Peninsula Enterprise, October 7, 1893


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

The second race between the skiffs "Leila Bell," owned by James Bell, Wachapreague, and "Jeannie," owned by B. U. Doughty, Northampton, for a purse of $250, occurred off Hog Island on Saturday last. The Accomac boat was again victorious, but won by a much narrower margin than in the preceding race. The "Jeannie" was sailed by her owner and the "Leila Bell" by Capt. James Milliner.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Circuses

Hunting's circus is billed to give an exhibition at Parksley, on Saturday, 14th inst.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The revival meeting in progress at Hollies Baptist Church has resulted, to date, in over thirty conversions.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

The pacer Mirandes, owned by E. F. Nottingham, Eastville, won third money in the 2.15 race at Pimlico, last week.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal ordersTransportation -- Water - FreightForests -- Shipping : WaterTransportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredgingMigrationInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


A lodge of Odd Fellows was organized here on 28th of September, with forty members.

The schooner Thomas Thomas made the quickest trip of the season from this place to New York and return, last week. A cargo of pine wood was taken to that city and cargo of coal brought back in six days.

The petition to be circulated by Mr. N. W. Nock, asking for an appropriation from the Government for the removal of obstructions in Cat Creek and other places on the Seaside, has the hearty endorsement of our people. We have neither received nor asked for anything from the government since the Killock Light was built and have the right therefore to join heartily in the support of a movement so beneficial, not only to us, but to every one on the seaside from this point to Cape Charles. Our representative could not serve us better than to secure the appropriation, or do anything which would be more highly appreciated.

Capt. Theodore Hall, and family, have moved to Norfolk, Va.

Dr. John W. Fields will occupy soon dwelling recently built by him on Assateague.


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Quality control

Oak Hall.

Our farmers are complaining of the immense size of their sweet potatoes. So little desired are these esculents in northern markets, they resort to all kinds of Yankee tricks to conceal their overgrown pets.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Raccoon and opossum


The members of the "Accomac Coon Club" are out every night now. Coons and 'possums must go, so they say.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


G. C. and W. H. Walker, George E. Winder, A. T. Doughty, L. G. Ames, J. F. Hope, J. H. Hebard and others attended the races at Pimlico this week.

Mr. H. C. Walker is having a handsome dwelling erected, on the site of the old one, burned a few months ago, and will occupy the same another year.

Goes to the Supreme Court.

reprinted from Norfolk Ledger.Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : LitigationInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

W. W. Marsh, Robert L. Wharton and Severn Nelson, the Maryland oystermen who were some time since arrested on the charge of unlawfully oystering in Virginia waters, were in the United States Court here to-day, and gave bail to appear here in November, 1894, pending an appeal from the United States Appellate Court. It will be remembered that the trial of these men took on interest from the fact that it was a matter involving the jurisdiction of Virginia and Maryland, and which was recently decided in favor of Virginia by Judges Hughes and Goff, in the Appellate Court. The fact that the case is to go to the Supreme Court shows that the State of Maryland is unwilling to yield the point until the last ditch has been reached.

Housebreaking and Larceny.

Moral -- Property crime

During the last ten days several robberies have been perpetrated in the neighborhood of Metompkin. In each case houses were entered in the night time, while the families were absent at church. About seventy-five dollars were stolen from Mr. George Parks, a small amount from Mr. William Watkinson, about forty dollars and a watch from Theodore Young, colored, and a "Sunday suit" from Harry Rew, colored.

Attempt to Escape from Jail.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementArchitecture -- Jails

R. R. Corbin, who was recently tried in Accomac county court for illegal dredging in Virginia waters and fined $500, made a bold attempt to break jail on Saturday night last. He had secured a case knife, and by the skillful use of a pocket knife, converted it into a pretty good saw. With this instrument he came very near to filing his way to liberty, and if he had not been compelled to desist, on account of physical exhaustion, would undoubtedly have effected his escape. It is said that the attempted escape was connived at by friends of the prisoner, and that a horse and buggy was held in readiness a short distance from the court-house to convey him to a place of safety. Corbin has since been examined by physicians, who certified that he was suffering from acute melancholia and that this would probably lead to insanity were confinement prolonged. An order for his release has been issued, in consequence.

Creamery at Cape Charles.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Other

To the people of Accomac and Northampton Counties:

We, the citizens of the county of Northampton, respectfully extend an invitation to the people of Accomac and Northampton to meet with us at Cape Charles on the 14th of October, 1893, and 10. a. m., for the purpose of taking into consideration the establishment of a creamery near here, which no doubt will be of great interest to the people of both counties. No investment of money is expected; simply to furnish the milk.

L. S. Nottingham, Chairman,

John T. Savage.

Charles S. Morgan.

L. L. Nottingham.

H. I. Nottingham.

John B. Williams.

T. W. Ridgley, Secretary.


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Quality control

The returns received by our farmers this year for their staple products, while not large, have been for the most part sufficiently remunerative, to be satisfactory to them. They had no right to expect better prices, in fact, in the present financial condition of the country. It has been a matter of surprise to us, indeed, while thousands are standing idle for want of employment, that fair prices have been realized for them. But there is a reason for it and it is due to our farmers, doubtless, that "the bottom has not dropped out" of the sweet potato market before this -- to the better judgement displayed by them in disposing of them that they have ever done before. They waited longer this year for them to grow to marketable dimensions, have culled them better and exercised more discretion in forwarding them to market. But, about one-third of the crop is still on hand and as we would not have our farmers sacrifice them, it is our duty to say to them, not to rush them to market too hurriedly, and in saying this we but voice the opinion of many of the best commission merchants. And they cannot err in the duty they owe to themselves in this respect, if as they say, they cannot afford to raise them for less than a dollar net per barrel, they hold then when they fall below that price. Our farmers can beat the world in making potatoes and we want them relieved of the imputation of not knowing how to sell them. In making these suggestions we have not, of course, intended to advise them to hold their potatoes when it pays to sell them, but merely to say, not to so overstock the market that it will not pay them.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 7, 1893