by Judy Nichols

The Cedar County Historical Society meeting was held on June 15, at the museum in Stockton. Members present were: President Judy Nichols, Vice President Bob Phillips, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Sharyl Henry, Marcie Haralson, Chris Barber, Kenneth Potts and Dale Goodman. Secretary Connie Maupin was absent.

Judy Nichols reminded members that Leslie James, Field Archivist for the Mo. State Archives, will present a program “Prohibition in Cedar County” at the Aug. 17 meeting in the museum. Leslie has been researching probate records for several years in Cedar County and has compiled a lot of interesting information.

Bob Phillips continued his story about the first settlers in the Bear Creek community in Cedar County. He will continue the story at the next meeting.

It was decided that Clayton Abbott’s book, Historical Sketches of Cedar County, will be available for sale at $20. It is the companion book to Missouri History in Cedar County, by Abbott and Lewis B. Hoff that sells for $25.

Our annual meeting and election was set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 31, at the museum. We will have a pot-luck supper followed by a short business meeting and election of officers.

Inventory of photos on display at the Cedar County Courthouse and the contents of the safe deposit box will be done before the annual meeting. The 1908 Cedar County plat books have had the map pages reprinted and are for sale again. The price of $20 per book was retained.

Volunteers to work at the Wayside Inn Museum during the El Dorado Springs Picnic were reviewed. Judy Nichols, Glenda Pate, Marcie Haralson, Bob Phillips and Chris Miller will be working with the Preserve Our Past Society. Judy Nichols will check to see if the annex building next to the museum, housing school memorabilia, will be open during the Picnic.

Our society member, Luella Phipps, a longtime Cedar County school teacher, has donated some items for their current project. Two members of the society donated the cost of two new signs advertising the museum. One is to be placed on the wall next to Stockton Martial Arts, on the west side of the square. Another is to be placed below our sign on the back side of the Zumwalt block, stating that there is a museum on the northwest corner of the block.

Volunteers signed-up to work at the museum on July 5 and July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a by-laws meeting on Monday, June 26, at 1 p.m. at the museum. Members interested in bringing the by-laws to a current status are encouraged to attend the meeting. The by-laws will be ratified at that meeting. There is an ongoing discussion about changing our meetings to the first or third Monday of the month at 1 p.m. so more current members can attend.

Chris Barber donated an Argus 8mm film projector with instructions and literature. Judy Nichols donated some old hinge pins that her father had given to her.

Please note that the next regular meeting that would normally be held on Thursday, July 20, has been changed to July 31 at 6 p.m. due to it being our annual meeting. It will be held in the museum at 106 West Davis St. in Stockton.

Our meetings are open to the public. Our museum hours are the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For information on our publications or to arrange an appointment to view the museum outside regular hours, call Judy at 417-276-7092 or Shirley at 417-276-3337. Contact us online at, email to or by mail at P.O. Box 111, Stockton, MO 65785.

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