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Cedar County Historical Society


June, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Judi Cain, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Visitor Rebecca Spencer was also present.


The Minutes and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports for the last two months were approved as read.  The money from the sale of the tin ceiling panels has been deposited in the savings account for the time being.  We’ve received our first quarter check (a total of $47--$27 from our receipts and an additional $20 from Pyramid Foods) for the Summer Fresh receipts we submitted.  Any Summer Fresh receipts that expire on July 15, 2013, should be given to Smith before July 13.


One of our Building Fund certificates of deposit will mature before the next regular meeting.  Members voted to have Snow renew this certificate for a period of time of her choosing depending on interest rates. 


The Publication Committee is progressing on Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War and has decided to have a soldier photo gallery at the end of the book.  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, 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.


Everyone attending Claud Hoffman’s May 18 program on “The Early Trails of Cedar County” found it very informative.  Mr. Hoffman has graciously offered us the publication rights to his book, Harmony Mission to Campbell’s Mill Road, in exchange for a charitable contribution to the High Hopes Cancer Support Group for each copy of the book we sell.  He will retain the copyright.  Members voted to accept his offer.


Nichols gave a report on having the museum open on Saturday, June 1.  The Phippses will have the museum open on Saturday, July 6.


We haven’t completed the transaction for obtaining more copies of Caplinger Mills National Historic District, Second Edition, by member Bob Estes.


Reports were given on our annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, and our booth at the Jerico Springs 9th of June Picnic.  Thanks to Debbie Worley for her contribution and the ladies of Jerico Springs for their assistance.


A work schedule for the El Dorado Springs Picnic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 18, 19 and 20, was circulated.  Again this year, we will partner with the Preserve Our Past Society (P.O.P.S.) and keep the Wayside Inn Museum open during the evening hours in return for our tables being inside the museum.


The condition of the tent we use for the Black Walnut Festival was discussed.  Smith will have to make a few repairs on the tent before the next festival.  The subject was tabled until Nichols can research prices for replacing the tent.


Spencer asked members if we had any information on the Martha Chambers Nursing Home/Hospital which operated in El Dorado Springs during the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Members gave Spencer several ideas for further research.


Snow has recently received a query from someone looking for 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 for more details.


Cain was appointed to assemble a list of candidates for our annual election in July.  Discussion followed on L. Phipps filling the vacant position on the Board of Directors which should be filled by the last past president of the society.  Phipps is usually consulted when the board has to address matters that come up between regular meetings; but she does not have a vote in any decisions.  To enable us to abide by our current bylaws and constitution, members agreed, and Phipps acquiesced, that she will be a candidate for President for the 2013-2014 membership year.  If she wins the election, she will be installed as President and then resign the position.  She will then be the last past president and automatically fill the vacant position on the board.  If there are no other candidates for president, that office will remain vacant for 2013-2014.


Donations this past month include a Jerico Springs Class of 1919 commencement announcement from Meryline “Mery” Kramer of Harrisonville, MO; a book of corporate records for the Stockton Industrial Development Corporation from the Stockton Chamber of Commerce; lengths of antique barbed wire from Lois Coffman; an office chair from Snow; three “A Living Christmas” glass ornaments,  a “Cedar County Republican” 10-year commemorative poster for the May 4, 2003, Stockton Tornado;  a Jerico Springs commemorative centennial plate and a variety of political candidates’ advertising items from Smith.


For anyone who is a member of the website, do you know there are at least three groups on Facebook about Cedar County history?  They are “You know you grew up in Stockton if  . . . ,“ “You know you are from Jerico Springs when . . .” and “History of Cedar County, MO.”  Recent discussion topics respectively include memorable Stockton residents; damage and deaths from the May 1, 1898, Jerico Springs tornado; and Sarah Gravely’s millinery shop on the southwest corner of Stockton’s South and Jackson Streets during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  You will also see a variety of interesting photos throughout each group page.


The meeting adjourned.


NOTE:  Our next meeting will be the ANNUAL MEETING and POTLUCK DINNER at 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, in our museum at 106 West Davis in Stockton.  Dues for the 2013-2014 membership year will be payable at that time.


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.


Anyone interested in Cedar County history and genealogy is welcome to 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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