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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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