Richardsonís in Gainesville, Florida

1938-1979

 

††††††††††† 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.

 

Clyde Richardson & Edna Frank1942

 

 

††††††††††† 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 month..†††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

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 Frank.

 

Edna, Clyde and Kim††††† 1947

 

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 Ford.

On October 7, 1954, they had a daughter, Gail Dorothy.

Clyde & Kim†† 1955

 

In 1955 Clyde bought a used Cushman scooter.He rode it to work.

 

 

Clyde, 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.

549 NE 12th Court

 

 

Clyde continued to work for Sears as the Warehouse Manager.On March 16, 1958, the family expanded by one more with the addition of Jay Clyde.

Jay 1958

Gail & Karen1960

 

On November 5, 1959 Karen Lucy was born.

In 1959 Edna went to work for the University of Florida.

††††††††††† 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 to Houston.

 

 

 

Family Portrait 1979