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Postcards: Bloody Bill got a proper tombstone, 103 years after death

By Linda Emley I’ve spent the last three years and 20 days planning the Battle of Albany reenactment. It’s hard to believe that we are only 24 days away from…

Postcards: After a few years of planning, Battle of Albany event near

By Linda Emley On Aug. 28, 2011, I sent the following email to Ray County Historical Society board members. “Darryl  Levings from The Kansas City Star was in Lexington a…

Postcards: A Mason, once the ‘Man with no Name,’ may be identified

By Linda Emley In 2012, I wrote the following story about a man who once lived in Richmond. I traveled down a long path looking for this “man with no…

Negro League’s Monarchs played games here against amateur teams

By Linda Emley A few years ago, the mayor of Swanwick told me that the great baseball player, Satchel Paige, played a game there. Some of you might wonder where Swanwick…

Postcards: Museum history, personal roots date to geneaology group’s founding

By Linda Emley I think by now everyone knows that I spend a lot of my time at the Ray County Museum. My job title is “Museum Manager” and I…

Kell’s journey west lives on through history books, original documents

By Linda Emley A few days ago I was traveling down a highway in “the land of Lincoln” and saw an exit sign for the town of Alton, Ill. My heart…

The Woodson Institute dream fell short, but memories still strong

By Linda Emley When I look at this picture, it’s hard to believe this majestic building was in Richmond. I can’t imagine what it would be like to drive down…

Postcards: Full moon inspired the ‘pick a date’ game, Neil Armstrong and much, much more

By Linda Emley One of my favorite things to do is pick an important date in history and then see what our local newspaper had to say about it. Sometimes…

Postcards: Ray history book, newspaper differ in bank robbery details

By Linda Emley After researching the Richmond bank robbery, it hit me that I hadn’t checked the best source of information, a local newspaper. I started looking for a 1867…

Hughes-Wasson story murkier by the day

By Linda Emley Every day when the Ray County Museum is open, we have a member of the Ray County Genealogical Association volunteering in our library. We have a different person…

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