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Cedar County Historical Society



April, 2012-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Tammy Agee, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.


Minutes, Treasurer’s Reports and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  The Publication Committee is still working on Lyceum Series:  Bear Creek, MO.


At 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19, immediately before the regular business meeting, Jack Roy will be giving a program on the Pyle-Roy Mixer Company which was in business at Cane Hill between 1929 and 1935.  A program on the trails of Cedar County is tentatively on the schedule for the afternoon of Saturday, August 18.  More details will be announced as they become available.


Nichols has obtained quotes on encapsulating the centennial issue of “The El Dorado Springs Sun” as requested by Kenny Long.  At this time, members agreed to pursue other methods of making this newspaper more easily researchable.


Regarding cooperating with the Preserve Our Past Society (P.O.P.S.) during this year’s El Dorado Springs Picnic, Smith wondered if P.O.P.S. would be agreeable to allowing us to set up our tables and banner on the front porch of the Wayside Inn which would also allow us to help monitor museum visitors.  Nichols will contact P.O.P.S. to ask.


Smith will contact member Chris Barber about moving the Hartley Safe.  D. Goodman will return a set of the jail bars removed from the old jail/museum after the May 2003 tornado to the current museum.  Both the safe and the jail bars have been stored on Goodman’s property since soon after the tornado.  Members also agreed that the Secretary should continue to prepare an agenda for each meeting.


Members agreed to postpone the annual garage sale from the first weekend in May to Labor Day weekend and to go ahead and pay for our booth space at this year’s Black Walnut Festival.  Also, several articles, mainly books, have been donated to the society in the last month.


L. Phipps, also a member of Sac Osage Retired School Employees, described one of that group’s projects for this year—sorting, labeling, indexing and archivally storing El Dorado Springs’ historical photographs with the assistance of the Missouri State Archives.  They hope to have their part of the project done by the end of May at which time the photos will be delivered to Missouri State University for scanning.  Any donations for archival materials would be greatly appreciated.


One of our members, on behalf of another group she belongs to, has asked to again borrow our tent for one of that group’s activities.  Members are agreeable to this as long as the tent is returned to us in the same condition in which it was borrowed, including dried, folded and stored in its bag.  Any repair or replacement because of damage while in the borrower’s possession will be the expense of the borrower.  These conditions shall also apply to any other future requests.


Because of the length of the business meeting, Phillips’ presentation on Bear Creek was postponed until our June meeting.  The meeting then adjourned.


Our 352-page Cedar County, Missouri, History & Families, originally published in 1998, is out-of-print.  We are now maintaining a pre-publication list for people interested in being notified when we’re preparing to reprint this book.  Anyone wanting their name on that list should contact us with their address, telephone number and email address, if applicable.  This list will be for notification purposes only and will not be a commitment to purchase.


Our next meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at 106 West Davis in Stockton.  Anyone interested in Cedar County history and genealogy is welcome to attend and/or join the Society.  Annual dues are $10.00 (Individual), $20.00 (Family), and $75.00 (Life).  Our museum and research area are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month (April through October) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and by special appointment.  We also perform genealogical and historical research for $10.00 per hour.  Contact us online at, by email at, by mail at P. O. Box 111, Stockton, MO  65785, or by contacting any officer or member.


---Nancy Smith