Two people are vying for the post of Coal Valley Township road and bridge commissioner. Democrat J.T. Laden returned his candidate questionnaire to The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, but independent Tracy L. Solomon did not.
NAME: Jules Toby Laden AGE: 74 ADDRESS: Coal Valley OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: Wife Sue, daughters Julie and Tracy, two grandchildren EDUCATION: Graduate Rock Island High School
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coal Valley Township road commissioner PRIOR OFFICE:Current road commissioner and Coal Valley Fire Dept. trustee WHY RUNNING: I have been Coal Valley Township road commissioner for 17 years and have made a lot of improvements to our roads. KEY ISSUE: I have a good team of workers and they are proud of our roads and what they do. I would like to make sure we keep up with what we have done and keep improving our road district.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.