Peninsula Enterprise, March 9, 1895


reprinted from Cape Charles Headlight.Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse service

Mr. R. C. Bulman has accepted a temporary position as assistant light house keeper at Cherrystone Light Station. The light at Old Plantation flats has been re-established.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The Farmers' Association will meet at Mappsville, on Saturday afternoon, March 16th, at 2 o'clock. All members are requested to be present as there will be public speaking at that time.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

The Metompkin hotel, sold at public auction on last court day, was bought by Mr. James E. Scott, at the price of $365. It will be opened by him to guests in the early summer.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

The salary of Capt. B. S. Rich has been increased to $1,600 by recent act of Congress equalizing the salaries of all the superintendent of the Life Saving Service.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Mirandes, the celebrated pacer, with record of 2:17 and a quarter, has been purchased by Mr. Edward Waddy, Accomac C. H., of Mr. E. F. Nottingham. He won in a race with Miss Nelson in 1893, which now has a record of 2:12 and a half. He was sold a year or so ago for $3,000.


Moral -- Alcohol

William T. Bundick will deliver temperance addresses next week, free to the public, at the following times and places: Guilford, Monday night -- Marionville, Tuesday night -- Eastville, Wednesday night. Mr. Bundick is State Deputy Chief Templar of I. O. G. T., and was cured of inebriety at the Keely Institute, Ashland, Va.


Moral -- Murder

The five colored men from Accomac, convicted of killing Constable Carver of Somerset County, Md., were sentenced on Friday of last week and get following terms in penitentiary: John Handy and George Holden, each 18 years; George Parker, 10 years; Leonard Conquest and Alfred Conquest, each 8 years. Thomas Smith, George Brown, John Williams and George Holden, who were jointly charged with the crime, were acquitted by the jury.


Fields -- FertilizerTransportation -- Railroad - OtherSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seaside


Our farmers have bought largely of fertilizers -- and the acreage of potatoes will be larger than usual this spring.

The prospect of another railroad, however remote, is pleasing to our people, and the rumor of late in that respect seems to give some of them great satisfaction.

The oyster business has not been a glittering success in this section, this season.

Potato seed, it is thought, are seriously damaged and a scarcity expected in this community.


Architecture -- Commercial buildingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Insurance companiesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Drugstores

Belle Haven.

The Belle Haven Furniture Co., have moved into the Kellam Building on Main street. They have now a total of 11,000 square feet of floor space devoted to the furniture business which is the largest establishment of its kind on the peninsula, south of Wilmington.

Messrs.. Willis and Wyatt have improved their store by the addition of two show windows.

It is reported, by good authority, that there is to be another general fire and life insurance agency established here in the near future -- also a drug store.

Mr. William J. Coe is making arrangements to open an art school here at an early date. He has just completed several excellent paintings which he will present to his lady friends. Mr. Coe is an artist of rare ability.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingTransportation -- Water - WrecksInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - Freight


Our four oyster shucking houses have been running night and day of late, to fill their orders.

Steamship Oakden, Captain H. Sandal, bound from Hamburg to Baltimore, struck on the outer reef of Assateague Beach, 3 miles N. E. of the Life Saving Station, 10 a.m., on 2nd inst. She went ashore in a fog and was discovered about two hours thereafter and Captains Tracey and Feddeman and their forces went promptly to their rescue. Four of the crew of the steamer were taken off by them on Saturday and sixteen more on the following morning, the Life Saving crews being on duty all the time without food or water ready to assist them as soon as practicable. Signals were exchanged throughout the night. The steamer is of 996 tons register and is said to have been worth $150,000. Nothing was saved but the compass and clothes of the crew. Her cargo was 200 tons of salt and cement.

Schooner R. F. Hastings loaded with oysters this week for New York, and Schooner Boneta with like cargo for Fair Haven.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sportsfield sports - Hunting : Personal injuryMoral -- Alcohol


A party consisting of seven of our citizens spent three days this week dragging for the body of Capt. John A. Stevens, recently drowned in Hudd's Narrows. The body was not found.

Mr. William T. Bundick, of Onancock, delivered a lecture at the Presbyterian Church here some evenings since on the Keely Cure. The lecture was in many respects a most logical and convincing one, and was listened to very attentively by a large audience. The lecturer referred very touchingly to his own personal experience with the Keely treatment.

Board of Supervisors.

Transportation -- Road - Maintenance

The Board met on the 6th instant pursuant to adjournment. It was rather an exciting day in Drummondtown. Quite a crowd of people had assembled to learn what the Board would do in reference to working the public roads with road machines and watch the test to be made with the machines of two companies, the "Western Wheeler Scraper Co., of Aurora, Illinois," and "The Climax Road Machine Co., of Marathon, N. Y." The tests were held, and then the Board considered the prices of the above two and many other companies which had been received by them, and after much consideration it contracted for two machines for the county and two scoops -- the machines and scoops selected being those of the "Western Wheeler Scraper Co., of Aurora, Illinois," and the price to be paid is $300.00 for the two machines and $10.00 for the two scoops, delivered.

George E. Winder, supervisor of Pungoteague district, and William T. Fletcher, supervisor of Atlantic, were appointed a committee to purchase 12 mules for the county to work the road machines.

George E. Winder, John W. Wessels and James M. Birch, supervisors, filed their semi-annual reports, as to the condition of the public roads and bridges in their respective districts.


Transportation -- Road - Maintenance

The action of the Board of Supervisors of Accomac in purchasing road machines, is in keeping with the progressive spirit of the Board, and the commendation which they will receive generally from the public in relation thereto, is, that they not only know their duty but dare to do it. Having concluded that we needed better roads and that they can't be built by the old methods, it did not take them long to decide that it was their duty to get out of the old ruts and a long step was taken by them in the proper direction at their last meeting. Improved machinery efficiently managed, say the Board, means not only better roads but eventually less expense to the county, and there are very few citizens so antiquated and so wedded to the shovel and hoe, with which the roads have been patched in the past, as not to concur in their opinion. The roads, as we now understand it, are to be built and drained and the work is to begin at once and to continue until completed, not hastily, but systematically and with a due regard for the ability of the taxpayers to meet the expense to be incurred. Their action, in other words, does not mean an extravagant expenditure of money, but the taking care of and expending judiciously the money to be raise hereafter for road purposes.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 9, 1895