Vol MMXVII, No 172
June 21, 1909
Velasco Hit Hard by Hurricane
Born This Date
Andrew Jackson Houston is born in Huntsville
On this date in 1854, Andrew Jackson Houston was born to Sam and Margaret Lea Houston at Huntsville. Their son was named for Sam's good friend Andrew Jackson who died a decade earlier.
Brazoria County Hit
On this date in 1909, Velasco (Brazoria County) was hit by a hurricane that destroyed half the town, killed 41, and caused over $2 million in damage.
Charles Alderton born in Brooklyn
NEW YORK CITY (1857)
On this date in 1857, Charles Courtice Alderton was born in Brooklyn, New York. He studied medicine at the University of Texas at Galveston before moving to Waco.
His love of the blend of aromas from the flavors used at the snack counter at W.B.Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store where he was pharmacist, lead him to create The Waco Drink, which he later renamed Dr Pepper, named for the father of a girl he admired in Virginia, Charles Pepper.
Dr Pepper (with no period after "Dr") is the oldest soft drink in the world.