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Indians, Ray settlers co-existed, lived peacefully

By Linda Emley When we were in grade school, we celebrated Thanksgiving by tracing our hands and making a turkey picture. We also made Pilgrim hats and some of us…

Saying thanks deeply rootly

By Linda Emley In a lengthy proclamation, the president set out the background for Thanksgiving and explained why it’s celebrated as it is: “I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the…

Richmond, ready for some football? You betcha

By Linda Emley For the first time in 18 months, I’m taking a day off. It wasn’t the original plan, but circumstances created a temporary roadblock to a story about…

Rich history underlies Saturday’s Mormon ceremony in Richmond

By Linda Emley On Nov 22,1911, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir came to Richmond and sang at the Farris Theater. The Choir was here to dedicate the monument that stands in…

One thread runs through all elections: the judges

By Linda Emley When we think about November, Thanksgiving Day is the first thing that comes to mind. But when we stop and think about it, the most important day…

Cowboy lived with guns a-blazin’

By Linda Emley Every Ray Countian knows that when Halloween is over deer season is just around the corner. The 1881 Ray County History tells about the early days of…

2014 event will recreate Bloody Bill’s death near Orrick

By Linda Emley On April 21, 1862, the Confederate Congress passed the Partisan Ranger Act. This law was written to help recruit irregulars to serve in the Civil War. Many…

The paranormal draws investigators to museum

By Linda Emley There’s been a lot of activity on the hill lately and it’s the “Paranormal” kind. Paranormal Research Investigators – also known as the Law and Order-sounding PRI…

Rayville, facing disincorporation, has deep roots in Ray

By Linda Emley Since Rayville has been in the news lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would be like without Rayville in our lives. Many things in…

On Oct. 29, join a Civil War reenactor for photos at the museum

By Linda Emley On April 15, 1861, Abe Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 militia to unite to suppress the insurrection of the southern states and the American Civil…