In Loving Memory of Yvonne Freeman
July 27, 1928 ~ September
Tampa's Hamburger Queen
On Aug. 15, 1947 Yvonne married Arlie Freeman at the same courthouse
where her parents were wed, in Dade City, Fla.
According to a Tampa Tribune article about
Goody Goody and Yvonne in 1992, her husband Arlie left school to
join the service and obtained his GED when he returned.
She worked as a carhop back then at the Goody Goody, from 1947 to 1949. In the next 10 years, she and Arlie had five sons. After that 10-year period away from Goody Goody, she returned to work in the restaurant in 1959 as a waitress. She said she once served Col. Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Yvonne took exclusive responsibility of making the secret sauce, a recipe handed down unchanged from the Stephens years, through the Stayer years, and all her years at Goody Goody. She also continued making the delicious homemade pies herself. Her pies (butterscotch, pineapple cream, traditional apple, French Apple, coconut cream, banana cream, pineapple cream, chocolate cream, pecan, lemon meringue, and seasonally, pumpkin) were just as famous, if not more famous, than the Goody Goody burger with special secret sauce.
In 1980, the Stayer family, who had owned Goody Goody since 1929, sold it to local accountant Mike Wheeler. Mike fixed it up, brought it up to code, and in 1984 Yvonne decided it was her turn to run the show. She leased it from Mike and became the manager, baker and half-day server until its final closing day on Nov. 30, 2005.
Please note that the family info below is the result of online records searches. Marriage records and especially census records sometimes contain errors, especially with ages. Every effort has been made to compare these with the little bit I knew and was provided with about Yvonne's family. Images of the census records may be added later. --Dan
Yvonne's paternal grandfather, William Braiton Whitehead, was born in 1869 Ohio, of parents from New Jersey (father) and Ohio (mother.) William married Cora Dallas on Aug. 2, 1891 in Akron,Ohio. Cora was born May 12, 1871 in Salem Township, Tuscawaras Co, Ohio. She was a daughter of James W. Dallas and Catharine G. Cragham; both were Ohio natives.
On April 30, 1896, while William & Cora were living at 205½ Poplar in Akron, they had a son, William E. Whitehead. The Whiteheads were living at the same address on Mar. 4, 1900, when their son (Yvonne's father) Ivan Braiton Whitehead was born.
By 1910, William B. Whitehead and his wife Cora had moved to Jacksonville, Fla. where William worked as an iron molder, probably at the shipyards. Also with them there was their son, Ivan B. Whitehead who was 10. Their other son, William E. would have been 14 at that time, it's not yet known why he wasn't listed on their 1910 census.
On Sept. 12, 1918, Yvonne's father, Ivan, registered for the WW1 draft in Akron. His registration shows he was tall and slender, with blue eyes and brown hair. At the time he lived with his parents at 230 N. Arlington St in Akron. Ivan was employed at the Biggs Boiler Works located at Williams & Banks Streets in Akron, where he was an assistant boiler welder.
By 1920 Ivan B. Whitehead had gone out on his own and had moved to Baltimore where he was living in a boarding house. He was 19 and single, and working as a corker in a shipyard. Later it was called "caulking;" filling in gaps usually in the construction of wooden boats and ships, but being a welder it probably meant he welded seams on ships.
Ivan was in Florida by July 1927 because this is where he married Bessie Lee Patterson. They were married by County Judge J. W. Sanders on July 5 at the Pasco County courthouse in Dade City. Ivan was 27, Bessie was 19.
Bessie Yvonne Whitehead was born July 27, 1928, probably in Dade City or in the area of Crystal Springs, Florida. As a child, Yvonne grew up in Crystal Springs. She was probably named for her mother and father.
By 1930 Ivan and Bessie were back in Akron. Ivan worked as a tractor operator in the rubber industry, probably some type of machine at a tire factory, being in Akron. Most of the other men on that census page work in the same business. Ivan was 30, Bessie was 22 from Virginia, as were her parents. B. Yvonne was 1yr & 8 mos.
Florida held state censuses in 1885, 1935 and 1945. By the time of the census in 1935 the Whiteheads had moved back to Florida and were living outside the city limits of Crystal Springs. Ivan was 35, Bessie L. was 27, and Bessie Yvonne was 6. Ivan had a 10th grade education, Bessie, a 7th grade education, and Bessie Yvonne was attending first grade.
Ivan shows that he owned his home and was farming at this time, probably as a result of the Great Depression. There were plenty of "truck farms" in that area in those days. Farmers would grow their produce and take them into the city and sell it directly to wholesalers or retailers, probably Tampa, on a truck--hence the term "truck farmer."
Two dwellings away was Ivan's widowed father, Wm. B. Whitehead. He was 68 with an 8th grade education, renting his residence, and working as a foundry man.
1940 finds the Whiteheads in the same place, on the south side of Crystal Springs. Ivan was 40. With the U.S. practically out of the Great Depression, and another World War taking place in Europe, more industrial jobs were available and Ivan was back in the ship building field, working as a burner at a ship yard. Surely this was in Tampa so his commute was quite long. Bessie Lee was 32, Yvonne was 11 and in the 7th grade, an now the Whiteheads had a son, Ivan Jr. who was 3 years old (b. circa 1937.) Now neighbors, Ivan's father was listed as "Whitehead, W. Burt" was 74, and widowed with no occupation.
Florida's 1945 census shows the Whiteheads in Tampa at 4200 13th Street. Ivan, then 45, worked as a welder; probably in a ship yard in the Port of Tampa. Bessie was 37, Yvonne 16, and by this time a senior at Hillsborough High School. Her brother is listed as "Lannie" here, age 8. Perhaps he wasn't really a Jr. but the enumerator listed him as such in 1940, and Lannie may have been his middle name.
On Aug. 15, 1947 Yvonne married Arlie Freeman at the same courthouse where her parents were wed, in Dade City, Fla. Their mothers were witnesses to the marriage.
Arlie Lee Freeman was born Sept. 4, 1927 in Hills. Co, Fla, he was a son of Calvin Levy Freeman (b. Oct 8, 1901, Pickens, SC) and Geraldine G. Smith (b. Sept. 19, 1910, Fla.) Calvin & Geraldine married on April 26, 1926 in Polk Co.
In 1930, Arlie's parents, Calvin L. Freeman and Geraldine, were living with her parents, John Henry Smith (51) and Christie Arnold Smith (50) at 612 Myrtle St. in Lakeland, Fla. (In 1920 John H. Smith & wife Christie Arnold Smith lived in Plant City.) Geraldine's father, John H. Smith, worked for the City of Lakeland sanitation dept. Arlie's father, Calvin Freeman, was 27 and working as a laborer at odd jobs. He and Geraldine (who was age 19 at the time), show they first married when they were age 23 & 15 respectively. Arlie was 2½ and Gerald was 3 mos.
Calvin Levy Freeman was the 3rd of 11 children of Benjamin Franklin Freeman (b. Mar. 5,1876, Anderson, SC) and Grace Elizabeth Black (b. Aug.1878, SC).
In 1940, Arlie's parents, Calvin & Geraldine Freeman lived at 1510 New Orleans Ave. in Tampa. Calvin was working as a truck driver for a flour and feed company. He was 38, Geraldine was 29. Their children were Arlie L. 12, Gerald L. 10, and Leila B. 1. Arlie was in the 6th grade.
[Most all the Freeman family info above comes from original official records online--censuses, marriage records, etc, but Arlie's more distant ancestry has been entered online by a researcher. Below is that Freeman ancestry of Arlie Lee Freeman, with a few changes.]
Yvonne’s “Whitehead” ancestry could be from England. There are several records of Ivan Whiteheads in the UK from the 1800s. “Braiton” certainly sounds of British origin, could have been a family name passed down, and with Yvonne's grandfather showing his father was from New Jersey, it is seems quite possible this is so.
Goody Goody History