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For better or worse, the Ford brothers were sons of Ray County

By Linda Emley The Richmond Conservator, Jan. 6, 1882, had the following advertisement: “Call and Settle at Once. As I have need of the various accounts due me, I would…

Postcards: Local DAR deeply rooted in Ray County

By Linda Emley This Tuesday, I’m the guest speaker at our D.A.R. And the topic is Ray County’s Civil War ancestors, so I thought it would be a good time…

Postcards: D-Day anniversary brings back memories of an Emley uncle

By Linda Emley One of my favorite childhood memories was watching movies on Saturday afternoons. Before VCRs, the only place to catch an old movie was on TV. I always…

Account of soldier’s home brings it to life

A friend gave me the following story from a Nov. 10, 1927 newspaper, and after reading it I had to drive to Higginsville to visit the grave of the Col. Duvall…

Postcards: Memorial Day celebrated with a Southern flavor in Higginsville

By Linda Emley I’m not an expert on the Civil War but I’ve spent the last 2 1/2 years working on the Battle of Albany re-enactment that is coming to…

Postcards: Richmond shootout killed 2, closed saloons

By Linda Emley I was looking for a story when a friend sent me the following article out of the April 26, 1906 Richmond Missourian and saved me from a…

Memorial Day time to revisit the past, show respect and discover

By Linda Emley Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays because some of my best memories are from the days when my grandmother, Mildred Kell Schooler, and I got…

How the past, present are close kin

By Linda Emley The Orrick tornado of 1967 didn’t do as much property damage as the recent one, but it did claim the lives of two young boys at the…

Orrick’s May 10 tornado stirs memories of freak January twister

By Linda Emley I was driving around Richmond and went past several empty lots that reminded me of buildings from our past. I miss the old Christian Church and the Women’s…

Postcards: Orrick’s 2014 twister, though less severe than 1967’s, brings back memories

By Linda Emley On Wednesday afternoon Jan. 25, 1967 a snow storm hit Ray County and The Richmond News covered the story the next day. “Snowstorm Hits After Rain, Lighting,…