Day in history for February 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The house of Archie Allen, one of the first farmers who came to the Port Byron region, burned Monday morning, Feb. 9, while it was unoccupied. All of Allen's furniture and provisions were lost. The fire is believed to be the work of an incendiary.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The first brick house in Rock Island was built in 1838 by Alderman Sage.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Men of leisure in Edgington have formed a Loafers Club and are having a lot of fun.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College basketball team defeated Knox, 41-23.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A mid-winter heat wave will descend on the Quad-Cities tomorrow pushing temperatures to near 70, the weather bureau said today. Clouds will accompany the spring-like readings. The low tonight will be near 26. The average yesterday was 43 degrees, some 19 above normal. The high yesterday was 54.

1977 -- 25 years ago
First-place awards in both divisions of the Young Adult Art Talent Contest this year went to two members of the same family. Mari Ann Hannon, took top honors in the high school division and her brother, Tom, won first place in the junior high division. They are son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hannon, RR 5, Geneseo. The winners of first through third places in each division will advance to the district contest, sponsored state-wide by the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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