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Cedar County Historical Society



 February, 2014-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Judi Cain, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Visitor Marci Haralson was also present.

 The Minutes were approved as read.  Since the Treasurer was absent, there were no Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports.  Phillips delivered the wood pallets to the museum; and we’ve received the check for our 2013 Best Choice barcodes as well as the check from the Griffith-Fox Tennis Tournament.  We continue to collect empty printer ink cartridges for fundraising.

 We’ll have a Show-and-Tell program at the March meeting.  Members should bring items with Cedar County genealogical or historical significance.  We’ll also be partnering with the Geneva Sharp Library on a Civil War program by Tom Rafiner on Tuesday evening, April 22, at 7:00 p.m.

 Nichols has received the condition report on the 1898 technical drawing, “Profile of the Kansas City, El Dorado and Southern Railway,” from the Missouri State Archives which is agreeable with the members.  The report doesn’t include the Archives making a CD copy of the drawing for us when they scan the original.  Nichols will contact them and ask about the CD.  If the society has to pay for the CD, members approved a payment of up to $5.00 for the same.  As of this meeting, the Archives hasn’t contacted us about the courthouse blueprints.

 After discussion, members agreed to work with the “Cedar County Republican” to print a 2015 calendar.  The society will choose the photos, newspaper clippings, etc. for each month; and the newspaper will sell advertising and arrange for printing the calendar.  After expenses are deducted, we and the newspaper will divide any profits.  Because of our booth events schedule, we would need to have our part done and off to the newspaper for printing in time to sell the calendars at the El Dorado Springs Picnic in July.

Donations this past month include records, photos and other memorabilia from the former Lake Stockton Chapter #3709 of American Association of Retired Persons, Inc.; a chair from the Freedom Missionary Baptist Church from Phil Barber; assorted 1935 through 1962 newspapers from the “Cedar County Republican”; assorted Odd Fellows and Rebekahs records from Phillips; a photo of Nichols’ own painting of the back side of Sand Hill School by Nichols; and copies of Delbert Taylor’s transcription of some Liberty Church records from D. Goodman.  The meeting adjourned. 

Since our February meeting, CCHS has lost one of its long-time members.  Murle Phipps, we’ll miss your gentle disposition and your smiling face. 

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, March 15, 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