The Moody Brothers

Arkansas City, Kansas


George Dwight Moody              Art Dauphin              Ralph Emery Moody


Thirty Years Ago

          Out at 326 N. Sixth St., there is located a garage that you hear a lot about but which to the few who visit the interior is disclosed as the best equipped in this part of the state.  It is presided over by G. E. Moody, who owned and operated the first garage in Arkansas City located in the 100 block of North Summit about where Pack’s Café now is.  His sons, Dwight and Ralph are active in the management of the Moody Garage today and they do everything from the smallest adjustment to building a car.  The Moody family is known far and wide as being skilled mechanically and that they have made a success of their trade is evidenced by their prosperity.

Arkansas City Daily Traveler – July 31, 1956



An unidentified child sits in a midget that was one of several race cars built by brothers Dwight and Ralph Moody in their garage and machine shop at Arkansas City, Kansas from the 1920s through the 1950s – Norman Moody collection



Thomas R. “Tommy” Coggins is shown here in a Moody brothers built midget that was owned by his father, Burrell L. Coggins (1908-1981) of Geuda Springs, Kansas.  The name “C&M Special” referred to “Coggins and Moody”.  The float was for the annual Arkalalah parade at Arkansas City, Kansas – Marvin Thompson collection



Thirty Years Ago

          Roy Hume of the Security National Bank, with the aid of Dwight Moody, has about completed building a small racing car which the builders hope will develop a speed of 70 miles or better.  Features of the car include a rebored Chevrolet block, Ford transmission, axles 13½ inches above the ground, the engine hung four inches lower; 90 inch wheel base, single seat, and weight about 1,000 pounds.  Roy Rinehart will pilot this entry in the Fourth of July races at Cushing (Oklahoma) for which a capital prize of $1,500 is offered by the Cushing Chamber of Commerce.

Arkansas City Daily Traveler – June 24, 1955




Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City, Kansas – Bob Lawrence photos




Dwight Moody

The death of Dwight Moody removed from the scene one of a team of real artisans.  Dwight and Ralph operated a machine shop for a long time and their establishment had character.  Many of us who depend on machines to earn our daily bread looked to the Moody brothers to fix anything that broke.  It has been a comfort to know that a welding job which needed skill and precision could get attention from these men.  A visit with Dwight was always rewarding.  While Dwight and Ralph were not on the beaten path where they could spend time downtown, they were interested in the city.  The Moody brothers have always been members of the Chamber of Commerce. Dwight will be missed by many of us, but we can look to Ralph to carry on.

Arkansas City Daily Traveler – 1965



Humble Beginnings

(Robert J. Eaton, Chairman and CEO of Daimler-Chrysler Corp. 1993-2000)

Mr. Eaton's folksy, pragmatic approach stems from his roots in the small town of Arkansas City, Kansas, near the Oklahoma border, where he returned recently to speak at the high school graduation.  The son of a railroad worker and a beautician, Mr. Eaton delivered newspapers, worked at Montgomery Ward, and spent his spare time hanging out at Bay's junkyard and Moody's Machine Shop, two Arkansas City mainstays.  At age 11*, he bought his first car, a Chevrolet for $10.00 and spent another $15.00 to make it run.  He studied engineering at the University of Kansas because he loved cars, and he landed a job at was the only company he chose to interview with.

Wall Street Journal – October 4, 1993


* In a story in the November 15, 1998 issue of the Detroit News claims that Eaton purchased his first car, “a dilapidated 1932 Ford” at the age of 9 and that he had owned 10 cars and 12 motorcycles by the time he finished high school.