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Launius and Thatcher, Differing Visions, p.160

In late 1836 or early 1837 the Cutlers and Shermans moved to northern [p.161] Ray County to be near Saints gathered in Missouri, where they farmed along the Crooked River. Cutler may have constructed a bridge and mill on the Grand River around Richmond.7 "When the cornerstones were laid for the [Far West] Temple on that Fourth of July, 1838, Alpheus Cutler was ordained by President Smith to be the 'chief architect and master workman of all God's holy houses'."8 As a result of violence against the Mormons on October 27, 1838, the Cutlers lost their farms and crops in Missouri. [ footnote:  9 For details, see Sylvia Cutler Webb, "Autobiography of Sylvia Cutler Webb," Saints Herald, March 24, 1913, 289-93; Emma L. Anderson, "Autobiography of Emma Lacine Anderson," July 20, 1920, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Library-Archives, Independence, Mo. ] They moved to Commerce, Illinois (later renamed Nauvoo), selected homesites, and established farms in 1839. In April Cutler and the Mormon leadership slipped back to Missouri, when he laid the foundation for a temple at Far West, an event that marked Cutler's rise to prominence.


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