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Kell’s journey west lives on through history books, original documents

By Linda Emley A few days ago I was traveling down a highway in “the land of Lincoln” and saw an exit sign for the town of Alton, Ill. My heart…

The Woodson Institute dream fell short, but memories still strong

By Linda Emley When I look at this picture, it’s hard to believe this majestic building was in Richmond. I can’t imagine what it would be like to drive down…

Postcards: Full moon inspired the ‘pick a date’ game, Neil Armstrong and much, much more

By Linda Emley One of my favorite things to do is pick an important date in history and then see what our local newspaper had to say about it. Sometimes…

Postcards: Ray history book, newspaper differ in bank robbery details

By Linda Emley After researching the Richmond bank robbery, it hit me that I hadn’t checked the best source of information, a local newspaper. I started looking for a 1867…

Hughes-Wasson story murkier by the day

By Linda Emley Every day when the Ray County Museum is open, we have a member of the Ray County Genealogical Association volunteering in our library. We have a different person…

Postcards: James Gang back for more Sept. 6 with bank robbery reenactment

By Linda Emley It’s that time of the year again. On Saturday, Sept. 6, Richmond is going to host its third annual “Outlaw Days.” We will be recreating the 1867…

Back to school: Then and now

By Linda Emley August is just around the corner so we all know that it’s that time of the year and school will be starting soon. My youngest son graduated…

Postcards: Events pack county calendar

By Linda Emley A few days ago, a friend told me that I was so lucky because I was always planning another party. I laughed and told him that “hosting”…

Frank James stood in brother Jesse’s shadow, but his life was full

By Linda Emley I’ve been reading the Richmond Conservator from 1883 because I’m trying to find a story about when the 911 building was built on the north side of…

Where is Isaac Russell’s grave?

By Linda Emley Many years ago, I went to a job interview and was surprised to find that the company was interviewing 10 people at the same time. We all…