Of all interests which are calculated to build up a flourishing city, there are none that contribute more to that object than its manufactories. And we venture the assertion that there is no city in the West which presents more favorable inducements for all kinds of manufacturing establishments than that of Davenport. Although we possess a goodly number at the present time, there are other branches which might be made lucrative, to which we may hereafter call attention. It may not be generally known to our farmer friends that we have quite an extensive fanning mill, carried on by Messrs. Hunter and Davenport, on Rock Island street, who have now on hand about 100 of Reader’s celebrated mills, of the latest improved style. They think they are fully prepared to meet all demands upon them for those celebrated mills.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 2, 1862, p. 1