The Moodys of Galveston and Their Mansion by Henry Wiencek

By Henry Wiencek

In 1900, quite a few months after the lethal storm of September, W. L. Moody Jr. and his relations moved into the four-story mansion on the nook of Broadway and Twenty-sixth road in Galveston. For the subsequent 8 a long time, the Moody kin occupied the 28,000-square-foot domestic: elevating a kin, developing thoughts, construction enterprise empires, and contributing their substantial wealth and effect for the betterment in their loved city.

In 1983, storm Alicia broken the mansion, and Mary Moody Northen, eldest baby of W. L. Moody Jr., moved out so an immense recovery might start. whilst the mansion opened to the general public as a museum, schooling middle, and site for group gatherings in 1991, it have been restored to its unique grandeur.

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment then commissioned award-winning writer Henry Wiencek to write down a historical past 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 creation and private tone to the e-book, which additionally features fifteen colour pictures of the Moodys and their domestic. An epilogue through E. Douglas McLeod summarizes the family’s accomplishments and advancements linked to the mansion considering the fact 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 an individual drawn to the appealing story of this influential and beneficiant kin and their amazing house.

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The dome in Bryan’s mouth was high enough to put an egg in. indb 29 William Jennings Bryan cutting wood at Lake Surprise. 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.

L. , Bryan was able to invite important Texas politicians to Lake Surprise for dealmaking in a relaxed atmosphere. The Moodys supported Bryan’s presidential bids in 1896, 1900, and 1908. Had Bryan won the election of 1896, Colonel Moody might have been offered the post of secretary of the treasury. indb 30 2/2/10 10:54:46 AM The Moody family liked to travel, especially to escape the heat of Galveston summers. Walking on the beach at Magnolia, Massachusetts, are W. L. Jr. and his daughter Mary, in June of 1900.

Jr. struck up a passionate correspondence with her, and in a few short months they became engaged. During their courtship they wrote almost daily to each other, a habit they would continue later in life whenever they were separated. indb 16 2/2/10 10:54:28 AM The girl who captured W. L. ’s heart, Libbie Rice Shearn, at the age of fourteen, ca. 1883. They would meet when he was twenty-four and she was twenty. (left) Colonel Moody and his sons W. L. Jr. and Frank are pictured in an advertisement for W.

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