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Cedar County Historical Society


March, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Vice President Judy Nichols called the first monthly meeting of 2013 to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Ken Potts also attended.  (Note:  The January and February meetings were canceled because of bad weather.)


The December Minutes were approved without a formal reading; and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved after reading.  Snow reported that two certificates of deposit had matured in the past two months and that they had been combined into one new 3-year certificate of deposit.


We will be partnering with the Geneva Sharp Library in Stockton on a program about the Battle of Wilson Creek given by Jeff Patrick, a Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Park Ranger and author of the book, Campaigning for Wilson Creek.  The tentative date for the program is Wednesday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.  Refreshments will also be served.


Claud Hoffman may be available in May to give his presentation on the trails of Cedar County.  The 1863 Battle of Stockton will be the subject of another upcoming 2013 program. 


The Publication Committee has started work on Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War.  Any members or others who have Civil War-era photos, documents, family traditions, etc. that they are willing to share with us to include in this booklet or for display in the museum’s pending Civil War exhibit should contact one of the officers.


Snow reported that she’d finished moving the 1991 to 2010 issues of “The Cedar County Republican” from the library to the museum.  Member Norma Petty has also sent her two volumes of 2011 and 2012 obituaries she’d compiled.  There has been no change in the location of the Hartley safe. 


Smith reported that all of our checks from collecting Summer Fresh receipts and Best Choice barcodes have arrived and that we’ve collected about forty empty printer ink cartridges from members and non-members to recycle for fundraising.  Summer Fresh/Pricecutter has a revised “Helping Hand” program so members should save any receipt with “$1 Helping Hand Reward” printed at the top.


Our booth at the Korth Senior Center Craft Sale in December was very successful.  We sold several books as well as almost all of our baked goods, candy and crocheted cowls.


Members voted to have our annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4.  We will start accepting donated items at the April meeting.  After that, items can be delivered to Smith’s house at 601 South Street up to and including Wednesday, May 1. 


After discussion, members also voted to change the hours the museum and research area will be open to the public.  The new hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from April through October.   Other times, including those for school tours, can be scheduled by calling Nichols (276-7092), Snow (276-3443) or Smith (276-3469).  The Goodmans will have the museum open on Saturday, April 6.


We’re now soliciting bids to sell the original tin ceiling panels from the Stockton Community Building.  The society will keep six good panels and offer the remainder for sale.  Anyone wanting more information or to submit a bid should contact Nichols.


M. Phipps brought several of his childhood items he’s donating to the society—a charming toy barn set with figures, a child’s garden tool set, a “Johnson Makes The Team” comic book distributed by B. F. Goodrich and nine promotional children’s booklets published by the Samuel Lowe Company.


Other donations this winter include an antique handmade wood agitator for helping wash clothes from Lois Coffin; a sheet of letterhead from the Stockton Theatre and a fourth-grade arithmetic book from Caplinger School from Barber; a printer from the Cedar County Library District; and framed photos of four original watercolor paintings by Marlene Brining of “Barns of Cedar County” as well as two metal dress forms from Smith.  The Shady Hill Club has also loaned us their 2012 Friendship Quilt for display in the museum this year.


Hedges unveiled her “Walnut Daze” quilt for our 2013 quilt raffle fundraiser.  This autumn-toned reversible queen-size quilt measures 90”x110” and is suitable to use as a quilt or a bedspread.  It will be on display at the museum until the Black Walnut Festival in September.  Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and are available from now until the end of the festival.


            NOTE:  We will be having a spring museum dusting immediately after the April meeting.  Dust cloths will be provided.


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, April 20, 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).  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