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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…

Postcards: Old Richmond High School, Echo volumes kindle warm memories

By Linda Emley Next Monday, I’m going to say goodbye to a lady that was a important part of my high school days. Rebecca Crouch was my high school counselor…

Postcards: McCuistions exemplified Civil War, in which ‘brothers fought against brothers’

By Linda Emley With spring comes one of my favorite pastimes, visiting old cemeteries. The following story is about one from Ray County that is on my “to do” list…

Postcards: No bells or whistles spared for Missouri River bridge dedication

By Linda Emley A few days ago, I was talking to a friend about the old Lexington Bridge and when it was dedicated. I had always wondered who was the…

Postcards: Bates County memorializes Order #11 legacy

By Linda Emley My grandmother, Mildred Kell Schooler, was born March 22, 1907. For many years, I would take off work on her birthday and we would do something special.…

Order #11 ordered the removal of residents from four counties

By Linda Emley Once again it’s 10 p.m. Wednesday  and I don’t have a story picked out for my 9 a.m. Thursday deadline. I think by now everyone has figured…

Goodbye to Jean Hamacher, a dear friend

By Linda Emley On April 22, 2010, the Richmond News published my first “If Postcards Could Talk” article. It was a once-a-week column that changed to twice a week in…

No getting away from death and taxes in Ray County, now or in 1920

By Linda Emley It’s 10 p.m. and I’m looking for a story. It needs to be historical and mildly entertaining, but most of all it must be about Ray County.…