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Native Americans, part of Ray’s early history, were displaced, but not warlike

By Linda Emley With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I was thinking about the people that shared that first feast. According to the History Channel, “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists…

Vets still giving, this time with their stories

By Linda Emley In Clinton, there’s a Victorian house that was built in 1868 by Gustave Haysler. Today it looks very much like it did in 1868 thanks to Mr.…

Richmond sailor had hand in making sure U.S. torpedoes detonated on impact

By Linda Emley Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. I’m not a veteran but I was a Navy wife for 5 years, so I understand. My husband was on the…

If Postcards Could Talk: Tragedy cut Smith rally short

By Linda Emley As promised, I’m going to tell you the story about the 48-star flag that is now on display in the showcase at the Ray County Courthouse. On…

On Nov. 2, 1948, the buck didn’t stop here, but it did sleep in Excelsior Springs

By Linda Emley Election Day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. So why is it always on a Tuesday? It was originally created so no one…

A flock with longevity

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I was looking at a scrapbook from the Morton community and there were lots of interesting newspaper clippings, but there was one story…

Postcards: Fond memories of our public library, which hosts a book sale beginning Friday

By Linda Emley I love books. I collect many things, but my book collection is my true obsession. It’s always fun to find a rare book at a good price,…

Civil War’s impact on Shotwell-Royle family

By Linda Emley At the close of my last story, Fannie Elizabeth Shotwell had just married her prince charming, Milton Franklin Royle. She and her husband set up housekeeping in…

After a difficult childhood, Fannie marries her prince

By Linda Emley I just got back from decorating the showcase at the Ray County Courthouse and thought it would be nice to write a story about one of our…

Time machine? Try our old newspapers

By Linda Emley This story is one of the cool things I found in the Richmond News from the spring of 1957. On April 12, the newspaper reported on Professor…