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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Towns spring up at railroad stops
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Roger Allen

    Note: The following is the 15th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

    Glisson, a railroad town on the Cuyler and Woodburn Railroad line, lay situated between the stops of Ivanhoe and Eldora. When the C&W became known as the Savannah and Statesboro Railway, Glisson was removed from its list of scheduled stops. The community most likely was named after the descendants of Joseph Glisson, who lived in Briar Patch.
    Somewhere to the northwest of Echo was located the town of Gnat, of which little is known. According to the book written by Small, local residents wanted the post office here to be named Hobson, but the postmaster general assigned it the name of Gnat instead.
    Gooding was a station on what used to be known as the Central of Georgia Railroad's Dover to Dublin branch line. It was located to the southwest of Statesboro. All that is known about Gooding is that according to the book written by Small, the postmasters there were Sula and Seaborn Oglesby. The community was lost to Jenkins Co.
    Located 6 miles north of Claxton and 18 miles southwest of Statesboro was the little settlement of Green, once again recorded in the book written by Small. He stated that Mitchell J. Green opened a post office there in his store in the community that he had established. This community was lost to Evans Co. when it was created.
    The town of Grimshaw, which sometimes also was referred to as Grimshaw Station, was located between Statesboro and Brooklet on what used to be known as the Savannah and Statesboro Railway.
    It is generally believed that it was named after Harry B. Grimshaw, the general superintendent of the Savannah and Statesboro Railroad. Its postmasters were Ander J. Waters and Amy E. Kicklighter. Grimshaw was also the owner of the town's Nellwood Lumber Company.
    The village of Groveland was the third community that established a post office to serve residents who lived nearby the former post offices of  Fido, then Euphaupee, and then Belknap. Groveland's post office opened in 1897 and then closed very shortly thereafter after.
    Roger Allen is a local lover of history. He provides a brief look at the area's historical past. Email Roger at

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