Peninsula Enterprise, September 1, 1894


reprinted from Cape Charles Headlight.Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The business of the N. Y. P. & N. R. R. Co. will be conducted by Mr. J. W. Carroll, over the signature of Vice President W. A. Patton, until a successor to the late Superintendent H. W. Dunne is appointed.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

Robert L. Wharton and Severn Nelson, the Maryland oystermen, convicted in our county court, for taking oysters unlawfully in Pocomoke Sound and who appealed their case to the Supreme Court of the United States, were discharged last Monday from our jail after an incarceration of about four months. They were held in jail for the payment of fines of $500 each and costs of prosecution, which, it appeared to the court, they were wholly unable to pay.


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The Baltimore and Eastern Shore railroad was sold at Salisbury, Md., last Wednesday, to a rich New York syndicate. The only bid was $400,000.


Fields -- Crops - Fodder

Fodder saving has commenced in this county. it is of excellent quality and crop will be large.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

At a meeting of Harmanson-West Camp Confederate Veterans, held at Cape Charles, August 24th, all the old officers were elected were elected and it was decided to have a grand feast at Parksley, on the 29th of September, for the benefit of the memorial fund, provided the speakers wanted can be secured for that day. Gen. John B. Gordon and Senator John W. Daniel will be invited. The date of the annual meeting was changed from August 24th, to second Wednesday in December.


Fields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsFields -- Livestock - SwineTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


Hog cholera is prevailing here and many fine porkers have died. James E. Matthews, Capt. George Burch and others have lost several very valuable ones.

The trustees of Delaware State Hospital held their annual reunion at Atlantic Hotel last week. They were twenty in number and among them were bankers, physicians, lawyers and other leading men of the State.

S. E. Matthews has been awarded the contract to supply the Life Saving Stations on our coast with corn and hay for the ensuing year.

The Atlantic Hotel had so many guests last week, that lodging for several of them had to be procured outside the hotel.

Charles E. Babbitt, Jr., was awarded the contract for moving Metompkin Life Saving Station at $1,250.

Our Life Saving boys went on duty on 23rd ult. -- and the reduced salaries now received by them will hardly support the large families of many of them.


Women -- OtherTransportation -- Railroad - OtherInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionProfessionals -- Doctors


On our return from the Fair at Cape Charles we were first made acquainted with the new fashion recently introduced in our social life, of making the ladies in the cars -- fatigued and worn out though they were -- stand up, while the "lords of creation" reclined lazily in their seats, puffing the while vile smoke from still viler pipes in the faces of our wives, our daughters, our mothers and our sweethearts. Shame! shame on the manhood of Accomac and of Northampton too. Never had I hoped would the sons of the chivalric ancestry of the Eastern Shore become so "yankeeized" as to forget, at home or abroad, the respectful consideration due that sex, which by their nature and incomparable characteristics should command the tenderest solicitude on the part of every gentleman for their comfort and pleasure. Will this discourtesy be witnessed again on our trains?

Frank Fisher, Esq., is improving his residence by the addition of another story to his back-building.

John M. Bloxom, one of our merchants, will greatly improve his dwelling by adding at once a commodious back building.

Dr. John W. Bowdoin though called to very many patients suffering from typhoid fever, has not lost, we believe, a single patient. This is rather a remarkable record considering the malignant character of the disease.


Moral -- Vandalism


Some one is said to have entered at midnight last week the lower part of Mr. William Matthews' house, lighting a lamp and searching around. The family up stairs awoke, when the light was blown out and the visitor fled. Articles were moved and the window opened, with blind slats cut.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Water Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - LecturesProfessionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsArchitecture -- Other


An artesian well cannot be numbered as one of the enterprises of this place. It was abandoned last week after the depth of 500 feet had been reached, because the citizens declined to put up the cash necessary to reach 550 feet further, which was thought might be necessary. A stream of water 150 feet below the ground will supply the town, brought to the surface by a handpump or windmill.

Mr. L. W. Groton is recuperating his health on Cedar Island.

Rev. Thomas Dixon will lecture in the Onancock Baptist Church, Monday night, September 10th, on the subject, "The Almighty Dollar." A fair will be held by the ladies of that church in the afternoon and evening of same day.

Messrs. William T. Mason and S. K. Martin have been awarded the contract for building new school-rooms at Margaret Academy. The building is to be two story 24x36 and will be used later for the musical department when the main school building is erected as contemplated.


Fields -- Crops - FodderLaborers -- FarmSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SurveyingTransportation -- Railroad - CorporateTransportation -- Road - MaintenanceInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


The farmers of this section are busy in their fodder and are complaining of the scarcity of laborers.

D. F. White spent last week on Tangier Island surveying oyster grounds, and this week has been surveying on Hunting Creek and Messongo. As the oyster season approaches, some of our people are getting their beds ready to receive them, others are planting shells.

Mr. H. E. VanDeman shot his son in the shoulder a few nights ago, but fortunately did not injure him very much. He together with a friend was in his father's watermelon patch a short while after dark, and was shot of course under a misapprehension.

Our people generally express sorrow at the unexpected death of Mr. Dunne of the N. Y. P. & N. R. R., and deeply sympathize with the afflicted family and relatives.

D. F. White has suspended work on the county roads, except a little necessary repairing of bridges &c., until next spring.

The bush-meeting at Hunting Creek, under the able preaching of Dr. J. E. T. Ewell, has greatly revived the members. Quite a number of converts are reported.

Steamer Accomac.

reprinted from Richmond Star, August 28.Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

A meeting of the Board of the Chesapeake and its Tributaries has been called by the Governor for Thursday night at the Executive Mansion. Arrangements will be perfected by placing the new steamer Accomac in condition for service early in September. Its commander, Captain James H. Costen is already in the city.


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

Mr. H. W. Dunne, superintendent of N. Y., P. & N. R. R., died in Philadelphia, Sunday night, and the news was received with expressions of sorrow generally in this county on the following day. He was in the prime of life, and a career full of promise seemed to be in store for him. He was only 38 years old. In his personal and official relations with our people he commanded for the most part their confidence and esteem.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 1, 1894