Randolph in Rich County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
1 March 1807 - 2 September 1898
The term "God's Fisherman" referred to Wilford's prowess in his favorite pastime of fly-fishing (learned in England) and to his missionary work. As did Jesus’ apostles fish in waters, then become fishers of men, so did Bro. Woodruff; during his lifetime, he baptised 2,000 souls.
"Right" and "wrong" were his direction-finders throughout life, ever seeking truth and right. In Richland, NY, Wilford Woodruff was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 31 Dec. 1833; that day began his lifetime of total commitment to serve Jesus Christ.
Woodruff was associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith in Missouri and Illinois, and came to Utah with the 1847 pioneers. He served missions near and far, and was called as an Apostle in 1838. He was very industrious, carrying out every occupation
He was devoted to his families and totally unpretentious. He never quibbled or doubted — just did what was asked of him with no desire to be important.
Randolph, Utah was settled in 1870 and a year later Wilford moved one wife (Sarah Brown Woodruff) and family here, along with his older son Wilford and family. The two men built this house in 1872, in which both families lived. During residency here, the Apostle loved to fish and farm. His experiences were many in helping develop Randolph, but due to other responsibilities, he could not be here steadily. The Woodruff families left Randolph in 1876, but ownership of their homes did not pass to John Snowball until 1898.
Woodruff's latter years were devoted to business, farming, and church endeavors, such as temple service and laboring in the Church Historian's office; he traveled a great deal with Brigham Young.
President Young died in 1877; then John Taylor led the Church for a decade. Upon Taylor's death in 1887, Wilford Woodruff took up the reins and was sustained as Church President in 1889, at age 82 years.
Wilford Woodruff was truly "an Israelite in whom there [was] no guile." He died on a visit to San Francisco, Calif., age 92y, 6m, 1d, and is buried in Salt Lake City.
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Location. 41° 39.837′ N, 111° 11.11′ W. Marker is in Randolph, Utah, in Rich County. Marker is on South Main Street (Utah Route 16) north of West Park Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located near the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the Wilford Woodruff Home grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95 South Main Street, Randolph UT 84064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Randolph (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Randolph (a few steps from this marker); Chandler-Price Platen, Treadle Press (circa 1885) (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Randolph (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fur Traders Rendezvous (approx. 16.2 miles away).
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Also see . . . Wilford Woodruff (Wikipedia). Wilford Woodruff served as the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS (Submitted on May 10, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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