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Cedar County Historical Society

 October, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Judi Cain, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.

 Before the meeting continued, Phillips presented a program on the Civil War Battle of Stockton on July 11, 1863, and the burning of the Cedar County Courthouse by General Jo Shelby and his men on October 5, 1863.  Especially interesting were family tales of their ancestors’ participation in the battles or in the war in general.  The Phippses ancestor, Isaac Phipps, was one of the men who desperately rode to warn Stockton of   Major Tom Livingston’s approach on July 11.

 The monthly meeting resumed.  The Minutes and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  Members voted to reimburse L. Phipps for a display case she purchased for our benefit at the Eldon Steward auction on October 5.

 The Publication Committee announced that Jack Roy has graciously given the society all rights to reprint his book, A History of the Pyle-Roy Mixer Co.  1929-1935. We are happy to add this to our publications.  Otherwise, the committee has been busy printing more copies of Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War and Lyceum Series:  Caplinger Mills, MO.  C. Barber has also reactivated the society’s page on Facebook.

 We will have another Show-and-Tell program at either the January or February meeting.  Members are urged to bring items with Cedar County significance.

 Members discussed our booth and having the museum open during the Black Walnut Festival.  Our two new publications were favorably received.  Jan Dwerlkotte was the winner of the raffle quilt.  Smith has mailed the Form 2360 for this event to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

 The John Griffith-Ray Fox Tennis Tournament officially ended Wednesday evening, October 16, at Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield.  The winners were Kenny John, First Place, and Steve Kastner, Second Place, both of Springfield.  Back draw winners (Losers’ Bracket) were Alex Wiley, First Place, of Springfield, and Young Lee, Second Place, of Willow Springs.  Our thanks go to member Phil Barber for all his work. 

Nichols reported on having the museum open on Saturday, October 5.  Although this was our last scheduled open day until Saturday, April 5, 2014, anyone wishing to see the museum or do research in the interim should contact one of the officers to make an appointment.

 Smith will be sending in this year’s Best Choice barcodes in late November and will need members’ barcodes by the November meeting.

 Members who are also members of the Shady Hill Club reported having an enjoyable meeting in the museum on Wednesday, October 9; and the society thanks them for their donation.  The club took back possession of their friendship quilt which they’d temporarily loaned to the society to display.

 Members who helped The Preserve Our Past Society at this year’s El Dorado Springs Picnic were invited to the annual P.O.P.S. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Monday evening, October 14, and enjoyed a delicious Mexican buffet. 

 Nichols has obtained quotes on reprinting Abbott and Hoff’s Missouri History in Cedar County but has realized she didn’t provide the printer with the correct number of pages contained in the book.  She will get revised quotes early next week.  Members voted for her to order 100 copies as long as the quote is under $12.00 per book and for the society to pay for the books from the regular checking account.

Research has revealed that the undated blueprints of the 1867 courthouse given to us by the county are not as old as first thought and are actually blueprints for replacing flooring, windows, etc. in the courthouse probably sometime between the years of 1905 and 1920.  However, these later blueprints provide a lot of information on the original structure.  More research to find a county court order that matches these renovations should allow us to definitively date the blueprints.  The Missouri State Archives is still interested in preserving and duplicating these blueprints for us in return for copies for its collection.

 The work schedule for our booth at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Craft Sale was circulated.

 A group has started fundraising towards the goal of repairing and preserving the Wagoner School.  Smith has offered them space in the museum next year for an exhibit on the history of the school.

Donations this month include several history books and Civil War research from Eldon Steward; a school bell once belonging to Velma Steward by L. Phipps; a china bowl from the Thad Achord store in Arcola from Stella Nieder; a painted wooden replica of the old jail by Mary Norell from the Goodmans; and an early 1800’s Borwick folding fleam bloodletter and five sets of metal shelves from C. Barber.

 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 16, 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