Peninsula Enterprise, July 17, 1886


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Browne, Jacob & Co., sold this week, 25 acres of Mr. William J. Mapp's farm in Northampton county, to Connecticut gentlemen for $1,250.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Conquest Chapel, near Temperanceville is now being moved to that village.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

An excursion from Cape Charles to Ocean City and intermediate points will be given by rail next Thursday, 22d inst. Excursionists who go will have 7 hours at Ocean City. The rate for round trip from Tasley and all points South is $1.50.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The Dix farm, situated about three miles from Accomac C. H., and containing 133 acres, was sold by Mr. John J. Blackstone, trustee, at public auction last Tuesday. It was bid off to Messrs. Charles, John, E. P., and Mrs. Sallie Byrd, at the price of $5,165.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

The New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad Company will sell special excursion tickets to Old Point and Norfolk, good for one day, to-morrow, and every Sunday thereafter. A Round trip ticket from Tasley costs $1.80 and from all points north of Tasley $2. The attraction offered to passengers are -- a pleasant ride on the Bay -- sufficient time to witness the full dress parade of garrison at Fortress Monroe and enjoy the music of the brass band and the opportunity to see and enjoy other points of pleasure and interest.


Sea -- Fish factoriesSea -- Finfish - Catch : MenhadenSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : SeasideSea -- Finfish - Catch : SpotSea -- Finfish - Catch : TroutNatural resources -- Conservation - GameTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resortsfields -- Crops - White potatoes : PricesMigrationInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesAfrican-Americans -- ReligionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball


Trout, spots, sheephead and soft crabs are plentiful with us and the menhaden have been caught in such abundance in the last ten days that the fish factories were over-stocked with them. The latter was sold on our street last week by the cartload at 50 cents. The supply of the menhaden is so large that the Gum & Jeffries factory has already opened and Wilcox & Co., of Connecticut, will resume work at their factory this week. The owners of neither of these factories intended to resume operations when they closed last fall.

Our sportsmen report that game never was so plentiful with us and say that is due to the fact that the birds were unmolested, when laying, this spring.

Red Hill summer resort was opened on Wednesday, with a big dance and many of our young people who like the "light fantastic" attended.

Eight hundred barrels of Irish potatoes have been shipped from Chincoteague this season which netted $1,800.

Mr. Wm. M. Holland, wife, sister and niece, of Los Angles, California are stopping at the Atlantic Hotel. Mr. Holland and wife left Accomac for California in 1852, making the journey in a wagon in four months. Their return trip, this year made in six days and at a cost to each of thirty dollars.

A baptizing of the colored people takes place at Birch's landing to-morrow and numerous witnesses to the interesting event will attend both from the Island and mainland.

In match games of base ball last week the Chincoteague nine was beaten by the "High Schools" of Horntown by a score of 19 to 7 and won in a contest with the Greenback nine, by a score of 18 to 11.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - General StoresInfrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsTransportation -- Road - MaintenanceFields -- Crops - Other fruitTransportation -- Railroad - FreightFields -- Livestock - HorsesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingMoral -- Property crimeInfrastructure -- Commercial - Millineries


A mammoth storehouse is being erected by Messrs. B. W. Mears & Son opposite the station. Their old storehouse is to be renovated and enlarged and converted into a hotel.

One of the public roads leading to this station is almost impassable. An appropriation by the court is needed, and without it, its condition is not likely to be improved.

Huckleberries are abundant here and sell at 6 cents per quart. The crop delivered at this point this season will reach from eight to ten thousand quarts and net as the calculation will show some $400 to $500.

Mr. Augustus Phillips of this locality has cultivated the native blackberry this year, and with better results than those who grew them from fancy stock secured from northern nurseries. His berries were larger, prettier, of superior flavor, and excelled the northern product also in being almost entirely free of the core, which detracts so much from the value of the "fancies."

A colt show comes off here on next Saturday, and a trial of speed is the natural inference.

John Jubilee, colored was sent to jail for 30 days last Monday, for stealing two geese of Mr. J. W. Beloate. He was caught while carrying away his plunder.

Our milliners, Mrs. Mears and Miss Carmine have proven so efficient in their business that their place has been crowded for weeks and still they come. The reasonable prices and the genuine taste shown in their work were too attractive to be resisted by our ladies. They send for new material weekly to meet the demands of their trade.


Moral -- Alcohol

New Church.

Mr. C. A. Hurley has converted his barroom into a grocery store.


Professionals -- Teachers

Mr. G. Good Joynes, for some time past a resident of St. Inigo's, has returned to Onancock, Va., and accepted the principalship of the Public Graded School at that place. During his sojourn among us, Mr. Joynes contributed several interesting and cleverly written articles to the Beacon. He is a talented man and will, we feel certain, prove a valuable acquisition to the institute over which he presides. He has our best wishes for his success. -- St. Mary's Beacon.

The above is a deserved compliment to our countyman and his return to Accomac will be welcomed by a host of friends. His merits both as a teacher and citizen are too well known at his home to need commendation.

Woods' Meeting.

Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

A protracted woods' meeting will be held at Mr. Levin D. Lewis' pine grove, near Leemont, on July 20th, 21st and 22nd, 1886. These meetings will be under the control of Leemont M. P. Church, and will commence each day at 3 p. m., with divine services; prayer and experience meetings at 6 p. m., and preaching at 7 1-2 p. m. Visiting ministers from abroad will be present and participate in the exercises. Revs. F. H. Mullineaux and A. J. Walter, former pastors, and R. Scott Norris, corresponding secretary of Maryland Tract Society, are among the number of invited guests.

Supper will be served on the grounds by the ladies of the church at reduced rates. Ice cream, soda water and confectionery will be sold at low prices.

Corner-Stone Laying.

Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

The corner stone of the M. E. Church, South, will be laid at Belle Haven, on the 4th of August, next, with imposing ceremonies, under the supervision of 4 Masonic lodges which will be present on the occasion. It is proposed by those having the matter in charge to make it the most enjoyable day of the season to those who attend, and with that object in view no pains will be spared. A brass band has been engaged for the occasion, Rev. J. H. Amiss will deliver an appropriate address, and everything that the inner man needs to comfort and soothe him will be supplied at moderate rates. At night the grounds will be brilliantly lighted by Chinese lanterns.

The N. Y., P. & N. R.R. Co., will issue tickets at excursion rates at all stations from Cape Charles and Delmar to Exmore.

A cordial invitation is extended to every one.

Base Ball Notes.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball

Correspondents send the following for publication.

The match game of base ball played between the Onancock and the Pungoteague nines on the public school lawn in Onancock, Wednesday evening, was very interesting. Mr. Jno. W. G. Blackstone of the Accomac bar was umpire, and is decidedly one of the safest and best umpires on the peninsula. The game had to be called at the end of the third inning on account of rain, when the game stood a tie on three runs. The next game of the series of three is to be played at Pungoteague, July 28th.

Be kind enough to correct the error of your reporter from Mappsburg. In an article which appeared in the last issue of your paper, in which he says the Red Stockings of Northampton, beat the combined clubs of Pungoteague and Mappsburg at that place on Saturday, July 3rd, as not a member of Pungoteague Grays played with the Mappsburg, but one did assist the Red Stockings as they were short of men.


Transportation -- Railroad - Freight

MR. EDITOR. -- With your permission, I beg leave to make a short statement in answer to the complaint made by one of your correspondents in regard to the shipping arrangements at Oak Hall station. The complaint is unfounded and I think my unknown friend should have made himself better acquainted with matters before he lays such a grievous charge before the people. I have been at that station all the time and there has never been a barrel of potatoes "laid over" yet. There were two barrels of peas "laid over," which sold for 50 cts., less in the barrel by the delay but that was not the fault of the railroad agent at all but of the commission merchants' agent in not handing them in. In reference to shippers storing their own produce, I have to say the railroad company has never employed men to unload people's carts anywhere -- passing their produce out of their carts into the standing car is no new arrangement. I cannot see why men want to make such charges and keep themselves in the dark when they are unsupported by facts.


Horsey, Va., July 14th 86.


Sea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : DredgingSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : MarketsSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : PricesSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : YieldSea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-net

MR. EDITOR. -- Facilities for transportation give birth to a thousand new ways of making money. Not the least of the industries growing up as the result of steamboat and railroad communication with the great markets of the North, East and West, is the crab business. Catching and barreling hard crabs for market as a business is yet in its infancy. Many of your readers possibly may not be aware of its present growth. A well-known and enterprising merchant near Taylor's Wharf has kept several men employed all the spring -- catching crabs, paying at the water-edge 40 to 50 cents per hundred. I don't know whether the crabs informed on him or not, but he had too good a thing of it, and soon a small fleet of small boats were helping him out. The crabs I presume didn't like to see him get rich so fast.

The merchant I refer to hires a man at a good salary to buy and pack crabs for him. It requires but little capital to go into the hard crab business, a boat, several fathoms of rope to make a crab line, and stingery for bait -- it don't require much brains either. You have to keep as good a run of the tides as the crabs do -- they know when it is flood-tide and when it is ebb and when it is slack-water. The soft crab business is dormant yet but for the amount of money invested I know of no business that pays so well. I once wrote an article for your paper on this subject and it was copied by all the leading industrial papers of the country and gave rise to a question in Maryland of whether the crab men had a right to take them with dredges. It was finally decided in favor of the crab men.

At the present time there is shipped from Crisfield daily from 600 to 1,000 dozen soft crabs and they bring from 75 cents to $1 per dozen, in Northern markets. Allowing the soft crab season to run, say one hundred and twenty days, we will take 600 dozen per day as a basis of calculation; soft crabs sell in the Baltimore market for $1 per dozen average size, at Crisfield -- medium size bring 60 to 75 cents per dozen. Six hundred dozen multiplied by $1 per dozen -- $600; this again multiplied by 30 days gives $18,000 coming to that town for soft crabs alone per month. I don't think I am claiming or saying too much when I say every creek on the Eastern Shore of Virginia ought to produce at the least calculation $5,000 per season from soft crabs alone -- this I consider a very low estimate. As a general thing hard crabs shed once a moon. You have to go in to the hard crab business before you can the soft. The hard crabs are caught now and put in floats to shed and as soon as they shed they are taken out and shipped to market. The floats are made different sizes, and generally of laths. -- They have to be watched so that those which shed out first may not be eaten by the hard crabs. There is no good reason why from every wharf on route of the steamers Eastern Shore and Maggie should not be shipped soft crabs just the same as they are shipping fish. But a few years ago, and there was only one wharf that shipped fish, now fish pounds line the bay shore from Cape Charles up. Not meaning to antagonize the oracle which gave utterance to that worst of fallacies, "Young man go West" I should not fear the judgment of the future in saying with reference to our peninsula, lying between the ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, "young man stay at home" and concentrate your physical and intellectual energies upon the development of the multiplied resources of wealth at your doors. Our soil and the waters which flow around about our habitations only await the touch of intelligent minds and expert hands to unlock the streams of wealth and cause them to flow with their magnified blessings among the people.

An ex-commodore, of U.S. Navy once said to me, "What is the use of our young men going West to hunt silver and gold mines when the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are gold mines, richer than any in California?" He was man of extensive travel and I believe there is much truth in his observation.


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 17, 1886