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The Cedar County Historical Society has been in existence for more than 47 years. Through the years, society membership has grown and declined with the times. We currently are beginning to grow again and are restructuring, so you may have noticed some changes.

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The Cedar County Historical Society held its monthly meeting Monday, March 26, at the museum in Stockton. Present were president Judy Nichols, vice-president Judith Cain, secretary Connie Maupin, treasurer Shirley Potts, Anna Laura Hopkins, Marci Haralson, Kenneth Potts, Ellis Benham, Chris …

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The Cedar County Historical Society Museum, Stockton, will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Admission is free. The museum is at 106 W. Davis St.

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The Springfield Public School District was born in 1869. There were two schools; one for white students, and one for black students constructed in 1872 near the northwest corner of Washington and Central streets. In 1884, Drury College made a deal to acquire the latter building in exchange f…

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The Cedar County Historical Society held its monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 26, at the museum in Stockton. 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 Phil…

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Learning to write on Springfield's Big Chief or 50/50 tablets

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At Tauria, Ruby Maples held a pie supper in the fall and it made a lot of money she could use to pay for the upcoming Christmas program. She was able to buy material for the students' costumes, candles, decorations and had enough left over to buy a Christmas gift for each student.

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Missouri battles the longhorns' Texas fever

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Longhorn cattle drives through the MOzarks

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Death ring conspiracy haunts the Osage

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When the steamboat Sultana headed upriver from Vicksburg on the night of April 24, 1865, with Emanuel Yeisley and the rest of its vastly overloaded cargo of released prisoners of war, it was steaming toward the worst maritime disaster in American waters.

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From hell on the land to hell on the river

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These two people were both born in Springfield. The man was known both locally and nationally in the entertainment field, while the woman made her mark on local television, and they were in-laws.

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One of the most famous of all bronc riders and rodeo clowns had many connections to the MOzarks. His name was Louis Burton Lindley Jr., but you may remember him by his rodeo and acting name of Slim Pickens.

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Actress, inventor, a tragic ending

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By 1912, Florence Lawrence was being hailed in newspaper articles as “Everybody’s favorite, the most popular girl in moving pictures.” That was also the year her career took another turn when she and her husband made a deal with their old boss, Carl Laemmle and formed their own movie company…

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When Florence Lawrence was fired by Biograph Studios, they immediately began to pass off another unknown actress as The Biograph Girl, but the movie-going public were not be fooled. They flooded them with letters and wrote letters to the fledgling movie magazines complaining about the switch…

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The first publicized appearance of an American movie star took place at Union Station in St. Louis March 25, 1910. We know it was the first of its kind because the movie star who made the appearance was without doubt America’s very first movie star.

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At Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, if you know where to look, you can find a most spectacular woodcarving over a century old. It is a huge lion in a cage all carved from one piece of wood which came from the massive trunk of a sycamore tree.

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The noted painter and artist from Springfield, Ralph Chesley Ott, seemed to have it made in 1910. He was being paid the princely sum of $10,000 a year as the director of Edward Gardner Lewis’ Art Institute at University City in St. Louis. Lewis had even paid for an expedition to Egypt so Ott…

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The last of the trio of forgotten artists from Springfield is Ralph Chesley Ott. He was born in Springfield June 24, 1871, to Eli and Mary (Cannefax) Ott, who were both from Switzerland. Eli was an attorney, probate judge and county clerk in Greene County. Mary was the daughter of Chesley Ca…

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The last of the trio of forgotten artists from Springfield is Ralph Chesley Ott. He was born in Springfield June 24, 1871, to Eli and Mary (Cannefax) Ott, who were both from Switzerland. Eli was an attorney, probate judge and county clerk in Greene County. Mary was the daughter of Chesley Ca…

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In the last century there were some amazing artists in the MOzarks, centered in and around Springfield, who left their mark on the MOzarks, but may not be remembered today by the average citizen.

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I recently ran across a postcard showing a large building identified on the back as the Administration Building, U.S. Federal Hospital For Defective Delinquents, Springfield, Missouri. The postcard was mailed from Carthage by the Carthage Marble Corporation and went on to say, “Carthage exte…

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In the aftermath of the horrific Greenlease Kidnapping, ex-con Carl Hall and his paramour, as she was described in a newspaper article, were tried and convicted. Both confessed and neither asked for leniency nor appealed their death sentence.

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Mobsters in the Mozarks and a car bombing at Table Rock 

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Do you know Cedar County has a historical society? Do you know the society maintains a museum? Do you know both are made possible by members who volunteer their time, and by donations from people like you? Do you get the feeling I am leading up to something? You would be correct. We need you…

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There were two brothers from Missouri, and one of the brother’s son, all with the surname of Beery, who had long and successful careers as actors. Their names are not household names today, but you may nevertheless recognize at least one of their faces.

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Grounds for murder in the Coffee Pot Tavern

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It rained hard the evening of Wednesday, July 7, 1909. In fact, the Springfield Weather Bureau reported the rain for that date broke the record for any rainfall since the bureau was established there in 1887. Over 6.5 inches of rain fell in a few hours. Three of those inches of rain fell bet…

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This year is the 80th annual Ozark Empire Fair. The very first Ozark Empire District Free Fair — as it was called then — was held in October 1937.

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This Missourian was a giant in all his chosen professions

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This fi rst installment of the 100-year column comes late, so it includes entries from January and February, 1916. The Cedar County Republican will select news items and articles from each week’s 1916 edition for a compilation to run in the last week’s issue of each month.

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The historic Phelps Grove Park of Springfield