Peninsula Enterprise, July 29, 1893


Forests -- Barrel factories

A barrel factory, owned by Albert Mears, began operations at Parksley this week.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

F. H. Dryden, real estate broker, has sold for Jacob H. Covington, his dwelling, store-house and blacksmith shop, at New Church, to E. W. Hutchinson, for $1000. Mr. Dryden has also sold the "Brownstone" farm, which formerly belonged to Hon. John W. Crisfield, near Princess Anne, Md., to Powell Brothers, of Pennsylvania, for $14,000


Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - Wharves

Hoffman's Wharf.

The schooners Zingara and Maid of Erin are getting ready to run potatoes from Warehouse and new wharf at Hoffman's.

The farmers are building a pier so as to be ready for sweets.


Transportation -- Water - Freight

Marsh Market.

The oat crop has been harvested and it is short. Corn is looking well. The farmers have finished shipping round potatoes, and in many instances, the returns were satisfactory.

At this writing white mullets and trout are plentiful in our waters.

The schooner George O. James, Capt. A. T. Topping, left for Yorktown, Va., on Monday morning, from whence she will take a load of melons to Baltimore, Md.


Transportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredgingInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal serviceInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - BaseballTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - FishingMoral -- Other violent crime


Mud machine at mouth of Onancock Creek is doing good work.

The M. E. Church is being remodeled.

Onancock is soon to have a night mail.

Capt. John Hopkins has completed the improvements on his dwelling on Main Street. It is now a very handsome residence.

The Onancock base ball boys are itching for a challenge since their victory at Buzzard's Hill -- 21 to 1. Who can satisfy them?

T. A. Joynes, of steamer Eastern Shore, spent Monday with his brother, G. G. Joynes, and took in a fishing excursion to Hack's Rock given by William Scott.

Mr. Edward Kellam while going from Onley, last Sunday night, to his home at Cashville, was seriously assaulted by two negroes at Warrington's Branch. One, a yellow negro, seized his horse's bridle, the other a very black stout negro, demanded his money and started to take him from the carriages. Kellam had no pistol, but having a cane in his carriage, struck the negro as he started in his carriage and knocked him off between the wheels. The negro at the bridle fired at Kellam putting a bullet through his right sleeve between his shoulder and elbow slightly drawing the blood. The horse made a lunge and Kellam escaped without further injury. On Monday night Mr. James Bayley and Mr. Drummond were also assaulted by two negroes, one-half mile from same place, while coming to Onancock for a doctor.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesAfrican-Americans -- OtherWeather -- Droughts


The new M. P. Church, a handsome edifice now being erected near the old site of the church that was burned last fall, is nearly completed.

Sam Bloxom, an aged colored man, died here recently. He was probably the only negro in this part of the county that voted the Democratic ticket and as such was a loss to the "grand old party."

The excessive drought in this section has been of incalculable injury to the farmers. They claim that crops will be ruined if it lasts much longer and they are despondent accordingly.

The Eastern Shore Agricultural Fair.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

Again reminding the people of the counties of Accomac and Northampton that our Fair, commencing the 8th of August, can only be what they may choose to make. I appeal to them to bestir themselves and let everybody contribute something, and let their list come in at once, thereby saving them great inconveniences on the day of opening. We want every portion of the Eastern Shore to be represented with a liberal contribution of exhibits. Let every department be full. The outlook for a Fair of superior excellence was never more flattering. The grounds are being thoroughly fitted up -- a new judge's stand, with other additions, together with the touch of the white wash brush will add very much to the appearance of the same -- an entrance and a railed in walk way leading from the ticket offices to the entrance will add greatly to the comfort of all visitors. The indications are, that the horse department will be full -- let not the cattle, hogs and sheep departments be behind.

The ladies, I am sure, will see to it that their exhibits measure up to our most happy anticipations -- excelling all past efforts. Many rare curiosities will adorn the ladies department this year.

The committee renew their pledge, to do all in their power to contribute to the comfort and enjoyment of those in attendance.

Everybody may feel free to call on any member of the Board, at any time during the Fair, for any information desired.

Again soliciting a cordial co-operation with us in our effort to advance the best interest of a prosperous people, I am

Very respectfully,

T. T. Wescott, Secretary.

Board of Supervisors.

Infrasturcture -- Public - Government : CountyProfessionals -- SurveyorsTransportation -- Road - Bridges

The annual meeting of the Board on the 4th Monday of July was held according to law. Spencer F. Rogers, Esq., supervisor for Lee District, was again unanimously chosen Chairman of the Board. The statements of the receipts and expenses of the county for year 1892-93, and allowance, etc., 1893-94, were made up and recorded. The few accounts left with the clerk of the Board were examined and allowed. The superintendent of the poor filed his annual report for year ending June 30, 1893, and made his annual settlement which discloses a very economical and careful administration by the superintendent. The expenditures to repair public bridge, applied for by William B. Duncan, surveyor of precinct No. 24 of Atlantic District, were approved. D. Frank White, Esq., was recommended by the Board to the County Court as a suitable person to appoint county surveyor, to fill the vacancy cause by the resignation of Benjamin T. Gunter, Jr. Then the Board adjourned to meet again at the Court-House on the 20th day of next September.


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Quality control

Several shipments of sweet potatoes have been from the county made this week, and in noting the fact we cannot withhold the counsel, so often given to our farmers at the beginning of the season, to cull them properly and put them up in as good form as possible, if they want proper returns for their labors. A depressed market is sure to follow a want of care in these respects, resulting in a loss of many thousands of dollars to our farmers, and knowing as they do by past experience that the market rarely ever rallies when low prices for sweet potatoes have been once established, the exercise of a little common sense should teach them, that it is a duty they owe themselves, to do all in their power to keep the market firm. If your potatoes are ready to ship, let them go, if not hold them until they are and by all means keep your trash at home, or so mark it that no one will be deceived.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 29, 1893