I love interviewing members of our military. Here is a story from the Opelika Observer I did a few weeks ago on a gentleman from my hometown. Turns out, we are related by marriage. Enjoy.
Frank Waldrop’s roots run deep in Opelika. He was born on South Eighth Street in 1921 to Thomas and Fannie May (Trotter) Waldrop. He also had a sister, Mable.
Thomas, a WWI veteran, was co-owner of Crossley and Waldrop Furniture. He was also a mortician.
He has pleasant memories of growing up in Opelika. Those memories include meeting his buddies for a game of baseball down by the Confederate monument behind First Baptist Church. “The road was paved there,” he says, “but was a dirt road just beyond there.”
Another of his favorite “gathering places” was the city pool behind Clift High School, adjacent to Moore Stadium.
Young Frank went to first grade at Palmer…
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