On the 7th of July, 1858, C. W. Kirkland commenced the publication of a morning daily paper, and also a weekly, called the Commercial. In its first issue he said: ” The Commercial will be the firm, zealous and consistent supporter of the principles of the Republican party.” The printing was done at Raymond’s office in the Gothic Block. It was discontinued on the 3rd of February, 1859, for the want of patronage.
Source: Historic Rock Island County, pub. Kramer & Company, Rock Island, Illinois, 1908