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Cedar County Historical Society


August, 2011-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes

Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Hedges, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith along with visitors Josephine Routh and Kenneth Potts.
              The July Minutes were approved as read.  Because of the absence of the Treasurer, Kay Snow, there was no Treasurer’s Report or Building Fund Report.  Smith has recently mailed $120 worth of Best Choice barcodes for the benefit of the Building Fund.  The Publication Committee is currently working on
Lyceum Series:  Caplinger Mills, MO

On Saturday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m., Gary Ayres of the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will present a program on the Civil War in southwest Missouri as well as the purpose and activities of his organization.  This will be our last program of the year; and the public is invited.  More details will be available later. 

Stockton Mayor Patty Thompson has contacted Smith about the possibility of using some of our jail stones in up to three “Welcome to Stockton” signs at the south, east and west entrances of town.  The City will be sending us a letter with more details soon. 

The Goodmans opened the museum to the public on Saturday, August 6.  Barber and Nichols will do the same on Saturday, September 3. 

L. Phipps, Snow and Nichols hosted a museum tour by members of the Cedar & Vernon County, MO, Genealogy Society on Tuesday, August 16.  Twelve of their members toured the museum and had a little time to look through our research library. 

In order to remove member Glenda Pate’s name from all society financial records, most of the necessary documents with Liberty Bank and Edward Jones have been prepared.  Member Gene Pate’s name was not on any of the society’s financial records.  At the request of Liberty Bank, the Board of Directors held an online meeting on Wednesday, August 17, to vote on a more detailed motion about the name changes on these financial documents.  Smith reported that she’d also filed Form 126 Change of Registration Request with the Missouri Department of Revenue as well as the Annual Report with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. 

In preparation for the Black Walnut Festival, Nichols will complete decorating the museum soon.  A couple of new displays are planned.  The work schedules for our museum and booth will soon be circulated.  Anyone preferring to volunteer on a specific day or time should contact Smith as soon as possible. 

Members acknowledged the deaths of Rachel Owens, a longtime member, and Robert Essex, son of longtime members, Joe Ben and Norma Essex. 

Members approved the transfer of the Hartley safe from the Goodmans possession to Barber’s possession for inspection and possible repair.  Title to the safe will still be held by the society. 

Glenda Pate has contacted us about partnering with the Geneva Sharp Library on a Civil War Chautauqua tentatively scheduled for the evenings of October 24, 25, 27 and 28.  After discussion, members voted to decline this invitation. 

Members voted to add copies of our first three Lyceum Series booklets to our holdings at the Greene County Archives in Springfield. 

The meeting adjourned.  Members and several others returned at 2:00 p.m. for a program and video on the history of the construction of Stockton Dam and Lake presented by Brad Wright and Thad Cheaney of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Construction began in October 1963 with the result being a dam providing electric energy to the Southwest Power Administration and a 24,900-acre lake with 298 miles of shoreline providing an excellent destination for fishermen, campers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts. 

Time is running out to register to attend the 31st Annual Ozarks Genealogical Society Conference in Springfield on September 23 and 24.  Contact OGS ( for more details.

 Members are again reminded that dues are now payable for the 2011-2012 membership year.  If they are not paid by the October meeting, you will not receive the October newsletter. 

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, September 17, 2011, 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

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