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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…

In 1891, Richmond hosted the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’

By Linda Emley In 1882, five brothers traveled around the state of Wisconsin and performed juggling acts and skits in small town city halls. They used the name Ringling Brothers’…

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…