Peninsula Enterprise, June 9, 1894


reprinted from Richmond State, June 5.Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

It is understood that the Board of the Chesapeake and its Tributaries has purchased a new vessel for the oyster navy. The purchase was made in New York. The vessel is named The Senator, and is said to be a splendidly equipped for the purpose for which it is to be used.


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

Wharton, Nelson and Marsh recently convicted in Accomac County Court of illegally taking oysters in Virginia waters, were re-committed to the county jail Monday morning by U. S. Marshall. Their cases were taken on appeal to U. S. Supreme Court, but that court confirmed the State court's decision and they will now have to serve out their sentence.


Weather -- Other

A severe hail storm swept over Northampton several days ago and is reported to have done much damage.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

Hotel Metompkin, advertised in this issue, claims your attention. It is a new ocean resort easy of access, by comfortable means and at moderate rates.



At last accounts the small-pox patient at the pest-house was improving. Every effort has been made to isolate the case and there is no likelihood of any extension of the disease.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The corner stone of the new M. E. Church, South, Cape Charles, will be laid on 4th of July. Prominent speakers will deliver addresses on the occasion, and the exercises will conclude with a grand display of fireworks at night. A feast prepared by the Ladies Aid Society will furnish comfort to the inner man.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Real estate of the late Arthur M. Rogers was sold at public auction, at Onancock, last Saturday, by Thomas W. Russell special commissioner, for $4393, to following persons: John R. Sturgis, $2086; Thomas C. Kellam, $339; Thomas M. Scott, $155; L. D. T. Quinby, $210; S. S. Kellam, $191; L. W. Groton, $517; William C. West, $905.


Fields -- Livestock - SheepProfessionals -- LawyersSea -- Fish factoriesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing


The sheep-penning on Wednesday was not as well attended as usual on account of the inclement weather. The day was too cold for the sheep to leave off their winter clothing and the "inner man" did not hanker much after the ice cream that was there for its refreshing.

Caleb Bowden, a recent graduate in law at University of Virginia, from this place, has associated himself with a prominent attorney in Philadelphia for the practice of his profession. He left for his new home last Tuesday.

The timely discovery of a fire at Bunting's Fish Factory about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning prevented the destruction of several thousand dollars worth of property. The wharf had caught fire from an engine on same and a schooner alongside of wharf would soon have been in flames, when a gentlemen on schooner aroused by the falling of the engine on wharf into water, succeeded in putting out the fire. In a few moments more the fire would have been beyond control and some eight or ten thousand dollars would have gone up in smoke. The damage to the property was about twenty-five dollars.

Mr. J. Edward Brittingham, of "My Maryland," is a wiser if not a happier man. He arrived here on Tuesday morning with one of his trotting nags prepared to do up in short order everything in the equine species on Chincoteague. It was as he stated, not one of his best, and everybody agreed in a few moments after his arrival that he had brought the wrong horse with him. Matthews, with his swifter, was first on the turf and the distance between his horse and that of "My Maryland" was soon so great, that a lamp-post was as likely to be a winner as the latter. Then the veteran turfman of the Island, Dr. Smith, "tackled" him with "Gold Dust" hitched to a heavy dayton -- and in this trial of speed that Marylander and his steed were rarely in sight and then at the start. His lesson in racing on Chincoteague, was a bitter one, perhaps, but it will do him good.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingTransportation -- Railroad - Other

Fair Oaks.

The citizens of this section all unite in giving three cheers to our Editor, for the stand taken by him in regard to the Jersey City delivery of our produce. It was news to all of them.

Mr. G. A. Brown, the trainer, has quite a lot of speeders in his string, but is open for more.


Fields -- Crops - Cover cropsFields -- Crops - StrawberriesSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : PricesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTransportation -- Water - Boat buildingInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal ordersFields -- Crops - White potatoes : Diseases and pestsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction

Marsh Market.

The army worms have nearly destroyed W. J. Hall's millet and clover.

Clams are selling at $1.75 per thousand, and very few persons are engaged in catching them.

The strawberry crop was much larger than anticipated, and, in many cases the returns were small.

Mr. Martin has purchased Tunnell's Island and has erected a large two story house on it.

The C. C. Marairee, built for our pastor, was launched at J. A. Hall's wharf on May 19th.

A large church is now being built by the members of Shiloh Baptist church. The old one is too small.

The Good Templars meet at the Baptist Church every Monday night. It is composed of about fifty members, and is rapidly increasing in interest and numbers.

Round potatoes are looking well, and the farmers are busy killing the potato bugs. On the high land corn is doing well. Oats are not very pretty.

Mr. James T. Mears has built a store-house near his residence, which he intends to stock with goods in August. Mr. Melvin Bloxom has opened his new store near Pocomoke Church.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

New Church.

The people of this section, incensed with the school trustees for failing to provide them with a better school building, will express their displeasure soon in a public meeting and seek a remedy for their non-action in the matter.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - LodgesTransportation -- Water - SteamboatsTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Fishing


The famous racing batteau George W. LeCato, familiarly known as Little George, was sold by her owner a few days ago to one of the members of the Accomac Club. She will be sent to the Ragged Island Club, near Virginia Beach.

An effort is being made to establish a line of steamers between this pont and northern markets. Our farmers will not become reconciled to the new R. R. arrangements.

Mr. U. B. Quinby is spending the week with Dr. George W. LeCato and indulging his taste for fishing. The improvement in his health has been decidedly manifest since his arrival here.

Our enterprising townsman, Mr. S. T. Martin, has lately embellished his store front with a commodious and inviting settee, that draws well.

Horrible Crime.

Moral -- Murder

A horrible crime was committed last Wednesday, at Green Hill, six miles above Pocomoke City, in which it is stated, several negroes from the neighborhood of Temperanceville participated. One constable was beaten to death by them and another constable received injuries at their hands from which he is not expected to recover. Ten of them were arrested and lodged in jail at Snow Hill Thursday.

Attention, Farmers!

Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares

The farming class of people who are interested in shipping their produce will meet at Modestown, Saturday, June 16th, 3 p. m. Prominent speakers will be present to give their views as to the best way of sending their produce to market. A Farmer's Club will be re-organized at that time. Come one, come all, and join us in fixing some plan to get our produce to market cheaper than we now have. We have boats and water -- all we want is our people to come together.


Baptist Corner-Stone Laying.

Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

At Harborton (formerly Hoffman's Wharf) on July 4, 1894, the Baptists will lay the corner stone of their new and magnificent church. Nearly all the Masons in the county will be present to lay this corner-stone. A great dinner will be served immediately after the corner stone laying.

The tournament, the finest held on this shore, will begin promptly at 9.45. Twenty knights, three arches. For particulars address Mrs. A. J. Morse or Capt. A. J. Read, Harborton, Va. Great bicycle race at 4 p. m. Two prizes. For particulars address Mr. Otho Walker, Pungoteague.

Ice cream and fruits will be served. Church grounds brightly illuminated.

Rev. A. J. Reamy, the talented and brilliant orator of the Onancock Baptist Church, will lecture on "What I Saw at the World's Fair," at 8.15 p. m. Great display of fireworks at 9.30. All great men will be there.

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Transportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares

Advices from many parts of the Eastern Shore indicate that many of our people, alive to the necessity of relieving themselves of the burdens imposed upon them by the Jersey City delivery, are taking steps in that direction. In some sections schooners have already been engaged to take our produce to market; in other localities meetings will soon be held to secure transportation for our produce by steamers; in every part of the Eastern Shore, the fact seems to be recognized, that something must be done not only to relieve ourselves of the burdens imposed upon us now by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, but to prevent greater exactions in the future at the hands of its officials. If it cost forty cents to get a barrel of produce to market last year and the charges on same this year are fifty cents, what will be demanded another year is the very natural query which the farmers are putting to themselves -- and the only answer to the query, so far as we have heard is, that we must as far as possible make ourselves independent of a company which has been more abundant in curses than in blessings to us. To do this, concert of action is of course necessary and the key to the situation is furnished by the Modestown farmers, if as they propose in any other column of the paper, we get together and pull together for the good of each other. No people have been more favored with the means of reaching the markets than we have been -- water, water everywhere and boats to be had by asking for the same -- will we by acting together profit by the advantages which nature had given us? when a corporation would impose on us and courts cannot or will not render to us that justice which we have asked through them?


Sea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : Law enforcement

Governor O'Ferrall has recently been taking lessons in naval warfare from the naval authorities in Washington, and will soon take decisive steps to prevent Maryland trespassers from encroaching upon Virginia waters, as will be seen by special to the Baltimore Sun in this issue. The warlike preparations of our Governor this time are in the interest of the soft crabs, and however much the Sun, though its correspondents may attempt to belittle his efforts in that direction, it is a source of too great a revenue to many of our citizens for them not to approve of and commend the Governor for the action he has taken in the matter.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 6, 1894