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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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