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Cedar County Historical Society


March, 2014-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Judi Cain, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.


The Minutes and Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  Smith has submitted the application to renew our Missouri state sales tax exemption; and the new lease for 2014 to 2019 is awaiting signatures.  The terms in the old and new leases are identical.


On Saturday, April 5, we’ll have our museum open to the public for the first time in 2014.  After that, it will be open on the first Saturday of each month through October.  Hours will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Other times to tour the museum may be arranged by contacting an officer.


Plans are still underway for Tom Rafiner’s Civil War program at the Geneva Sharp Library on Tuesday evening, April 22, at 7:00 p.m.  More details will be forthcoming.


The Publication Committee—Snow, Nichols, Smith and Chris Barber—met with Marilyn Ellis of the “Cedar County Republican” on Friday, March 7, to discuss our proposed 2015 calendar.  Printing quotes are ready but won’t be picked up until next Monday.  Our work on the calendar should be completed before July.


Nichols confirmed with the Missouri State Archives that a CD containing scans of all three of the conservation and preservation projects will be furnished free of charge when the projects are finished.  As of this meeting, we’ve not received a condition report from them on the courthouse blueprints.


Several people generously chose to commemorate the life of our long-time member, Murle Phipps, with donations to the society.  At L. Phipps’ request, these will be deposited into our savings account for the time being.


We have a few items that are suitable to sell as scrap metal.  Members voted to do so.


Superior Gearbox has contacted us about donating their empty ink cartridges for our recycling fundraising.  We thank them for thinking of us.



Our annual garage sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10.  Members and others may bring their sale items, except clothing, to the April meeting.  After that, items may be delivered to 601 South Street through Wednesday, May 7.  Call Smith (276-3469) beforehand to set up a time for delivery.  The work schedule will be available at the April meeting.


Donations this past month include Murle Phipps’ Smith-Corona electric typewriter from L. Phipps; a photograph of the German Lutheran Church at Jerico Springs and the blueprints and preliminary drawings of St. Andrew Lutheran Church from Barber.


Several interesting items were displayed and discussed during the Show-and-Tell portion of the meeting—an original land patent to her ancestor, Solomon T. Rolston, a photograph of Rolston and his first wife, and her Missouri Century Farm plaque by Phipps; a book entitled “The Traveling Court” by Wiley Britton, which contains an account of a Mrs. Young of Washington Township and her efforts to obtain a widow’s military pension by Phillips; a 1995 oil painting of the Caplinger Mills bridge, a copy of the minutes from the 1953 meeting of Shady Hill community members where they voted to sell the Shady Hill Schoolhouse, and copies of the original 1874 land patent and a Missouri Century Farm certificate, both for the land they live on, by the Goodmans; the 5th grade “Art Book” done by her father, Charles Emery Wales, when he attended Stony Point School by Nichols; and copies of the 1848 marriage record of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent and the 1957 death certificate of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Smith.  The meeting then adjourned.


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.


Our next meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, 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


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