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ROOKS COUNTY KANSAS
Rooks, KS

Rooks County was founded February 26, 1867 and named for Private John C. Rooks of the 11th Kansas Infantry who died December 11, 1862 of wounds received at the Battle of Prairie Grove near Fayetteville, Arkansas, during the Civil War.

Rooks County is located in north central Kansas; with a total area of 895 square miles of which 891 sqaure miles is land and 4.6 square miles is water. The general surface of the county is rolling, with high bluffs along the south fork of the Solomon River and Paradise Creek.

Settlers did not begin coming into the county until 1871. By the fall of the next year there were sufficient population for county organization, which took place on November 26, 1872 with Stockton as the county seat. Plainville is the largest city.

  • First settlers: Joseph, James, Thomas, John and Francis McNulty; Tunis Bulls, John Wells, John Powell, Seal Northrup and Capt. J. Owens.
  • First woman settler: Mrs. Robert E. Martin, who came with her husband and family in the fall of 1871.
  • First house erected: February 1871 by the McNulty Brothers, 2 1/2 miles south of town on the south side of the South Solomon.
  • First marriage: January 1, 1873 William E. Newton was married to Mary M. Young, by B.M. Cooper, a Justice of the Peace.
  • First birth: Myrtle Maude, daughter of Thomas McNulty, born December 25, 1871 on Elm Creek, 3 miles east and south of Stockton.
  • First death: Erastas Foster, 2 miles from Stockton, in the spring of 1878. He was buried in the Stockton graveyard.

CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES

Alcona • Codell • Damar • Palco • Plainville • Stockton • Woodston • Zurich

EARLY TOWNS IN 1880

Adamson • Amboy • Ashgrove • Bradford • Cedar • Chandler • Cresson • Earnest • Igo • Mellale • Motor • Oyen • Raceburgh • Rockport • Slate • Survey • Villisen • Webster • Welcome

SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Ellis Graham Osborne Phillips Smith Trego

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