Peninsula Enterprise, October 24, 1896


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Prices

Under the McKinley high protective tariff, while Harrison was President, a farmer in the vicinity of the court-house received for 100 barrels of sweet potatoes, a check for $1.60. The dispels the idea that high protective tariff means high prices for sweet potatoes. More money is needed to get better prices for produce as all the republican leaders tell us. Vote for Bryan and more money.


Mental illness

Harriet Fisher, colored, committed suicide by cutting her throat with a shoe knife at her home near Birdsnest, Northampton, on Friday, of last week.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction

The office at the corner opposite the hotel at Accomac C. H., is being rebuilt, enlarged and connected with the drug store occupied by Blackstone & Bell. The improvement will add greatly to the appearance of this part of our town.


Moral -- Alcohol

Mrs. M. W. Newton, State organizer of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, will deliver an address at the Drummondtown Baptist Church next Sunday afternoon 3 o'clock. Subject: The W. C. T. U., why it is, and what it is.


Moral -- Vandalism

The dwelling of Mr. William J. Mapp, Exmore, and the most of his household goods were burned last Saturday night. The origin of the fire is unknown, but the circumstances attending it, seem to indicate that it was incendiary. At 10 o'clock, Mr. Mapp was aroused by a noise on the outside of his house which he could not account for and at that time and at 11 o'clock on retiring endeavored to find out the cause. At 12 o'clock fire was discovered on the outside of the building and had made such progress that nothing could be done to check it. His loss is a thousand dollars or more than insurance.


Sea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Finfish - Other Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Dredging


The Chesconnessex Crab Co., has closed its houses on Onancock and Chesconnessex creeks for the season, and the manager, M. L. R. Sterling and wife have left for Crisfield to spend the winter.

Schooner Lillie Helen, Captain Wesley Marsh, arrived here last week from the oyster grounds on Chesapeake bay. Captain Marsh reports the oyster business a failure so far, but expects it to be better about Christmas.

Our fishermen are housing their nets, the season being pretty well over. Fish have been plentiful and prices good this season.

Schooner Susie Muir, Capt. William F. Barnes, and sloop Hettie L. Barnes, Capt. Edward H. Barnes left here last week for Potomac river, where they will engage in dredging during this oyster season.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingMoral -- AlcoholSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : MarketsTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


Capt. W. H. Bixby, U.S. engineer, of Philadelphia, was here this week, to look after the Fisherman shoal light, Assateague. It will be established at an early date.

Another shucking establishment has been opened here by C. E. Babbitt, Jr.

Mr. W. T. Bundick lectured in our Town Hall on the 15th inst., to a fair audience.

Schooners Sunbeam, Maggie Sutton and J. R. Moffitt, loaded with oysters this week for Norfolk, Va.

Our building boom continues. Capt. John W. Bunting is having two handsome dwellings erected -- Mr. S. B. Dennis is building a shoe store -- and a new dwelling will soon be in course of erection for S. J. Mumford.


Transportation -- Road - Shell surfacingTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball


Sergeant Riley has the streets in fine condition, having reshelled the bad places.

The match game of ball between the second nines from the High School and the Margaret Academy resulted in victory for latter.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsFields -- Livestock - Cattle Transportation -- Road - Wrecks


The carpenters are rushing the completion of the interior of Pate & Mason's new store, the painter is at work on the exterior, and the building will be the finest storehouse on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Our barber, Mr. John H. Scott, has moved in his new quarters, and we now have the finest barber shop in the county.

Miss Carrie Taliaferro, of King & Queen county, has opened a private school in our town with a good attendance.

A large number of calves are being shipped from this station, and fair prices being realized for them.

Mr. John Parks, near Metompkin, while speeding his horse a few nights ago near Parksley, suddenly came in collision with a Modestown gentleman named Young, the result was a smash up of both vehicles, but fortunately not much damage to themselves or their fair escorts beyond a few bruises.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Surveying


Mr. D. Frank White, county surveyor, is surveying oyster planting grounds in our waters.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 24, 1896