The Morning News is reporting that Park Cities People Buddy “Hercule Poirot” Macatee solved the mystery of the Dallas mayor mix up. It seems the photo that has hung in Dallas City Hall as Mayor Woodall Rodgers (b. 1890-d. 1961) is in reality the late construction magnate Henry C. Beck Jr. (b. 1918-d. 2007).
Dallas archivists are dusting off their files to figure out how the “oops” occurred.
UPDATE: Just heard from City Archivist John H. Slate, who reports,
“The mistake was made by Gittings Studio, who provided the City of Dallas the wrong negative in approximately 1992.”