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Cedar County Historical Society



October, 2012-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes



Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.


The Minutes and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  There has been no change in the location of the Hartley safe; and the Stockton Library’s donation of the 1991 to 2010 issues of “The Cedar County Republican” still needs to be moved to the museum.  Smith reported that she’d mailed in the Best Choice barcodes for redemption.  L. Phipps said the check for our July SummerFresh receipts has still not arrived.


Options for next year’s programs were discussed including the 150th anniversary of the burning of the courthouse, Cedar County during the Civil War in general, a mountain man re-enactor, a loom and weaving demonstration, individual presentations on various communities of Cedar County and a tour of Hulston Mill in Dade County.  The Shady Hill Club has also approached us about having a temporary display in the museum next year.


Our activities during the Black Walnut Festival were discussed including our having approximately sixty visitors to the museum during festival week.  Kim Goodman of Schell City was the winner of the Building Fund Raffle quilt.


B. Goodman reported that we have permission to look at and scan two boxes of the local American Legion’s old documents.  We will then return the original documents to the Legion.


We’ve received our order of ten copies of Goodspeed’s 1889 History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties from LCN Graphics, L.L.C.


After discussion, honorary membership was awarded to long-time member, Patsy Barnes.  Members also want to thank Jack Roy for his generous review of our society and museum in the September 26th installment of his newspaper column, “Cane Hill Musings.”


When we started a Building Fund a few years ago, we voted to put certain types of our income in either the society’s regular checking account or in the Building Fund account.  After discussion, members decided to put all income into the regular checking account for the time being.


Members then completed the booth work schedule for the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Craft Sale on Saturday, November 10.  Besides our publications, we will have crocheted cowls and custom birdseed mix for sale.  At the Korth Senior Center Craft Sale on Saturday, December 1, we will also have baked goods for sale.


We’ve had two donations to the museum this month.  The first, a circa 1915 Wagner Ware griddle was donated by Floyd White.  The griddle was manufactured in Sidney, Ohio, and purchased in West Virginia.  It accompanied White’s maternal grandparents from that state to California and finally to Cedar County.  Hammons Products made the second donation—a copy of their book, A 20th Century Photo Album of the Black Walnut People Hammons Products Company From 1945 Through 1999.


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, November 17, 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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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