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Civil War re-enactors tell the truth, the whole truth or something like the truth

By Linda Emley All of my stories start with a question, and then I go looking for an answer. Sometimes it takes a few minutes and sometimes it takes a…

Memorial service a historic journey

Civil War program allows memories, emotions to surface By Linda Emley I’m not an expert on the Civil War, but I’ve spent the last 18 months planning the Battle of…

Reporter’s scrapbooks reveal Bruna McGuire’s unique style

By Linda Emley Editor’s Note: Several people have been asking about Bruna McGuire, so Postcards writer Linda Emley thinks it’s a good time to re-run this story from April 2012.…

Woman’s account gives visit to Confederate Home a personal, Ray County touch

By Linda Emley A friend gave me the following story from a Nov. 10, 1927 newspaper and after reading it, I had to drive to Higginsville to visit the grave…

Higginsville’s Confederate Home cemetery has strong Ray ties

By Linda Emley I feel close to my ancestral roots when I walk around the cemeteries of Ray County, but I also visit cemeteries outside our county when I have…

Visiting graves on Memorial Day links us with the past

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…

Cleveland, Ohio paper that covered 1878 cyclone now in museum’s collection

By Linda Emley I got a package in the mail last week and it contained something that is unlike anything that has ever been in Ray County before. There are…

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…