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Parker exhibit marks 125 years

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Dennis Hines | November 22, 2013

JANESVILLE -- Even though Geoffrey Parker has not lived in the Janesville area for many years, he still considers it his home.

Parker, who lives in Florida, is the great-grandson of George Safford Parker, the founder of Parker Pen Co., which played an important role in Janesville's economy for almost a century.

'It's still home to (me and my relatives), make no mistake about it, and we all come back, because it is home,” Parker said.

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The Rock County Historical Society is honoring the 125-year anniversary of the company by moving its Parker Pen exhibit from the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center to the Olde Towne Mall, 20 S. Main St. in Janesville.

The exhibit, “Making Their Mark: 125 Years of Parker Pen,” will be open for about a year. The exhibit is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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