by Judy Judy Nichols
A delicious soup lunch was enjoyed by members and visitors while they listened to a replay of an interesting program presented in 2011 by Ezell Goodwin, “Some Backdoor History of Stockton.” Chris Barber presented the current program from a digital voice recording that he made of the Ezell’s original program that was presented at the museum. Unfortunately, Ezell passed away in 2016 or he would have many more stories to tell.
Members present were: President Judy Nichols, Vice President Judith Cain, Secretary Connie Maupin, Treasurer Anna Hopkins, Luella Phipps, Sharyl Henry, Vernal Henry, Noble King, Virginia Barber, Chris Barber and Bob Phillips. Visitors were: Eddie Johnson and Carl Reeves.
Construction of the Veterans Memorial Park at the Visitors Center near the Stockton Dam is progressing nicely and should be completed soon. There will be a dedication ceremony on Armed Forces Day, May 21, at 9:45 a.m. The public is invited. The society donated many of the old 1888 jail stones for the project.
Kelly C. Sartorius, Ph.D., Director of Advancement, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will be presenting a program on pioneer women during the Civil War along the Mo-Kan line. The program is scheduled for Monday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the museum in Stockton. An “RSVP” is required for the program due to available space. Please reply by May 20, via e-mail at or call 417-276-1142 to reserve a seat.
Members discussed funding for the alarm system upgrade before proceeding with a contract and installation of the 5G LTE, Atronic Alarm module. It must be LTE to work with their network. Members voted to go ahead and pay for the upgrade to be installed this summer.
The Niche is growing nicely, but items are still needed for the White Elephant Sale during the Walnut Festival on Sept. 23 and 24. Items donated MUST be clean and usable. Electrical items must be in working order. No clothing or shoes will be accepted unless they are still in the package or have the original labels on them. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Donations: Claud Hoffman donated his latest book, “Part Number 17A, an update to the original, “Part 17,” and numerous items to be used for the White Elephant Sale.
The next meeting will be Monday, May 23, at 1 p.m. at the museum in Stockton. It has changed, due to the program schedule and the fact that Memorial Day falls on a regular meeting date. The museum will commence summer hours and will open on Monday, May 7. Open dates will be the first and third Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and during monthly meetings on the last Monday of the month (excluding May) from 1 to 4 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and free coffee is always available. For information, appointments or purchase of publications, call 417-276-1142, e-mail or by mail at P.O. Box 111, Stockton, MO 65785.