Peninsula Enterprise, September 16, 1893


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

Captain William E. Hudgins, the new commander of the Virginia oyster navy, takes charge on the 16th inst.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The Presbyterian Church at Accomac C. H., is to be remodeled at an early date.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

The "Jeannie's" challenge to sail the skiff "Leila Bell" has been accepted by the owner of the latter, and the last day of September has been named as the day for the race. The details of the race are to be similar to the last one. Capt. Polk Land will again sail the Accomac skiff, while the "Jeannie" will be handled by her owner. The forfeit money is up.


Moral -- Other

Mr. Leonard C. Mears and wife, while on their way home from Pungoteague, last Saturday, were attacked at a point on the railroad between Mappsburg and Keller by three negroes, two of them seizing the horses by the bit, while a third approached them in their carriage. An outcry being made by them, they were permitted to go on their way without further molestation, with a remark from one of the party, "that he was not the man they were looking for." They were not injured by the dastardly miscreants, but as some one is likely to suffer at their hands, it is well for the citizens of that section to be on their guard and if possible to arrest them. Murder or robbery was intended by the assailants and swift justice would doubtless follow their arrest.


Fields -- Livestock - HorsesAfrican-Americans -- Other


Douglas Wise, a very industrious and money saving colored man, who has been in the employ of S. W. Matthews for several years, has the finest pair of 2 year old colts in this section.


Sea -- WreckingTransportation -- Water - StrandingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionWeather -- Northeast stormsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


The schooner J. H. Elliot, which went ashore in the late storm, has been floated by C. E. Babbitt, wrecker.

Our building boom is still moving on. S. J. Mumford will soon have a large storehouse, near Atlantic hotel, in course of erection, Burton Dennis will build at once another handsome dwelling and William J. Messick is soon to have a larger blacksmith shop to meet the demands of increasing trade.

Mr. John H. Medler, architect of the Life Saving department of New York, is at the Atlantic Hotel to receive bids, to re-build the boat house at Sheep-penning Hills [Assateague], which was blown down during the last storm.


MigrationSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideFields -- Livestock - Dog problemInfrastructure -- Public : Schools


Our farmers are doing well here, notwithstanding the great business depression elsewhere in our country.

Mrs. Dr. E. L. Parramore, and Etta, her daughter, of California, are visiting Mrs. Dr. West and other relatives and friends of this section, her former home. Frequent visits to "Kegotank," the old homestead, have been made by her, where from amid the ruin wrought by time and by fire upon the stately old mansion, she has secured many articles made sacred to her by youthful association. She will remain East for a year or so, looking after investments made in Virginia's most thriving city, Newport News, and the education of her lovely daughter.

Now that the gentlemen are named who will represent us at Richmond during the coming session of the Legislature, we think it the proper time to tell them that we want more efficient protection for our oyster interest on the bayside, and want, and must have protection for our seaside oyster interest also; we also must have for our county a moderate tax on dogs, the proceeds from which must first go to pay for sheep and other property destroyed by dogs, and the remainder, if any, to go to the free schools of this county only.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PricesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingFields -- Crops - Fodder

Marsh Market.

The crews of the boats that left for Rappahannock recently have returned. They found the oysters poor and worth only about 25 cents per bushel.

Several sloops are carrying planted oysters from Messongo channel to Baltimore and are getting good prices for same.

The farmers are saving their fodder. The crop will be short owing to the damage done to it by the storms in August.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools


Prof. F. P. Brent has moved into the Margaret Academy building and is preparing for the opening of his school on September 20th. Prospects very fine. A number of pupils have already been entered from the Peninsula, from Cape Charles to Chincoteague.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts


A party of about twenty of our young people and friends spent four days of last week "camping out" on Wallops beach. This is an annual occurrence and is highly enjoyed by the members of the club and their friends.

Kite flying has recently become a popular amusement in this place. Almost daily a crowd of men and boys may be seen engaged in this sport, the old seemingly with as much enjoyment as the juveniles.

Site Secured for a New Church.

Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

This is to inform the public that a good convenient lot has been procured from Capt. Raymond Hutchinson, as a site for a church for the members of the M. E. Church, South, of Hoffman's Wharf and vicinity, and they propose to proceed in this matter as rapidly as possible. We ask all the friends of this enterprise to aid us by liberal contributions.

J. M. Anderson.

A Few Words for the Farmers.

fields -- Crops - White potatoes : Other

Will you kindly allow me to say a few words in the interest of the Southern farmer?

I learn from your Washington correspondent, in his letter of the 4th instant, that Messrs. Wodson and Masters, members of the Bermuda House of Assembly, were before the ways and means committee asking for a reduction in the tariff on potatoes and onions imported into this country from Bermuda, and that those gentlemen "made a strong presentation of their case, showing that the vegetables of Bermuda in no way comes in competition with the vegetables of the United States for the reason that the shipments from the islands are all at a time of year when there are no Americans vegetables in the market." Now, I must beg leave to differ with the gentlemen from Bermuda, and to assert that onions and potatoes from those islands are never out of the market when those vegetables are being shipped from the Gulf States, nor at some seasons even from the Carolinas and Virginia.

Messrs. Wodson and Masters say further that "in view of the fact nearly all the vegetable products of Bermuda on which a reduction of duty was sought were nearly all imported into the United States between April 1 and 15, a period when, it was alleged, the products of the United States of like kind are not in the market."

Now I will venture the assertion the onions from New Orleans and potatoes from Florida, Savannah, Charleston and even the Eastern Shore of Virginia are in market before the first day of June. Southern farmers are not "protectionists," but in the name of common justice when the tariff is reduced on the few farmers' products which are now protected let them also be reduced on all articles which the farmers have to buy.


A Southern Farmer.

Franktown, Va., Sept. 6th.

The above letter appeared in the Baltimore Sun, of last Saturday, and showing as it does that the farmers of the Eastern Shore will have a friend in Dr. Smith as their representative in the next Legislature, that same is published for their perusal.


Professionals -- Mariners

Capt. George C. Savage arrived at Cape Charles, on a visit to his parents last Sunday morning. In making the announcement, it is needless to state, who Capt. Savage is. No one needs to be told, that he was the intrepid commander of the City of Savannah, wrecked on the Carolina coast a short time ago. Heralded throughout the land as he has been, as the hero who brought his ship to land when disabled many miles at sea in one of the severest storms that ever swept along our Southern coast and who with unflinching courage stood at his post until every seamen and every passenger, seventy or more, were saved, every Eastern Shoreman of course has heard of him and is proud of the imperishable fame, due to his skill and prowess. It is gratifying also to be able to state, that we are not only proud of him as a son of the Eastern Shore, but that his merits are recognized and rewarded by the company in whose employ he has been for many years. No greater proof of his merit could be offered, than that the company, which he served in the least responsible position a few years ago, not only gave him the most flattering reception on his return to New York, a few days ago, but tendered him the captaincy of the steamer Chattahoochee, the finest in their line. Such confidence was due to one "who by his cool judgment and bravery in time of imminent peril and great danger" showed himself so eminently worthy of it and the action of the company will be applauded by all who believe, that faithfulness to a trust and courage that never falters when duty demands it, should be rewarded.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 16, 1893