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Old newspapers open windows to past that otherwise would be closed

By Linda Emley The year was 1917 and our country was at war. This was the year that Sheriff Higdon and James Russell were each looking for a wife, and…

Preacher had ties to Ray County, Missouri governor

By Linda Emley Last September I had a meeting with a lady from Salt Lake City and she told me that her ancestor, Moses Easterly Lard, had lived in Ray…

Before women’s standing improved, newspaper served as matchmaker

By Linda Emley Last week I was helping someone look up an obituary in the Richmond Missourian from 1917 and I found some interesting articles that made me realize how…

Sunken Civil War cannon packs a silver lining

By Linda Emley I got a call at the museum and a man from Arizona asking me if I knew were the town of Corinth was in Ray County. He…

Trip to family cemetery well worth the wait

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I went on a great adventure and didn’t even have to leave Ray County. It was a nice spring day and I was…

Once ‘amiable’ offshoots of men, women have stepped out of history’s shadows

By Linda Emley March is national Women’s History Month and Thursday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. Both of these are recent additions to our calendars. The first National Women’s…

How a chance encounter wrote a chapter of Ray County History

By Linda Emley East of Millville on Highway E, there is a beautiful old house that was originally the home of Isaiah Mansur. The home started life as a log…

What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re a historical figure

By Linda Emley Every February we get a three-day weekend and lots of stores have a big promotion known as the “President’s Day Sale”, but it’s not really President’s Day…

At 100, Uncle Henry Williams cut wood, just slower than before

By Linda Emley If I lived to be 100 years old, what would I want to do on my 100th birthday? I could think of lots of fun things to…

Black History Month time to reflect on minority’s role in Ray

By Linda Emley Since February is Black History Month, I want to share some history about how it started. First I wanted to make sure it was politically correct to…