Peninsula Enterprise, October 4, 1902


reprinted from Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.Transportation -- Railroad - Construction

A preliminary survey has been completed for an extension of the Queen Anne's railroad, Md., from a point near Hobb's station, Caroline county, Md., to Chincoteague, Va., a distance of about 120 miles, and the work of locating a line will soon begin. The estimated cost of construction is $2,500,000.


Watermen -- Personal injury

George Gibson, colored hand on schooner of Capt. Eugene Hall, in attempting to swim ashore at Sparrow's landing on Messongo last Saturday, was drowned.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Belle Haven.

Messrs. John R. Floyd and Percy Savage are arranging for the erection of dwellings on Lee Street this fall.

Mr. J. Wellington Wyatt's horse, "Tucker," won the race at this place, Wednesday.


Transportation -- Railroad - FreightFields -- Livestock - HorsesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


The shipment of sweet potatoes from this station this week has been very heavy. Owing to the scarcity of cars a great many of them had to be loaded on the ground which delayed their transportation very much.

Mr. T. B. Mason is in the Southern cities this week purchasing a drove of horses.

Mr. A. W. Short is improving his new store this week with a porch.


Transportation -- Railroad - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - WrecksSea -- WreckingTransportation -- Water - SteamboatsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


The Adams Express Co. now have two messengers daily to look after their business to and from Chincoteague, viz: Mr. J. T. Toadvin, on A.M. train and Mr. Upshur Mason on P.M. train.

Oyster business started up at this place this week. The four shucking houses began operations belonging to B. F. Collins, C. E. Babbitt, Jr., K. J. Jester and D. J. Whealton & Co., and six or more schooners are here to be loaded with oysters for Norfolk.

Schooner Florence, which went ashore on South end of Assateague Beach during the night, September 26th, is a total loss. She belonged to Capt. L. A. Ayres, who had recently purchased her in Gloucester, Mass., for the sum of $2,600. The crew of eleven was rescued by Capt. J. M. Feddeman and force of the Life Saving Service. The wreckage was sold here by Capt. W. C. Bunting on Wednesday.

Jno. H. Matthews and Peter J. Gillespie have formed a partnership, under the name of the Wishart Point Transportation Co., to carry the mail and passengers from N. Y. P. & N. R. R., to Chincoteague and return via. Wishart Point for the sum of 75 cents. The route from Chincoteague to Wishart Point will be under the management of Mr. Matthews. Another steamer, up-to-date in all respects will soon be placed on the route.

Mr. Oliver Jester is having a new dwelling built down the Island.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - CircusesTransportation -- Railroad - FreightWeather -- Droughts


A Medicine Co., under a tent with capacity of 1,000 persons, is entertaining large crowds here nightly.

The failure of the N. Y. P. & N. R. R. Co. to furnish cars for the shipment of our produce to market is causing considerable loss to our farmers and complaints are heard from our people on every hand. The early crop, on account of the long continued drought was an unprofitable one to them, and their later crops, for want of proper transportation facilities, will not pay them. The railroad company in some way ought to be held responsible for the damage to our potatoes, by being piled up for days and nights, on platform and ground before being forwarded to market.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : DredgingFields -- Crops - CornTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Rabbit and squirrel


Many of our people are busy getting their boats ready for dredging.

The shooting of squirrels is engaging the attention of many of our sportsmen at this time.

The corn crop, on account of protracted drouth, is very poor in this section.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing


A building boom is now on in the upper part of Onancock. Mr. E. J. Beloate is building an excellent storehouse for Miss Cora Riley. Mr. William T. Winder will soon erect a large storehouse opposite his present one.

It is interesting to note the progress the horses raised on the Eastern Shore have made during the past year. First comes Gold Bur, raised by Mr. William C. West, Onancock, and sold last year at the Fasig-Tipton sale to Mr. Essery, of New York city, for $1,625. Gold Bur reduced his mark from 2:16 3/4 to 2:13 3/4 at Albany, beating Nutbearer in the heat he won. He beat Nutbearer at Poughkeepsie two heats but then went lame and has not started again this season. Nutbearer won the $10,000 stake at Providence. Gold Bur and he were considered evenly matched and if Gold Bur had stayed in condition he would probably have won some big stakes. Then Forney has won much money and obtained a mark of 2:19 1/4. He is by Sidney Prince and is owned by a Mr. Smith, of Richmond. Last but not least comes Ida Gray, raised by Mr. G. S. Walter, Onancock. She won at Tasley, Pocomoke, Easton and Pottstown, Pa., and obtained a mark of 2:19 1/4. Her owner, Mr. William S. Nelson, sold her for $2,000 to a Wilmington man. He bought her in March for $350. She will be saved for the stake races next year.

Mr. William C. West, proprietor of Onancock Hotel, has sold to Mr. J. Smith, of Richmond, his two year old colt. Price unknown but thought to be very good.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Six cent's worth of garden seed, planted by William Nedab last Spring, supplied two families with all of that vegetable needed by them. The yield from a small portion of the crop, planted again this fall, netted him a few days ago $13.16.

Work has commenced on the dwelling of Mr. W. L. Harper at this place.


Forests -- SawmillsMoral -- VigilantismMoral -- Firearms


While Gordy's mill "holds out to saw" the coal strike will have no terror for the people of this town and vicinity.

An uncalled for altercation occurred in this town on Saturday night, and if repeated a vigilance committee will be in order. A word to the wise is sufficient.

While Will and Harry Stockley, brothers, were at play with a loaded shot gun this week, the latter received three shot in his head of the contents. Dr. Neville extracted the shot and nothing serious is expected.

Small-Pox in Accomac.

DiseaseInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Quarantine, local

A case of small-pox has broken out in the little three year old child of Mr. George Bull, of Davis Wharf. The mother and child had recently been visiting in Norfolk, where the disease was evidently contracted, and symptoms appeared shortly after their return home. Unfortunately several neighbors visited the child before the nature of the malady was known. The father also in his attention to his duties mingled freely with the people in the vicinity.

On Saturday afternoon the case was reported to the Board of Health by the attending physician. The Board at once assumed control, placed Dr. F. C. A. Kellam, of Pungoteague, in charge of the case, had the house and inmates quarantined and all known to have visited the house vaccinated and ordered to remain at their several homes until the period of incubation expires.

Superintendent of Schools, G. G. Joynes, was also requested not to open the public schools in that section for 30 days, which request was complied with.

If we escape an epidemic in that neighborhood it is in all probability due to the prompt and vigorous action of the Board of Health.

We are informed by the executive officer of the Board, that a compulsory vaccination will be ordered in that section if another case is reported.


Transportation -- Railroad - Freight

The failure of the N. Y. P. & N. R. R., Co., to furnish enough cars for the transportation promptly of the sweet potato crop of the Eastern Shore to market, is causing considerable anxiety to our farmers and may result in much loss to them. Detained as the crop now is and exposed to the weather for days for lack of facilities for moving same, it necessarily arrives in market in a damaged condition and is sold at a loss to them, but they have reason to fear a much greater loss by the decline in price if not sold while the weather is favorable for the shipment of the crop. Why the cars are not furnished, of course we do not know, but the matter calls for the attention of some one and speedy action seems to be necessary.


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

The registration under the new Constitution has closed in many sections of the State and the result shows that the colored voter is no longer a factor in the politics of the State. The reports from many counties indicate that the larger proportion of them, either because of indifference in the matter or through fear of being denied the privilege of registering, failed to apply, and that only a small number of those, who claimed the privilege because of their ability to explain a clause of the Constitution could give answers satisfactory to the registrars. The colored brother as an interpreter of the Constitution, was not "in it" in any county of the State. A larger number of the white voters of the State too have failed to register but their indifference or neglect in the matter gives no encouragement to the republicans even to hope for ascendency in the State. Democrats in the future will run the affairs of the old Commonwealth in every county and city of the State.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 4, 1902