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 Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.