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John Testrake showed the world what a real hero is

By Linda Emley After reading more articles in our “John Testrake” file, I realized that Richmond followed John’s example and showed the world what our little Midwest town was all…

Local paper beat the biggies when it came to TWA pilot

By Linda Emley In 1980, I went to the TWA Breech Academy in Kansas City and started down a road that led to spending the next 28 years working in the…

Miss Bruna’s sense of humor, way with words preserved in scrapbook

By Linda Emley Several people asked about Bruna, so I’m sharing a few more stories from her scrapbook, which has birthday cards, personal letters, political cartoons and pretty pictures cut…

Newspaper writer left historical legacy, Model A Ford

By Linda Emley Two years ago this month, I started writing stories for the Richmond News. While reading over all the old newspapers of our past, I have grown to…

Newspaper writer left a legacy and a green Model A

By Linda Emley Two years ago this month, I started writing stories for the Richmond News. While reading over all the old newspapers of our past, I have grown to…

Retracing Jesse’s life, final days in St. Joe

By Linda Emley On April 3, I went on an adventure with six friends. It was a “girls’ day out” and after 12 hours of bonding, I have a whole…

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…

Ray County rolled out red carpet for its doughboys

By Linda Emley The Great War was over and our boys were coming home. The Richmond Missourian had this to say on May 8, 1919:  “A note has just been…

Old newspapers open windows to past that otherwise would be closed

By Linda Emley The year was 1917 and our country was at war. This was the year that Sheriff Higdon and James Russell were each looking for a wife, and…

Preacher had ties to Ray County, Missouri governor

By Linda Emley Last September I had a meeting with a lady from Salt Lake City and she told me that her ancestor, Moses Easterly Lard, had lived in Ray…