PHOTO GALLERY: Former Republican statesman George Parker dies at 86

Thursday, May 28, 2009 | 9:15 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — George Parker, 86, a former state representative in Boone County and the founder of the Pachyderm Club, died Wednesday in Columbia. When he was elected in 1966, he was the first Republican elected in Boone County since the Civil War and served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.