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Cedar County Historical Society



 September, 2012-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


               The September 15 meeting of the Cedar County Historical Society opened with a program given by Bob Hendrickson, retired College of the Ozarks professor, on water-powered mills in the Ozarks.  With the aid of assorted slides, Hendrickson led members through the history of these mills in this area from the basic water mills of early settlements through the introduction of steam engines and roller mills.  Early settlements had to locate on or near reliable sources of water; and where you found water and people, a mill to grind grain was soon established.


After the program and a short intermission, Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order.  Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Gayle Teague, Jack Roy, Linda Allen, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Three visitors were also present—Ken Potts and Bob and Ginger Hendrickson.


The June Minutes were approved without a formal reading; and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved after reading.  We’ve received the Preserve Our Past Society’s reimbursement check for this year’s space at the El Dorado Springs Picnic.  We’ve also heard from members Luella and Murle Phipps who tell us they’re both on the mend.


Options for upcoming programs were discussed.  It is possible that Claud Hoffman will be available for the afternoon of Saturday, November 17, to give his presentation on the trails of Cedar County.  Nichols will contact him for confirmation.


D. Goodman has transferred the jail bars to the museum.  These bars were not original to the jail but rather some of the bars replaced on the jail before the Stockton tornado.  We do have a smaller set of the original bars.  There has been no change in the location of the Hartley safe.


The Stockton Library’s 1991 to 2010 issues of “The Cedar County Republican” have still not been moved to the museum.


D. Goodman has not learned anything more about the local American Legion’s old records on veterans and the chapter’s activities which may be about to be disposed of.  Phillips commented that the American Legion might also have the old G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) records.


Lalan Cole of LCN Graphics, L.L.C., has provided us with a very satisfactory quote on reprinting 1908 Atlas & Plat Book of Cedar County, MO.


Nichols reported on the museum being open on Saturday, September 1.  The Goodmans will have it open on Saturday, October 6, the last regularly scheduled open day for this year, other than during the Black Walnut Festival.  Stockton Elementary School has made appointments for two class tours on Monday, September 24, and Thursday, September 27.  Anyone else wanting to schedule a museum visit or research time this winter should contact Kay Snow (276-3443) or Smith (276-3469).


Members completed museum and booth work schedules and discussed final preparations for the Black Walnut Festival.


The Shady Hill Club had their September meeting in the museum; and we thank them for their donation to the society.


Having a bake sale around the holidays was discussed; but nothing definite was decided.  We will have a booth at a couple of local holiday events.  Members are invited to submit other fundraising ideas that we might consider.


J. D. Stephens has loaned the society several old documents and papers that we will scan for our records.  Smith told members that she’ll be donating several items to the museum in the next few months including collectible glassware and items once belonging to Mabel Willett, Viola Robison and Velma Thornton.


Members are again reminded that dues are payable for the 2012-2013 membership year.  If you can’t remember if you’ve already paid, contact Smith.  If dues are not paid by Saturday, October 13, you will not receive the October newsletter.


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, October 20, 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