P. O. Box 57    ------   2005 Hwy. 52

                          Tuscumbia, MO 65082

Email:  - -  573-369-3500

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                                                      July 2008


New Annual Members:

1.    Chet & Marilyn Zuck, 585 Woods Rd., Tuscumbia, MO 65082

2.    Kenny & Connie Wyrick, 39 Mt. Zion Rd., Tuscumbia, MO 65082

3.    Debbie Wiles, 150 Mulberry Rd., Iberia, MO 65486

4.    Monty & Brenda Laffon, 16 Badger Ridge, Tuscumbia, MO 65082

5.    Patricia Mazanec, 6955 Hillsland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109

6.    Kelly Hammack & Family, PO Box 383, Iberia, MO 65486

7.    Erma & Harley Johnson, 41368 Maries Rd., Dixon, MO 65459



New Life Members:

  1. Gregory Keeth, 265 Hwy. EE, Iberia, MO 65486

  2.  Sharon Delaloye, 985 Mont Cascades Dr., Rockwall, TX


  3. Carl E. Rutledge, 2217 Tanner Bridge Rd., Jeff City, MO



Change of Address:

1.    Anne Nixon, 121 W. 72nd St., New York City, NY 10023

2.    Remy Wagner, 406 Maupin Rd., Columbia, MO 65203




July Quarterly Meeting:

The July quarterly meeting of the society will be held on Sunday, July 13, at the museum building in Tuscumbia.  A pot luck dinner will be served at one p.m. and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and their own table service.




At the first quarterly meeting of 2008, held in April, the general membership elected new officers and 2 board members for the upcoming year.  Those elected included: President: Joe Pryor, Sunrise Beach; Vice President: Carl McDonald, Jefferson City; Secretary: Peggy Hake, St. Elizabeth; Treasurer: Betty Kallenbach, Eldon.  The new board members were Karen Wyrick Smith, of Eugene, elected for a 3 year term and Helen Schulte, Eldon, elected as an ad hoc/board member at large for an indefinite term.  Helen has been a member of the historical society for  many years and has given so much of her time and assistance in the success of the society and museum.   Other board members include Joe Cochran, Iberia; Judy Prince, Osage Beach; Jim Clark, Tuscumbia; Donna Carrender, Lake Ozark;  Jerome Brondel, Eldon; and Wanda Wright, Tuscumbia.  The museum director is Nancy Thompson of Jefferson City with assistance from Dwight Weaver, Lake Ozark; and Judy Pryor, Sunrise Beach.



WARNING: Genealogy Pox


 SYMPTONS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates & places.  Patient has blank expression, is sometimes deaf to spouse & children.  Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.  Has compulsions to write letters.  Swears at mailman when he does not leave mail.  Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, & remote, desolate areas.  Makes secret phone calls at night.  Hides phone bills from spouse and mumbles to self.  Has strange faraway look in eyes…..NO KNOWN CURE……….


TREATMENT: Medication is useless.  Disease is not fatal but gets progressively worse.  Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogy magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he or she can be alone………………




1.       The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.

2.       The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.

3.       Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on surnames.

4.       John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the progenitor of your family, died on board ship at the age of 10 years.

5.       Your great grandfather’s newspaper obituary states he died leaving no issue of record.



                                   MUSEUM NEWS

                                 By Joe Pryor, President


During our open house on Saturday, May 17, more than two hundred people signed the visitor’s book on arrival and I suspect quite a few more visitors came who forgot to sign the book or didn’t see it.  We were very thrilled that so many visitors and friends came to see our new addition and the renovation of the old museum.  Some of our visitors were a group from the Moniteau County Historical Society which made a special trip to Tuscumbia to be here for our opening.  We were quite delighted by all the positive comments we heard of those touring the facility.


As word has gotten out we are receiving many more visitors than usual; for example, on Memorial Day more than fifty visitors came through our museum.  Many were from out of state, probably here just for the Memorial Day holiday.  More than one hundred raffle tickets for our homemade quilts were sold that day alone!


Work is still in progress toward completing all our exhibits and displays with new items and artifacts being placed in the museum daily.  We are emphasizing Miller County people and history so quite likely you will find information about some of your relatives of the past in our museum.  If you are in the area you won’t be disappointed by coming to see us. Our visiting hours are ten a.m. to four p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.


On June 21, we will hold our annual Ice Cream Social featuring home made ice cream and other desserts beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.  We are very happy to have as our guests the Joe Jeffries musical group which will play old time country music during the event.  So be sure to mark this date on your calendar because this year not only will you have the delicious homemade ice cream but in addition the opportunity to tour our new museum.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS                                        Miller County Hist.

                                                                                                           Society Newsletter July 13---Quarterly Meeting at Museum                         for members of the

                       Luncheon at 1 p.m.                                      Historical Society.

July 15----Board Meeting @ museum 10 a.m.

Aug. 19---Board Meeting @ museum 10 a.m.               EDITOR: Peggy Hake

Sep 16-----Board Meeting @ museum 10 a.m.                  270 Brushy Creek Rd.

Oct. 12----Quarterly Meeting @ museum                             St. Eliz., MO 65075

                          Luncheon @ 1 p.m.

Oct. 21----Board Meeting @ museum 10 a.m.

Oct. 25----Annual Soup/Chili dinner                        OFFICERS:

                        @ museum 12 noon to 3 p.m.                     President: Joe Pryor

                                                                                                                Vice Pres: Carl McDonald

                                                                                                                Secretary: Peggy Hake

                                                                                                                Treas: Betty Kallenbach


                                                                                                          BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

                                                                                                               Jim Clark, Tuscumbia

   Annual Members  $10.00 per person                       Jerome Brondel, Eldon

   Family Membership  $15.00                                           Judy Prince, Osage Beach

   Life Membership $50 per person                              Donna Carrender,Lake Oz

                                                                                                              Wanda Wright, Tusc.

                                                                                                              Joe Cochran, Iberia

                                                                                                              Karen Smith, Eugene

                                                                                                              Helen Schulte, Eldon


                                                                                                           MUSEUM DIRECTOR:

                                                                                                               Nancy Thompson, J.C.


                                                                                                              Dwight Weaver, Lake Oz.

                                                                                                               Judy Pryor, Sunrise Beach


Our Annual Quilt Raffle is now ongoing…..We have two beautiful quilts that will be given away at the chili/soup dinner on Saturday, October 25th.  One is a regular-sized handmade quilt, donated by Elva Steen (Crosspatch design), and the second is a smaller quilt that can also be used as a wall hanging, donated by Sue Dillon.  The price for the tickets are: 3 for $5.00 or 6 for $10.  To purchase your tickets you can fill in the form below and submit your purchase price/donation to:









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