H. BAILEY CARROLL
THE Dallas Morning News has always been a leader in
Texas in the research and preservation of state and
local history. "The News is in Dallas and the news is in
Texas," the late George Bannerman Dealey once replied when
asked whether or not international events would crowd local
history from his newspaper. Mr. Dealey, wrote Alonzo Wasson in
the April, 1947, number of the Quarterly, was eager to "preserve
yet unrecorded data of Texas history ... to rescue from impend-
ing oblivion historical lore which lived only in the recollections
of men and women fast marching to their graves." This historical
interest of the News has never been allowed to drop. Today the
paper is continuing to follow its fine heritage. The pages of the
News are still being filled with yet unrecorded local history and
interviews with persons who knew Dallas in her younger days.
The following listing includes some of the outstanding articles
which have been published within the past three years:
Wayne Gard, "When Texans Used Bullets for Ballots," Dallas
Morning News, June 3o, 1948.
A concise history of Jaybird-Woodpecker activities in Fort Bend County in
Wayne Gard, "Plague of Hoppers Renews Old Battle," ibid., July
Grasshopper invasions of the plains states from 1853 to the present with em-
phasis on Texas.
Wayne Gard, "Passenger Pigeons Blacked the Sky," ibid., September
C. V. Terrill's recollections of passenger pigeon flocks, which darkened the sky
like a blue norther.
Wayne Gard, "Justice Was Swift in Frontier Courts," ibid., May 26,
A compilation of stories about frontier justices of the peace who presided over
courts of the Roy Bean variety, including Charles H. Meyer, Jim Brunett, and
Wayne Gard, "Cattle Inspectors Police the Ranges," ibid., November
A short history of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and
its apprehension of modern cattle rustlers.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/. Accessed January 29, 2015.