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Stone County Museum goes back in time to Elsey, recognizes dedicated volunteer



The Stone County Historical Genealogical Society and Museum will venture back in time to Elsey, Missouri. Elsey is located southeast of Crane on Hwy. 413 – the well-traveled road to Table Rock Lake.  


There is a difference of opinion as to how the town became known as Elsey. The Elsey family were pioneer settlers in the area; some think the town was named for this family. Others hold that the town was named for two elderly ladies by the name of Elsie. The debate will probably never be settled.


Early days of canning factories and mining were located along the way to Galena, as Elsey borders along the railroad tracks. At that time in history the Missouri Pacific Railroad line was running through Stone County into Taney County and on into Arkansas.


At one time Elsey had a school that was later consolidated into the Crane School District.


In 1988 Elsey had a service station, hardware store, grocery, gift shop, auction house and two churches.


Stone County Museum recognizes volunteer


I'm so excited to introduce to you the Historical Museum's dedicated volunteer, Eleanor Merrill Cooper, of the Elsey area. Eleanor volunteers at the Museum two days a week, Thursday and Saturday. This remarkable woman fills her days with her family, her church, and all her community service work. She is a wonderful cook, always sharing a fresh baked item to everyone in the Museum, on her volunteer days. Eleanor, a retired bookkeeper, believes in giving back and getting involved in the community. She is a long-time member with (DAR) Daughters of American Revolution, volunteers for North Stone Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, is an active member of the Stone County Historical Society and serves as a county election poll worker.


In years past, Eleanor was instrumental in the organization of Stone County Federation of Republican Women and served as the first president of the County organization. This 94-year-old lady marked off one of the items on her bucket list while visiting her granddaughter and husband in Florida, when she went sky diving!  "Yes, sky diving!” She said she enjoyed every second of it. Pictures are included for viewing. The Stone County Historical Museum believes our Eleanor Merrill Cooper sets an excellent example for women of all ages in our beloved Stone County.


Stop in and check out the Museum. Hours: Thursday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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