Peninsula Enterprise, October 14, 1893


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The revival meeting at Bethel Baptist Church resulted in nearly one hundred accessions to the roll.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

A revival is in progress at Locustville M. E. Church, South, conducted by Rev. D. J. Traynham, the pastor. Among the converts are some of the oldest citizens of that neighborhood.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

Fred. Taws and John Nelson, two young white men from Crisfield, Md., were lodged in Accomac county jail last Saturday to await trial for taking oysters in Virginia waters. They were captured by a crew from Tangier Island, under the command of Capt. James O. Stiggle.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

A Presbyterian chapel is to be erected at Daugherty, where Rev. Byron C. Clark has been preaching during the week. The chapel will be a mission of Makemie Church, Accomac C. H.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTransportation -- Water - Steamboats


The members of Beulah Baptist Church, have erected a parsonage building, one of the largest and handsomest dwellings on Chincoteague. All contributed liberally to the worthy object, but special mention is due to Captain J. W. Bunting and his son for their efforts and contributions to the worthy cause.

Capt. E. H. Deakyne, of Gladstone, N. J., who was captain of a steamer which ran from Wachapreague via Chincoteague via Philadelphia, four years ago, has written to W. J. Matthews, that he thought of putting a side wheel steamer, 232 feet long, 50 feet beam, drawing six feet of water and with 78 state rooms, on route from here to Philadelphia, in a few weeks. Reduced rates will be given to passengers and on oysters and other freight if said steamer in put on the line.


Transportation -- Water - SteamboatsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels


Steamer Pocomoke did not reach here in time to load her sweets on Monday, owing to an accident that occurred to some part of her machine, which delayed her four or five hours up the river. She left the wharf hurriedly, just at night, in good plight for her Bay trip.

Mr. W. J. Neville, jeweler, moved Monday to Tangier Island, to make it his future home. He will continue his jewelry business and also open on the Island a fine hotel. Mr. Neville is a clever gentleman and good citizen, and just the man to run a hotel on Tangier, or anywhere else. A hotel on Tangier, with him as proprietor, will be a success.

Colored Teachers Association.

Professionals -- TeachersAfrican-Americans -- Work - Business And professional

By order of, George E. Blair, the chairman of the Teachers Association of Accomac, all teachers are requested to be in attendance at the sixth annual meeting, which will convene at Drummondtown, Saturday, October 21st, at 10 o'clock, a.m., in school house, room No. 1. The importance of the meeting demands the presence of all of its members, to adjust the business of past year and advise and faster methods or plans for future advantage &c.

Samuel. L. Burton, Sec. Fair Oaks, Va.

October 10th, 1893.

E. S. Game Protective Association.

Natural resources -- Conservation - Game

At the request of members, a meeting of the E. Shore Game Protective Association is hereby called for Accomac C. H., on Monday, Oct. 30th, (court day.) Matters of interest and importance are to be considered and all members are expected to be present.



Distressing Accident -- Two Men Drowned.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceWatermen -- Personal injury

On last Monday, a fishing boat with four men on board, was capsized on Hog Island bar and two of them, James Edward Sharply and Fisher Bool, were drowned. The other two, Charles Burton and Obed Goffigon held fast to the boat until the arrival of the Life Saving Crew of Hog Island and were rescued by them. The two drowned men were from Marionville, Northampton county, and both are married men and have families. The deplorable accident occurred about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, or their return trip to their homes.

Visit to Tangier Island.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement


On last Saturday evening, 7th inst., Dr. George W. LeCato and Dr. Charles Smith addressed the voters of Tangier Island. Desiring in the event of their election to have accurate knowledge as to the legislative needs of the oystermen there, and of all who depend upon the guarded territory, they planned a visit to the oyster grounds, and a sail along the boundary line. Capt. Reed, of the State Fishery Force, had kindly offered to convey them to the Island and the tonging grounds, provided, they could accept his plan. On the Friday night preceding their selected date, it was necessary for him to be at Hoffman's Wharf to take on supplies. He would return the same night and have them on the ground the next morning. This plan suited all parties, but a prolonged calm, limited the trip to the Island itself. Here however, the view of the oystermen were obtained, and valuable information gathered.

The difficulty of capturing illegal dredgers, and the absolute need of a steamer to guard the grounds, is seen in the fact, that, it was 9:30 p. m., when the speakers landed at the nearest point of Tangier Island. But a goodly crowd came from their homes, to welcome and hear the men who have their political interests at heart. I am far from being a competent judge of a political speech; I have but little respect for the meaningless adjectives that always laud the speech of the man on our side, because he is on our side, and minify the merits of the speech on the other side because it is made on that side. So in my own way, I simply affirm that the addresses of our candidates were as solid, practical and dignified as are the estimable gentlemen that delivered them. Living questions were discussed convincingly. The difficulties in the way of an all-satisfactory solution of the oyster question were presented, and the importance urged of having an expression and agreement on the part of all the oystermen in the county, concerning the more vital and salient points for legislative action. If all our speakers during the campaign are as happy in summarizing and applying the principles of our platform; in comparing parties with such fair and just discrimination; in showing that the present form of high protective tariff is but the highest form and rate of individual taxation, then the people will be intelligently instructed, no matter how they may vote. And is not this the surest method of securing their votes? Such addresses must tell. Tell in immediate effect, but more telling in future fruitage, when the seed-thoughts and influences have matured.

As a brave, vigilant, faithful officer, Capt. Reed holds a high place in the esteem of these people. He deserves their confidence. No man could do more, and few do as much as he for their protection, with such an inadequate equipment. These people need protection. As one of them said, their oyster-beds are both "smoke house and corn-stack" to them. Break up these beds and the Island is doomed. Give Reed an extra steamer, keep the two schooners still on duty, and then, the two sounds will be safe from molestation. As it is, after doing the best they can there will be enough oysters stolen this season to pay for building and equipping two steamers -- such as would be needed.


October 10th, 1893.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - OtherFarmers -- Innovation

A meeting is to be held at Cape Charles, to day, looking to the establishment of a creamery near that place and as many of our citizens as can, should accept the invitation and be on hand to further the worthy object. As will be noted, no investment of money is expected -- not a dime is asked for a contribution to an enterprise, which in the event of failure might not be returned to you -- not money but milk is wanted, the surplus milk for the most part wasted by our farmers. That much milk is asked for now, but of course more will be expected, when our people see in it, as we believe they must, the means of increasing their revenues -- which is thus offered them. More grass, better stock and the opportunity to sell milk at fair prices, with money coming in all the year around, are things certainly not to be despised by us, especially if we take into consideration the fact that our crops are not always remunerative. The enterprise is certainly worthy the attention of our people and should be encouraged.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 14, 1893