Goldie King

Goldie King

No time for playing Washington “Wash” and Lucinda Tyson worked hard and raised their children to do the same.  One of the eight children born to Wash and Lucinda was Goldie, born on August 2, 1919 in Alabama.  The family moved to Kissimmee, Florida between 1920 and 1930.  Wash was a section foreman for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and while Lucinda did laundry, one of the girls cooked and ten-year old Goldie did dishes. 


A career begins When one of Goldie’s sisters was ill, Goldie filled in as a cook and continued cooking until her retirement in 1982.  At the age of fifteen, she began as a cook in Kissimmee’s first hospital in 1933 working for Dr. Wilson Lancaster, owner of the hospital.   The hospital had only one stove, an ice box and several tables, which was adequate for the staff of approximately twenty people.  In an interview, Goldie recalled that cooking for them was no different than cooking at home.   Her pay in 1933 was 50 cents a week with the occasional tip from patients.

Many changes

In her early years, Goldie would begin work at 6:30 a.m., work for an hour, then attended school until 2:30 p.m. in Orlando since Kissimmee schools weren’t integrated then.  She would return to work for four hours.  The 50 cents a week salary increased to $25.00 week.  Ice came in blocks which had to be broken into pieces.  Ice makers and more modern appliances were eventually put into use, making cooking easier.  She married John King in 1939.  Goldie enjoyed retirement until her passing on May 30, 2007.

Written by:

Anza Bast

Sources:; “St. Cloud News” June 10, 1982; “Orlando Sentinel” May 31, 2007