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Back to school: Then and now

By Linda Emley August is just around the corner so we all know that it’s that time of the year and school will be starting soon. My youngest son graduated…

Postcards: Events pack county calendar

By Linda Emley A few days ago, a friend told me that I was so lucky because I was always planning another party. I laughed and told him that “hosting”…

Frank James stood in brother Jesse’s shadow, but his life was full

By Linda Emley I’ve been reading the Richmond Conservator from 1883 because I’m trying to find a story about when the 911 building was built on the north side of…

Where is Isaac Russell’s grave?

By Linda Emley Many years ago, I went to a job interview and was surprised to find that the company was interviewing 10 people at the same time. We all…

Ray County icon Alexander Doniphan spoke at 1874 Lawson Picnic

By Linda Emley One day I was at the Enchanted Frog in Lathrop and I decided to swing through Lawson on my way back to Richmond. It was getting close…

Ray sheriffs have colorful history

By Linda Emley A few months ago, I was asked by Sheriff Garry E. Bush to write a history of the Ray County Sheriff’s Department for a book to be published…

Ray went all out to unveil dough boy

By Linda Emley On July 13, 1894, a boy named Gavrilo Princip was born in Bosnia. He was one of nine children. All but three of the Princip children died…

Jack Remembers: Some close-by destinations more worth waiting for than others

By Linda Emley Today I had a Facebook friend from Texas walk into the museum. I got a hug and then we spent the day hanging out on the hill.…

Postcards: Most-visited grave not the obvious choice

By Linda Emley I’ve had several people ask me what’s the most visited grave in Ray County and they are usually shocked to hear that Bob Ford is not my…

A pig in a poke or a bear in a rowboat?

By Linda Emley Like many others in Ray County, I’m tired of all this rain. I heard someone the other day make the comment that is how the Flood of…

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