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Postcards: Bess’s pillow brings back the best memories

By Linda Emley When I walk the halls of the Ray County Museum, I often think about the story behind the treasures I see. I’ve collected antiques for many years,…

Postcards: In 1945, war overshadowed Easter, but not power of faith

By Linda Emley In 1945, Easter Sunday was on the first day of April. I got out the Richmond Missourian newspaper and looked up what was happening in Richmond for…

Snow wasn’t all that made the storm of 1967 something to remember

By Linda Emley Many years from now, we’ll still be talking about the Snowstorm of 2013. A couple feet of snow and we all have cabin fever, but my friends…

Postcards: 1,000 years have yet to pass, so where’s that concrete house?

By Linda Emley I was reading The Richmond Missourian from Thursday March 11,1920 and found an ad about a new house that had been built in Richmond. “A HOUSE OF…

If our food grinder only had ears, what stories it might tell

By Linda Emley I love antiques. I don’t care if it’s a $2 postcard or a $5,000 diamond ring because every antique has a story. Everyone has a story, and…

Time changes everything, but Death and Taxes have staying power

By Linda Emley It’s 10 p.m., and I’m looking for a story. It needs to be historical and mildly entertaining but most of all it must be about Ray County.…

Like many of the best orators, Doniphan fought bashful nature

By Linda Emley On April 9, I’ll be the guest speaker for The Kansas City Posse of the Westerners at the Golden Ox Restaurant in Kansas City. I was honored…

1958 farm story was dead-on with some predictions, wrong on others

By Linda Emley I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but I did listen to it while I was working on a story. My favorite part of the whole production was…

This year, take time to talk to your Valentine

By Linda Emley Fifty-nine years ago, Richmond was getting ready for Valentine’s Day. The Richmond News, Feb. 8, 1954, “Valentine Dance. Tender hearts will swing and sway in a Valentine’s…

February an ideal time to learn about Ray’s African American history

By Linda Emley Since February is Black History Month, I want to share some history about how it started. First I wanted to make sure it was politically correct to…