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Two Iwo Jima flag-raisings: one for real, another for show

By Linda Emley Many of us grew up watching John Wayne movies and loved all 250 of them. One of my favorite “Duke” movies has a Ray County connection. His…

Newspapers recorded WW II events, emotions

By Linda Emley There are a few more stories from World War II that I want to share that are pieces of history that might be lost if they hadn’t…

Postcards: News ran the gamut from Ike to POWs to downed Japanese Zero

By Linda Emley After two weeks of reading the Richmond Missourian newspaper from World War II, I have a better appreciation of Ray County during those trying times. Reading history…

War news dominated local lives in 1945

By Linda Emley The 1945 RHS ECHO looked normal until I found this picture that shows that the war was affecting everyone. The “Bandage Class” was a group that made…

Then and now, graduation a milestone in seniors’ lives

By Linda Emley We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but there is something that May brings that is more important than flowers. Every year in May, another…

One vote kept Elks from being Moose

By Linda Emley Many of us remember the “Women’s Club” building and now we know it was the “Elks Lodge” before the women took over. But we have to wonder…

Heisinger Lake a place Jesse James would never forget

By Linda Emley In 1937, the University of Missouri published a book titled, “Place Names Of Five West Central Counties Of Missouri,” by Anne Elizabeth Atchison. It has a list…

After all these years, morels still king

By Linda Emley Like all good Ray Countians, I have been hunting mushrooms all my life. I don’t remember life without the spring ritual of walking the woods while looking…

As a family, Endsleys had the yen for adventure

By Linda Emley After researching Nimrod Hunter Endsley’s adventure, I think I bragged on him too soon. His experience in Louisiana in 1891 was not enough to keep him in…

‘A Wanderer Returns’ to Ray

By Linda Emley This letter appeared in the Richmond Conservator on Jan 8,1891 under the headline “A Wanderer Returns to God’s Country.” Orrick, Mo. Jan. 3, 1891 Dear Conservator: “As…