BOOK REVIEWS


EARLY DAYS IN CEDAR COUNTY, by F. M. Williams, 1908, and reprinted 2013 by the Cedar County Historical Society, Inc.:

Williams’ memoirs start with a description of what Cedar County looked like in 1837 when he and his family settled in what would become the Cedar Church area of Cedar County.  He goes on to describe the settlement of the area, the local schools he attended, the operation of Lambertson's Store and the short-lived Cedar Mill and the formation of Cedar Church by Baptist preacher, Obadiah Smith, and others.  Also included in this publication are entries from a Lambertson's Store ledger and a transcription of
some of the earliest records of Cedar Church.

CAPLINGER HIGH SCHOOL, CAPLINGER MILLS, MISSOURI   1917-1940, (Third Printing), edited and published by Louis V. “Abb” Gannaway ($12.00): 
 

Caplinger Mills High School had its beginning in 1917 with the 9th and 10th grades being held in the local bank building.  By Fall 1918 parents and other citizens had organized, passed bonds and erected a new brick building.  Eventually the 11th and 12th grades were available before the school’s closing in 1942.  This book is the compilation of 140 replies to questionnaires sent to former students living all over the United States in the early 1970’s.  These replies include biographical information on the students, their memories of their high school lives, and many photographs of the school and general area. 
 
 

CAPLINGER MILLS NATIONAL HISTORICAL DISTRICT, (Second Edition with additions, 2009), by Bob Estes for the Caplinger Mills, Missouri, Bridge Preservation Society ($6.00):

 

Using the 1993 first edition as the basis of this 2009 edition, the author has added three pages of additional information and photographs obtained in the intervening sixteen years.

 

 
HISTORICAL TOURS OF CEDAR COUNTY, MISSOURI, published by the Cedar County Historical Society ($4.00): 
 

In 1976 the Cedar County Historical Society, in honor of our nation’s bicentennial, presented an eight-session lecture series about the early history of the county.  It was later decided to print these lectures in the form of a tour guide of the county.  This book of five driving tours is the result.  In addition to the historical information, each tour section includes a map with areas of discussion located and photographs of people and places associated with the tour. 
 
 
 

THE ERA OF THE ONE-ROOM RURAL SCHOOL IN CEDAR COUNTY, MISSOURI, (Second Edition), compiled by Jean Nipps Swaim ($20.00): 
 

The author, herself a native of the county and a retired teacher, traveled many miles and interviewed over 250 people compiling information on all the rural schools of Cedar County plus the Stockton Colored School in the southeast part of Stockton from about 1880 to 1905.  Besides many tributes to individual rural teachers, each school section includes information gleaned from public records, the interviews with  former students and neighbors and a list of the families whose children attended the school.  In the words of the author . . . “This book, if nothing else, is a memorial to the people of an era as they carried out the democratic ideal of an education for their children and for every child.”  Fully indexed. 
 
 

Goodspeed’s 1889 HISTORY OF HICKORY, POLK, CEDAR, DADE AND BARTON COUNTIES, MISSOURI  (Partial Reprint—Cedar County sections only), ($15.00):

 

Anyone doing U. S. genealogical or historical research has surely encountered at least one book of this monumental series by Goodspeed’s Publishing Company.  With chapter titles such as “Settlement and Early Affairs,” “Court Affairs” and “Military History,” this reprint covering Cedar County from its formation to the 1880’s contains 80 pages of history and 75 pages of biographical sketches.

 

1961 ATLAS OF CEDAR COUNTY, MISSOURI, originally published by Murphy Map Company now with 2009 STOCKTON LAKE OVERLAY added by Bob Estes (CD) (15.00):

This CD contains two (2) map images.  The first is a fully-detailed map of Cedar County in 1961 with all tracts of land labeled by owner and tract acreage.  The second is a portion of the same map—the area now covered by Stockton Lake.  Using Google Earth, member Bob Estes has superimposed the digital image of the current lake over the original map.  With both images, you have the ability to zoom in on any area in which you’re particularly interested as well as print any portion of either map.

 

PRINT FROM THE 1961 ATLAS OF CEDAR COUNTY, MO, published by Murphy Map Company with 2009 Overlay of Stockton Lake  ($5.00):

 

This 11” x 17” frameable print from our CD, which is also available for sale, is especially for the person whose family home and acreage were purchased by the U. S. Corps of Engineers for the construction of Stockton Lake in the late 1960’s.   Using Google Earth, member Bob Estes has superimposed the digital image of the current lake over the 1961 atlas map.  Landowners’ names and acreages, as well as roads and highways, are clearly visible through the transparent blue lake image.
 

STANDARD ATLAS OF CEDAR COUNTY, MISSOURI, (including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities and Townships of the County), compiled and published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1908 (Reprint) ($10.00): 
This book is the fifth in a series of reprints of county atlases undertaken by the Greene County Archives & Records Center, Springfield, Missouri.  Their goal is to reprint all such atlases from counties that comprise the original Greene County, Missouri, as established in 1833.  In addition to all the township maps and town plats, this book includes a “Patrons Reference Directory,” information on the U. S. Land Survey System, and photographs of some of the patrons, their homes and their businesses.  All landowners are indexed by section, township and range. 

 

ARNICA IN THE DAYS OF YORE 1882-1982, by Lorene Kenney Clayton ($2.50): 
Platted in 1882 as Fincastle Springs, also known as Arnica Springs, and finally as just Arnica, this once-bustling community once included three general stores, two churches, a drug store, a post office, a blacksmith shop, a mill, a school about ¾ mile northwest of town and several homes.  All of the businesses and most of the homes are now gone.  With the assistance of public records and her own and others’ memories, the author reconstructs her childhood hometown in our minds.  Loyal descendants of these townspeople and their rural neighbors, originally from VA, NC, SC, TN and KY, still meet in the park for their annual Arnica Picnic that was first organized in the late 1800’s. 
 
 

LETTERS OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE, by Dale G. Goodman ($12.00): 
This compilation follows one young man from Missouri through his military service in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict starting in May 1951 , when he reported to San Antonio, TX, and ending in May 1954, when he was discharged at Turner Air Force Base in Georgia.  Compiled and written to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary, it includes the 150+ letters he wrote home to his girlfriend and eventual wife, Barbara, as well as commentary on his military life stateside and abroad and many photographs. 
 
 
LIFE AND MEMORIES AT MY MISSOURI OZARK HOME PLACE, by Dale G. Goodman ($10.00): 
This autobiography of a Depression era boy growing up in a hard but simpler world is a tale of a family and what they did to survive and eventually prosper.  Beginning with a 6-year-old’s memories of his family of seven (three others would be born in Missouri) moving from Topeka, Kansas, to rural Cedar County in 1937, living first in a tent and two cars until a log cabin was built on their forty acres, it continues through his childhood, his family’s move to the “Big House” on a bluff on their new eighty acres of “good creek bottom land,” and on through his young adulthood.  His story and the included photographs detail a world of a father having to work in Alaska during World War II to support his family back home, planting anything they thought they could grow, eat and/or preserve, a “forty-acre outhouse” upgraded to a two-hole privy, one-room schoolhouses, hitching rides to town, fishing and swimming holes, “going out west” adventures, enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, and meeting his future wife when she was four years old. 
 
 
 

DIRECTORY OF LINDLEY PRAIRIE CEMETERY, CEDAR COUNTY, MISSOURI, by the Board of Directors of Lindley Prairie Cemetery ($10.00): 
The first permanent settlement in what would be Cedar County, MO, was established in 1832; and the county was officially organized in 1845.  Settlers to the Bear Creek/Paynterville area in the southeastern portion of the county began arriving between 1835 and 1840.  With a few legible tombstones from the 1840’s and several unreadable stones and many stone less depressions in the ground, especially in the northern part of the cemetery, it is reasonable to assume the area residents soon established this as a burial place for their loved ones several years before its official designation as a cemetery in 1854.  Unlike many rural cemeteries, the almost 26-acre Lindley Prairie Cemetery still enjoys active participation in its upkeep.  A portion of this effort has resulted in this book compiled in 1994.  The information on the deceased is arranged by the first letter of their surname and then each name has been assigned a section, a row number in that section, and a number within that row so that the grave location can be identified on the enclosed maps. 
 
 
 
CEDAR COUNTY CEMETERY BOOK, published by The Cedar County Historical Society ($35.00): 
This 2003 edition is the third and latest compilation of cemetery data for Cedar County.  For each of the 120 known cemeteries, the deceased are shown in alphabetical order accompanied by any other legible information from each tombstone.  Location information included with each cemetery, as well as a map section at the end of the book, helps the researcher physically find each cemetery.  Fully indexed. 
 
 

MISSOURI HISTORY IN CEDAR COUNTY, (2008 reprint), by Clayton Abbott and Lewis B. Hoff  ($20.00): 
Peppered with historical photographs, maps and plats, this 1971 book was the definitive source of Cedar County history for almost thirty years and remains a valuable resource for the genealogist and historian.  Written by Abbott, a teacher and civil service employee, with much of the research provided by Hoff, a lawyer, prosecuting attorney, judge and newspaper editor, both natives of the county, the contents of this book are taken from public records, old newspapers, interviews with “old timers,” and even from information obtained from the National Archives in Washington, DC.  This information covers a time period from the earliest settlers in the 1830’s to county events from the 1960’s.  One hundred sixty-one pages of biographies of many descendants of the early settlers comprise a separate section of this book.  Indexed. 
 
 
CEDAR COUNTY, MISSOURI, HISTORY & FAMILIES, written and compiled by The Cedar County Historical Society and published by Turner Publishing Company ($60.00): 
Following in the tradition of Abbott and Hoff’s 1971 MISSOURI HISTORY IN CEDAR COUNTY, this 341-page hardbound book continues and elaborates on the history of the county from the earliest known settlers in the 1830’s to events and residents of the late 1990’s.  Among others, expanded sections about the county’s country stores, towns and schools and Civil War history are of particular interest.  Modern printing methods have enabled the inclusion of many more photographs than contained in the earlier history book.  Over two hundred pages of this volume are family sketches, lineage information and photos from private contributors.  Fully indexed. 

 

FILIPINO LEGENDS—IGOROT FOLK TALES, (1976), by Clayton Abbott with sketches by Mark Rountree  ($8.00)

 

Known primarily for his books on the history of Cedar County, the late author wrote this book to document his first job after graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Spring 1926—eighteen months teaching the English language and culture at the Trinidad Agricultural School at Baguio in the northern Luzon of the Phillipine Islands.  It was less than thirty years after the execution of the Filipino hero, Jose Rizal, by the Spanish and during the middle of the period in which Filipinos were preparing themselves for independence.  His students were from all the sub-provinces—each of which had its own separate culture and different dialect.  As part of their homework, he asked his students to translate their native folktales into English.  Igorots had no written language; and before this time, their legends had been preserved by being handed down verbally from one generation to the next.  These forty-one stories are from those original manuscripts.  Limited supply.


 

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