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Lawson Picnic, with long and colorful history, nears 110th edition

By Linda Emley A few days ago I was at the Enchanted Frog in Lathrop and I decided to swing through Lawson on my way back to Richmond. It was…

Alexander Doniphan: More than a military man

By Linda Emley Editor’s note: July 9 would be Alexander Doniphan’s 204th birthday. This Saturday at 1 p.m., Linda will present a program on Doniphan at Ray County Museum.  …

Alexander Doniphan managed greatness despite life of personal tragedy

By Linda Emley I’ve written several stories about Alexander William Doniphan, but every time I turn a page of Ray County History, I find a new story that gives us…

When the chips were down, judge did the right thing

By Linda Emley After the Masonic story a few weeks ago, I’ve been looking for the answer to who was the mystery man on the hill, the one that Rev.…

In old Albany, strangers paid for slurring Confederate general

By Linda Emley In 1877, the Edward Brothers of Missouri printed an Illustrated Map of Ray County that listed the town of Albany, population 150. It was 1 mile north…

One thing leads to another, like the mystery man on the hill

By Linda Emley I was reading a 1917 Richmond Missourian newspaper on Saturday looking for an obituary. It’s impossible for me to read an old newspaper without skimming the other…

War of 1812 brought more to Ray County than National Anthem

By Linda Emley O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through…

When FDR passed through, Ray Countians flocked to listen

By Linda Emley My Grandmother Schooler saw President Coolidge when he came to Kansas City and dedicated the Liberty Memorial in 1921. My parents saw Gerald Ford at Monticello on…

The doctors Cook devoted themselves to Ray County’s health

By Linda Emley Found this in the Richmond Missourian, Feb. 19, 1910: “Dr. Cook Interviewed. Dr. T. B. Cook, Ray County’s popular Representative in the Legislature, was in town yesterday…

Physicians have been part of Ray County since the beginning

By Linda Emley We recently moved the “Doctor’s Room” to a new location at the Ray County Museum. During this process I realized that I don’t know much about the…