Peninsula Enterprise, June 22, 1895


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

The Metompkin Beach Hotel is now open. The best of cooking is there. No finer surf bathing, good shooting and bathing. Boats will leave Folly Creek to carry passengers every day at any hour.


Moral -- Other

The suspending bond of $1,250, required in the case of Rev. A. J. Reamy and wife against the Pilot Publishing Company, Rev. Samuel W. Small and Rev. W. C. Lindsay, which was appealed to the Supreme Court by the defendants, was given last Saturday.


Infrastructure -- Public : Colleges

Our young ladies and gentlemen continue to arrive home from school. Among the latest which have come to our notice are: Miss Georgie Quinby, from Women's College, Lynchburg, Va.; James Hyslop and Charles Kelly, Randolph Macon Academy, Upshur Q. Sturgis, Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, Ohio; Oscar L. Powell, Harvard College.


Women -- Personal injury

The clothing of Sarah Rayfield, colored, Accomac C. H., aged 14 years, caught fire while she was making a fire in a gasolene stove on last Saturday and she was so badly burned that she died of the injuries received on Thursday. The accident was due to thoughtlessly saturating her apron with gasolene which she had spilled on the stove. Her body in many places was burned to a crisp before the clothing could be removed from her.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTransportation -- Road - Maintenance


Mr. John H. Hall will erect soon a fine dwelling at this place.

Our roads are in bad condition and need the attention of overseer or road machine.

Mr. J. A. Hall, is making improvements on one of his dwellings, now occupied by Mr. Payne.


Transportation -- Water - WharvesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsSea -- Fish factoriesInfrastructure -- Utilities - TelephoneTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingWeather -- Other


Mr. G. R. Nock has finished the contract awarded him for building a new wharf on Wallops Island.

A party of 30 are at the Wallops Island club-house this week.

Schooner Susan Jane was loaded this week with phosphate by J. W. Bunting & Son, for Cape Charles.

William E. Smith, of Cape Charles, and Lynn F. Taylor, of Accomac C. H., were here this week looking after and repairing the telephone line.

In the races at Snow Hill Gentlemen's Driving Park, last week, Gracie, the colt of Dr. N. S. Smith, won first money in the 3 year old class, the colt of W. J. Matthews got first money in 2:45 class and could have won first money if they had let him go.

A wind and hail storm here on last Saturday did more damage than any has for several years. It knocked out window sash and lights of nearly every house from the centre to upper end of Island; unroofed houses, blew open front doors and completely demolished them and blew up corn by the roots and vegetables out of the ground. Several truckers put their losses at from $200 to $300 each. The damage from centre to lower part of Island was slight.


Transportation -- Railroad - FreightTransportation -- Water - Freight

Marsh Market.

Round potatoes are being shipped by rail to the Northern markets but the returns have not been always satisfactory.

Schooner Oriental, Capt. Frank Gaskill, has gone to Havre de Grace for load of coal for J. A. Hall & Co.


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings


The camp-meeting at Parksley under auspices of M. E. Church, will begin August 16th and hold over two Sundays.

Farmers Association.

Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares

A. H. G. Mears is making arrangements to start a line of sail boats next week from Wachapreague to New York. Freight and barrels only 45 cents. He deserves the patronage of the public, as he is always cutting prices and there is only one way to ever get lower rates on the railroad and that is opposition. His stock of merchandise is simply immense. Prices lower than the lowest. X.

Board of Supervisors.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : TaxationTransportation -- Road - MaintenanceInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Welfare

The Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on the 12th inst., fixed the county taxes for the year 1895 as follows:

To meet county expenses 50 cents on head and 15 cents on every hundred dollars worth of property, real and personal.

For road tax 20 cents in each magisterial district on every hundred dollars worth of property.

For county school tax 10 cents on every hundred dollars worth of property and like sum of district school tax -- in each magisterial district.

It accepted the resignation of James F. Hope as road surveyor of election district of Pungoteague, to take effect July 1st, and appointed Edward Lang, road surveyor for election district of Greenbackville, to fill vacancy caused by the death of Thomas B. C. Gibb.

It allowed all the accounts left with the clerk against the county, on account of expenses incurred in the late election and otherwise, except the accounts of James T. Trader for damages by dogs to cow, which were continued until next meeting of Board.

It also entered the following order: "An allowance of $15 each to the physicians of this county for services to the poor for the year ending July 1st, 1889, was rejected by the following votes: John W. Wessels and Spencer F. Rogers voting for the allowance, and William T. Fletcher, James M. Burch and George E. Winder voting against it.

To the Farmers of the Eastern Shore.

fields -- Crops - White potatoes : Quality control


You will pardon my seeming presumption for making a suggestion to the farmers on the Eastern Shore. I am sure if you could see the stock of Irish potatoes that have been shipped to Baltimore you would feel the same interest that I do and freely use your influence to persuade the farmers not to ship green and unmarketable produce either to Baltimore or any other market. It is a great injury to the whole of the "Eastern Shore." In the first place it breaks down the prices. We all know when they are down it is hard to get them up. Then again, is injures the character and reputation of Eastern Shore produce. There is really no way of estimating the loss of the county of Accomac by our people rushing into market their green potatoes. If I were to give you approximately what some think, who are judges on the subject, it would astonish you and your readers. I don't believe our people can be beaten anywhere for industry and ability as farmers. They can grow the stuff, any kind they make up their minds to grow, but when they prepare it for market! To look at it makes you feel sad and sorry that labor and money should be so wasted. Putting up and preparing for market is one of the most important things. Our people don't think so, don't believe it. This part of the work is often trusted to hands who don't know the importance of it, and if they do, they don't care. There is another reason for waiting until our produce gets ripe and fit for market. Conditions have changed from what they used to be. Potatoes are being raised from Florida to Long Island, and the railroads take them through in a short time to market. We have now got to take our turn and fall in with the seasons. After Norfolk and before Jersey and Long Island it seems to me is our only chance. Thus far the potatoes shipped from Accomac to Baltimore, would have been better if left in the ground. They were not ripe, not good, and just knocked down the market.

Yours respectfully,



Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - VeteransInfrastructure -- Public : Monuments

The Fourth of July is nearly here, but the meeting which the members of Harmanson-West Camp of Confederate Veterans assured us would be held on that day, for the purpose of raising funds for the erection of a monument to their dead comrades, seems to have been but as a schoolboy's tale, the thing of the hour. The day will be celebrated however, on the Eastern Shore, as the columns of our paper indicate amid mirth and song, in feastings and gaieties, but to our shame, not in honor of the old soldier or in remembrance of the cause for which he fought and died, as was promised. Who is to blame for this neglect of so grave and important a duty? Some one can perhaps answer, but one thing is certain, the people of the county generally cannot be blamed. They are now ready and have ever been willing to act in the matter and will gladly avail themselves of the opportunity, when those who should lead, so order. It is to be hoped, that the failure to act on the Fourth, does not mean, that steps are not to be taken at an early day for the erection of the monument. The old soldiers in most of the counties of the State have been thus honored -- Accomac surely cannot forget her sons who died for the Lost Cause.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 22, 1895