Trade shops to be restored as part of sesquicentennial

Two buildings - the George Christian Riser cobbler shop and the Sylvester B.Stoddard home and tinsmith shop - are being rebuilt as part of Nauvoo's sesquicentennial this year.

Nationally prominent craftsmen are assisting in the reconstructions.The cobbler shop, incorrectly listed in recent news releases as the A. Hamer Reiser cobbler shop, is being reconstructed to the 1845 period with authentic period furnishings, tools and footwear. It will reflect the business atmosphere of the time.

Donald L. Enders of the Church Historical Department said Riser was born in Kornwesthime, Wertenberg, Germany, in 1818, and immigrated with his family to America.

In Nauvoo, after hearing the Prophet Joseph Smith speak, Riser and his wife were baptized in the icy Mississippi River on Dec. 12, 1841.

Riser built a boot and shoe shop on Main Street in Nauvoo. His products were well-constructed and offered at modest prices, often for produce.

The Stoddard family was among the economically elite of Nauvoo. The family's home and shop will be rebuilt with furnishings, tools and equipment appropriate to the mid-1840s, Enders said. The shop will look as if the tinsmith had just left it.

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