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Cedar County Historical Society

January, 2014-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes

Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Geneva Sharp Library in Stockton.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Judi Cain, Chris Barber, Rachel McGuire, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Ken Potts was also present. 

The Minutes and Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  Other than printing more Lyceum Series booklets, the Publication Committee has been dormant this winter.  Our 2013 Best Choice barcodes were mailed in early December; but the check has not yet arrived. 

The Show-and-Tell program has been postponed until the March meeting.   Members should bring items with Cedar County genealogical or historical significance.  Also, we’ll be partnering with the Geneva Sharp Library on a program in April. 

As of mid-December, the courthouse blueprints and an 1898 technical drawing entitled “Profile of the Kansas City, El Dorado and Southern Railway” (a proposed 2.21 mile railroad from the Vernon/Cedar County line to West El Dorado) are at the Missouri State Archives for possible restoration and preservation. 

Members discussed a 1932 Cedar County School Districts map which the society wanted to get copied for display.  It appears that the technology needed to reproduce a map of this size and in its current condition is not available at this time. 

Laura Meckler, a reporter on changing American demographics for “The Wall Street Journal,” is planning to write articles about various counties across the United States and recently contacted Nichols for historical information.  The publication date is unknown at this time. 

After discussion about the unoccupied seat on the Board of Directors, members voted to add one Director-at-Large position to the Board as long as the empty seat on the regular Board of Directors remains unfilled.  This Director-at-Large will be an appointed, not elected, member of the Board of Directors and will have an equal vote on board decisions.  Cain volunteered to be the Director-at-Large and was appointed by Nichols. 

Our current five-year lease expires on March 31; and the process of preparation and signing of a new lease will be started soon. 

Attempting to better organize the museum’s storage room, Smith needs to get two wood pallets that have been cut in half to put under our boxes of books to help prevent damage in case of a water leak.  Phillips volunteered to do this.

Hedges presented her 2014 Raffle quilt, “Country Sunshine.”  This vivid queen-sized quilt will be on display in the museum until the Black Walnut Festival.  Tickets will be available at $1 each or six tickets for $5.  The winning ticket will be drawn on the Saturday evening of the festival.  You need not be present to win. 

Barber has found his grandmother’s copy of the 1948 Cherry Valley Club Cook Book and would like to find out more about the club’s members and activities.  Anyone who is willing to share any information should contact him or CCHS. 

The “Cedar County Republican” is planning an article on Cedar County churches and cemeteries, both active and inactive, which are over 100 years old and is soliciting photos of the same and short histories of each, if available.  All photos, if not shared already in digital form, will be scanned and returned to the owner.  CCHS is assisting by compiling a list of people who have photos as well as a list of the current caretakers or owners of these cemeteries or churches.  If you have photos, histories or names of people to contact you’re willing to share, please contact Smith by email or at 276-3469. 

Members enjoyed looking at the circa 1908 Stockton photo postcards published by Adolph Selige Publishing Company of St. Louis and recently donated by member Gene Walden.   

Other donations in the last two months include the cash register and other items from the Cane Hill General Store from Jennifer Robertson, daughter of the late Mary Catherine “Cathy” Bird; three framed photographs of the Haines family from Kathy Haines Hoffman on behalf of Terry Haines, Teresa Haines Kripp and Jay Haines; one copy each of “Harmony” Mission to Campbell’s Mill Road, compiled by Claud M. Hoffman, and “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine,” Volume XXXIV, No. CCL, February 1867, from the “Cedar County Republican”; an original copy of Goodspeed’s 1889 History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri from Phillips; and an anonymous donation for the annual garage sale.  Members thanked Barber and K. Potts for moving the Cane Hill General Store items to the museum. 

The meeting 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. 

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

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