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In 1945, war overshadowed Easter, but not power of faith

By Linda Emley In 1945, Easter Sunday was on the first day of April. I got out the Richmond Missourian newspaper and looked up what was happening in Richmond for…

Ray County rolled out red carpet for its doughboys

By Linda Emley The Great War was over and our boys were coming home. The Richmond Missourian had this to say on May 8, 1919:  “A note has just been…

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…