Peninsula Enterprise, September 20, 1902


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Banks

Mr. L. E. Mumford, president of the L. E. Mumford Banking company, will, at an early date, open a bank at Leonardtown, Md. This bank has no connection with the banking company at Cape Charles, but is an individual enterprise of Mr. Mumford.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

Accomac C. H.

The storehouse, near the side entrance to the courthouse, has been sold by Mr. Augustus Parker, to Mr. George G. Ailworth and the purchase means the erection of another large and up-to-date hotel at the county seat at an early date, with Mr. Ailworth as proprietor. Work on same will begin at once and it is proposed to have it ready for occupancy by December next.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionfields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : YieldWeather -- DroughtsFields -- Crops - FodderLaborers -- Farm


The oyster shucking house of Taylor & Lockwood, at Wishart Point, opened up for business this week.

New dwellings continue to go up in our town. One has just been finished by Mr. John F. Fisher and another is in course of erection by Mr. Geo. Kennard.

Our farmers are busy, shipping sweets, and report crop cut off about one half by the continue drouth this season.

Mr. Charles Bagwell, of Guilford, aged about 40 years, fell dead in field of Mr. George Gillespie, near Atlantic, while assisting him in saving fodder on last Tuesday.


Transportation -- Water - Boat buildingTransportation -- Water - Power boatsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionFields -- Crops - CornTransportation -- Water - Freight


Mr. C. W. Feddeman, of Dreka, is having a fine bugeye built, and will have gasoline engine in same. It is reported that she will cost over $3,000 and has named her Seven Marys after 7 Marys in the family.

Capt. Staton F. Byrd was up to this place this week, collecting ground rent taxes on oyster grounds.

Capt. Jeremiah Taylor launched his new boat last Saturday and named her Mildred L. Beatrice, after his grand-daughter and daughter. She is a beauty.

Capt. John H. Hall is moving seed oysters from James River.

Mr. E. T. Justis is building a storehouse for Mr. Benj. Groton at the Head of Neck, near Oak Hall.

Capt. S. W. Sparrow arrived home from Delaware last Sunday with a cargo of corn and watermelons.


fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : YieldTransportation -- Railroad - FreightInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


The shipment of sweets from this station at this time larger than at any time during the season. The recent rains have greatly increased the yield of our staple product.

Work will begin, it is stated, on or about October 1st, on the new Baptist Church to be erected at this place. It is to be a large and handsome structure.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Banks


C. E. Babbitt, Jr., has opened up his shucking house for the season.

The Boatsmen Bank of Chincoteague has been incorporated with capital stock of one hundred thousand dollars and is now known as the Banking Company of L. L. Derickson, Jr. Its directors are John L. Anderton, W. N. Conant, W. J. Matthews, Chas. F. Matthews, R. L. Marshall, Chincoteague; R. L. Dirickson, Jr., Berlin; O. D. Collins, Snow Hill. Of this number Mr. Dirickson is president, Mr. Collins, vice-president and Mr. C. F. Matthews, cashier.

Oysters are all fat and no poor ones, according to reports received from all our people in the business this season. There seems to be no doubt that they were never better at this time of the year than at present.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Fish factoriesSea -- Finfish - Catch : MenhadenSea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-netProfessionals -- Merchants


Our oystermen report a scarcity of bivalves in the waters of the Chesapeake.

The catch of menhaden for our factory has improved of late and the proprietors are hopeful of good fall fishing and a good year's work, notwithstanding the scarcity up to a few days ago. Some of the trap fishermen also report an improvement in their business. The quality of the fish caught by them though is not the best.

The signs of prosperity are not lacking in this community and one of our merchants, Mr. L. T. Evans, wishing to have his share of it, wants all indebted to him to settle up by cash or note by October 1st.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Windmills Infrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsFarmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidings


Mr. McKinney Price, of Salisbury, is putting up a wind mill at Onley this week for the use of Capt. John W. Rogers and Proprietor E. G. Fox.

A nice platform for the exclusive use of the Eastern Shore Produce Exchange has been built at this station. It was needed to meet the increase in business.


Fields -- Other machineryInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


A. J. McCready has erected a building on Bennett St., for the manufacture of his famous vine cutter.

Oyster Planters Association.

Watermen -- Watermen's organizations

The Planters Association of the seaside of Accomack and Northampton counties will meet at Cobbs mill, Oyster, P. O., September 20th at 2 p.m. Should that day be stormy it will meet the following Saturday. Hons. Geo. W. LeCato and N. B. Wescott are expected to speak.

Thos. B. Smith, Chairman.

T. J. Warren, Sec'y.

Hotel Wachapreague.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsTransportation -- Water - Power boats

Hotel Wachapreague was opened to the public on Thursday, according to announcement heretofore made through these columns and from 400 to 500 persons were in attendance to partake of the elegant dinner and supper served at the hotel and on the beach. Among the other attractions were music, excursions on his elegant gasoline launch and a speech by Dr. Geo. W. LeCato. The hotel now open is an imposing and elegant structure, handsomely furnished and with all modern and up-to-date conveniences. It is or will be later the best equipped country hotel, perhaps, in Virginia. Fuller particulars will be given later.

Homicide Near Onley.

Moral -- Murder

A game of crap in which several colored men were engaged in woods near Onley Saturday, 13th inst., terminated fatally to one of the number. Robert Gillet was shot and killed by James Floyd, and as the evidence showed at inquest over body of Gillet, almost without provocation. The offense of the deceased seems to have been in the picking up a nickel which Floyd staked on the game and which Gillet refused to give him. The demand on the part of Floyd was followed by a bullet from his pistol which pierced the heart and liver of Gillet, killing him instantly.

Floyd fled as soon as he had examined the wound of his victim, taking the earliest freight train north. He was caught at Pocomoke City, concealed in car of lumber by Mr. Calvin Townsend, and consenting to return was brought back to Onley by Constable Tankard G. Kellam on Monday, when after a preliminary examination by Justice George F. Parker he was sent to jail to wait the action of the grand jury.

The evidence disclosed at the inquest was substantially as reported above. The verdict of the jury was "that Robert Gillet came to his death by means of a pistol bullet shot and discharged by one James Floyd." The murderer is only 19 years old.

On the person of Floyd was found, when arrested, a pistol with one barrel empty, brass knuckles, black-jack and razor.

A Dream and the Sequel.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Bicycling

Edgar Smith, a youth of about twelve years, while out riding with Dr. Geo. W. LeCato on Wednesday fell asleep, and when he awoke said he had had a bad dream, viz: That he had fallen overboard from hotel wharf at Wachapreague with his bicycle and had been rescued after being nearly drowned by Mr. Chris Phillips. On Thursday while riding his bicycle on the wharf, forgetful of his dream it seems, he went too near the edge of wharf and fell overboard with his bicycle and was only rescued by Capt. John Johnson, who happened to be at hand and caught him, as he was going down for the third time.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Quality control

The reports, from the operations of the Eastern Shore Produce Exchange this year, in all respects are of the most gratifying character and more so in none than in the disposition shown by the members to take the advice of the business manager of the Association. For instance, of late at his suggestion they withheld their shipments and no one need be told that they acted wisely in doing so who considers the increase in price for our staple product which has thereby resulted. This taken in to connection with the fact, that the package in which shipments have been made this season have been nearer up to the standard and more uniform in size and the inspection has been attended with less difficulties than theretofore too go very far to show the good work which is being accomplished and the good results which may be expected in the future. That it is going to continue to grow in influence and for the betterment of the condition of our people there ought to be no doubt, when so much has been done in so little time. To that end we cannot insist too strongly that all of our farmers fall into line at once and help it along to that success which will mean so much to them, when the Exchange can control all of their shipments. None now deny that the Exchange has brought prosperity to them, whether of the organization or not, and that being true, why should any of our farmers withhold their support from it?

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 20, 1902