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Cedar County Historical Society


 November, 2011-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Hedges, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Norma Petty.


Minutes, Treasurer’s Reports and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  The Publication Committee is still working on Lyceum Series:  Bear Creek, MO and should have it finished soon.  Nichols solicited members’ photographs for inclusion in future booklets.  Also, we received a nice thank you note from Sandy Kicker, the winner of the Building Fund raffle quilt.


The program by Gary Ayres of the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans about the Civil War in southwest Missouri, as well as the purpose and activities of his organization, has been postponed until 2012.  More details will be available later.  The February program will be a member “Show and Tell” of historical and family items.  The public is invited to join us with their own items of interest.


Snow has spoken with Winter Skelton of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks about our endowment fund through the Stockton Community Foundation.  All paperwork has been completed; and the Pates’ check is ready.  For our records, Ms. Skelton informed Snow that the funds have been in this account long enough that the full balance could be returned to us and the fund closed if we wished, which we do not at this time.


A report was given on our booth at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church 4th Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 12.  We will also be participating in Stockton’s “A Living Christmas” by having a bake sale inside Johnson Insurance Agency on the square on Saturday, December 3, between the hours of 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.  Nancy Smith will be collecting the baked goods and candy on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, to label and price the items.  More volunteers to bake and work are needed.


Nichols displayed some of the items that are being donated to the society from the 1960’s Cold War M.A.S.H unit that had been stored in the El Dorado Springs Post Office basement as well as items from Bear Creek’s disbanded Fern Camp #10501 of the Royal Neighbors of America.  Both collections will be on display in the museum in 2012.


On Saturday, October 15, Nichols was invited to inspect a trail near Jerico Springs marked by a stone inscribed with what may be “O T.”  After consultation with Claud Hoffman and Bob Estes, all agreed that it probably was not a marker for the Orleans Trail.  Snow has also had a query about any petroglyphs around Jerico Springs.  Anyone with information should contact Snow.


Holly Mann has donated her father Bobby Drake’s copy of Stockton Dam and Reservoir (Presenting a Plan for Recreational Development), proposed by U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri, 1963, to the society.  After discussion, members voted that the Board of Directors can accept any future donations to the society at any time without a formal vote of the general membership providing there are no unusual circumstances or restrictions placed on the donation by the donor.  The membership will be informed of any donation at the next regular business meeting.


Members also approved giving away the remaining plastic stadium cups from our 2010 Census grant to any group that can use them.


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 until our next meeting at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 106 West Davis in Stockton.  There will be no December meeting.  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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and by special appointment.  We also perform 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