Peninsula Enterprise, July 15, 1893


Sea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-net

No person is authorized to set a pound net, fyke or weir without first having obtained a license for the privilege.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Mr. Bagwell Bull, near Accomac C. H., has bought the fine farm of Joseph Redman, near Capeville, at the sum of $4,100.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Quarantine, federal

The Treasury Department has accepted the bid of J. H. Hathaway & Co., for the construction of kitchen and other buildings and a wharf at the quarantine station at Fisherman's Island, near Cape Charles. The award amount to $13,995.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The M. E. Church, South, Accomac C. H., is to be remodeled. A large steeple and relief steeple are to be added to the building and stained glass windows put in. In addition to this, the seating capacity of the church will be enlarged. The work of remodeling will begin in a few weeks.


Sea -- Whales

A whale, 72 feet long, is reported ashore on Smith's Island, Northampton county.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Banks

A branch of the Baltimore Building and Loan Association, has been organized at Accomac C. H., by Mr. Guy Cockran. The officers are as follows: B. T. Gunter, Jr., president; William P. Bell, vice-president; John W. Edmonds, secretary and treasurer; James H. Fletcher, Jr., attorney; directors, James H. Fletcher, Jr., William P. Bell, John W. Edmonds, B. T. Gunter, Jr., Baily Ashby, Stewart K. Powell, E. E. Miles and L. W. Groton.


Transportation -- Railroad - Rolling stock

A new engine, to be numbered 18, for the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad, passed over the road Sunday for Cape Charles.


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

The beach party given on Metompkin Beach Tuesday, under the auspices of the Willing Hands Missionary Society of the Drummondtown Baptist Church, was the largest excursion of the kind that has occurred in this vicinity this summer. It is said that the number of persons on the beach considerably exceeded one hundred.


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetingsAfrican-Americans -- Religion

The colored people will hold a campmeeting at Nock's Branch in the lower part of the county, commencing August 18th.


Transportation -- Water - WharvesInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


A new wharf is being built at Messongo by the Eastern Shore Steamboat Co., and the same will be a great convenience to our merchants and shippers.

Work on Sanford M. E. Church, South, commenced last Tuesday. A steeple and bell are included in the improvements.


Transportation -- Road - MaintenanceTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

Belle Haven.

The pond in the center of our town, known as "Lake Armstead," is being filled with shells, much to the satisfaction of all in this neighborhood, as well as Mrs. Armstead, no doubt, for whom it is named.

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Willis, Miss Mildred Mears, N. T. Fosque and Dr. S. B. Ward made a short visit to Cobb's Island, this week.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTransportation -- Water - SteamboatsTransportation -- Railroad - SteamboatsTransportation -- Water - Freight


The protracted meeting at the Beulah Baptist Church closed last Sunday. Twenty one of the thirty-one converts during the meeting were received into that church.

The new mail steamer Lillie Agness arrived here on the 7th inst., and is now on her route.

Steamer Widgeon left for Wilmington, Del., on the 7th inst. The new steamer which is to take her place on the line between this point and Franklin City is 130 feet long and will be finished the last of the month.

Schooner May Flower unloaded a cargo of watermelons here this week, and together with schooner Cora Baker was loaded with fish for Norfolk.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Fair Oaks.

Turlington & Bros. have sold one of their trotters, Little Ike, to Mr. A. W. Taylor, near Parksley.

Mr. George A. Brown, son of the veteran Peter Brown, Kentucky, has located at the Fair grounds to handle trotting horses and has quite a string under his training.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - BicyclingProfessionals -- BuildersDevelopment -- Quality of life


Bicycle riding is getting a strong hold upon our young men. One of our merchants is ordering wheels by the half dozen and finds ready sale for them.

John W. Gillispie has had his house newly painted, and Mr. Oldham, the painter, is now engaged in painting the new Methodist Protestant Church, to be known as Conquest Chapel, near here.

Our farmers have some cause to rejoice and be thankful thus far in their year's work. Strawberries brought in quite handsome returns and round potatoes, both in quantity and quality, as well as in net returns, have surpassed the last several seasons. The prospect for a good crop of sweet potatoes was never better and an abundance of fruit of excellent quality is upon every side, while our waters are full of the finest fish, the taking of which gives not only pleasure but profit as well, to those who catch them. Verily, we have land flowing not only with milk and honey, but also with almost everything else essential to health and happiness, a land the like of which is scarcely to be found beneath the sun.


Fields -- Crops - Other grains

New Church.

Farmers of this section have gotten off the most of their round potatoes and received satisfactory prices for same. Oat crop the best in this section for many years.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ExcursionsInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings


William J. Lewis has sold his farm near Leemont to Emory D. Hinman. The price paid was $3800.

The fair and festival to be given on Half Moon Island, July 25th, by members of Parksley M. E. Church, promises to prove a tremendous success.

It is understood that the M. E. Church will hold a camp meeting at the usual place, near Parksley, this summer. The meeting will begin during the latter part of July or first of August.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels


Mr. H. E. Byrd is building a dwelling house on his lot, on Cleveland street, and Mr. J. B. Mears has built an addition to his hotel property.

Our young people are enthusiastic over beach parties just now.

Lecture and Fair.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Lectures

Probably your last chance to hear Rev. Thomas Dixon lecture, on "Back Bone," will be held at Red Bank Church, Northampton county, Friday, July 28th, at which time there will be an all day fair. Come on and all to the fair and stay for the lecture at night.


Prohibition Meeting.

Moral -- Alcohol

The Prohibition party will meet at Drummondtown, on court day, July 31st, 1893. All Prohibitionists are cordially invited to be present. There will be public speakers from a distance to address them.

H. L. Crockett, County Chairman.

County Roads and Bridges.

Transportation -- Road - MaintenanceTransportation -- Road - ConstructionTransportation -- Road - BridgesInfrastructure -- Public : Ditches and drains

The expenditures for county roads and bridges in Accomac county during the year ending June 30th, 1893, are as follows:

Islands -- For surveyors' accounts, team, &c., $26.61; for new roads, $20 -- aggregate $46.61.

Atlantic -- For bridges, $985.02; for drainage, $192.87; for surveyors' accounts, team, &c., $391.80; for new roads, $289 -- aggregate $1,858.69.

Metompkin -- For bridges, $278.84; for drainage, $128.76; for surveyors' accounts, team, &c., $284.39; for new roads, $125 -- aggregate $816.99.

Lee -- For bridges, $299.08; for drainage, $52; for surveyors' accounts team, &c., $224.64 -- aggregate $575.72.

Pungoteague -- For bridges, $16.63; for drainage, $225.98; for surveyors' accounts, team, &c., $307.84; for new roads, $115.48 -- aggregate $765.93

Body Washed Ashore.

Watermen -- Personal injury

The body of a white man was washed ashore on Metompkin Beach, near Gargatha Inlet, on Friday evening, the 6th instant. Mr. Bowdoin Shreaves, who first saw the body lying on the shore, notified Magistrate Parks and the latter had the remains interred Sunday at the county's expense. There was nothing about the dead man to indicate his identity. The body when first seen was in an advanced state of decomposition and had been badly mutilated. The clothing had been pretty well worn away by the swash of the sea, but the coarse brogan shoes indicated that he was probably a seaman.

The report that the drowned man was the missing Guyandotte passenger, Cicero Harrison Case, seems to have been without any foundation in fact, as there were no points of resemblance traceable between the two. Case was low in stature, while the dead man's frame was large. Then again Case's clothes were of superior quality. Such clothes as still remained on the body were coarse. Mrs. Wallace, of Port Norfolk, Case's daughter, came to Accomac during the week, but on learning these facts declared herself satisfied that the remains were not those of her father.

It is said by those who examined the body before it's burial that there was a large gash in the back, which looked as if it had been inflicted by some heavy instrument.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

Major Mann Page, the president of the State Farmers' Alliance of Virginia, has written a letter, declining the Populist nomination for Governor of the State before it has been tendered him. He gives the reason for his unwillingness to head the ticket, "that his acceptance might retard the building up of the Farmers' Alliance in Virginia." He might have given the better reason, perhaps, that the honor would be too empty an one for a man of so much importance as himself. He says "it is apparent that it is the desire of the leaders of the two old political parties to destroy the great national farmers organization but makes no reference to the fact, that the leaders of the Alliance in Virginia did more to destroy it in this State than either of the parties, by their efforts during the last Presidential contest to turn it over to the Republican party. "Trifles as light as air," of course will not satisfy Mr. Page. He expects instead, it is stated, to be the president of the National Farmers' Alliance and prefers it -- with the perquisites pertaining thereto.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 15, 1893