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Cedar County Historical Society


May, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.


The Minutes were approved as read.  Because of the Treasurer’s absence, there were no Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports.  A report was given on the museum’s being open on Saturday, May 4.  Nichols or Smith will have the museum open on June 1.  There has been no change in the location of the Hartley safe.


Richard F. Sunderwirth, author of The Burning of Osceola, Missouri, is still on the schedule to 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 Publication Committee is progressing 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.


Our participation with Jeff Patrick’s program on the Battle of Wilson Creek at the library on April 24 was discussed.  Work schedules for our postponed annual garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, as well as our booth at the Jerico Springs 9th of June Picnic were also completed.


We are getting low on copies of Caplinger Mills National Historic District, Second Edition, by member Bob Estes.  Nichols will contact him about purchasing additional copies.


Gifts this month included B. Goodman’s donation of the book, THE CHALLENGE TO LIBERTY, written by Herbert Hoover and once owned by E. G. Hoff and Smith’s donation of two volumes of Time-Life’s 1983 series on the Civil War to complete the set previously donated by Eldon Steward.  The meeting adjourned.


Members and others returned to the museum at 2:00 p.m. for Claud Hoffman’s program on “The Early Trails of Cedar County.”  The majority of his program was on the “Harmony Mission to Campbell’s Mill Road,” which entered Cedar County close to the northwest corner and exited on the south side of the county north of what would later be Arcola in Dade County.


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, June 15, 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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