The Press Of Rock Island County

To Henry C. McGrew, a native of Ireland, who came to this country in 1818 with his father, belongs the credit of issuing the first newspaper published in Rock Island County. He came to Rock Island in 1839, and about the middle of August of that year started the Rock Island Banner and Stephenson Gazette, which suspended publication in the. Fall of 1841, when the press and type were moved to Geneseo. The paper was neutral in politics until 1840, when, during the presidential campaign of that year, it advocated the principles of the Democratic party.

 

 Rock Island County, Illinois History and Genealogy 

 

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