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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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