Richardsonís in Gainesville, Florida
††††††††††† The Richardson
family had its start in Gainesville
during July of 1938.† Clyde
moved there from Fort Myers to work
for David Kite, his brother-in-law.† He
moved in with his sister Bert and Dave in a small house in the 500 block of 2nd
Avenue near downtown.† Clyde drove a truck
for Kite Transfer.
†Clyde Richardson††††††† 1941
††††††††††† On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Clyde
was walking up to a small service station on University
Avenue and 6th Street
when he heard about the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor.† He went to the Navy Recruiters and
enlisted.† The recruiter told him that he
had to have his parents sign for him.† He
told him that he was 30 years old, but they said that didnít matter.† Clyde went outside and
signed his parentís names and they accepted him.
††††††††††† On December 6, 1942, he met Edna Frank
over a checker game at the YWCA in Brooklyn.† They were married on January 26, 1946.
Richardson & Edna Frank† †1942
††††††††††† The day
after the wedding they boarded a train for Florida.† They rented a house on Court Street (NW 3rd
Avenue) for a period before moving 4 houses down the street to 650 Court Street
(512 NW 3rd Avenue), a two bedroom house and paid Dave $20.00 per
650 Court Street
During the war, Clyde
had sent money to Dave to save for him.†
Dave advised Clyde to use that money to buy a
truck.† Kite Transfer contracted to
deliver freight for different customers.†
One of their largest customers was Sears.† After Dave retired, Clyde
continued to drive for himself.† He hired
a man by the name of Louis for $20.00 per week to help him.
On May 10, 1947, Clyde and Edna had
their first child.† They had a son, Kim
Clyde and Kim†††††
In 1949 they had their second
child, Tara, who died a couple days later.
During 1950, they bought a 1939
Chevy truck from Dave.† In 1951, a friend
borrowed Clydeís work truck and threw a rod.† Clyde used the wood to
build Kim a playhouse.† He also talked
Sears into hiring him full time for $50.00 per week.† That year they traded in the truck for a 1949
On October 7, 1954, they had a daughter, Gail Dorothy.
& Kim†† 1955
In 1955 Clyde
bought a used Cushman scooter.† He rode
it to work.
Edna, Gail & Kim††† 1955
The small two bedroom house was now
growing too small.† On January 1, 1956 they moved into a new house on North
East 12th Court.
NE 12th Court
continued to work for Sears as the Warehouse Manager.† On March
16, 1958, the family expanded by one more with the addition of Jay
& Karen† 1960
On November 5, 1959 Karen Lucy was born.
In 1959 Edna went to work for the University
††††††††††† Kim moved
to Houston, Texas
in 1975.† Gail married Don Orth in 1976 and had three children, Jerett,
Brandy, and Tiffany.† 1979 saw Jay move
Family Portrait 1979