Day in history for July 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
All the assessors' books for the county have been returned and are in the hands of the committee on equalization, at the supervisors' room.

1901 -- 100 years ago
There was an excursion to Clinton on the new steamer J.S., the round trip fare being 75 cents.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Under the provision of the Federal Employees Retirement Act, Rock Island Arsenal employees achieved the retirement status which they sought.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Rev. C.J. Meyer, Aledo, pastor of St. Catherine's Catholic Parish in Mercer County, was privileged to have an audience Thursday with Pope Pius XII. Father Meyer has been in Europe for the past month as representative of Bishop J.H. Schlarmann of Peoria, and as a delegate to the National Rural Life Conference. He was chosen as a delegate because of his interest and understanding of rural problems.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Neighbors and parishioners of Moline's Wesley United Methodist Church, near 14th Street and 24th Avenue, are fighting to preserve two 100-year-old oak trees from the ax of progress. The two trees, reportedly planted by John Deere to mark the boundary of his farm more than 100 years ago, are located on city right-of-way near the alley bounded by 13th and 14th Streets and 24th and 25th Avenues. The trees, each more than 75 feet tall, are in the path of a proposed alley paving project requested by some property owners in the area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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