I stumbled across The Highly Unofficial alt.fan.dr-pepper FAQ
According to the United States Census, Morrison lived in the town of Christiansburg and worked as a pharmacy clerk. In that same census on the next page (if I remember correctly) is another Dr. Pepper and he has a daughter, Malinda or Malissa, who is only 16 to Morrison's 17. If you understand that the census takers walked from house to house, you can tell they were near neighbors. This makes much more sense to me than Dr. Charles T. Pepper, 40 miles away in Rural Retreat.
It's very likely that Morrison named the drink after a completely different Dr. Pepper of Christianburg, Virginia, and that this Pepper's daughter was the one whom Morrison had been in love with all those years ago.
One thing I've noticed about Trish's piano playing is that pretty much every time she makes a mistake she makes a tutting sound. And she seems to be making a lot of mistakes, as I think she's learning a new piece.
And I got a nice text back from Katie, not only did she not
think I was mad, she also loves squirrels. When she was little she had a little white one come into her garden. Her parents are away this week so she has the house to herself. Lucky her.