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Judge’s 1919 stabbing at courthouse put Ray County in national spotlight

By Linda Emley It’s time once again to change the showcase at the Ray County Courthouse and since Halloween is just around the corner, we’re adding some old-fashioned Halloween items…

Vets honored, friends mingle and mysteries abound

By Linda Emley On Saturday, Sept. 29, the 6th Annual Veteran’s Appreciation Picnic was held at the Ray County Museum. The weather was perfect and over 100 people joined us…

Box suppers preceded homecoming, but who was Harry?

By Linda Emley Since Richmond is celebrating Homecoming this week, I want to share some history of how it has changed over the years. I thought it would be an…

Annual vets’ picnic Saturday at museum

By Linda Emley On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Ray County Historical Society is hosting its 6th annual Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic at the Ray County Museum. This is the third year…

Farris home gone now, but memory survives through postcard

By Linda Emley (Editor’s note: This column ran previously but is being published again to draw attention to the author’s postcard exhibit this weekend in the Friends Gallery in the…

Some poor banks just keep getting robbed

By Linda Emley By now everyone knows that at half past three on May 23, 1867 the Hughes & Wasson Bank was robbed in Richmond. And I think it’s safe…

Sheriff had family ties to two of the Hughes and Wasson victims

By Linda Emley So now we know that Deputy Frank Griffin and his father the jailer, Berry G. Griffin, were both shot and killed at the bank robbery in 1867.…

Collection of Richmond postcards will be displayed at Farris Friends Gallery Sept. 15-23

By Linda Emley Two and one half years ago, I started writing my weekly column “If Postcards Could Talk” for the Richmond News. So much has changed in this short…

Here’s what we know about the 3 men killed on May 23, 1867

By Linda Emley And now it’s time for more tales about the May 23, 1867 bank robbery in Richmond. At the close of my last story, the desperados were heading…

Newspaper’s account sheds new light on 1867 bank robbery, impact on community

By Linda Emley After spending many weeks researching the Richmond bank robbery from 1867, It hit me that I hadn’t checked the best source of information, a local newspaper. I…