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Cedar County Historical Society


July, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Members of the Cedar County Historical Society met at 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, for the annual potluck dinner, meeting and election of officers.  After a relaxing dinner, Vice President Judy Nichols called the annual meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Judi Cain, Bob Phillips, Chris Barber and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Visitors, Don Cain and Ken Potts, were also present.

 The Minutes and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  We were unable to redeem any Second Quarter Summer Fresh receipts because we’d only collected $18 of the $25 required to redeem them.  Third Quarter receipts are due on October 15.  Since taking over Summer Fresh, Pyramid Foods has changed the original “Helping Hand” program and added hurdles that make it more difficult for non-profits to participate.

 The Publication Committee is working on additional material to add to Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War.  We’ve acquired several photos of Civil War soldiers to include in the “Photo Gallery” portion of the booklet.  Any members or others who have photos of Cedar County soldiers, both Union and Confederate, which they are willing to share with us should 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.

 Richard F. Sunderwirth, author of The Burning of Osceola, Missouri, and weekly local history columnist for the “St. Clair County Courier,” will speak on Thursday evening, August 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the museum.  The 1863 Battle of Stockton will be the subject of another program, probably in October.  The public is welcome to attend both events.

 Selling several books and raffle tickets made it a successful weekend at this year’s El Dorado Springs Picnic.  We always enjoy working with the Preserve Our Past Society (P.O.P.S) each year.

 Snow and Smith gave a report on having the museum open on Saturday, July 6.  Cain will have the museum open on Saturday, August 3.

 Nichols presented her research on the price of a new tent.  Members decided not to purchase one at this time.  Smith will make any necessary repairs to our present tent.

 Through our website, Snow was contacted by a woman who wants to conduct a three-hour, one-time class on writing life stories and/or family histories for our members.   Prior to the meeting, Snow had emailed members asking if any were interested in such a class.  She only received one response; and there were no members present at the meeting who were interested.

 Member Glenda Pate notified us of the possibility of a grant available to pay the cost of a PowerPoint program on tombstone restoration and preservation presented by York Cemetery Services of Clarksburg, MO.

 Snow recently received a query about locating a small cemetery close to the St. Clair County line which we do not have in our cemetery directory.  The person requesting information thought this cemetery contained only a few standing tombstones at one time, maybe only two or three.  Anyone who thinks they might know of such a cemetery should contact Snow.

 We’re still searching for information on the Martha Chambers Emergency Hospital at 201 Hightower (1950’s house number) in El Dorado Springs which operated during the 1940’s and 1950’s.  We’ve acquired information on the life of Miss Chambers, a practical nurse, but would like to know more about the hospital itself.

 The county’s two County Farms is the current topic of discussion for the Facebook group, “History of Cedar County, MO.”  Facebook users should also check out two other groups--“You know you grew up in Stockton if  . . . “ and “You know you are from Jerico Springs when . . . ”

 Donations this past month include a monetary donation from Lake Stockton AARP Chapter #3709; an original and a copy of the book, Early Days in Cedar County, from Gene Walden; and a 2012 P.O.P.S. Christmas ornament, an El Dorado Springs postcard and assorted political campaign items from Smith.

 The Society ended the 2012-2013 membership year with 18 life members, 3 honorary members, 38 regular members and 2 regular members that are groups.

 Member Luella Phipps does not want to fill the vacant position on the Board of Directors at this time (see June Minutes for details).  Cain presented the updated list of candidates running for office for the 2013-2014 membership year.  The four current officers, Nichols, Smith, Snow and Hedges, were unopposed and were returned to office by members.  The office of President and the corresponding position of Director on the Board of Directors will remain vacant for another year.  The Director position normally held by the Past President will also be vacant.  The vice president will again preside at monthly meetings, sign documents and perform any duties required and approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. 

 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, August 17, 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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