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Ray County skirmish may be the real last battle of the Civil War

By Linda Emley James Michener has always been one of my favorite authors. I love the way he shared a story about a group of people that lived in one…

Memorial Day a perfect time to honor our loved ones

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,…

Publisher against publisher, all over the 1915 hitch racks

By Linda Emley Afriend asked me what was my favorite Ray County story. I couldn’t decide, but one of my favorites is the “summer of 1915” and the battle of…

1923 demo derby ‘Auto Polo’ ended in mock fisticuffs

By Linda Emley Two years ago, I wrote a story about the demolition derbies of Ray County. On Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., this year’s derby will take place…

After 35 years of Mushroom Festivals, it’s still all about the morel

By Linda Emley Like all good Ray Countians, I have been hunting mushrooms all my life. I don’t remember life without the spring ritual of walking the woods while looking…

It’s five years since the Postcards column made its debut

By Linda Emley On Thursday April 15, 2010, the Richmond News ran a story titled, “Postcards From Richmond’s Past.” It was the introducing to my column, “If Postcards Could Talk.”…

Meeting of Grant and Lee April 9, 1865 first step to war’s end

By Linda Emley I delayed the rest of my story about the Battle of Albany because I wanted to share some details about April 9, 1865. This is an important date…

Five months after the Albany reenactment, hear the details

By Linda Emley On Thursday, April 9, Ray County Historical Society hosts a carry-in dinner at the Eagleton Center. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to bring a…

Richmond offers a plethora of Mormon history sites

By Linda Emley Previously  I mentioned the 10 sites in Richmond that are a part of Mormon history. These sties are as follows: the Ray County Museum, which has a…

Steamboat explosion tragic chapter in Lexington’s history

By Linda Emley The 1881 Lafayette County history book tells the story about a steamboat that was named the Saluda. “STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION — 1851. The river was high, a good…