Born: January 17, 1874

Died: December 2, 1954

Married: Etta Anson

Children: Clarence, Oscar, Velma (Mrs. Willard L. Utting)

Benjamin O. Moody was in the trucking and balsam business and is believed to have had the last horse-drawn trucking business in the Village.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, December 27, 1948

$26 Monthly Wage When Mr., Mrs. Moody Were Married in 1895

"When we were married 53 years ago on Christmas Day, I was earning $26 a month. Those were the 'Good Old Days'" said Benjamin O. Moody as he and Mrs. Moody celebrated their wedding anniversary on Saturday.

In reminiscing about the early days in Saranac Lake, Mr. Moody, a native and son of one of the first four settlers in this village, recalled Church street as a narrow cow path. He said he remembers when he used to skate on a pond in the area where St. Bernard's church now stands.

Mr. Moody, more familiarly known as "Bob", was, born at the family homestead, which was located where the General Ice Cream company plant is situated. He will be 76 years old on Jan. 17.

His wife is the former Miss Etta Anson of Dwyers Corners, near Peru and Keeseville. Mrs. Moody will celebrate her 79th birthday in June.

The couple was married on Dec. 23, 1895 at Mrs. Moody s father's home at Dwyer's Corners. Her brother-in-law, Sanford McIntyre, officiated at the ceremony.

The newly-weds went to Montreal for a wedding trip and on their return it took them one full day on the Delaware and Hudson railroad from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake because of a big snowstorm.

At the time of their marriage, Mr. Moody was working with his father, the late B. R. Moody in logging, trucking and guiding. It was then that he received $26 a month for his services. From that the couple were able to live quite adequately.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody have three children. They are Clarence Moody of Utica, Oscar Moody of Springdale, Conn., and Mrs. Willard Utting of Saranac Lake.

There are six grandchildren, Janet Moody, Robert Utting, Martha, Barbara Bruce and Richard Moody.

Mr. and Mrs. Moody make their home with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Utting, of 155 River street.

A quiet family gathering was held in celebration of their anniversary. Neighbors called to wish the couple well and an anniversary cake and ice cream were served.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, December 2, 1954


Benjamin O. Moody, 81, a lifelong resident of Saranac Lake, died at 3:30 o'clock this morning in the Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga after a short illness. He was taken to the hospital on Monday following a heart attack.

He was born in Saranac Lake, Jan. 17, 1874, at 150 River Street, on the present site of the General Ice Cream Plant. His father, Benjamin R. Moody, was a member of one of the original four families who settled in the village.

Mr. Moody had been in the trucking and balsam business for many years until his retirement five years ago. He was known to everyone as "Bob" and is believed to have had the last horse-drawn trucking business in the Village. He made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Utting, of 155 River street, until about year and a half ago, when due to failing health he moved to the Wells Nursing Home in Ticonderoga. He was a member of the Saranac Lake Methodist Church. Mr. Moody's wife, the former Etta Anson, died a year and a half ago in Port Henry.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Clarence, of Utica; and Oscar, of Springdale, Conn. There are six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the McDonough and O'Neil Funeral Home in Keeseville. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Keeseville.


2012-03-02 11:52:52   Thank you to whom ever has recorded this history. Benjamin O. Moody was my great grandfather. My grandfather was Oscar O. Moody. I am so honored to find this information to share with my children. Cynthia Denise Weaver ( [email protected]) —