Peninsula Enterprise, December 5, 1896.


Moral -- Property crime

Joseph Bocaly, who some months ago robbed Captain Costin, of the Virginia Oyster Navy, of a considerable sum of money, was tried for the offence last Thursday, convicted and sentenced to one year in the penitentiary.


Transportation -- Railroad - Other

The surveying corps of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk railroad have completed their work to Port Norfolk, where 1,000 feet of water front is to be improved, and the building of the wharves, warehouses and tracks will be begun at once.


Cobb's Island, which was reported as nearly washed away during a storm of some weeks ago, is again, according to later reports, slowly making out "seaward," and it is not improbable that the island will in the course of a few years, be more substantial than ever before.


Professionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

Mr. John O. Taylor leaves on Monday to fill contract with the Government at Smith's Island for guttering and spouting at station at that place, and will be absent from his place of business at Accomac C. H. for about a week. He has similar contracts to fill at three other stations in the district after the holidays.


Forests -- Forest products - Holly

Holly is being shipped from some sections in Accomac at this time, but as usual the farmers who have it to sell "get left." There is a demand for it in larger cities this year at good prices, but the price paid for it here is so insignificant as to indicate that it is not worth much. In Wicomico county, Md., carloads of it are being sold daily.


Professionals -- TeachersSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideTransportation -- Water - Freight


James Edmonds has accepted position as teacher on Assateague, resigned by Dr. John W. Fields.

Oysters never were fatter in our waters than this season. They are good in all the channels, creeks and shoals here and in Maryland waters near us.

Schooner Maggie Davis arrived this week from Norfolk with a cargo of building material and schooner Thomas Thomas loaded with oysters for that port.

The "sanctified band" recently home from North Carolina are again holding meetings at their homes up the Island, and it has been suggested, that steps should be taken to put a check upon them before they get on their "wild antics" again.

The resignation of Capt. James Tracy, as keeper of Assateague Life Saving Station, has been accepted and he is now at home. In his twenty-one years of service he was never known to shirk a duty. In a private letter, Supt. Kimball, of Washington, D. C., says of him: "He has the finest record of any Captain along the coast, he and his crew having rescued about five hundred persons besides aiding other stations."


Infrastructure -- Public : Street lightsWomen -- Other


Sergeant Riley is putting new lamps on some of the streets.

The death of Mrs. U. B. Quinby has cast a gloom of sadness over our entire town and community. She was a lady of the highest christian attainments, a noble and lovable character. Her loss to her home, her church and her community will be long felt. Her good work in this community will live on. Who can estimate the lasting influence for good as exemplified in the pure life of noble womanhood?


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Lodges


Quite a number of gunners have passed through out town recently en route to the neighboring club houses. Game is said to be unusually plentiful in this section.

Dedication of Church at Onancock.

Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesArchitecture -- Churches

The handsome new Presbyterian Church at Onancock, was dedicated on last Sunday, with impressive ceremonies. The sermon on the occasion was preached by Rev. W. W. Moore, D. D. professor of Hebrew in the Union Theological Seminary of Virginia.

The church is modern in architecture, built of wood and finished with everything that can minister to the comfort of the worshipers. The main audience room is 35 X 56 feet, with a Sunday school room 18 X 33 adjoining. These rooms are separated by folding doors, which on special occasions can be thrown open, thus forming one large room with a seating capacity of about four hundred. The front entrance is through a tower, which is surmounted by a graceful steeple rising 93 feet from the ground. The interior is finished in a hard oil and the pews are of the most improved pattern. There are in the church twenty windows of superior stained glass, eight of them being memorial windows. The two windows on the right and left of the pulpit are in memory of the Rev. Francis Makemie and his wife, Naomi Makemie. The other windows are in memory of Mrs. S. T. Young, John T. Powell, Robert H. Miles, Robert J. Poulson and his wife, the late Mrs. Catharine P. W. Poulson.

The pulpit furniture and communion table are of oak, finished in hard oil, and are beautiful in design. The reading desk is a present from Mrs. S. M. Caldwell in memory of her grandfather, Mease Smith. The massive oak communion table was presented by Mrs. Charlotte Taylor, in memory of her late husband, Cornelius T. Taylor.

The church is lighted at night by three handsome chandeliers, pendant from the roof and is heated from a furnace in the basement. The cost of the building is about $5,000.

A voluntary contribution was made by the congregation on the occasion of $161 to the church.


Women -- Other

Mrs. Georgia Quinby, wife of Mr. Upshur B. Quinby, died last Monday at her home at Onancock, in the fifty-second year of her age. Her illness was of short duration, but her death was not unexpected, as she had been in declining health for many years. She was buried on Tuesday, after funeral services conducted at the M. E. Church, South, Onancock, by her pastor, Rev. George E. Booker, and at her grave in Upshur's Neck by Rev. B. C. Clarke, of the Presbyterian Church. Her husband, two sons, Thomas B. and L. D. Teackle Quinby and four daughters survive her. In noting her death, it is enough to say of her that one of the best women of the Eastern Shore has passed away. She was a lady of many christian graces, prominent in christian work and by her kindness of heart made everyone her friend who came in contact with her.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
December 5, 1896.