Alton Commercial Gazette History
Founded by Samuel S. Brooks and John H. Pettit March 12th, 1839, it was an ably conducted journal, Democratic in politics. It suspended publication in March, 1840, but was revived in May of the same year and did good service in the presidential campaign, at the close of which it again suspended.
(From The History of Madison County, Illinois by W.R. Brink & Co., 1882).