by Connie Maupin

The Cedar County Historical Society held their monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 26, in the museum in Stockton. Those in attendance were President Judy Nichols, Vice President Judith Cain, Secretary Connie Maupin, Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Sharyl Henry, Kenneth Potts, Chris Barber, Bob Phillips and Ellis Benham.

There has been no further update on Bob Estes’ location guide book to Cedar County cemeteries. We still hope to have it ready by early April. It will be a great resource for finding cemeteries for occasions, like Memorial weekend and other Holidays.

Ink cartridges still need to be wrapped for redemption. Also related to the ink cartridges, we appealed last month for the donation of small bubble variety bubble wrap and were rewarded by the appearance of a gentlemen with two boxes full from his recent move. He did not give us a name but we greatly appreciate his generosity.

The date for our White Elephant Sale and Fundraiser has been set as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 in the museum. Anyone still having items to donate, please contact Judy Nichols at 417/276-7092 by April 7. Please be sure all items are clean and in good condition. We will accept clothing only if still new in original packaging or retains original tags. We expect to have a large variety of items for sale and hope you will drop by and find a treasure or two for yourself. We will have the coffee pot on.

Glenda Pate reports she hopes to have the newsletter out by the middle of March. Glenda has been very busy directing both Cedar County Libraries and hasn’t had the opportunity to finalize the newsletter.

We are still in need of bottled water and 13 gallon tall kitchen trash bags and always need paper towels (we’re a messy bunch). Please purchase Best Buy products if possible. We redeem these labels to help raise funds for the Society.

Bob Phillips chose Thomas Jones, first Presiding Judge in Cedar County as the subject for his monthly five-minute talk. It was very interesting as always.

Material donations to the Society in February were:

Shirley Potts brought her yearly donation of a quilt to be raffled at the Walnut Festival for the benefit of the Society. She tells us it is called “Fidget Spinner” and it’s a beauty.

Claud Hoffman: Two books, “Gods Plan and Destiny, Story of My Life” Volumes 1 and 2 and his family genealogy research book.

Peggy Dawes: Family research, a photo of Fern School and two of Stony Point School with identification

An anonymous donation from Great Falls, MT, of four old pictorial post cards of El Dorado Springs.

Connie Maupin: A booklet, “Removal of Cemeteries of Dade and Cedar Counties in Missouri – Stockton Dam Project 1968”.

LaDena Bough: Wagner Cemetery records along with copies of death certificates provided by Glenda Pate.

The Society Book Review: “Caplinger High School, Caplinger Mills, Missouri 1917-1940” (Third Printing) edited and published by Louis V, “Abb” Gannaway in 1971. (114 Pages) The school had its beginning in 1917 with the 9th. and 10th. grades being held in the local Caplinger Bank building. By the fall school term of 1918 parents and other citizens had organized, passed bonds and erected a new brick building. Eventually, the 11th and 12th. grades were added. The school closed and was consolidated into the Stockton school district in 1942. This book is a compilation of stories given to Abb Gannaway by former students. In the early 1970’s a questionnaire was sent-out and 140 former students, living all over the United States, replied. These replies contain biographical information on the students, their memories of their high school days and many photographs of the school and general area. The book can be purchased for $18 or for $22 (which includes shipping and handling) by contacting the Society.

Beginning in April the museum will be open the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and as always, during our meetings on the last Monday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is free, however the Historical Society and museum are not tax funded and operate on donations from the public. Our next meeting will be March 26, 2018, at 1 p.m. in the museum at 106 West Davis Street in Stockton. Our meetings are open to the public and free coffee is provided. For information, appointments or to purchase our publications, call Judy at 417/276-7092 or Shirley at 417/276-3337. Contact us by email at, , on Facebook at “Cedar County MO Historical Society” or by mail at P.O. Box 111, Stockton, MO 65785.