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Cedar County Historical Society



 April, 2014-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Judi Cain, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Phyllis Hombaker, Linda Allen, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Mary Norell, Mark and Dana LaMair, Robert Hombaker and Ken Potts also attended.


The Minutes and Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  Our 2014 to 2019 building lease has been signed by all parties.  The museum’s hot water heater developed a leak recently.  Since we seldom used it in order to save on utilities, it has been removed and won’t be replaced at this time.  D. Goodman volunteered to pick up the empty printer cartridges at Superior Gearbox once a month. 


The Publication Committee has received price quotes from the “Cedar County Republican” for our proposed 2015 calendar.  The committee must complete the layouts before July.


Tom A. Rafiner’s program at the Geneva Sharp Library is scheduled for this Tuesday evening, April 22, at 7:00 p.m.  He will also have his books for sale; and Phipps, Snow and B. Goodman will provide refreshments.  The public is invited to attend.


Nichols reported there’d been no further communication this month with the State Archives on the restoration and preservation of the maps and blueprints.


Smith reported on having the museum open on Saturday, April 5.  There were several visitors, some of whom bought books.  Linda Wagner, who is active in the effort to restore the Cedar Bluff/Wagoner Schoolhouse, brought us a storyboard to display in the museum.  Barber will have the museum open on Saturday, May 3.


A few months ago, Laura Meckler, a reporter on changing American demographics for “The Wall Street Journal,” contacted Nichols requesting information on Cedar County for an upcoming article she was writing.  The article has since been published and was about economic and social comparisons between El Dorado Springs and Kansas City.


The work schedule was passed for our annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10.  Members and others should bring their sale items, except clothing, to 601 South Street in Stockton through Wednesday, May 7.  Call Smith (276-3469) beforehand to set up a time for delivery.


Mary Norell, Director of the Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce, then addressed members.  SACC currently leases an approximately 35’ x 60’ tract off the southeast corner of the Stockton Square from Stockton Development Corporation.  On this tract, the Chamber wants to develop a “Pocket Park” and is asking to use some of our jail stones to delineate the edges of this space.  Mark LaMair, sculptor and artist, presented a preliminary sketch of this project on which the local Master Gardeners are also participating.  Members asked questions and voiced their concerns about loaning the stones to this project.  LaMair’s work can be viewed on his website at


We have been approached by others wanting to use our stones.  After Norell and the LaMairs left, members compiled a standardized list of requirements that must be met before we consider any group’s proposal for using our stones.  Members also authorized the Board of Directors to make any decisions concerning the “Pocket Park” that might arise before the next meeting.


Since our last meeting, a long-time member, Col. Meredith E. “Tut” Hendricks, and a former member and officer, Ezell Goodwin, have died.  Members voted to transfer money to our Building Fund in their memory.


CCHS’s Bylaws and Constitution allow for the appointment of a Museum Curator whose term lasts until another Curator is appointed, a position that has been vacant for several years.  Snow nominated and members approved appointing Nichols to that position.


This year’s annual meeting is currently scheduled for Monday evening, July 28.  We normally have both the potluck dinner and the business meeting in the museum.  Members discussed and agreed to eat at a local restaurant and then come back to the museum for the meeting this year.


Tom H. and Lana Sue Jones have wanted to donate a heavy glass display case formerly owned by Eldon Steward to the museum but have been unable to get it moved from their basement to Stockton.  Vernal Henry undertook the project; and the case is now in the museum.  In consideration of this, members voted to give the Joneses and the Henrys one year’s honorary membership to the society.  CCHS also wants to thank Marlon Collins and Chad Pyle for their assistance in getting the case inside the museum.


Other donations this month include a digital copy of a 1940’s photo of the Stockton Community Building and Park from Sue Whistance; a framed photograph of the USS Kermit Roosevelt ARG 16 from Eldon Steward; a copy of the book, “A Traveling Court (Based on Investigation of War Claims), Volume XIII,” written by Wiley Britton and reprinted by the Greene County Archives and Records Center, from Phillips; and a two-door cabinet for the Cane Hill Store display and a wood table from Nichols.


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 17, 2014, 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