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Cedar County Historical Society


August, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Judi Cain, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Also present was Ken Potts.


The Minutes were approved as read.  Because of the Treasurer’s absence, there were no Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports.  Smith has filed the Annual Report with the Secretary of State’s Office.  Cain reported having several visitors during the hours she had the museum open on Saturday, August 3.  Nichols will have it open on Saturday, September 7.


The Publication Committee has finished the text for Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War and is working on the photos of Civil War soldiers for the “Photo Gallery” portion of the booklet.  There is still time for members or others who have photos which they are willing to share with us to contact one of the officers.  The soldier should have either lived in Cedar County at the time of service or have lived and died in Cedar County after the war.  Photos will be scanned and then returned to the owner.  This booklet should be available for sale in time for the Black Walnut Festival.


Last Thursday evening’s program by Richard F. Sunderwirth on “The Burning of Osceola, Missouri,” was well received.  Attendees were even treated to a demonstration of playing spoons.


For anyone ready to sign up to volunteer to keep either the booth or the museum open during the Black Walnut Festival, Smith has the work schedule ready.


One original and two copies (made by one of the donors) of Early Days in Cedar County by F. M. Williams, 1908, have recently been donated to the society.  This book contains Mr. Williams’ childhood reminiscences of the old Cedar Church and surrounding area.  Smith has done an online search and found that this book has not been reprinted and its copyright is in the public domain.  After discussion, members voted to have Nichols obtain estimates on the cost of reprinting this book and, if an estimate was acceptable, for the Board of Directors to make any decisions necessary to facilitate getting the book reprinted in time for the Black Walnut Festival.


Nichols reported that Mark Rosenbaum picked up his father’s bound set of U. S. Geological Survey topographic maps which he had temporarily loaned the society to display.


Phillips displayed a book from the Bear Creek post office and several old records from the Stockton lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) and Rebekahs which he’d recently purchased at an auction.


This past month Barber donated two books—Appleton City Centennial—August 1970 (Souvenir Edition), published by The Printery and The Katy Railroad and the Last Frontier by V. V. Masterson—as well as a dual appliance truck probably from the Church and Neale Funeral Home.


NOTE:  Members are reminded that dues are now payable for the 2013-2014 membership year.  If they are not paid before 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.


The meeting adjourned.


Our next meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 21, 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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