Heritage, 2011, Volume 4 Page: 10
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1917 photo of Shearn Moody, Sr., and his father, W.L. Moody, Jr.
Shearn served in both the Army and Navy during World War I.
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W.L. Moody in 1852.
Texans have been fascinated by the stories of great wealth and the ex-
ploits of the Moody family of Galveston. This highly industrious but
exceedingly reclusive family has bolstered its mystique by strict ad-
herence to a motto, "publicity brings only kidnappers and tax collec-
tors." Thus, until recently, many histories of this Galveston dynasty
have been written by authors who were either milk-fed pasteurized
accounts from vanity books or who had gleaned juicy tidbits of mis-
information from competing royal families of Galveston. And in a
city where grudges are held for decades and patricians list their en-
emies in their last wills and testaments, there may never be
an end to amusing gossip about the Islanders' favorite topic: the
billonaire Moody clan whose members so few have actually met.
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