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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…

If Postcards Could Talk: Finally, a visit to the Battle of Albany site

By Linda Emley I think by now everyone knows that the Ray County Historical Society is hosting the Battle of Albany Re-enactment in October of 2014. We have been working…

Ray courthouses and the postcards that picture them great historic resource

By Linda Emley The following article is my first Postcard story that ran in the Richmond News April 22, 2010. My original idea was to do six months of postcards…

R-XVI did more than educate my son

By Linda Emley On March 20, Steve Hitchcock was the moderator for the Richmond School Board candidates forum and I went to see my friend moderate. As I sat waiting…