After throwing a party at an Austin hotel, where he told a small circle of friends that he had an incurable disease, Stanley Walker drove back to his ranch outside Lampasas and committed suicide on November 25, 1962.
The best-known big city newspaperman of his day, Walker plied his trade in New York from 1920 until the end of World War II. He came back to Texas to stay in 1946 and continued to write books and articles for national magazines until his death.
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George Bannerman Dealey was 15, when he went to work for the “Galveston News” and 26 when he launched “The Morning News” in Dallas. His rise to the top of American journalism is much more than just another rags-to-riches success story.
With Lincoln’s all but certain election just two months away, the editor of the most-read newspaper in the Lone Star State came down hard on all the rash talk of secession.
In the September 1, 1860 edition of “The Texas State Gazette,” John Marshall wrote: “The cry of disunion has descended from generation to generation and now we hear it repeated with silly clamor by a few politicians in Texas.” But the newspaperman’s politics did not keep him from volunteering for Confederate service nor leading a charge at Gaines’ Mill that got him killed.