By Robert S. Newdick
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I wondered whether Mrs. Newdick had retained her husband's work on the contemplated biography. Opening an old address book, we found not only the address but the telephone number in Columbus, Ohio. She answered the phone! And, consequently, Dr. Sutton got in touch with her immediately on his return West. Mrs. Newdick's cooperation and interest were of the greatest benefit. As a result, Newdick's Season of Frost is herewith published. Dr. Sutton is, indeed, fortunate in having added one more revealing insight into my father's complex life, particularly since it covers a period not so well knownthat is, the years between 1934 and 1940.
They were married in West Union on November 6, I838 and shortly afterwards went on to Cincinnati. Then in 1840 they came north to settle permanently in Columbus. There Thomas Moodie gradually established himself as a respected member of the communitya prosperous banker, an elder in the Presbyterian church, and the father of nine children, four of whom, Euphemia, Jeanie, Frances, and Florence, grew to maturity. Meanwhile, the sea had continued to take its toll of the Moodies in Scotland. One it had taken was Thomas Moodie's nephew, Thomas, only son of his widowed brother, John.
Resulted in the Exclusion Bill of 1879, and a number of his wiser adherents were active that same year in the Constitution-al Convention. Robert's own direct recollections, extraordinarily clear and accurate, began about the time of the adoption of the new Constitution on May 17, 1879, which was also the year his father lost heavily in California's last great stock market flurry. And of course he heard stories of the Spanish and English explorers who had coasted the land in the sixteenth century, of the Franciscan monks who had established missions there in the eighteenth century, of the acquisition of the territory by the United States in 1846-7 through war with Mexico, of the discovery of gold in 1848, of the subsequent rush of the forty-niners, and of the statehood granted in 1850.