Texas Almanac, 1939-1940 Page: 19
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THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS. 19
metropolis. The newspaper likewise has
played a dominant part in the material
as well as cultural progress of the en-
tire state and region. The development
of the company itself has been marked by
an unusual degree of continuity in its
personnel. As an illustration, the presi-
dent of The News, G. B. Dealey, began
his sixty-fifth year of uninterrupted
service with the concern on Oct. 12, 1938,
a record unrivaled in the history of
American journalism. As of the close of
1938, there were employed by The News
seventy-four persons who had been in
service twenty-one consecutive years or
more. There were 141 persons who had
been in the employment of The News fif-
teen years or more, and 241 persons who
had been in the service ten years or
Typical of the enterprise of The Dallas
News was its policy in early days of
leasing special trains and interurbans for
distribution of its papers each morning
to the large territory served by it out-
side the city of Dallas. Today, with a
radically changed transportation picture,
most of this out-of-town distribution is
accomplished by means of a large fleet of
high-speed motor trucks which enable
subscribers as far distant as 200 miles to
receive the same late edition at the
breakfast table as is delivered to the
reader in the city of Dallas.
The Dallas News has always been
known as a state paper, although the
greater part of its circulation naturally
falls within the city of Dallas and imme-
diately surrounding territory. At pres-
ent, as in the past, The News strives for
the advancement of all parts of the state.
It daily reaffirms its loyalty, through
news coverage and constructive editorial
campaigns, to the great agricultural and
other state-wide industries which are the
bedrock of Texas prosperity and eco-
nomic and cultural well-being.
In the life of Dallas,
The News has been con-
sistently a powerful fac-
tor making for honest
government and civic im-
provement. It is respon-
sible in large measure for
the adoption of the
council-manager form of
government, for an ade-
quate water supply and
for the widespread ac-
ceptance of zoning, bet-
ter housing and other
fruits of city planning.
Improvements 1 a r ge 1 y
sponsored by The News
include the great $20,-
000,000 flood-control and
land reclamation project
carried out in the Trinity
River Valley between
Dallas and Oak Cliff, the
removal of railroad
tracks from the business
district and the building
of the Union Passenger
Terminal. The News
also was largely resnon-
sible for the choice of
Dallas as headquarters
for the Eleventh District
Federal Reserve Bank,
for the location of South
ern Methodist Univer-
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Texas Almanac, 1939-1940, book, 1939; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117163/m1/21/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.