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All aboard! Henrietta to river

By Linda Emley Henrietta was known by many different names before it finally became Henrietta in 1925. At different times it was called Farmville, Henry, Lexington Junction and even the…

Civil War was fresh in Ray’s mind when 1881 history was published

By Linda Emley Many of my stories mention the book, History of Ray County, Mo. – “Carefully Written and Compiled from the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources. St. Louis:…

Old letters window on the times, family life

by Linda Emley After reading Isabella Russell’s letters, I tried to remember when was the last time I wrote a letter. I send e-mails all the time, but that doesn’t…

One thing sure: Ray distiller was wealthy

By Linda Emley Last week while reading a 1920 Richmond Missourian, I ran across an interesting article that reminded me that things are not always as they seem. I’ve been…

World War I left its mark on Ray County, which sent Company G to war

By Linda Emley This is the story of two young boys who were born in Ray County many years ago. Allen B. Moyer was born Sept. 18, 1895, the fifth…

As the world turns, so does the Rotary

Growing up in Richmond, everyone knew there was a Rotary Club but many of us didn’t know much about what it did. We would see the club’s logo around town…

Which New Year’s Eve party to attend?

By Linda Emley New Year’s Eve has always been a time to spend with your friends and Richmond has had its share of New Year eve parties. In the good…

1934: Turkeys fly in Richmond

By Linda Emley In 1929, the stock market crashed and the “Great Depression” started. Franklin D. Roosevelt became our president in 1933 and started the “New Deal” which provided the…

Times change but threads of Christmas tradition seem to survive

By Linda Emley In 1920, the Richmond Missourian newspaper started a new Christmas tradition. Every December they’d run a special edition of the paper that was called the “Homecoming Edition.”…

City rallied for Christmas needy

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I spent several hours reading over the stories in the 1956 Richmond News looking for that one special story about Christmas. I chose…