Peninsula Enterprise, October 18, 1902


Professionals -- TeachersAfrican-Americans -- Work - Other

The next annual meeting of the Colored Teachers Association will be held at Onancock, Saturday, November 8th.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Fishing

Mr. Chas. S. Waples, with two friends, of Baltimore, spent several days at Burton's Villa this week, "taking in" the pleasures of sea fishing under the care of the proprietor, Mr. John H. James.



Another case of small-pox is reported from Davis Wharf. This is the second case at that point, the patient being the father of the child who was attacked with the disease about three weeks ago. The precaution taken by the Board of Health make it reasonably certain that the disease will be confined to that family.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction

A large blacksmith shop, on the site of the old one of Mr. Thos. W. Twyford, at Accomac C. H., is being built for him by Messrs, Robert and John Nock, this week. It will be a neat-looking and substantial structure, indicating the prosperity of the owner and that he is with us to stay.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionArchitecture -- Out buildingsFields -- Crops - Cover crops


Mr. L. H. Chesser has had carpenters at his home this week building a barn, carriage house and stables. Mr. Purnell Chesser has put a neat and substantial picket fence around his yard. Mr. Sewell Chesser is having considerable land grubbed, with a view of planting more potatoes another year than formerly. Advancement and improvement is the order of the day in this section and we see it in every direction.

Mr. Eugene Godwin, who purchased a large farm near here last year is improving same by building a large barn, tenement house and other out-buildings. Mr. Godwin is an up-to-date farmer and is improving his land by sowing clover and black peas.

Mr. Sewall A. Taylor has moved into his new storehouse, recently completed.


Sea -- Shellfish - Clamming : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : PricesTransportation -- Water - WrecksSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : SeasideWatermen -- Watermen's organizationsProfessionals -- OtherTransportation -- Water - Freight


The revenue from clams shipped from this point is not very far behind that received for oysters. The oyster shipments are only for 5 months but clams are sent daily to market from this place and for the last sixty days have netted about $400 per day. The smaller ones sell here for $3.50 and larger ones at $5.00 per barrel or sack, and the daily shipment for last sixty days has been about 200 sacks.

Captain L. Ayers, engaged for several days in trying to "float" his schooner, Florence, which went ashore some time ago on Assateague Beach, has abandoned her.

The "little fiddler," which runs along our shores, heretofore considered worthless, has now a value that was never dreamed of. The fishermen around New York use them for bait for black fish and are willing to pay eight dollars per barrel for them. Their agent, Mr. Sophart, of New York, is here buying them at that price.

The Oyster League will hold a business meeting at the Town Hall next Monday night, 7:30 o'clock. Everybody is invited and the attendance ought to be large as everyone here, whatever his vocation, is interested in the oyster business.

Professor W. H. Warren has been engaged as book-keeper by Mr. C. E. Babbitt for his oyster shucking house and he is to be congratulated in securing the services of one so well fitted for the discharge of that duty.

Schooner Albertie, Capt. D. T. Whealton, arrived this week from New York, with cargo of pea coal. It was sold for $16.50 per ton.


Laborers -- FisheriesTransportation -- Railroad - Freightfields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : StorageFields -- Crops - Fodder


The captains of many of our dredge boats are having trouble in securing hands for their vessels. They are offering good wages and say they are hard to get at any price.

Large shipments of sweets are being made daily from our station. Our farmers prefer to take present prices rather than have the trouble of kilning them up and taking the chances of better prices later.

The continued wet weather of late has greatly damaged the fine crop of late fodder in this section and much of it is still hanging in the fields.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionForests -- SawmillsForests -- Forest products - Lumberfields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : YieldWeather -- Droughts


Some of our farmers are investing part of their surplus cash in good horseflesh and propose to be heard from later when an opportunity is presented for trials of speed with the "swifters" in other sections.

Mr. William Abbott is building a new residence on the seaside road, about a mile from this place.

The steam mills in this section are running on full time and unable to fill the orders for lumber.

Our farmers are shipping the last of their potato crop and report a very prosperous season, in spite of the small yield due to the continued drouth.

Shot and Killed.

Moral -- MurderAfrican-Americans -- Racial violence

Robert Bundick, colored, was shot and instantly killed on Indian Creek, near Eastville, last Monday by Larry Hamblin. The shooting was the result of an old trouble, renewed of late, it is stated, by offensive and abusive epithets of the deceased to Hamblin. Both were in boats about 30 yards apart, the weapon used was a rifle. Bundick fell over board when he was shot, but later in the day was recovered and an inquest was held over him by Justice J. R. Nottingham, acting coroner.

The evidence of a colored man at the inquest was to the effect, that Hamblin told him early in the day that he was going to kill Bundick on that day, that he rowed him across a small stream of water on his way to Indian Creek and that he shot him as he had threatened he would. The examination of the body showed that Bundick was shot twice by his assailant.

Hamblin is a native of Delaware. Bundick was from this county and known generally as a man of very bad character.

After the shooting Hamblin went to Eastville, gave himself up to the sheriff, and is now confined in jail at that place.

Registered voters of Accomac.

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

The following shows the number of voters registered at the different precincts in the county of Accomac:

Pungoteague District.

Pungoteague -- White 415; colored 110. Total 525.

Wachapreague -- White 229; colored 31. Total 260.

Mappsburg -- White 84; colored 27. Total 111.

Belle Haven -- White 46; colored 12. Total 58.

Lee District.

Accomac -- White 406; colored 118. Total 524.

Onancock -- White 341; colored 68. Total 409.

Tangier -- White 89.

Metompkin District.

Bloxom -- White 270; colored 2. Total 272.

Parksley -- White 275; colored 7. Total 282.

Newstown -- White 170; colored 18. Total 188.

Mappsville -- White 175; colored 21. Total 196.

Atlantic District.

New Church -- White 183; colored 23. Total 206.

Marsh Market -- White 191; colored 8. Total 199.

Temperanceville -- White 331; colored 30. Total 361.

Sykes -- White 68; colored 0.

Greenbackville -- White 83; colored 0.

Chincoteague District.

Chincoteague -- White 362; colored 20. Total 382.

Registered vote of this county -- white 3,718; colored 495. Total 4,213.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 18, 1902