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D in the Heart of Texas             

Jerry T. Dealey

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George Bannerman 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

George Bannerman Dealey (henceforth called G. B., to separate from his father George) was born in Manchester, England, on September 18, 1859, to father George Dealey (January 20, 1829 - Liverpool, England) and Mary Ann Nellins (August 26, 1829, Granshaw, Ireland). His father, George, was by trade a Master Bootmaker, who had owned his own shop in Liverpool. George had speculated all of his holdings on a business deal, and lost, which financially ruined him. He managed to borrow enough to put the family on a boat heading for America, to start over.
In mid July 1870, the family arrived in Galveston, Texas, on the sailing bark “Herbert”, piloted by a Captain Hill. The family had to make the crossing on a quickly built lean-to structure and tent, on the deck of the ship. The large family included: father George, mother Mary, 17-year old Elizabeth Ann, 15-year old Thomas William (called TW), 12-year old Leonora Jane, 10-year old George Bannerman, 8-year old James Quayle, 7-year old Charles Lewis (the author’s Great Grandfather), 5-year old Caroline Eleanor, 3-year old Frances Mary (who would die 8 months later, in April of ‘71) and 11-month old Samuel David. Living on the deck with 9 children was a cramped crossing, and even more so when the sailing ship was becalmed off of Jamaica for a period of 5 days. Galveston had a population of about 14,000 in 1870, while far off Dallas had around 3,000.
T.W., G.B.’s 5-year older brother found a job at the Galveston News as Office Boy, and became one of the breadwinners that kept the family in good clothes. On Saturday, October 10, 1874, he came home with the announcement that he had been promoted to Mail Clerk, and told his 15-year old brother, G.B., that the News had asked him to see if any of his brothers wanted his old Office Boy position. G.B. jumped at the chance, and went in the following Monday to talk to the owner, Colonel Alfred H. Belo. He was given the job, and so began a 72 year association with the News organization.

G.B. did well with the Galveston News. He was well liked, and a quick learner. He was promoted through a series of jobs the next few years, including Chief Mailing Clerk in 1878, when the Yellow Fever epidemic hit Galveston. At that time, all distribution of the paper was through Houston by train, and with a pending ‘quarantine’ of Galveston, the trains were being turned back. At the News, a ‘war council’ was put together, and the Chief Mailing Clerk, G.B. Dealey, found himself the main focus of the planning to get the paper past Houston. G.B. successfully came up with a plan that used rail for part of the shipping, and then carried on with wagon north of Houston. The incident had the side benefit of seeding the idea of a ‘sister’ paper in the central and north Texas areas.

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