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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,…

Postcards: Call it a cyclone or a tornado, but the 1878 event left a swath of destruction in just three minutes

By Linda Emley On Saturday June 1, 1878, a cyclone hit Richmond and it made national news. It was on the front page of the Chicago paper and other newspapers…

Good memories remain of my Auntie Mae and Uncle Jim

By Linda Emley Every spring when April showers bring May flowers, I’m reminded of my great Aunt Mae. She lived across the street from us when I was growing up…

County’s Vietnam memorial honored 14 casualties from Ray

By Linda Emley I’ve spent some time the last few days at the Ray County Courthouse helping with the “Remembering Our Fallen of Missouri” exhibit. It’s brought back memories from…

Postcards: What’s the morel to the story? We’re No. 1

By Linda Emley Like all good Ray Countians, I have been hunting mushrooms all my life. I don’t remember life without the spring ritual of walking the woods while looking…

Pieces of Ray County history contribute to Clay landmarks

By Linda Emley This story is about pieces of Ray County that I found in Clay County. On April 21, I went to Liberty to attend a CHRISMA meeting. We…

Honoring John Testrake and Fallen Heroes

By Linda Emley A few weeks ago, I ran a story about John Testrake and the following are a few more stories that I would like to share about him. After…

Postcards: Unparalleled hoopla when Ray celebrated Alexander Doniphan Day

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I was in Liberty and stopped by the Texas Roadhouse. Normally we would stop here for a steak, but my mission was different…

Postcards: One thing led to another, and our Civil War display wound up in the Kansas City paper

By Linda Emley This Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m., the Ray County Historical Society is hosting its quarterly meeting at the Eagleton Center in Richmond. The guest speaker is…

Richmond’s John Testrake brought a sense of pride to his hometown

By Linda Emley Editor’s note: This story ran originallty in 2012. The author is using it as a lead in to Monday’s story about the fallen soldier display coming to…