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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