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House thought to be Ray’s oldest purchased the year river moved

By Linda Emley A few weeks ago, I shared the story about Camden waking up to find the Missouri River was no longer flowing by their town. This happened 100 years…

The zest for celebrating the 4th hasn’t changed much in 200 years

By Linda Emley Ilove the 4th of July because ‎56 men put their “John Hancock” on the Declaration of Independence and now it’s our job to keep their dream alive.…

By chance, family research trip brings two Dale cousins together

By Linda Emley The Ray County Museum is a magical place because I’ve experienced more miracles in this building than any other place on earth. It’s totally amazing how many…

Transportation and taxes were the main deal in 1916 Richmond

By Linda Emley The year was 1916. Ray County had a new courthouse, and Camden was no longer riverfront property. We had survived the heavy rains of 1915 and business…

Heavy rains reminder of when Mighty ‘Mo changed course in 1915

By Linda Emley I know we are all tired of all this rain, but it could always be worse. I did a little research to find out what was our…

From Custer’s last stand to court business, 1876 paper had the news!

By Linda Emley There are few things I love more than picking up an old newspaper and reading it for the first time. It’s like going back in time and…

Ray County skirmish may be the real last battle of the Civil War

By Linda Emley James Michener has always been one of my favorite authors. I love the way he shared a story about a group of people that lived in one…

Memorial Day a perfect time to honor our loved ones

By Linda Emley Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite holidays because some of my best memories are from the days when my grandmother, Mildred Kell Schooler and I,…

Publisher against publisher, all over the 1915 hitch racks

By Linda Emley Afriend asked me what was my favorite Ray County story. I couldn’t decide, but one of my favorites is the “summer of 1915” and the battle of…

1923 demo derby ‘Auto Polo’ ended in mock fisticuffs

By Linda Emley Two years ago, I wrote a story about the demolition derbies of Ray County. On Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., this year’s derby will take place…

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