Peninsula Enterprise, July 1, 1893


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings

The Southern Methodists will not hold their annual camp-meeting near Keller station, this summer.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

F. H. Dryden, real estate broker, has sold the hotel property, at New Church, belonging to William H. Marshall, to M. Thomas West, Exmore, Va., for $2,250.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Holidays

The 4th of July will be celebrated on the old camp-ground, Parksley, under the auspices of the M. E. Church. Orations will be delivered on the occasion by Revs. L. E. Barrett and W. F. Corkran. A grand stand profusely decorated with bunting will be erected for the accommodation of the speakers and brass band which will be on hand to furnish music for the day. In connection therewith will be everything for the refreshment of the inner man. A big day is expected and a cordial invitation is extended to everyone to be present.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

Rev. Thomas Dixon will preach on Cobb's Island tomorrow, July 2nd, and all persons wishing to hear the famous preacher can do so by getting off the early morning train at Cobb's Station, Northampton, where hacks will take them to Williams' Landing, from which point they will be taken by steamer to Cobb's Island and return for 50 cents. Steamer will leave Cobb's at 5.30 in afternoon.


Sea -- Finfish - Other


Fish were never scarcer in our waters.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : BaysideFields -- Crops - Strawberries


Halls' Chapel (Baptist) has recently been supplied with a new set of pews from the factory.

Sandford M.E. Church, South, has been raised higher recently and will be further improved by a steeple at an early date.

Shells in large quantities are being planted by our oystermen and the outlook now seems to be, that in a few years Messongo Creek will be a solid bed of oysters, if the shell planting continues.

Clams very scarce in our waters this season, say the clammers.

Our farmers will increase largely their acreage of strawberries another year and in a few years it will be the principal crop in this section.


Transportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing


Schooner Conner. James Thornton, captain, arrived here this week with the first watermelons of the season, which sold for 30 cents each.

The revival at Beulah Baptist Church, last week, conducted by Rev. J. T. Edmondson, resulted in 25 conversions and 17 accessions to the church.

The building boom which started here early in the year continues. In addition to the twelve houses which already have been completed, a handsome parsonage is to be built by Beulah Baptist Church, a storehouse by Thomas Beebe and two-story dwellings by the following citizens: Joshua Williams, Frank Mason, James Aydelotte, William T. Lewis, James Jones and Selby Pruitt.

The great sloop-yacht race long talked of here, between the Morris, 31 feet in length, owned by William C. Bunting, of this place, and the Emma, 40 feet in length, owned by M. J. Hudson, of Girdletree, Md., came off on Thursday, of last week. They started at the Atlantic hotel wharf at 11:30 a.m., "running in the bay 2 miles, then back down the channel against wind and tide 10 miles to sea and back." The Morris was the winner by 21 1/2 minutes and 3 miles. The race brought 500 visitors to Chincoteague, and the cheers which greeted the Morris on her return could have been heard for miles.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


William J. Lewis has bought the storehouse, dwelling and lot of John T. White, at the price of $900.


Forests -- Barrel factories

New Church.

Dr. James W. Short has his barrel factory in full operation and is now rapidly turning out barrels, which meet with ready sale.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - LecturesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Holidays


Last week's ENTERPRISE advertised Rev. Thomas Dixon to lecture at Eastville, the night of July 4th. This is a mistake. He will lecture at Onancock the night of the 4th. Subject, "Fools." A telegram to Rev. A. J. Reamy from Rev. Thomas Dixon, confirms this statement.

Numerous sports will take place in Onancock July 4th. Contesting athletes have entered from Accomac C. H., Tasley, Onley, Pungoteague, Cashville and Onancock. Sports will be a tennis match game, tub race, walking match, hammer drill, running match, bicycle race and sack races. There will be an all day fair. Sports will begin at 9.30 a.m. There will be speeches by John T. Daniel, Cape Charles, Senator J. W. G. Blackstone, Prof. F. P. Brent and Rev. J. M. Dunaway.


Transportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidings


Preparations are being made for the erection of a station house at our R. R. station, Bloomtown, thus affording ample accommodation for our business interests and filling a long felt want.

The Cape Charles Quarantine Station.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Quarantine, federal

The Washington News of Monday says: "Surgeon General Wyman returned this morning from the Cape Charles quarantine station. The station at present consists of the steamer Dagmar, with headquarters at Old Point, the receiving ship Jamestown, anchored off Hampton, and the hospital ship Ewing. Bids have been invited for the construction of a pier at Fisherman's Isle, upon which will be placed a steam disinfecting apparatus. A barge is about to be purchased for the transfer of mail and passengers from vessels which draw too much water, to be anchored directly at the pier. Bids have also been invited for the necessary buildings and tents for a disinfection camp. An artesian well is being bored to secure a full supply of water. With these precautions it is thought Norfolk and Washington will be protected from contagious diseases brought in by steamers anchoring at Cape Charles.

Destructive Hail Storm.

Weather -- Other

Thousands of dollars worth of crops were destroyed by a furious hail storm which swept over a section in the lower part of the county on last Monday. It struck Craddock Neck from the west on a line with Craddockville and in this course from thence through a belt about a half mile in width to a point near Belle Haven, and from thence to the Bagwell farm, south of Willis Wharf and across Upshur's Neck. Vegetation in many places was literally destroyed. Hundreds of fruit trees also were badly damaged and hardly a window pane, unless protected, on the western side of houses in the course of the storm, escaped destruction.

The potato patches through which it passed were absolutely stripped of leaves and the corn crop of many farmers so nearly destroyed that they have ploughed up their land and are planting again. An idea of the destructiveness of the storm may be inferred from the following estimate of losses to farmers near Craddockville reported to us:

George B. Mason, from $700 to $1,000; John W. Kellam, John M. LeCato, George Kellam, E. S. Wise, Joseph LeCato, Capt. Henry Kellam, each, from $400 to $500; John M. Colona, Thomas M. Chandler, Thomas Satchell, colored, Bob Doughty, colored, John Parker and Henry Thomas, colored, each, from $200 to $300.

A report, well in keeping with this statement also, has been received from Upshurs Neck, to the effect that all crops on the Wescott, Fentress, Powell and Quinby farms in that locality either had been absolutely destroyed or badly damaged.

Reports likewise received from intermediate points show that the storm was no less destructive in other sections through which it passed. The hailstones it is stated, were as large as hens' eggs.


fields -- Crops - White potatoes : Quality controlProfessionals -- Commission merchants

The request made by the commission merchants through our columns and otherwise, to our farmers, to hold their potatoes until ripe for market, we regret to have to state, has not been heeded by all of them. A few shippers, despite these warnings, ornamenting the top of the barrels with a few good potatoes, continue to send their trash to market. A few barrels of such stock inspected by us during a recent trip to Baltimore enables us to make the charge and it is without exaggeration, to state, that the most of them could not find a place upon the table of any one in the county of Accomac. Potatoes ranging in size, as the most of them did, from a chinquapin up to very poor culls, of course are not considered suitable food for us, and if not for us, then the query is pertinent, why should other people eat them? They will not of course, and the result is, "down goes the market," to the detriment not only of such shippers, but of all others, however carefully they may prepare their potatoes for market. The shipments of such potatoes to market, confined as we believe it is to a very few farmers, ought to be remedied in some way. They ought not to be allowed by their acts to cause the most of the potatoes sent from the county to be received by buyers with distrust and the consequent decline in their value. No means is suggested to us by which farmers who prepare their potatoes properly for market, could correct the evil, but it occurs to us, that a long step in the right direction would be taken by the commission merchants, by declining to receive such trash when consigned to them. The matter at least is worthy the attention of both shippers and commission merchants, and our columns are open for suggestions which may lead to the correction of the evil.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 1, 1893