Peninsula Enterprise, October 25, 1902


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Packing

Capt. Polk Lang is having a large oyster shucking house built on Folly Creek, near Accomac C. H. It will open next week with about 50 shuckers and the number will be increased later. That it will be a success goes without saying. Captain Polk never counts upon failure in anything he attempts and usually wins. He will doubtless do so in this enterprise.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

At a meeting of the directors of the Eastern Shore Produce Exchange at Onley on Tuesday, Mr. E. W. Barnes was authorized to go South to sell latter crop of Irish potatoes, and Messrs. W. A. Burton and B. T. Gunter were appointed a committee to confer with fertilizer men, as to terms upon which fertilizers could be furnished to members of the Exchange.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The next annual meeting of the stockholders of the Eastern Shore Produce Exchange will be held at Accomac C. H., Wednesday, December 10th, 1902.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Grist mills

A large addition is being made by Mr. Geo. W. Garrett to his work shop and grist mill at Accomac C. H. this week.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - WharvesMoral -- Other


The P. W. & B. railroad has put through fast train on the main line.

A preliminary survey has been completed for the extension of Queen Anne railroad, from a point near Hobbs Station, Caroline Co., Md., to Chincoteague, a distance of about 120 miles, and the work of locating a line will soon commence. The cost of construction is estimated at $2,300,000.

The P. W. & B. Railroad Co. has improved their wharf here by an addition of 1,000 square feet and by an enclosure on the southern end.

Amos Davis, colored, of this place, was fined $20, this week by Justice Dennis, for carrying concealed weapons.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Raccoon and opossumFields -- Canneries Infrastructure -- Commercial - General StoresInfrastructure -- Public : Cemeteries

Fair Oaks.

The oyster roast of Mr. Ben F. Hargis at this place last week was a success but the spectators were disappointed in the coon fight promised them. The coon escaped the night before.

Our coon hunter says, he can bag more coons with his pack of dogs in a week than any hunter in the two counties and is willing to back his judgment with something more than words.

Mr. Wm. T. Messick, of Allen, Md., was at this place a few days ago for the purpose of buying little potatoes for canning purposes.

The new storehouse recently completed here by Thos. Kellam and John Hopkins for Turlington & Bro., is one of the best on the Shore. It has a large handsome glass front with all of the modern conveniences on the inside.

Vernon, the little four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Turlington, was buried in the Ames burying ground, near this place, on Monday. They have the sympathy of the people of this community in their affliction.


Sea -- Shellfish - Clamming : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : PricesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingInfrastructure -- Public : Schools


Clams selling here from $3.00 to $4.50 per thousand.

J. F. Powell & Co., of Franklin City, have recently opened up their shucking house and are doing a rushing business.

Public school at this place was opened under favorable circumstances with four teachers in the new building. Principal, Prof. W. W. Bryan; 1st assistant, Miss Lola V. White; 2d assistant, Miss Bertha Nock; 3d assistant, Miss Ruth Matthews. Enrollment of pupils in room No. 1, 32; No. 2, 38; No. 3, 37; No. 4, 44; total 151. Allowing 30 scholars to the teacher, as required by the school-law, this school is entitled to a fifth teacher.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


The carpenter work on the beautiful dwelling being erected on Kerr St., by Mr. Douglas D. Fletcher, is completed and the house is now ready for the finishing touches by the painters.


Transportation -- Railroad - FreightInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


During the month of September 115 car loads of potatoes were shipped from Onley station, which beats all previous records for that month.

Protracted meeting closed here on Tuesday. Fourteen persons were converted while it was in progress.


Infrastructure -- Public : SchoolsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


The Pungoteague Academy, now run as a Public High School, has five teachers, 130 pupils in the academic department and from 28 to 30 music scholars.

The new dwelling of Mr. Jno. L. Warren, recently built near here, was occupied by his family this week.

Report of Board of Health in Small-Pox Cases.

DiseaseInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Quarantine, localInfrastructure -- Public : Schools

Mr. Editor: -- In reply to the many inquiries received at the office of the Board of Health relative to the small pox cases and also to refute the many silly rumors that have been current in the neighborhood, I will ask you to kindly publish the following:

The little child who was first attacked is practically out of danger.

The father, who had never been vaccinated until the child was taken sick, was vaccinated as soon as the Board was informed of the fact, but too late however to afford him immunity from the disease. He was promptly attacked by the malady in a very severe form, but is getting along quite well.

The only other inmates of the house, the mother and Mr. Andrew Ashmead, were both vaccinated in early life and again later and so far have not taken the disease and the probability is they will escape. The house and inmates are under strict quarantine and no opportunities will be allowed for the disease to spread.

Quarantine of the suspects not residing in this particular house has been raised.

The public schools will open shortly, at least as soon as it is deemed safe. In this communication I would like to call attention to the following Act of the Legislature.

Section 92 of the Virginia School Laws (1901) provides that "no pupils shall be admitted (into the public schools of Virginia) unless they have been vaccinated; nor shall any person be allowed to teach in the schools of the commonwealth until they shall have been vaccinated; provided that the operation of this clause concerning vaccination may be suspended in whole or in part by the school board of any city or county."

J. H. Ayres,



Transportation -- Railroad - Other

The following communication from Mr. R. B. Cooke, under date of October 20th, explains itself:

With a view to giving a better and more satisfactory service for passenger travel between local stations, and also through travel to local stations from Old Point Comfort, Norfolk and Portsmouth and points South, as well as from points North of Delmar, and through travel from local stations to points North, and also points South, the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad will make some important changes in its train service, which will materially increase the service for local business by giving additional trains between Cape Charles and Delmar, in both directions. The Railroad will endeavor to arrange its schedules with a view to accommodating the local travel. The new schedules, and additional trains will probably be arranged to take effect, the latter part of October, or very early in November.

The information contained in the above, it goes without saying, will be received with pleasure by the people of the Eastern Shore and, it is to be hoped, that Mr. Cooke will be able to see his was clear to arrange its schedules with the view "to accommodating the local travel". Any "arrangement" which gives us more day trains will be a convenience long hoped for and, we believe, will be in the interest of both the railroad company and its patrons. Any change will be for the better which will enable us to travel without having to get up from 2 to 3 a.m. to catch the morning train.


Laborers -- Strikes

The end of the struggle between capital and labor, which began several months ago, was reached on Tuesday by the acceptance on the part of the miners of the arbitration commissioners, appointed by President Roosevelt, and the announcement is made in connection there with, that the miners will return to work at once and a bountiful supply of coal may soon be expected. That the victory was on the side of the miners is of course cause for rejoicing, but neither they or the operators are the only persons to be considered. The people who consume the coal too have rights which cannot be ignored and a remedy which will protect them, when a dispute arises again between capital and labor calls for legislation in their interest. How that is to be secured is another question and the only solution seems to be in a change of the party in power. The Republican party, as shown by the late struggle, is too much dominated by trusts, to hope for legislation in that direction in the interest of all the people.


African-Americans -- Race relationsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : State

The colored voter is not "in it" according to the figures published in regard to the registration throughout the State. In Accomac the qualified white voters outnumber the colored more than seven to one, in many counties the registration shows that they are not now more than one tenth of the voters, and in some counties only about twenty-five in a thousand are colored. The reports from every county, in fact show, it is stated, that the white voters are too largely in the majority to give the Republicans any hope of winning in this or later elections, but it is none the less the duty of every Democrat to vote. Even with the Republican voters so largely in the minority we cannot affored to forget, "that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 25, 1902