A neat, little quarto-weekly paper which made its appearance in the Fall of 1872, was The American Law Reporter, with L. G. Johnson as editor. As the name implies it was devoted to the interests of the legal profession of Illinois and Iowa. The first edition was printed in Davenport, then it was moved into the Union Block, Rock Island. The paper was published for eighteen weeks, when it ceased for want of patronage.

Source: Historic Rock Island County, pub. Kramer & Company, Rock Island, Illinois, 1908