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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,…

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…