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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.