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Cedar County Historical Society


July, 2011-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


With a delicious dinner awaiting members, President Glenda Pate called the annual meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011.  Members present were Pate, Vice President Judy Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Sharyl Henry, Pat Barnes, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.


After dinner, the business meeting started with the reading of the June Minutes, Treasurer’s Report and Building Fund Committee’s Report which members approved as read.  The Publication Committee has finished Lyceum Series:  El Dorado Springs, MO.   Lyceum Series:  Caplinger Mills, MO will be the next booklet in the series to be followed by booklets on Stockton and Bear Creek.


The U. S. Corps of Engineers program on the building of Stockton Dam and Lake will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20.  Watch for more details in local newspapers.


A report was given on our booth at the El Dorado Springs Picnic on July 21 through 23.   Because of the extreme heat, the lighter than usual attendance and our limited hours because of lack of volunteers, we did not do as well as we’d hoped.  The prizes for Building Fund raffle were not awarded because of poor participation.  We will save the wall hangings for a future raffle and return all money to participants by mail.  We again thank the Preserve Our Past Society and the Wayside Inn for their hospitality and look forward to working with them again next year.


L. Phipps and Snow will host a museum tour by members of the Cedar & Vernon County, MO, Genealogy Society on Tuesday, August 16.  The Goodmans will keep the museum open on Saturday, August 6.


The Preserve Our Past Society has donated two framed 1972 aerial photos of Stockton, one framed 1972 aerial photo of Caplinger Mills and several books on El Dorado Springs and Cedar County.  Phipps also brought additional items to add to Florence Tyler’s donation of memorabilia of her late brother-in-law, Army Master Sergeant Robert Lee Wadley, and his military career.  Both were approved.


Members acknowledged the death of Marguerite Brandom, longtime member and secretary.


Because of their issues with what she calls “the direction the society is going” and their not wanting “to be associated with whatever happens in the future,” Pate requested a motion and second from the floor to remove her and her husband Gene Pate’s names from all legal and financial records, except for those of the Stockton Community Foundation, and to be issued a written waiver in the minutes from all legal or financial liability of the society effective on this date.  She is also resigning from all committees but wishes to retain publication of the quarterly newsletter.  She will be attending few, if any, future meetings and will limit her volunteering.  The members agreed to the issuance of such a waiver of liability providing it was legally feasible and/or binding.  Any member wishing to do so may listen to the full recording of these minutes by contacting Smith.


Phillips passed ballots for the election of officers for the new year.  As stated above, Pate will not run again.  Four of the five current officers, Nichols, Smith, Snow and Hedges, were unopposed for election and were returned to office by members.  The office of President and the corresponding Board of Directors position will remain vacant for the time being.  The vice president will preside at monthly meetings, sign documents and perform any duties required and approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.


In recognition of their longstanding membership and outstanding volunteerism to the society, the Board of Directors presented certificates of appreciation to Murle Phipps and Barbara Goodman.  A third certificate will be forwarded to Peter Nichols who was not present.



Members are reminded that dues are now payable for the 2011-2012 membership year.


The 31st Annual Ozarks Genealogical Society Conference will be held in Springfield on September 23 and 24.  Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, the featured speaker, specializes in Virginia/West Virginia genealogy, finding female ancestors, using manuscript records, land platting and problem solving.  Contact OGS ( for more details.


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, August 20, 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


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