Peninsula Enterprise, September 28, 1895


Transportation -- Railroad - Rolling stock

A freight car was burned near Parksley, on Thursday.


Moral -- Alcohol

Mr. William T. Bundick, of Onancock, will deliver a temperance address at Drummondtown Baptist Church, tomorrow night, 29th inst.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball

The Tasley nine was not "in it" in their contest with the Court-house nine at Accomac C. H., last Saturday. The score was 25 to 13. Our boys are sighing for more nines to conquer.


Moral -- Property crime

A telegram was received by Capt. Henry L. Crockett Thursday morning "that his schooner Anna, Capt. Stevenson commander, had been broken into and robbed of $300 or $400," the amount of sales of cargo of potatoes.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Two Mormon elders, Taylor and Nibley, are making a tour of the county and were at Drummondtown on Monday. The object of their visit is, of course, to make converts to Mormonism, but no one in our county, we take it for granted, is so ignorant as to be influenced by their pernicious doctrines.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction

Accomac C. H.

An improvement boom has struck us. A steeple is being placed on our Presbyterian Church, Mr. Ben T. Melson has had his storehouse moved back 7 feet from the road and will enlarge it by the addition of a portion of his carriage factory, Mr. George W. Garrett is having a new harness shop built, a new storehouse will be built soon by Mr. A. J. Lilliston, and the carpenter shop of Mr. Henry C. Ayres has been divested of its antique appearance by new weather boarding. Come to town soon, if you want to know it when you get here.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : Bayside


The prospects for the oyster business with us this season is not flattering, the plants being both poor and small.

Mr. S. R. Sterling, manager of the Chesconnessix Crab Co., and Mr. James Kerwin, manager of the Onancock Crab Co., retired from the crab business for the season last Saturday, to engage in the oyster business.


Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - WrecksSea -- Wrecking


Quite a large number of people from various sections of the county visited us last Saturday and Sunday. They came here on the boat running potatoes from various points, and many of them, not have been here for years, said they were not prepared to believe there was such a town in the county as ours.

Schooner Centennial, which went ashore on Dawson's Shoal, several days ago, was wrecked by Bunting & Son, and the wreckage brought here and sold at public auction last week.

Wilbur Showell and Herbert Smith bought Sloop Yacht Welcome, on this day of writing, from Capt. S. R. Stebbins and left for their home on Rappahannock river.


Forests -- Forest products - BarrelsProfessionals -- Commission merchantsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Race tracksInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Our people are talking of asking the Legislature to enact a law fixing the size of truck barrels. This will be a good thing. If we would then abolish the ring among the commission men fixing the prices of trucks, the farmer can expect better returns for his labor.

Albert Nock has in response to a strong demand from our young sports built a nice race track on his farm near here. At its opening on last Saturday he made a ringing speech laudatory of the great institution of racing. A large crowd has been in attendance each day since opening the track.

G. T. Gillespie has bought the new dwelling recently vacated by N. W. Nock.


Infrastructure -- Public : SchoolsInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings


The Pungoteague Academy out grew itself very soon, and the Board had to meet and engage another teacher. The lady they selected has had six years experience and is a graduate of the State Normal School, of Baltimore. She has arrived and will enter upon her duties Monday 30th.

Mr. J. C. Doughty is making an addition to his property he purchased in town, and he will occupy it next month.

The tent for the Lee meeting was set last Tuesday. It is large enough to accommodate 3000 people. Mr. Lee has his own singer, with him, and with his national reputation Mr. Lee is likely to fill the Tabernacle. White people of all denominations are invited to come and enjoy the meeting. Boarding and refreshment tents are on the ground to accommodate all that go, also a horse pound. There will be three regular services a day, and they will continue for ten days from the 27th.

The Schooner Four Sisters Goes Ashore.

reprinted from Baltimore Sun, September 25.Transportation -- Water - Strandings

The schooner Four Sisters, of and from Onancock, with barreled potatoes, went ashore inside the black buoys at Fort McHenry early yesterday morning. She nearly piled up on the wreck of a schooner which has been lying there submerged three years.

Attempt to Rob a Residence.

Moral -- Property crime

A bold attempt was made to rob the residence of Mr. Ira Hopkins, at Tasley Station, on last Saturday. About two o'clock on that day while the members of his family were in another part of his house, some one entered a room unoccupied at the time but in constant use during the day, and proceeded to appropriate his property without leave or license. In the effort, however, to remove one of the drawers of a bureau, a noise was made which attracted the attention of members of the family and the thief retreated around the corner of the house and through the corn near the house, without being seen by them. In his or her haste to get away, luckily for them, the drawer was dropped, in which there was besides valuable clothing, several bank notes of the amount of a hundred dollars or more. No clue so far has been obtained as to the identity of the thief.

Attempt to Release Prisoners.

Architecture -- Jails

The keeper of Drummondtown jail, on entering the jail last Saturday morning, found one of the locks broken on door leading to the room in which several desperate prisoners were confined. Their friends, during the night had climbed over the outer wall and attempted the rescue, but after breaking one lock, were either frightened away by the barking of dogs or were discouraged in their undertaking by finding two other locks in their way, through which an entrance could not be effected by any ordinary means. It is due, perhaps, to the precaution of the keeper, that the criminals were not released. Had they been confined at the time in the cells in the upper room, from which he had removed them a few days ago, it is thought, with the help from the outside they might have escaped.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 28, 1895