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Cedar County Historical Society


April, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips, Gayle Teague, Linda Allen and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Ken Potts also attended.


The Minutes and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  Members collected $27 worth of Summer Fresh receipts to redeem this quarter.  Members also voted to pay our booth rental fee at this year’s Black Walnut Festival in order to secure our normal location.  The Goodmans reported on having the museum open on Saturday, April 6.  There has been no change in the location of the Hartley safe. 


The Publication Committee is still working on Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War.  Any members or others who have Civil War-era photos, documents, family traditions, etc. that they are willing to share with us to include in this booklet or for display in the museum’s pending Civil War exhibit should contact one of the officers.


Members and the public are invited to hear Claud Hoffman speak on the early trails in Cedar County on Saturday afternoon, May 18, at 1:00 p.m.  Richard F. Sunderwirth, author of The Burning of Osceola, Missouri, will speak on Thursday evening, August 15, at 7:00 p.m.  Both programs will be in the museum.  The 1863 Battle of Stockton will be the subject of another program this year.


Snow has finalized the sale of the Stockton Community Building tin ceiling panels; and they’ve been removed from the museum by the buyers.  Two bids were received.  The first was for $500 for 58 sheets from Jim Wainright.  The second bid, which was accepted, was $1,300 for 65 sheets from Randy and Paula Conduff.  Members voted to place the money in the savings account for the time being.


Providing refreshments for Jeff Patrick’s Wednesday, May 24, program on the Battle of Wilson Creek at the Geneva Sharp Library in Stockton was discussed.  The work schedule for the annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, was also circulated.  Snow will have the museum open on May 4.


Donations this month include twenty-six volumes of The Civil War published by Time-Life and copies of Civil War letters from Eldon Steward; two straight-edge razors once belonging to their father, Isaac Phipps, from L. and M. Phipps; a Royal portable manual typewriter from M. Phipps; four early 19th-century photos of Stockton from Mary Long; obituaries and photos to add to our Ruby Harris Platt Collection from Teague; three Stockton R-1 Schools yearbooks from the Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance; a bound photocopy of the 1908 book, Early Days in Cedar County, by F. M. Williams from Vernal and Sharyl Henry; two “Candidate’s Affidavits Under The Corrupt Practices Act,” one “Certificate of Election,” and one “Oath of Office,” for Charley Hubbard who was elected Cedar County Presiding Judge in 1942, all from Leo Lady; and a neon “Open” sign from Jane Zumwalt.


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.


The meeting adjourned.  Our next meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, in our museum 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 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment.  We also do 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

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