NAME: Mark Parr Jr. AGE: 61 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: Wife, Julie; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Kate; daughter; Jessica; grandchildren, Abbi, Calvin and one on the way. EDUCATION:Graduate of RIHS, some Black Hawk College, Deere/UAW apprentice training POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township board PRIOR OFFICES: Current trustee, president of Rock Island County Township Association, president ofUAW Local 79, precinct committeeman WHY RUNNING: As a current trustee, I want to continue that we maintain a responsible and financially securetownship. KEY ISSUE: Keep providing transparency, expanding our programs to all of the constituents and continuing to provide and maintain a responsible and financially secure township government. COMMENTS: I am a firm believer that honesty is always the best policy.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.