Peninsula Enterprise, September 11, 1897


Infrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

The sale of the Cobb's Island Hotel furniture took place last week and realized $850. So the old and popular summer resort is now a thing of the past.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

The following is published by request: A number of gentlemen will meet at Accomac C. H. Thursday, 16th, at 2 o'clock, p. m., for the purpose of organizing a Fair Association; the same to be located at some suitable point of the N. Y. P. & N. R. R. All interested in this movement are invited to be present.


Moral -- Alcohol

State Chairman W. S. Bundick, of the Prohibition Party of Virginia, will speak next Monday at Louisa C. H., and later at Staunton and in Orange, Allegheny and Craig counties.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : TownInfrastructure -- Public : FencesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - FairsLaborers -- DomesticInfrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers


More than once recently we have noted that some of our citizens are urging the question of turning cattle on the streets to destroy the weeds and grass. Surely they must only be poking a little fun at the council for not having the weeds removed.

A suggestion, that the Agricultural Fair grounds be moved from the present location to a suitable place on the line of the railroad, meets with considerable interest here. Our citizens are suggesting Only as the right place.

There is a great complaint here concerning the difficulty of getting house-servants. It is a queer problem, indeed, that there is so much said and written about the suffering, unemployed laborers of the land, when, at the same time, we cannot secure efficient house-servants at prices that supply them a living. We need some of those unemployed laborers who want work.

The PENINSULA ENTERPRISE is an appreciated weekly visitor in many homes in this land. Some of the boys who learned their A B C's from its columns are now becoming subscribers and would not be without its familiar pages.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders


The Baptist Church, of Parksley, proposes to lay the corner stone of their new building about the first of October. The Masons are expected to be present and officiate on the occasion.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal serviceInfrastructure -- Public : Schools


W. E. Winder has purchased the hotel and will occupy same next year.

The mail route between Pungoteague and Boggs' is to be changed and thus give much better mail facilities. This is a move in the right direction.

A public reception was held by Prof. J. D. Hank and other members of the facility in Pungoteague Academy last Wednesday evening. A short address was made by Prof. Hank, and some fine music rendered. The audience was made up of citizens from many parts of the two counties. The school opened Thursday morning, with 70 scholars, the largest in the history of the academy on first day. The members of the faculty belong to different denominations and the school is under strict Christian influence.

E. S. Game Association.

Natural resources -- Conservation - Game

The members of the Eastern Shore Game Protective Association are requested to meet at Parksley on next Thursday, 16th. The members of the executive committee are especially requested to be present.



Onancock Waterworks.

Infrastructure -- Utilities - Water

On Tuesday morning the hose for the completion of the waterworks arrived by the steamer Tangier, and at 11 o'clock the system was exhibited to the citizens by contractor, C. S. York. The results were entirely satisfactory and general congratulations were extended to the contractor. Every part of the system worked smoothly. When the hose was attached to the fire plug and the water turned on, a great volume or stream shot forth with mighty force and was easily thrown over the tallest buildings in the business range.

The dusty streets of the business of the town were flooded twice during the day. All of the water used lowered the volume in the great tank to the extent of about fourteen inches. The real value of the works in case of fire was fully demonstrated. They were put in at a cost of $5,300.

Another appropriation of about five thousand dollars will be necessary to extend the pipes through the entire town. This will be done as soon as can be arranged.

The buildings and construction of the works consist of a brick power house, steel framework sixty-five high, upon which stands the tank of 50,000 gallons capacity, and a brick well twenty feet in diameter and eighteen feet deep. In the power house is a fine Otto "electric gasoline" engine for lifting the water to the tank. Altogether the construction is an object of importance and interest, and quite an ornament to the town. The water is good and many families will carry it to their homes by private pipes, and have, at medium cost, the convenience and luxury of the bath room, kitchen supply, &c. We really cannot estimate its advantages. Mr. York has fulfilled his contract, we believe, conscientiously and with exactness, having shown himself an intelligent and clear headed master of his business.

Margaret Academy.

Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

The next session of Margaret Academy will begin next Wednesday, the 15th inst. Mr. Brent has associated with himself in the management of the school, Mr. Daniel Madison, of Orange county, Va, a gentlemen of fine attainments and a teacher of long and successful experience.

For eleven years he taught a high grade private school at the home of Henry Battaile, Esq., in this county; and his pupils have taken and maintain a high standard in the colleges and universities to which they have gone. He was for several years principal of a fine private school for boys in Culpepper county, Va. Mr. Battaile says of him: "I can heartily recommend Mr. Madison as a good disciplinarian, an accomplished, conscientious, faithful teacher, and a moral, high-toned gentleman. I think Margaret Academy fortunate in securing his services."

Miss Mary Bagby, who is to have charge of the primary department, is a full graduate of Hollins Institute, and a teacher of considerable experience. She is not only a fine teacher, but an excellent disciplinarian and a most refined Christian lady. She is highly recommended by the president and professors of Hollins and by all for whom she has taught. Miss Jennie P. Barstow, who for the past two years has had charge of the music department, will resume her work in the Academy at the opening of the session. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and a most faithful and successful teacher.

With such a corps of teachers, Margaret Academy is prepared to do as good work as any school of like grade in the country. It is an Eastern Shore institution and our people should give it a liberal patronage.


Infrastructure -- Public : MonumentsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

The Executive Committee of Harmanson-West Camp of Confederate Veterans again calls upon the good people of Accomack and Northampton to render them a little aid in their efforts to raise a fund with which to erect a monument to the memory of the Eastern Shoremen who gave their lives to the Confederate cause. The veterans will hold their reunion and memorial entertainment at Parksley, on Thursday, September 16th. In order that this may be a success, it is necessary, that they receive material aid in the way of contributions of such articles of food as are needed for the dinner. In view of the object for which the fund raised on that day will be used it is hoped, that the good people of the two counties will, without solicitation, send the needed contributions of food, so that the dinner may be, what the committee has promised, a sumptuous one. It is further hoped, that the noble women of the two counties will not lose sight of the department of fancy articles. The contributions of those residing south of Parksley can be taken to the various stations in time to be brought up by the excursion train of which the railroad officials will give due notice. Parties residing north of Parksley can bring their donations with them or, in the event of their not attending, send them by some neighbor who will go. The committee asks this aid not for any benefit that will accrue to them, but to the end that the memory of their fallen comrades -- your dead -- may, to some extent, be perpetuated. Surely their heroism and their death deserve this slight token of recognition and gratitude at our hands.

JOHN H. WISE, Secretary.

Water Party.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racingTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

The Harborton Baptist Church will hold a water picnic at Buzzard Hill on Wednesday, September 15th, beginning at 10 o'clock. There will be boat contest at eleven o'clock. The captain and crew of the winning boat will have their dinner free. Mr. John L. Warren will be in charge and give all necessary information. The boats will be expected in the afternoon to give a free sail to those who may wish it.

In the afternoon there will be a tub and sack contest to be followed by a bicycle tournament. Messrs. Jno. L. Warren and Jno. H. Walker, are in charge of these sports and will give any desired information.

Ice cream and lemonade, &c., will be for sale. You are promised a first class dinner. You know the ladies of Hacks' neck can serve it at a moderate cost. A good time is promised to all who will go. You will make a big mistake if you do not go.

If Wednesday is a bad day, then come Thursday.



Infrastructure -- Public : MonumentsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

The Confederate re-union at Parksley next Thursday calls for the earnest encouragement and active support of every Eastern Shoreman, who loves the Lost Cause and the noble heroes who lost their lives in defence of it. It should be a day long to be remembered in the coming years, and it will be one which we will be glad to recall, if by our efforts and through our aid on that day, the funds now in hand can be sufficiently supplemented for the erection of the monument to our fallen braves without further delay. Their splendid valor and heroic deeds long since demanded that the shaft be raised to commemorate their virtues, and it cannot be postponed longer, if we would not bring reproach upon ourselves of being false to them and untrue to the cause for which they fought and died. The monument, of course, will be erected to our Confederate dead at a later day, if not now, and in sufficient proportions to be worthy of them and to show to future generations the affectionate regard in which they were held by us, and contributions to that end will not be wanting from any who value patriotism, self-sacrificing devotion to duty and the priceless heritage of their honored names to their kindred and their kindred's children. Sufficient funds for that purpose, however, ought to be raised at Parksley next Thursday and we most heartily second the appeal of Harmanson-West camp, for every one is held a success.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 11, 1897