Peninsula Enterprise, March 23, 1895


Transportation -- Road - Maintenance

The Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on last Wednesday, determined to work the road machines until the first day of July next, under the direction of the Supervisors. Each magisterial district is to have the use of a machine for a month at a time. George C. Watson tendered his resignation to the Board as road surveyor for election district of Onancock and Capt. Charles P. Finney was appointed as his successor.


Architecture -- Commercial buildings

A. J. McMath, proprietor, Accomac Nurseries, Onley, Va., has just completed a large packing and work house 18x36 feet, two stories high, which will be equipped with the most improved machinery for packing trees and plants, and he will engage more extensively in the nursery business.


Moral -- Alcohol

Mr. William T. Bundick lectured to a full house at Cape Charles on Monday night on temperance and the Keely treatment and the address was highly complimented by many of those present. He spoke to a small audience at Eastville on Tuesday night. He leaves the Eastern Shore next week and has engagements to deliver similar addresses in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond and in the valley of Virginia.


Transportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PricesInfrastructure -- Utilities - Telephone


Schooner Recruit, Capt. James Taylor of this place, recently carried to New York 760 bushels of oysters bought here for 60 cents per bushel, which were sold for $990, over $500 above the expenses.

Major John E. Wise spent the week with us, valuing real estate. He is an old and always welcome visitor to this place. He tells us he collected taxes off Chincoteague in 1848 and there was not a two-story house on the Island at the time -- now he says our town looks more like a city than any on the Eastern Shore.

A movement is on foot to connect Chincoteague with the mainland by telephone, and subscriptions for that purpose are now being solicited and the prospects are that some of our enterprising citizens will take stock in the proposed line. If established, it is to be a part of the line which is to connect Ocean City, Snow Hill and other points in Maryland.

All of the "Sanctified Band" left behind here, it is said, are preparing to join their brethren and sisters now located in Elizabeth City, N. C. They do not propose, however, to take their "unsanctified" husbands or wives with them and will even leave their "unholy" children behind them. They say, in fact, they recognize none of the ties of kindred and are willing to break them -- and want divorces from their husbands and wives and separation from their children. J. W. Jones, until he joined the band, a worthy and thrifty man, left this week leaving his wife and six children behind him. Others will follow soon, and it is to be hoped they will, and not be allowed to return here again to bring reproach upon our people.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Customs service


Custom Officer N. W. Nock has reared a pole above his office on Main street, where he proposes to display the U. S. flag.

Fire Wrecks a Schooner on Metompkin Beach.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - Wrecks

The Schooner Zimri S. Wallingford, owned in Philadelphia, and bound to that place from Georgetown, S. C., together with her cargo of lumber, were destroyed by fire at sea off Metompkin Beach on last Sunday. The fire attracted the attention of the Metompkin Life Saving crew, soon after it started, and in less than an hour and a half, they had manned their boats and pulled out to her, a distance of seven miles or more. The vessel in that time was wrapped in flames, but her crew had left her in their own boats and were promptly rescued by the Metompkin Life Savers, who soon after transferred them to the tug Sansom, which happened along at the time on her way to Lewes, Del. The origin of the fire was due, it was stated, by the crew of the burning vessel, to the explosion of a lamp while one of them was moving about on deck with it. The oil scattered in every direction from the broken lamp, they say, made her an easy prey, everything but the hull below the waterline being in a short time a mass of flames and beyond their control, though they had made desperate efforts to check it. The fire starting at eight and a half a.m., continued until late in the night, and the reflection from same was seen at many points on the mainland until nearly midnight. During the night the stern of the vessel was separated from the boat and drifted out to sea. The balance of the hull sank near the place where the fire started and being almost in the course of passing boats will prove, it is believed, a dangerous wreck unless removed.

The Wallingford was built in 1882 at Bath, Me., for B. Frank Neally and others. She was recently sold to a Philadelphia syndicate. She was a good carrier for her size. She was 127 and a half feet long, 30 and a half feet beam and 9 and a half feet depth of hold.

Shot by a Colored Man.

Moral -- Murder

Rufus Wells and Jonathan Timmons, driving from Pocomoke City to their homes at Messongo, last Sunday night, got into difficulty with Lloyd Purnell, colored, three miles south of Pocomoke, which ended in Wells being shot fatally. The colored man, it is stated, started a quarrel with them, which culminated in the pursuit of him by Wells and Timmons with clubs to his home a half mile away, and the shooting of Wells by Purnell as he arrived at his house door, the bullet from pistol fired by him taking effect in Wells' temple above the left eye. Purnell gave himself up to the constable and was placed in jail to wait the action of the grand jury. Wells was alive according to our latest advices, but is not expected to survive the wound. Timmons and Wells both are natives of Maryland, but for the last year have lived in Messongo Neck, where they have been engaged in wheelwright and blacksmith business.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 23, 1895