Dr. Moody arrived in the Honey Lake Valley in 1861 from Massachusetts.
He established a drug store with a partner. Dr. Moody had many
talents and besides being a druggist. He was a watchmaker, invented
Moody's Sage Brush Liniment, and repaired guns and pistols. He also did taxonomy and pulled teeth. Dr. Moody had one daughter, Miss Opal Moody.
Dr. Moody was known as a storyteller. One story, as reported by
Fairfield's Pioneer History of Lassen County goes like this: "While in
Rhode Island he was one day soling shoes on a wager. When trimming the sole
of the last shoe his knife slipped and cut off the forefinger of his
left hand as clean as a whistle. Being in too big a hurry to pay much
attention to any little thing like that, he picked up the finger and
laid it on a shelf close at hand. When he had finished his work he stuck
the finger back on his hand with some shoemaker's wax. In conclusion
the doctor would tell that it grew right on again and was as good as
ever, and, holding out his finger to prove it, would say 'and you can't
even see the scar' - and you couldn't."
Another story goes as follows: "In 1862 a man named William Fox had
been threatening to find Dr. Moody and shoot him on sight for a reason
we do not know. Instead Dr. Moody found him first, shot him, then tended
to his wounds! From then on Mr. Fox left him alone."
Cook, Fred S., Legends of Lassen County.
Fairfield, Asa. Fairfield's Pioneer History of Lassen County, California. San Francisco. 1916
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