Members of the Cedar County Historical Society met at the Cedar County Museum in Stockton on April 24. Those present were: President Judy Nichols, Vice President Judith Cain, Treasurer Anna Hopkins, Ellis Benham, Bob Phillips, Virginia and Chris Barber.

Bob Phillips shared stories about Bear Creek (Paynterville) and it’s history. He exhibited a survey map and explained where residents had lived in the past when the town was thriving. He also discussed the old Baker Mill, located several miles north of Bear Creek, that is no longer in existence. Bob also passed-around old Phillips family photos from Bear Creek for members to enjoy.

Bob and Judy are still working on updating the “Bear Creek Lyceum” book by adding more historical photos and maps. They are also working on getting a color copy of an original Civil War Muster-In Roll that Judy has had for years and needed a copy made for the museum archives. It is in very delicate condition and is a large size.

Members shared information from the Civil War program, “The Civil and the Uncivil War,” given by Ken Draper, a Civil War historian, author and reenactor, on April 20th. Ken also displayed a large collection of Civil War period items and wore a Union officer’s uniform. Attendance was good and the program was enjoyable and informative.

Members were saddened by the passing of Chris Levi, wife of Don Levi and sister-in-law of Sharyl Henry (Vernal).

The new chairs purchased by the society were not what was advertised, so they were returned and credit has been received. Another type of chair will be ordered that will be more comfortable and durable.

Several members reported seeing the “Buffalo Soldiers” program at the Stockton Branch of the Cedar County Library and enjoyed it.

Judy read a “local items” newspaper article from a 1931 Stockton Journal that mentioned society member, Luella Phipps, when she was a child. She had gotten a large thorn in her foot and couldn’t get it removed at the time the story was written. In a later story, she was doing much better. Luella was unable to attend the meeting, due to an appointment, so the article will be given to her at a later date.

The society is still collecting Best Choice and Clearly Organic food labels and used printer cartridges as a fundraiser.

The little “Niche” store continues to grow, thanks to those who have generously donated items. Items donated MUST be clean and usable. Electrical items must be in working order. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Donations: An old abstract and Phillips Family photos and documents, by Bob Phillips; CD’s for archiving society documents, by Ellis Benham; a Vernon County Centennial book and Walker School book, by Linda Kay; some tiny vintage electronic boxes, by Judy Nichols.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 22, at 1 p.m. at the museum. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and 20, and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 22. Admission is always FREE. The museum is located at 106 West Davis St. in Stockton and meetings are open to the public. For information, appointments or to purchase publications call 417-276-1142, by email at on Facebook at “Cedar County Mo Historical Society” or by mail at P.O. Box 111, Stockton, MO 65785.