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D in the Heart of Texas
Jerry T. Dealey
The Elder G. B. Dealey
Early History of Texas
The Europeans and American Settlers
John Neely Bryan – And Other Early Founders
Some Wheeling-Dealing to Grow a City
George Bannerman Dealey
The Dallas Morning News is Born
The Great 1908 Flood
G. B. Promotes Other Early Dallas Growth
The "City of Hate"
Building the ‘Subway’, Triple Underpass, Dealey Plaza
The Other Buildings Around Dealey Plaza
The Elder G. B. Dealey
The Dallas "Citizens Council"
The ‘Right Wing’ Direction of Dallas - "City of Hate" Revisited
A ‘Turn-Around’ for the Dallas Morning News
The Pre-November ‘Hate’ Incidents
Dallas’ Law Enforcement
November 1963, Why Dallas?
Dealey Plaza Changes To-Date
This photo of G. B. Dealey was taken in 1938, two years after the dedication of Dealey Plaza. He was 79. (From the collections of the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library)
In 1934, when the park that would later be called Dealey Plaza was being started, G. B. Dealey, at 75, was in his later years. He had been training his two sons, Walter A. Dealey and Edward Musgrove “Ted” Dealey, to continue on in the newspaper business. He was grooming Walter to take over the day-to-day operation of the paper, and Ted was being directed into heading the Editorial section. Ted was more of the writer of the two boys, and would later publish a number of books, as well as articles and fiction in such national magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and Ladies Home Journal. He had spent years as a Morning News political reporter in Austin, as well. Walter was more interested in the business side of the paper, including his brainchild, WFAA radio station, which the Morning News had started in 1922.
However, in mid 1934, Walter Dealey collapsed while at the Morning News offices. He was diagnosed with fatigue and exhaustion, from stress, overwork and general weakness in those hard days of the Great Depression. He spent some time at home recovering, and later returned to work, but in late 1934, he suddenly died. G. B. then focused on making Ted the heir apparent of the Morning News. During his time, Ted would be reporter, staff correspondent, Sunday editor and editorial writer, assistant to the publisher, vice-president, president (1940), and publisher (1960). Over the next few years, G. B. would turn more and more responsibility for the paper over to Ted, although G. B. continued to work until his death, 11 years later.
However, G. B. was always proud of his English and Irish roots. For many of his later years, he carried with him a King George III penny as a lucky charm. He was aware of a family rumor that the family was descended from an illegitimate son of Charles III. His brother, James Quayle had always been proud of this descent, but G. B. said little about it; however, he did carry the penny as a reminder. I have never ascertained the validity of this rumor, nor which ‘root of the tree’ it was based on, but G. B.’s paternal Grandfather, Thomas Dealey, was the Steward of the Earl of Darby’s estates, so there was some contact with ‘titled persons’ in our ancestry.
D in the Heart of Texas - Table of Contents
The Other Buildings Around Dealey Plaza (Part 3)
The Dallas "Citizens Council" (Part 1)
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