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Cedar County Historical Society



February, 2012-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



            (Note:  The January 21 meeting was canceled because of possible bad weather.)


Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2012.  Present were members Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Hedges, Luella Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips, Glenda Pate, Pat Barnes, Bob White, Julie White, Tammy Agee and Secretary Nancy Smith, along with a visitor, Wyatt Pollard.


Minutes, Treasurer’s Reports and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  The Publication Committee is still working on Lyceum Series:  Bear Creek, MO.  Nichols has completed working on the photos; but Smith is looking for more text to add to the booklet.


Bob Phillips will be giving a presentation on Bear Creek immediately after the April 21 business meeting.  Other upcoming programs include Jack Roy’s presentation at the May meeting and Claude Hoffman’s at the August meeting.  More details on the latter two will be announced as they become available.


Snow reported that we’d done better than expected on our bake sale during Stockton’s “A Living Christmas” on December 3.  Members wish to thank Daisy Johnson for allowing us to have the sale inside Johnson Insurance Agency.  Since last year’s event was so poorly attended, Smith questioned changing any annual bake sale to another date and place.


Pate reported that the possible donations of a quilt frame and a flax spinning wheel were still pending.  Nichols reported on additional items we’ve received as a part of the 1960’s Cold War mobile M.A.S.H unit exhibit and her loan of items that belonged to her father, Charles Wales.  Smith reported on book donations from the Greene County Archives and the Polk County Genealogical Society as well as the purchase of an additional copy of Clayton Abbott’s “Historical Sketches of Cedar County.”  Snow has also purchased a snow shovel for the museum.


Kenny Long has donated a copy of the centennial issue of “The El Dorado Springs Sun” and would like us to preserve it in such a way that the public could use it for research.  The Polk County Genealogical Society has the equipment to encapsulate similar items; and Phillips will contact them to obtain a quote.


Pate introduced new member, Bob White, who has photographed and collected the histories of various historic buildings and other sites in Cedar County such as Wagoner, Gum Springs and Alder.  He brought with him his photo of the old Korth barn which once stood south of Stockton. Members suggested other sites that might also interest him.


Members discussed the donated ceiling panels from the Stockton Community Building and agreed to retain up to six good panels for the society and then sell the rest.


Discussion turned to again working with the Preserve Our Past Society (P.O.P.S.) during the El Dorado Springs Picnic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 19, 20 and 21.  Nichols will contact P.O.P.S. officers to obtain more details.


Members then presented an interesting “Show and Tell” of their historical and family items.  Barnes brought items from the Montgomery Club which she’s adding to the club’s previous donation to the Society.  B. Goodman displayed a box of feather crowns.  Smith brought a composite photograph of the Dalton Gang, four dead and one barely alive, after their 1892 attempt to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, KS.  Phillips brought some of his grandfather’s books.  Pate brought a May 7, 1971, issue of “The Joplin Globe” describing the tornado that had struck the night before.  Phipps brought a Griswold iron skillet lid.  D. Goodman brought three antique cigarette lighters and two match holders including one made from two shotgun shells.  Nichols ended with her father’s homemade sheet metal suitcase.


Last on the agenda was Hedges’ surprise presentation of a friendship quilt to the very stunned Phipps in honor of her many years of service to the society.  Members had signed the blocks; and Hedges had finished the quilt.  The meeting then adjourned. 


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.


(Note:  The March 17 meeting was canceled because of the absence of a quorum.)


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