Written By Connie Maupin

The Cedar County Historical Society met on Monday, August 30 at the museum in Stockton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the monthly reports were approved.

Bob Phillips gave a very interesting talk about his school years at the Bear Creek school, the old rock school building, built in 1937, just west of the village of Bear Creek. Bob brought two “Stockton Key” year books and two group photos from the Bear Creek School. One photo was a group of the boys on the merry-go-round in the school yard in 1956. Bob said the boys always brought their toy guns to play with during recess.

Society information is now online with the Missouri Tourism Department at www.visit.mo.com. Treasurer Anna Hopkins has filed the annual registration report to the Missouri Secretary of State.

The National Archives has partnered with Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com and Fold-3, who are all affiliated with Ancestry. The State Historical Society of Missouri has partnered with Newspapers.com, so you will need to register with a password to get free newspaper articles.

The Shady Hill Club now has approval to hold their monthly meetings at the museum.

Anna Hopkins who has re-typed the “Arnica, In the Days of Yore” book and put it on a CD so Judy Nichols can add new photos. They plan to have it ready for the Walnut Festival.

More garage sale items are needed by Sept. 21 for the Walnut Festival on Sept. 23-24-25. Items need to be clean and usable; no clothing or shoes. Best Choice and Clearly Organic labels, along with used computer printer cartridges are also still being collected by the society.

Donations this month consist of books from Claud Hoffman, a pencil sketch on wood of the Missionary Baptist Church on South Street in Stockton drawn by Peggy Gardner Gannaway and donated by Nancy Culbertson. Culbertson also donated an “Easter Tidings” church book. Ellis Benham donated a comb binder for use in binding society publications. Luella Phipps donated a page from a 1945 edition of the Cedar County Republican with pictures of the men of Cedar County who died in WWII.

NOTICE: The Cedar County Historical Society will only be able to provide minimal research or look-ups for patrons. They will no longer be able to fulfill requests for research or genealogy searches due to lack of available staff. However, the museum research library is still open for those wishing to complete their own research. They can also suggest other resources, libraries and internet sites. Society publications, that contain a multitude of information, are always available for purchase.

The next meeting will be Sept. 27, 2021, in the Stockton museum at 106 West Davis Street. Meetings are open to the public. Masks are appreciated, but not required. For information, appointments or purchase of publications, contact the society at 417-276-1142. Contact the Society by email at cedarcomohistsoc@gmail.com or by mail at P.O. Box 111, Stockton, MO 65785.