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Charles Courtice Alderton
Birth: Jun. 21, 1857
Death: May 29, 1941
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA

Inventor. He was the creator of the "Dr. Pepper" soft drink. Born in Brooklyn, New York to British immigrants, he went to England after his early education, where he attended a college in Stowmarket. He returned to Brooklyn during the Westward Expansion, and attended medical school at the University of Texas in Galveston, Texas. Graduating with an M.D., he decided to work as a pharmacist, moving to Waco, Texas to join W. B. Morrison in his Old Corner Drug Store. He soon noticed that patrons of the soda fountain soon were tired of the standard fountain flavors. He confirmed this by his own taste experiments which led him to concoct a series of mixtures to find a more original drink. After exhaustive testing of combinations of fruit extracts from the fountain, he finally discovered one that was particularly pleasing. Carefully measuring the different syrups and fine tuning the product as he went, he invited Morrison to try his new drink, which Morrison loved. When the product as offered to their fountain patrons as a test, the reaction was overwhelming. Charles Alderton's drink caught on fast and soon customers were asking for "Doc Alderton's drink." Morrison came up with the name for it, naming it "Dr. Pepper", after the father of a girl he had once courted. After 100 years the soda is still much the same product Charles Alderton created, and is one of the most popular sodas today. 
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section B-1 Lot 425
 
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- Sherry Goolsby, Genealogy researcher
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014
I always have Dr. Pepper stocked.
- Little_Storm
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014

- R I P
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014
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