Frank Walker Museum
921 South Cedar, Stockton, KS
Dale Harwood - Museum Director
The Rooks County Historical Society invites you to the Frank
Walker Museum in Stockton and see the history of Rooks
County come alive.
The current museum,
dedicated in 1994, was preceded by the original museum
located at the fairgrounds. A limestone statue of a
draft horse from the Woodston Big Barn graces the front of
the museum. The statue was carved by Pete Felton, a
well-known Hays, Kansas artist.
Frank Walker, a
local farmer and businessman, donated the building and many
items to the Rooks County Historical Society allowing them
to complete what has become one of the nicer museums in
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment by
calling the number below.
Phone: (785) 425-7217
Admission: Free (donations accepted)
MILITARY PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP
The Rooks County Historical Society and the
Frank Walker Museum have expanded a military research project
begun by Lorabell Sander to identify and honor World War II
military members from Rooks County. The expanded project
now includes all Rooks County veterans of peacetime and all
wars, whether living or deceased.
The project utilizes a special binder which
holds an information page for each veteran which will display
a picture of the veteran in uniform, where possible, and a
copy of the obituary, or other biographical information, when
If you have available a picture, obituary, or
other biological information for a Rooks County veteran,
please send a copy for inclusion in the project to: The
Frank Walker Museum, P.O. Box 43, Stockton, KS 67669;
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org;
stop by the museum located at 921 S. Cedar; or call
Veterans are passing on at an alarming
rate. We would like to identify and honor as many
veterans as possible now. Please help with this
of the Museum
The museum features one of the largest displays of dolls in
the area. The dolls are part of a personal collection
donated to the museum by Lloyd and Zelma (Atherton) Rader.
Zelma grew up in the Bow Creek area of Rooks County.
Fuller was one of Rooks County's more famous residents.
Born and raised in Stockton, Lorenzo was awarded a
scholarship to Julliard School of Music, was in the cast of
several Broadway shows, toured Europe in the cast of
"Porgy and Bess" and appeared on the CBS weekly
program, "American Musical Comedy Theatre."
Some instruments are on display in the museum.
The medical history of the county is displayed in the
collection of memorabilia from the Dr. John William McMillen
office. McMillen, and his son Jack, were two of
the early doctors in the county.
true old-timer could also appreciate the display of farm
tools, clothing, machinery, and even some items used to
handle law breakers. You might be surprised at how
many items take you back to a time in your life when things
were a little simpler.
Other displays at the museum include items
from a one room schoolhouse, information and pictures about
the Big Barn near Woodston that met its demise when struck
by lightning, and numerous pictures from each of the
The museum also has many records available
on obituaries, genealogy, newspapers, yearbooks, land and
schools. Several books and other souvenirs are
available for purchase and hundreds of brochures available
on travel opportunities in Kansas.
here to read an article from the July 12, 1917 Rooks County
here to read an article from the July 19, 1917 Rooks County
For genealogy information, the museum has
numerous sources available. Also, go to the link at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/rooks/index.html
for more information.
Make it a point to visit the museum whether
you are a traveler just passing through or a local resident
who wants to know more about the history of Rooks County.