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Dry county or wet? Devil’s brew was a big issue in Prohibition era

By Linda Emley This postcard was mailed from Richmond Jan. 13, 1909 to Miss Ida Bowen, Richmond. It reads,”I hope you are all well over there. My school will be…

Morels, festival in their honor central to county’s fabric

(Editor’s note: This column is republished from an earlier Richmond News.) By Linda Emley Like all good Ray Countians, I have been hunting mushrooms all my life. I don’t remember…

Jack Remembers: Herman had a permanent situation

By Jack Hackley Back during the Korean War, the first eight weeks of basic training brought together a group from every walk of life. Some had joined for three years…

Chautauqua brought culture from East Coast to all points, including Richmond

By Linda Emley A postcard I have mailed from Richmond on Sept. 2, 1912 to Miss Clora Zeratsky, Menaill, Mich., reads: “Everything O.K. at Richmond Mo. Do you notice Wes’s…

Cultural events in and around the Mushroom Festival

By Linda Emley The first event is the art show that is currently on display at the Friends Gallery located next to the Farris Theatre. This art show is one…

Linda Emley Postcards: Cole Younger saw to proper funeral for Bloody Bill

There are many people who come to Ray County to visit the graves of famous people who are buried here. The number-one spot for out-of-towners is the Mormon Cemetery because…

Postcards: Pythian Knights from Richmond, Lexington join in a fresh oyster dinner

By Linda Emley In case you haven’t heard, I have one of the best jobs in Ray County. I’ll never be rich, but that’s OK because my job is to…

Lord willin’, ‘Flood of ‘93’ author coming to town

By Linda Emley One of my favorite things about growing up as a country girl was all the catch phrases you could hear on any given day. I loved it…

Postcards: Eagleton busts out the country music, blues

By Linda Emley History was made in Richmond Saturday night, July 28, 2012. History doesn’t have to be some big event that happened 100 years ago because it’s any moment…

Postcards: As if summer weren’t hot enough, in 1915 issue of ‘hitch racks’ boiled over

By Linda Emley I had a friend ask me what was my favorite Ray County story. I couldn’t decide, but there was one that I really enjoyed finding in the…