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Cedar County Historical Society


 June, 2014-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes

Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Luella Phipps, Judi Cain, Chris Barber, Rachel McGuire, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.

 Note:  Next month’s annual meeting and election of officers will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 28, in the museum.  Members will then have dinner at The Red Barn.  Dues will be payable for the 2014-2015 membership year.  There will not be a meeting on Saturday, July 19.

 The Minutes and Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports for April and May were approved as read.  (The May meeting was canceled for lack of quorum.)  We’ve also received our new Missouri State Sales Tax Exemption Certificate.

 The Publication Committee has decided to forego assembling a calendar at this time.  Smith is working on the text for the Pocket Park sign and Cedar County’s portion of the upcoming Missouri Sheriffs’ Association book.  We also need to make more copies of our “’New’ Map of Cedar County, MO--1897,” and “Lyceum Series:  Bear Creek, MO” to sell.  Nichols reported that she’d been updated on the current status of the restoration and preservation of our maps and blueprints by the State Archives.

 Tom A. Rafiner’s April 22 program at the Geneva Sharp Library was well attended.  Our booth at the 9th of June Jerico Springs Picnic on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, and our annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, were both successful.  We thank Marge Gannaway and Bob Neuman for their donations to the garage sale and the Jerico Springs community for their hospitality.

 Barber and Nichols reported on having the museum open on Saturday, May 3, and Saturday, June 7, respectively.  There were several visitors, some of whom purchased books.  Nichols will have the museum open on Saturday, July 5.

 Several years ago, the Neale family donated many items to CCHS which included an antique key that was labeled as being from the Dade County Jail.  We’ve asked for and received permission from the donors to pass this key on to the Dade County Historical Society.

 During last month’s meeting, members made a rough draft of a list of requirements for anyone wanting to use our 1889 jail stones.  This was done in anticipation of loaning some of these stones to the Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce for a “Pocket Park” on the southeast corner of the Stockton Square.  Since the meeting, SACC has agreed to our requirements, we’ve agreed to their requirements and a formal loan agreement has been signed and notarized by both parties.

 In the past, the City of Stockton has discussed using some of our jail stones for as many as three welcome signs to be located at three of the four city limits boundaries.  Upon hearing that CCHS was negotiating with SACC, Alderman Greg Fidler approached Smith on the city’s behalf and was told about the list of requirements for using our stones.  The matter was discussed at the next Board of Aldermen meeting; and the City wants full ownership of any stones used which CCHS members will not agree to.  (It should be noted that, in the time period they have been discussing using our jail stones, the City has never presented CCHS with any kind of design plan or even an estimate of how many stones they would want to use.)

 Circuit Clerk Melinda Gumm has notified Nichols that some of the new microfilm of old Circuit Court records has been received  by her office and is available for research.  However, since the microfilm reader is located in the courtroom, researchers wishing to use the reader should call her office ahead to reserve a time when the courtroom is not occupied.

 Smith requested members to keep and donate to our archives any political items they receive this year.  Any business advertising objects would also be welcomed.

 We’ll again have a table inside the Wayside Inn during the El Dorado Springs Picnic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 17, 18 and 19.  A work schedule will be circulated a couple of weeks before the event.  Members also voted to go ahead and pay our booth fee for this year’s Black Walnut Festival.

 Long-time member and officer, Doris Cotten, has died.  Members voted to make a donation to our Building Fund in her memory.

 Members discussed the current situation concerning Caplinger Mills and its upkeep.  Although CCHS has been asked to take over care of the bridge and surrounding area, members unanimously agreed that CCHS doesn’t want to have anything to do with such a project.

 Lastly, members assembled a list of officer candidates for the election at July’s annual meeting.

 Donations during the past two months include a section of jail bars from the 1889 Cedar County Jail, two antique iron fence posts and eight real estate abstracts of title from Sandra Moore; a Ruby Red “Souvenir of Cedar Springs, MO, cup, a 1937 Filley Quadrangle map, a copy of “A History of the Baptists in Missouri” by R. S. Duncan (1883), a copy of “Tall Tales from the Sage of Cane Hill” by Leland Fox, a copy of “Rosters of Polk & Cedar County Men Eligible to Serve in the Missouri Militia 1865, published by the Polk County Genealogical Society, a copy of the July 26, 1917, issue of “El Dorado Springs News” listing the Cedar County Draft List, a souvenir Jerico Springs postcard and various research materials from Gene Walden; a photograph of the September 15, 1921, meeting of Group 8 of the Missouri Bankers Association held in El Dorado Springs, and two commemorative plates showing the Stockton Town Spring and the 1867-1939 Cedar County Courthouse and a partial copy of 1908 Atlas & Plat Book of Cedar County, MO from Neale and Fran Johnson; two tile blocks from the recently demolished Mt. Olive School, also known as Lick Skillet, from Estella and Harry Madden; a circa 1950 Webster’s Elementary Dictionary used at Bear Creek School from Barber; two photos of Ira McBride, former Stockton Superintendent of Schools, from Smith; and personal photos, newspaper clippings, a certificate of appreciation, photo postcards of the 1912 Stockton Basketball Team and Roy York and other World War I soldiers, and a 1924 photograph of the Cedar County Jersey Breeders Association Booster Trip participants, all having belonged to Gorda Preston, the first female Cedar County Postmaster, from Carolyn Roberts.

 The meeting adjourned.

 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