Peninsula Enterprise, March 18, 1893


reprinted from Cape Charles Headlight.Transportation -- Water - Strandings

The sloop Hannah D., of Onancock, owned by Capt. Walter Wessels and E. T. Lewis, which went ashore on Cherrystone bar Saturday, March 4th, is still there, but in good condition and not in the least damaged. The high tides will float her off.


reprinted from Cape Charles Headlight.Transportation -- Railroad - Personnel

Mr. C. C. Marshall, formerly from New Church, Accomac county, but who for the last two or three years has been located in the N. Y., P. & N. R. R. office here as telegraph operator, has accepted a like position on the Manhattan Elevated Road, of New York, and left for that place on Friday last.


Transportation -- Water - Steamboats

A movement is on foot for a steamboat line between Tangier Island, Crisfield and other points.


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

Robert L. Wharton, charged with illegally taking oysters in Virginia waters, was released from the county jail Wednesday, under $500 bail.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service

In compliance with a petition, signed by patrons of the office, the Post office department has authorized the establishment of a night mail (north bound) from Accomac C. H., to be carried by the 11.05 p. m. train. No mail is to be taken for points south of Pocomoke City.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares

At a meeting of the Fruit Growers Association, at Salisbury, last Tuesday, resolutions were adopted, indorsing the gift package for shipping berries and demanding of the railroad companies a reduction of 20 per cent, from their present freight tariff. A committee was appointed to confer with Mr. Cooke, of the N. Y., P. & N. R. R., and Mr. Benjamin, of the B. & E. S. R. R., in the matter.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Telephone

The telephone line between Accomac C. H. and Onancock will be placed in operation again at an early date, the necessary repairs being already in progress. The wire will connect, it is stated, with the Hotel Doughty , in this town.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares

At a meeting of the citizens of Northampton at Franktown, on last Saturday, forty-five dollars was raised towards paying the expenses in the suit of the farmers against the N. Y. P. & N. R. R., in the matter of freight rates. The fund will be increased by contributions in other parts of the county.


Moral -- Property crime

The trial of Thomas Nelson, late Mayor of Cape Charles, upon charges of forgery, misappropriation of church funds, &c., commenced at Eastville, on yesterday. Senator Blackstone, Judge Fitchett and Otho F. Mears, Esq., defended him.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The removal of Hollies Baptist Church from the place it has occupied for over one hundred years to Keller station, has, we are advised, been practically agreed upon by the members. The old site will be enclosed and used as a cemetery.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The Baptist Church at Mappsville, was dedicated last Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Dr. A. E. Dickinson, of Richmond, Va. After the services, a collection was taken up which paid off the church debt and left something over in the treasury -- the first instance, says Dr. Dickinson, who has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for such purposes, in his recollection, when a country church was paid for at the time of dedication. The church is a handsome edifice and cost about $2,500.



Mr. Lloyd W. Williams, died last Sunday, at the home of his son in-law, Dr. A. Brockenbrough, near Eastville, aged 78 years. He was a native of that county and a lawyer by profession. He practiced law for a short while in Northampton and Norfolk, but most of his life has been spent in Baltimore. In the latter city he amassed a large fortune by his profession and by deals in real estate. In the latter part of his life he was connected with coaling and mining interests in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was held in high esteem by the citizens of Northampton who knew him. He was buried on his farm near Eastville, on Tuesday.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

Belle Haven.

The entire interest of Mr. N. B. Rich in the Farmer and Fisherman, now published at Wachapreague, has been purchased by parties here, and after this week will be published at this place.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsFields -- Livestock - HorsesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential developmentTransportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seed


Mrs. James E. Matthews is in Philadelphia for the purpose of buying furniture, carpets, &c., for the Atlantic Hotel.

A fine Morrell colt has been purchased by Mr. W. J. Matthews, it is reported, which is expected to take the lead among all the "swifters" here.

Mr. William N. Conant has bought the Alfred Smith tract of land and proposes to improve it by a handsome dwelling -- one of the finest on the Island.

Burton Dennis has bought a tract of land near the centre of the Island, which he proposes to lay out in town lots and offer for sale. The enterprise is due to the increasing demand for more homes at this place.

A large number of vessels are now engaged in running seed oysters from James river to this place.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


The store-house of Mrs. E. A. Merrill, on Main street, is nearing completion.

John W. Guy, an old resident of the town, now at Bridgetown, was here Wednesday. He was hunting potato seed.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionMoral -- VagabondsInfrastructure -- Commercial - DrugstoresInfrastructure -- Commercial - Millineries


The contract for building the parsonage at this place was on last Wednesday awarded to a competent mechanic.

A few days ago we had a call from some members of the tramp fraternity, but not meeting with a very warm reception they made their visit quite brief and decided to pass on to more congenial quarters.

Besides the Pharmacy which will soon be stocked with the choicest drugs, it is now understood that we are to have a fancy millinery shop, where ladies of the most fastidious tastes can supply their wants.

Captain Marsh's Habeas Corpus.

reprinted from Baltimore Sun.Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Litigation

Arrangements are being made by Attorney General Poe, of Maryland, and Scott, of Virginia, to have the habeas corpus case of Capt. William Marsh heard in Baltimore at an early day by United State Judge Goff, the associate of Judge Bond. Captain Marsh is a citizen of Somerset county, Md. He was convicted in Virginia on the charge of illegally dredging in Tangier Sound. The case was brought before Judge Bond on habeas corpus, but his illness has prevented its being heard. The questions involved concern the validity of the Maryland and Virginia compact of 1785 and the rights of citizens of Maryland under it. It is desired to have the case heard in order that a final adjunction of the question may be had by the Supreme Court of the United States..

Meeting of Trustees of Margaret Academy.

Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

A meeting of the trustees of Margaret Academy will be held at Keller Station, on Saturday, April 1st, at 12 o'clock, at which time the location will probably be decided on.

J. W. Tankard.

Fruit Growers in Session.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsProfessionals -- Commission merchantsFields -- Crops - Other fruitFields -- Crops - Strawberries

A large body of representative fruit growers from Accomac and Northampton counties met at Onley, March 8th. Mr. A. J. McMath called the meeting to order and stated the object for which the fruit growers had been convened; after which Judge B. T. Gunter was called to the Chair. Messrs. J. P. Wilson, J. F. Hobson and other commission men were present, also several managers of crate factories with samples of berry crates. The kind of package for the shipment of berries was fully discussed along with other features of the berry business and much valuable information was obtained from letters on the subject from large growers and commission men who were unable to be present.

It is a well known fact that buyers in all the large cities, for some years have been dissatisfied with the old system of returning berry crates and especially that feature of having to deposit 50 cents per crate with the commission man as a guarantee of the return to him. This old system was compelled to be held to when crates were high, but now that competition and improved machinery has brought a satisfactory crate down to about 1 cent per quart, many hold that the buyer would prefer to give more than the difference of the cost of the crate than be bothered with the deposit and trouble to return the crate to the producer. If the crate is sold with the fruit it necessitates that we always use new and clean packages which will enhance the value of fruit. Much can be said along this line, but the following resolution which was unanimously adopted, will show the sense of this organization on this subject:

Resolved, That after due consideration it is the opinion of this body that our interests can be best served by using the non-returnable or gift berry crate, and that A. J. McMath be appointed a committee to confer with manufacturers and get the lowest wholesale prices and report at the next meeting, March 22nd, 2 o'clock p. m.



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

The Chesapeake, according to the latest advices, had been ordered by Governor McKinney to Tangier Sound and citizens of Maryland have ceased to depredate on our oyster beds, we presume, since the arrival of the steamer in those waters -- at least no report to the contrary has been received. The Maryland dredger who wants to steal our oysters is willing to rely upon the compact of 1785, which he is so fond of offering as an excuse for wrong doing, to protect him only when he is not in danger of being caught. The sight of a steamer makes him forget the compact and practise that discretion which is the better part of valor. Let the protection which a steamer gives by all means be continued.


Fields -- Livestock - Dog problem

Over $2,000 worth of sheep were killed by dogs in King George county last year, and yet, remarks the Charlottesville Progress, we venture to say, that the member of the Legislature from that county would not dare to champion a bill to tax the dogs of Virginia -- and the same may be said, perhaps, of the legislators from Albemarle or Accomac, but a growing sentiment in many parts of this county in favor of the sheep seem to indicate, that the time is not very remote, when the candidate for the Legislature would be called upon to show his hand in the matter. Very many persons, who years ago were ready to say, "if you love me, love my dog," now seem to demand protection from curs of high or low degree by taxing them out of existence if necessary.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 18, 1893