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Today in Texas History – July 6

From the Annals of Pop –  In 1923, the Dr Pepper Company was incorporated in Dallas. Dr Pepper had been made for almost 40 years after first being served at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug in Waco.  The owner, Wade Morrison, employed a pharmacist named Charles Alderton, who filled prescriptions and also served soft drinks to customers. Alderton experimented with various combinations of fruit extracts and sweeteners and landed upon a combination which was later dubbed Dr Pepper.  Morrison named the popular drink after Dr. Charles T. Pepper, a physician and pharmacist for whom Morrison had worked in Virginia. Today Dr Pepper is an operating company of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, based in Plano.  Red has personally boycotted Dr Pepper ever since the company refused Dublin Bottling Works  to continue to produce Dublin Dr Pepper.

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Today in Texas History – January 26

From the Annals of Crockery –  In 1893, the new McDade Pottery plant produced its first wares. The McDade plant was the successor to a “jug shop” begun in 1853 near present-day Bastrop State Park.  The plant moved to McDade in the late 1870s. Robert L. Williams, an experience ceramicist, recognized the potential for McDade clay, bought the business in 1890. He built a new plant with two brick beehive kilns, clay-grinding equipment, and a railroad siding. He continued production of garden pottery, specialty items and kitchen ware. Williams invented an extrusion press with assorted sizes of dies for the rapid production of flowerpots and other hollowware. The business flourished until Williams’ death in 1924.  By the forties mass produced plastic ware and other developments led to the demise of the pottery business.

Photo of early McDade potters from the McDade Historical Museum.

Gov. Abbott Visits Cuba – For Dinner and a Floor Show

Gov. Greg Abbott (TP-Texas) embarked on a supposed trade mission to Cuba and apparently accomplished little other than having a nice dinner and taking in a floor show.  According to the pool report filed by a Texas reporter traveling with Abbott, the governor dined and watched a concert at a high-end private restaurant in the Miramar section of Havana on Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Abbott visited Cuba’s new Mariel port and free trade zone.  Abbott’s group was told by Cuban officials that the U.S. trade embargo – which Congress has refused to lift despite normalization of relations between the two countries – meant there was no opportunity for U.S. businesses to invest there.

Abbott told the officials that “Texas has an abundance of (rice and other commodities) and a very easy ability to export from Texas to Cuba,” according to the pool report.   The Cuban officials indicated that the island nation would continue to buy rice from other sources until the U.S. allowed the country to buy on credit, a measure currently prohibited by the embargo.

Despite the bad news, sources tell Red that the excellent flan and expresso Abbott was served after his fancy meal made the entire trip worthwhile and a really good deal for Texas taxpayers.