On the 10th of March, 1855, James Bowie issued a daily paper in Rock Island called The News. It was printed in Raymond’s office in Gothic Block, and was of transient duration. It expired after an existence of one hundred and twenty-eight days. Bowie came here from Baltimore, and after leaving here edited a paper at Geneseo, Henry County. In September, 1858, he returned to Moline, and in connection with Frank Linnehan started the Citizen, which soon failed, and in 1860 he was again at Geneseo, in connection with another short lived paper in that place, where he died in 1860.

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