Peninsula Enterprise, March 31, 1894


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The revival now being conducted by evangelist Gales at Wachapreague promises to prove nearly, if not quite as sweeping, as the mammoth meeting which recently closed at Belle Haven. There have been so far about 50 conversions.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdTransportation -- Water - Boat buildingTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Wild geese, bound north, have stopped in our waters, and our sportsmen never had finer fun in shooting them. The average gunner kills from 10 to 25 per day.

Sloop yacht Gertrude Andrews built by John Archie for William Adams, Jr., and just launched, is one of the most complete crafts of the kind ever built here.

Schooner Cranmer was loaded with oysters here last week and again this week, for New Jersey.

Wolsey Burton is building a new dwelling. W. N. Conant is improving his new residence by an addition and a handsome porch has been built to dwelling of Peter Corbin.


Forests -- Barrel factories Infrastructure -- Utilities - TelegraphTransportation -- Railroad - Other


A barrel factory will be opened here soon by Messrs. F. P. Martin and James Turlington. Work on same was commenced this week.

A wire will be put in at this station during coming season, to the great gratification of all the people of this section.


Forests -- Timber rightsForests -- Forest products - LumberInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


N. W. Nock has purchased of S. A. Taylor, Esq., a body of about 500,000 feet of the finest old growth pine timber in this section, and is now working it up into building material to supply the local demand.

Samuel Marshall, Esq., of Mearsville, will build a new dwelling this summer, as will Messrs. Isaac Dix, George Fisher, Robert Stevenson and E. J. Wessels.

William P. Bundick, Esq, has purchased the "Bundick place" of John D. Wimbrough, a part of the consideration being the house and lot in Modestown, recently owned by the late David M. Shreaves.

Mrs. Ellen J. S. Byrd, it is reported, has bought of Thorogood Mason, Sr., the house and lot in this village now occupied by Eugene R. Mason; the latter gentleman having purchased a lot at Bloxom Station, to which place, it is said he will remove at the completion of his dwelling, sometime in the early summer.


Fields -- Crops - StrawberriesFarmers -- InnovationInfrastructure -- Commercial - Insurance companies


A great many strawberry plants are being planted in this neighborhood. Our farmers are realizing that they must plant something besides sweet potatoes.

Several Life Insurance agents are having their headquarters at Parksley and seem to be doing very good business.

Parksley now has a racket store.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


M. F. Byrd & Bro's new dwelling is nearing completion.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sportsfield sports - Hunting : Personal injuryTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing


A son of Joseph Riggs, aged about 12 years, accidently shot himself in the knee a few days ago, but the wound is not considered dangerous.

It is announced that a series of boat races will come off at this place, beginning May 12th.

Narrow Escape from Watery Graves.

Transportation -- Water - Strandings

The canoe J. D. C. Hanna, having on board Andrew M. Parks, Andrew C. Parks, Joshua Landing and Jack Joyce, bound from Tangier Island to Onancock, was capsized in a gale of wind, one and a half miles off Watts Island in Tangier Sound, last Monday, and the occupants of same had a narrow escape from drowning. They managed to climb up on the bottom of the boat when she went over, and in that position were found by Capt. P. H. Conorton and J. L. Cooper an hour or so after their sad mishap. The canoe when discovered was drifting away from land and the gentlemen clinging to her, in a short while, would have succumbed to the cold bath, to which they had been and were continually subjected -- and if able to withstand that, they could not have held on much longer in the rougher waters to which the canoe was being carried. The rescue was a very timely one -- a few minutes later, it is doubtful, if one of them would have been left to tell the tale.


Transportation -- Road - Maintenance

The condition of our public roads demands that the supervisors take as immediate steps as possible for their proper working. We use the word "proper" advisedly. The old system was by far too costly -- because it utterly failed to meet the ends desired. We cannot afford such miserable roads as we now have. They are too costly in whatever light viewed. The expenditure of a good sum, under proper and well-directed guidance, will in the end be cheap. No county needs good roads more than we do. No county has its roads in more constant use by pleasure vehicle or draft wagon, than ours does. It is a good sign that some parts of the country are awakening. Read this:

"The citizens of Colbert county, Ala., have voted to expend $200,000 in the construction of pikes and public highways. They are acting on the assumption that good roads will develop a country more rapidly than anything else; in fact, that they are the first sign of an advanced civilization. Colbert county certainly sets an example to wealthier and more thickly settled communities."

Accomac is a rich county. With first-class roads she would rapidly grow richer. The public demand is for better roads. Let the powers that be see to it. We believe they will for they know their duties.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 31, 1894