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If cemeteries could talk, oh the stories they’d tell

By Linda Emley In the 1800s, many families gathered at cemeteries for picnics. There were not many public parks, and cemeteries were a nice place to enjoy a sunny afternoon…

In courthouse’s 100th year, stories remain plentiful

By Linda Emley On Sept.19, 2014, around 200 people gathered at the Ray County Courthouse as we rededicated the cornerstone. It had been 100 years since this cornerstone was dedicated…

Martin Luther ‘Num’ Ball remembered as a ‘fine old soul’

By Linda Emley  Since February is Black History Month, I want to share some history about how it started. First, I checked with a good authority to make certain that…

Ray cemeteries, historic churches fertile source of stories

By Linda Emley This is part two of “everything happens for a reason.” On June 17, I was visiting the Todd’s Chapel cemetery with a friend. This cemetery is a…

Brave Confederate officer remembered as upstanding citizen

By Linda Emley Most towns in America have a Main Street and then there are all the other streets that are named after someone from the past. As we drive…

I spy what makes the town go ‘round: Our Rotary and Kiwanis clubs

By Linda Emley 2014 was a very busy year for me. I’ve been working on a story that recaps the events of last year, but I’m having a hard time…

It’s 1941, weeks after Pearl Harbor, yet Christmas went on in Richmond

By Linda Emley Ithink by now everyone knows I live in the past most of the time. I love the good-ol’ days and the way things were before modern tech…

Life changed dramatically for Ray Countians after ‘Day of Infamy’

By Linda Emley As December started in 1941, no one knew that the world as they knew it, was about to change. The war in Europe was two years old,…

Holiday season in 1958 Richmond had a few things in common with 2014

By Linda Emley I like to consider myself a time traveler, but my “time machine” only travels one direction because it’s always stuck in reverse. When I feel the need to…

Postcards: Bloody Bill got a proper tombstone, 103 years after death

By Linda Emley I’ve spent the last three years and 20 days planning the Battle of Albany reenactment. It’s hard to believe that we are only 24 days away from…