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Cutler, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnes), 1891-1968



  • Existence: 1891 - 1968

Biographical History

Arthur B. Cutler (1891-1968) son of Thomas R. Cutler and Julia Barnes. Served a mission in Japan during the years 1912-1915. Married three times and had one daughter, Bonnie Jean Cutler Daly.

Arthur Barnes Cutler was born January 8, 1891 in Oakland, Alameda County, California to Thomas R. Cutler and Julia Barnes. Julia was Thomas' second wife, and by the time Arthur was born, polygamy had already been outlawed. Arthur was therefore born in the "polygamist underground." His mother died while she was still young, and Arthur was raised by Laura Cutler, Thomas' first wife.

Arthur grew up in Salt Lake City. His family was well-off, as his father was then working in the booming sugar industry. In September of 1912, Arthur was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. He had many wonderful experiences during his time in Japan, which were recorded in journals and letters. During most of 1914, Elder Cutler served as mission secretary. He was then transferred in September 1914 to be the conference president in Osaka. Only a few short months later though, he became very ill. On April 17, 1915, he had surgery to remove a "tubercular ulcer" from his breast. His recovery was not as anyone had hoped because he was released as a missionary on May 27, 1915. This was sad news to a devout missionary who had planned on staying until 1916-1917.

Not much is known of Arthur Cutler's life after he returned home from his mission until he married Ivie Mitchell in Salt Lake City on June 27, 1917. He and Ivie dated for several years before they were married in a civil ceremony by Bishop Jacob Mauss, Bishop of the Waterloo Ward, Arthur's home ward. There is some evidence in Church genealogical records that Ivie may have been married before and that is why they waited so long and were married civilly rather than in a temple. Their marriage was short-lived as Ivie died of typhoid on July 14, 1917, just three short weeks after their wedding day.

Arthur was devastated by Ivie's sudden death. Ivie had captured Arthur's heart before he left on his mission and had kept a firm grip on it throughout his life. After she died, Arthur stored memorabilia of her and small scraps of their brief marriage in a small wooden box. Later in life, his daughter would see him going through the box reminiscing about the good times.

In 1917, following Ivie's death, Arthur joined the United States Army and fought in World War I. He returned from the War in 1919, having served in France. Not long after Arthur returned, he married Vilate Daly on November 26, 1919. Eventually, the couple would make their home in Los Angeles, California. They had a daughter together, Bonnie Jean, who was born July 21, 1925. Bonnie Jean would be the only child Arthur ever had. Arthur's marriage to Vilate Daly ended in divorce.

After the divorce, Arthur returned to Salt Lake City to work as a finish carpenter. Years later, he would marry a third time to Ellen Cannon on July 2, 1944. The couple made a home in Salt Lake City and lived happily until Arthur's death on February 13, 1968. The years preceding his death were spent teaching grandchildren how to build birdhouses and fishing up the canyon near his home.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Arthur B. Cutler mission diary other material, 1912-1917

 Series — Box 1: Series 1 [Barcode: 31197232481835]
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains mission diary and papers of Arthur Cutler while he was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from October 17, 1912 to May 27, 1915. Includes a map of Japan, government documents, Cutler's mission call and minister's certificate, correspondence with Japanese friends, mission buddies, and his mission president, copies of talks, poetry, his mission release, travel meal cards and menus, passenger lists, telegrams and receipts, postcards, and a...
Dates: 1912-1917

Arthur B. Cutler photograph album, 1912-1913

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 4
Scope and Contents note

Album of images of Japan, Cutler's arrival, baptisms, Japanese soldiers and dancers, Tokyo, missionaries, school children, homes, festivals and celebrations, silk factories, rice fields, Buddhist priests, etc. Box 3 contains originals of photos from box 2 (series 2-4).

Dates: 1912-1913

Arthur B. Cutler snapshots, 1913-1914

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 3
Scope and Contents note

Contains 137 images of Japanese people (interacting with missionaries, in daily life, in cultural activities, etc.), Cutler and other missionaries, the country itself, major cities, marketplaces and landmarks, and the mission presidency.

Dates: 1913-1914

Arthur B. Cutler studio portraits, 1913-1915

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279 Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Contains 21 studio portraits of Cutler, his Japanese friends and mission buddies, and his mission president and wife.

Dates: 1913-1915

Arthur B. Cutler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2279

Contains a diary, correspondence, government documents, mission calls and releases, photographs, and a photo album has been organized into three boxes. The first box contains the diary and papers of Arther Cutler. The second box contains photocopies of photographs and the photo album. The third box contains the original photographs and photo album of the collection. Additionally, the photographs have been separated into three series: studio portraits, snapshots, and photo album.

Dates: 1910-1968

Additional filters:

Archival Object 4
Collection 1
Diaries 2
Japan -- Photographs 2
Latter Day Saint churches -- Missions -- Japan 2
Latter Day Saint missionaries -- Japan 2
Latter Day Saint missionaries -- Japan -- Photographs 2