By Henry Wiencek
In 1983, typhoon Alicia broken the mansion, and Mary Moody Northen, eldest baby of W. L. Moody Jr., moved out so an enormous recovery may well commence. whilst the mansion opened to the general public as a museum, schooling heart, and site for neighborhood gatherings in 1991, it have been restored to its unique grandeur.
The Mary Moody Northen Endowment then commissioned award-winning writer Henry Wiencek to jot down a heritage of the Moodys of Galveston and their celebrated domestic. Robert L. Moody Sr., grandson of W. L. Moody Jr. and nephew of Mary Moody Northen, contributes a foreword, giving a short advent and private tone to the publication, which additionally features fifteen colour photos of the Moodys and their domestic. An epilogue by means of E. Douglas McLeod summarizes the family’s accomplishments and advancements linked to the mansion given that Northen’s dying in 1986.
The Moodys of Galveston and Their Mansion is a must-read for Galvestonians, for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who travel the mansion every year, and for a person drawn to the fascinating story of this influential and beneficiant kinfolk and their significant house.
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And Libbie were eager to come home to Galveston and start a family. Colonel Moody built a house at 2201 Avenue M, behind his own home, for his son and daughter-in-law. Their first child, Mary, was born on February 10, 1892, followed by William Lewis III on January 7, 1894; Shearn on November 2, 1895; and Libbie on November 22, 1897. Thanks in part to the deepening of its harbor, Galveston’s commerce was booming. The city was handling not only the huge cotton shipments from Texas to the Northeast and to England but also dry goods and manufactured goods destined for the interior and boatloads of immigrants bound for Texas and other western states.
In 1891, when W. L. Jr. was in the New York office, his business telegrams included frequent reports on his search for a yacht for his father. indb 28 2/2/10 10:54:44 AM t h e m o o d y fa m ily 1 29 The Moodys were also avid duck hunters. In 1892 the Colonel acquired Lake Surprise on the eastern Galveston Bay spit called Smith Point, north of the Bolivar Peninsula, where they went every weekend during the hunting season. Here they often entertained business clients as well as prominent political friends, such as William Jennings Bryan and Texas governor James Hogg.
2/2/10 10:54:45 AM 30 1 The Moodys of galveston & Their Mansion A fit W. L. Moody Jr. adopts a boxing pose in the nursery of the house at 2201 Avenue M, ca. 1892. ” One of McNeir’s co-workers provided a little surreptitious help: “Paschal sat in the skiff behind him, and every time the Governor would shoot, Paschal would shoot and kill a duck. ’”33 Serious political business was conducted during these hunting weekends. Colonel Moody was one of Bryan’s major supporters in Texas; indeed, he was one of the few bankers anywhere who supported Bryan’s “soft money” policy, which would foster a moderate level of inflation.
The Moodys of Galveston and Their Mansion by Henry Wiencek