Peninsula Enterprise, March 3, 1900


reprinted from Worcester Advocate.Transportation -- Water - Steamboats

It is rumored in steamboat circles that a big corporation headed by T. C. Platt, of New York, has been formed to operate a new line of steamers between Baltimore and the Eastern Shore. The United States Express Company is said to be behind the movement.


Transportation -- Water - Wrecks

Bugeye, J. T. Ford, bound from Crisfield to Chincoteague, having on board household effects of Mr. Henry T. Davis, went ashore on Dawson Shoals, Wachapreague, Monday morning and is a total loss. The Captains with their crews of Wachapreague and Parramore's Beach Life Saving Stations went to the rescue and succeeded in taking off Mr. and Mrs. Davis, their two children and Captain Edwards, of Long Island, all on the boat, before she went to pieces. None of the property of Mr. Davis was saved.


Weather -- Northeast storms

On Wednesday morning after the late northeast storm 180 brandt were found on the grounds around the Hog Island lighthouse. Blinded by the light they had flown against that structure during the night and killed themselves.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

At a meeting of the directors of the Peninsula Fair Association on Tuesday all of the old officers were elected with two exceptions. Mr. James R. Hickman was elected director in place of Mr. L. W. Groton, who had disposed of his stock in the Association and therefore not eligible, and the office of secretary and treasurer, being combined. Mr. C. C. Dix declined to allow his name to be used for the position, and Mr. Thomas S. Hopkins was elected. The Association also decided to hold the fair 4 days, instead of 5, as heretofore advertised.


Sea -- Fish factories

The factory of A. J. Morse, at Harborton, sold at public auction Thursday, was bid off to Mr. N. B. Wescott at the price of $8,575.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - FairsAfrican-Americans -- Society

The Colored Fair Association will hold their 2d annual fair at Tasley, August 21st, 22d, 23d, and 24th.



Mr. William T. Bond, of near Accomac C. H., who was bitten by a dog several days ago,is taking the Pasteur treatment at Institute in Baltimore. The physicians, who examined the dog which bit him, are of the opinion that it was afflicted with rabies, though they could not say positively that it was for several days yet. They advised him to take the treatment at once, as it might be too late if he waited until they had arrived at a definite conclusion in the matter.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Fox

New Church.

On Friday last this town was the scene of much excitement, occasioned by the news given out some days previous that the fox, which contrary to his traditional cunning has been captured by Thomas Hoffman, would be set free. At least 200 persons were present to witness this unusual and remarkable event. Reynard did not, as had been predicted, seem bewildered, but challenged the speed of the canines the whole day, until night ended the chase, leaving the cunning animal the victor.


Professionals -- DoctorsWeather -- Snow stormsTransportation -- Railroad - TrolliesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : TownTransportation -- Road - Construction


Dr. S. S. Kellam, who has been engaged in hospital practice with the eminent Dr. Tiffany, in Baltimore, is at home. He intends leaving soon for North Carolina where he will settle for regular practice.

The "dip" of the thermometer on Saturday night was the most sudden and extreme that we have ever noted -- a fall of the mercury of 35 degrees in five or six hours. We sat that night without fire, in comfort, till eleven o'clock, and on the next morning awoke and found the white mantle upon the earth and everything frozen without.

Dr. Arthur Watson departed this life on last Saturday morning, aged eighty-two years. The funeral services were held in Holy Trinity Church on Monday at 1 o'clock p.m., and the interment was in the Onancock cemetery. A widow, three sons and a daughter survive him. He had spent the majority of the past forty years as a citizen of the town. Until recently he had been very vigorous for one of his age. Having retired from practice some years since, he gave his time chiefly to out-of door enjoyment -- hunting and fishing. He appreciated clearly his near approaching end and arranged his secular matters in detail.

While considering the electric car line which is coming certainly and soon, (as the charter members have stated the intention of offering the stock at once and putting the work through as soon as can be), other enterprises are mentioned which deserve the attention of capitalists and to which we should invite them. Among these is a seaside resort near the eastern terminus of the road. A suitable place would receive large patronage over the line and the interests of the two would be one. We have not, at all, an accessible and pleasant watering place, and one would be greatly appreciated. Another needed enterprise is in this town -- the improvement of our town hall. It is totally inadequate for the uses of the town for public meetings and entertainments at present, and with the increased patronage of the town by use of the trolley car we can see the absolute necessity of improvement.

Lee street is being opened through the Mills land on the North of Kerr street, and Mr. Thos. E. Fletcher is improving his beautiful building lot purchased of the said estate and bounded on the West by the said street. Also, the Mills dwelling is being improved by a new porch and the yard fencing is rearranged. The front of the yard will be enclosed with a low cemented wall. These improvements are notable and give a handsome appearance to the property.

It has been suggested by the citizens of Onley that the Onancock and Drummondtown Electric Railway, Light and Power Company adopt a car route including that point. It is said that a liberal amount of stock would be taken there if the advantage is offered.


Weather -- Snow stormsForests -- Barrel factories Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


Two colored people of this section had a narrow escape, form freezing to death, Saturday night. Assistance and restoratives reached them just in time to save their lives.

Mr. Eddie Taylor has discontinued the barrel business on Chincoteague and returned to his home at this place.

The new dwelling of Mr. L. J. Bull at this place is fast approaching completion.

The Bagwell Mears farm, sold at this place Saturday by Attorney Nock, brought a fair price. The main place was bought by Mr. A. J. Lilliston for $1,505, and the other place by Mr. James H. Powell at about $1,000.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations


Our farmers are very much enthused over the Farmers Exchange and if all the members take as much interest as ours we have no fear of its being a success.

Captain and Two Men Drowned.

Watermen -- Personal injuryTransportation -- Water - Wrecks

The two -- mastered schooner, Ephriam and Anna, of Baltimore, lumber loaded for Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C., went ashore in Chesapeake Bay off Hungar's Creek early Sunday morning. Captain G. J. Powell and two colored men were lost overboard and drowned while trying to steer his vessel, before she went ashore. Two others -- white men -- constructed a raft and floated for several hours, and were finally rescued. The wind was blowing a terrific gale from the west, which forced the vessel out of the channel.

The body of Captain Powell was washed ashore Monday morning in Hungar's creek, where it was found by Sheriff Jarvis, of Eastville, Va. The vessel is breaking up, and will be a total loss.

Eastern Shore Produce Exchange.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

Meetings in the interest of the Produce Exchange will be held at the following places and dates:

Onancock, Saturday, March 10th. Cashville, Saturday, March 17th. Oak Hall, Saturday, March 24th.

For these meetings the farmers and business men of the several communities are earnestly requested to be present and help in this all important movement.


Legislative Notes.

Infrastructure -- Public : FencesTransportation -- Water - WharvesInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Town

By Mr. Nottingham: Petitions for no fence law in Elliot's and Church Necks, in Northampton county, and for the same in Eastville and Franktown district, and three petitions asking that the present fence laws be allowed to stand.

By Mr. Matthews : To allow Levin Lynch to erect a wharf in Chincoteague bay, in Accomac county.

By Same: To incorporate the town of Chincoteague.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The farmers of Occahonnock Neck met at Jamesville, February 24th, for the purpose of organizing a Local Produce Exchange. Mr. Thomas LeCato, general inspector of Eastern Shore Produce Exchange, was elected chairman and Irving S. Ennis, secretary. Twenty-four members were enrolled with one share each. Adjourned to meet Saturday afternoon, at half past one o'clock, March 3d, when we hope to complete the organization. Everybody is invited to attend this meeting.

Irving S. Ennis,



Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

Mappsburg branch of the Produce Exchange met on Saturday, February 24th, and discussed matters of interest to Exchange. It was agreed upon adjournment that we should meet again at 3 o'clock, Saturday, March 10th. All members are requested to be present.

F. T. Smith,



Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

At a meeting of the farmers of Hallwood and vicinity on Wednesday, Mr. John Ewell was elected chairman and Jno. W. Taylor, secretary. After an address by the general business manager, Mr. Wm. A. Burton, the names of all who wished to become members of the local division of the Exchange at that place were called for and a sufficient number was soon enrolled. The division organized and elected the following directors: Jno. W. Taylor, F. B. Humphreys, A. C. Hart, W. H. Davis and W. C. Burroughs. Mr. Taylor was also elected general director. The election of inspector and agent was postponed until a later meeting.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 3, 1900