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What’s in a name? At least early resident should’ve been called anything but ‘Love’

By Linda Emley We all remember the 1969 Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue”. I was reminded of it when I found the following story about a boy named…

Masons lodges, prominent membership helped build Ray County

By Linda Emley On Tuesday, July 10, I went to Columbia to visit the Missouri Lodge of Research, which houses the records of all A.F.& A.M Lodges in Missouri. A.F.&…

Postcards: Masons lodges, prominent membership helped build Ray County

By Linda Emley On Tuesday, July 10, I went to Columbia to visit the Missouri Lodge of Research, which houses the records of all A.F.& A.M Lodges in Missouri. A.F.&…

How finding Stet leads to wanting to know more about it

By Linda Emley A few weeks ago I was driving north out of Hardin on the “Ozark Shortline,” which is also Highway A. I was heading to Stet on a mission…

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…