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Cedar County Historical Society


August, 2012-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Also present were new members, Donnie and Linda Allen, and visitor, Josephine Routh.


Minutes, Treasurer’s Reports and Building Fund Committee’s Report were approved as read.  Smith also reported that she’d filed our 2012 Annual Registration Report with the Secretary of State’s Office.


Today’s program by Claud Hoffman on the trails of Cedar County has been postponed until a later date.  Bob Hendrickson will present a program on Ozarks water mills at our September 15 meeting.


The Publication Committee’s next project will be Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War.  Next year will be the 150th anniversary of the burning of the Stockton Courthouse.  While on this subject, the Goodmans mentioned that the local American Legion had boxes of old records on veterans and the local chapter’s activities.  In the next month, the Goodmans will advise the American Legion of our wish to either copy these old records or accept any records that they are going to dispose of.


Smith reported on the museum being open on Saturday, August 4.  Nichols will have it open on Saturday, September 1.  There have been no changes in the locations of the Hartley safe and the jail bars.  It was voted to postpone the garage sale until next spring; and members unanimously agreed to let the Shady Hill Club again have their September meeting at the museum.


After seeing a copy of the Cedar County portion of Goodspeed’s 1889 History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Lalan Cole of LCN Graphics, L.L.C. has revised his quote to reprint and bind the same.  Members voted to order ten copies at this time.  Soon we will need to get quotes on reprinting 1908 Atlas & Plat Book of Cedar County, MO.


Nichols has been notified that the Preserve Our Past Society’s Board of Directors has approved its paying the full booth rental cost for the El Dorado Springs Picnic this year and in future years in return for us assisting them to keep the Wayside Inn during the event.  They will also be joining us at our booth during the Black Walnut Festival.


Although we’ve not received any new donated items this month, two people have loaned items to display in the museum.  Neta Griffith is loaning several items--her grandmother Lucy Anna “Anna” Brubeck Clayton’s late 1800’s Household Sewing Machine made by Providence Tool Company, Providence, RI, two wooden crochet hooks, a small box that once contained R. Esterbrook Company Pens (sic--Pins) made in Camden, NJ, and her grandmother’s homemade bonnet.  Nichols is also loaning an early Tungar Battery Charger made by General Electric Company for radios with dry cell batteries.


Members are again reminded that dues are payable for the 2012-2013 membership year.  If you can’t remember if you’ve already paid, contact Smith.  If dues are not paid by Saturday, October 13, 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.


The meeting adjourned.  Our next meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 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 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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