Walker Nursing Home celebrates 65th anniversary in October
Walker Nursing Home was first licensed by the State of Illinois in 1950 for 47 beds. That was the beginning of caring for needy residents for 65 years. That would be equal to 200,825 days and 4,819,800 hours.
Ada McCombs Whites’ two sisters Cora and Janie were both nurses working in Chicago. They asked their sister, Ada, and her husband, Bill, to investigate any large home that was for sale in Virginia. Cora and Janie observed a trend of homes in the Chicago area taking care of the elderly who could not live alone. They purchased the Conover house, and with Ada and Bill White’s assistance, converted the house to a nursing home for 47 bed residents.