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Cedar County Historical Society



 September, 2013-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes


Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips, Judi Cain and Secretary Nancy Smith.  Ken Potts was also present.

The Minutes and the Treasurer’s and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  The Goodmans reported on having the museum open on Saturday, September 7.  Nichols will have it open for the last regular time this year on Saturday, October 5.  Smith pointed out that a new “Wish List” had been posted which included three items that the society will soon need.  L. Phipps took care of one of the items.

At the October meeting, Phillips will present 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.  The public is invited to attend.

The Publication Committee has finished Lyceum Series:  Cedar County and the Civil War and is busy printing copies to sell at the Black Walnut Festival.  Early Days in Cedar County, by F. M. Williams, is at the printer and will also be available.  Members set the sales prices for both publications.  Members also agreed to give a copy of each, as well as one copy each of any future publications, to the Greene County Archives for its Cedar County section.

Regarding the reprinting of Early Days in Cedar County, Smith clarified the society’s rights when reprinting a publication that’s in the public domain.  The society does not own the copyright to the publication.  Therefore, any person or group could do the same as the society has done—copy the publication and sell copies for its own benefit without obtaining anyone’s permission.

In order to redeem our 2013 $30 certificate from Best Choice, Smith will need members’ Best Choice barcodes by the November meeting.  With Summer Fresh closing in El Dorado Springs, it’s no longer necessary to save grocery receipts.

The work schedule for keeping the booth and museum open during the Black Walnut Festival was circulated.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps us pay our winter expenses.  All volunteers are greatly appreciated.  Smith will pick up our festival packet from the Chamber of Commerce when it’s available.

Member Phil Barber has notified us that the society’s Building Fund will receive the proceeds from this year’s Griffith-Fox Tennis Tournament on Saturday, September 28, at the Ray Fox Memorial Tennis Court.  S. Potts will attend the tournament to extend our appreciation to the players for participating in the tournament.

Smith will soon receive applications for booths at the craft sales at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in November and Korth Senior Center in December.  Members voted to participate in both sales.  Besides publications and crocheted cowls, we will also sell homemade candy and baked goods at the Korth Senior Center.

Nichols has researched the books Phillips recently purchased at an auction and brought to the last meeting.  It has still unknown what these books were used for.

The Shady Hill Club will hold its monthly meeting in the museum on Wednesday, October 9.  Members also voted to allow the club to hold a meeting in the museum annually for as long as they wish to do so.

The Cedar County Assessor, Chad Pyle, wants to donate several old maps and blueprints which his office no longer uses to the society.  One “surprise” among these items is either a set of blueprints of the original 1867 courthouse or blueprints of later renovations of the 1867 courthouse.  The Missouri State Archives has been contacted and is interested in preserving and duplicating these blueprints for us in return for copies for its collection.

Other recent donations are a school desk from Sand Hill School from Cain and a real estate abstract of title and two Stockton School yearbooks from Betty L. Smith.  Also, Smith has learned that a parlor wood stove once belonging to the Allison family of El Dorado Springs might be available for donation to the society.  Members voted to accept the donation if that is the case.

The meeting adjourned.

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, October 19, 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.