Feb 11, Gator, Glidden Chemical and Jacksonville 1962
by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)
Black Laborer by Doris Ulmann
These recollections are what I remember from the actual events.
I worked at Glidden Chemical Company in Jacksonville, Florida from 1962 to 1963. The plant was located on Moncrief Creek in the northern part of the city and had originally been founded by the Cummer family in 1910 as Standard Turpentine Company.
Gator was an old black laborer that had worked at the plant longer than any other Glidden employee.
Company records showed that he started working there in 1910. He was given a gold pocket watch by the company as a gift shortly before I started working there. It was inscribed:
“To Gator, For 50 years of loyal service. From your Glidden family”. December 11, 1960.”
One of my jobs was to prepare the weekly paychecks and I noted that even though Gator had a social security number, he had only one name: Gator.
Nobody knew if Gator was his first name or last name and the man himself only knew he had been called Gator as long as he could remember. His personnel records showed that he couldn’t read or write.
All of his signatures on the various forms in his