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Mike Brubaker
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Compliments of the Moody Bros.

18 January 2019




Compliments of Moody Bros.
1st  X –  Grover –  Age 16 years.
2nd  X –  Claude –   "     14   "      

    By Claude

This photo postcard of a small school string orchestra,
twelve violins, three mandolins,
one very fancy guitar, and one hidden instrument,
(possibly the director behind the guitarist),
is unmarked except for the names
of two young violinists,
brothers Grover and Claude Moody.

But that is just enough to find them
living in 1910 in the town of Wahpeton, North Dakota.

In the 1910 US Census for Wahpeton, ND, Grover Moody, age 16 and Claudy (sic) Moody, age 14, were recorded as the two sons of  G. E. (George) Moody, age 43, and his wife Minnie, age 35. They also had two daughters, Hazel, age 18, and Myrtle, age 5. The father, G. E. Moody, listed his occupation as Doctor, Vetenairy (sic). The Moody family, minus the youngest child, was also recorded in the 1900 census for Wahpeton too.

If I am correct, and one can never be 100% positive, the ages of these Moody brothers from North Dakota exactly match the postcard inscription which would date the photo of the school children to 1910-11.  Wahpeton, Richland County, North Dakota is located in the southeast corner of the state at the confluence of the Bois de Sioux River with the Otter Tail River, which then forms the Red River of the North. In 1910 its population was 2,467 citizens including 16 talented young musicians.   

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if they ask nicely.


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