, to the depth created by the railroad tracks in the background.. My favorite portion of the photo though is the way the sand looks like waves creeping up on to the road…. Brilliant !!!!!!!
    T.

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