Peninsula Enterprise, August 29, 1896


reprinted from Cape Charles Headlight.Watermen -- Personal injury

The pungy boat Silver Star anchored in a squall near Cherrystone light Monday about 5 o'clock, and in getting her anchor after the squall the windlass broke loose from her deck and John Brooks (white) and John Thomas (colored) were knocked overboard and drowned before the crew could rescue them.


Fields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsFields -- Livestock - Horses

A fatal horse disease is prevalent at Exmore and vicinity. Several horses have died and new cases are reported. Mr. William J. Mapp lost three last week. The horses, while disposed to eat, can't do so because of some affection of the throat and die very soon after taken with the disease.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Legislation

The Legislative committee appointed at the last session to investigate the grant to Mr. William Ellinger to certain oyster grounds and water privileges at Fox Island, did not meet at Cape Charles on yesterday according to appointment, but will one day next week during fair at Cape Charles.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The directors of "The Truckers Association of Eastern Shore, Va.," met at the Accomac Fair, last Tuesday, and selected the following officers: Dr. Charles Smith, president; Frank S. Smith, vice-president; Lee B. Kellam, secretary; Joseph H. Nicholson, general manager. Inspectors will be elected in the districts meetings to day.


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Prices

Sweet potatoes were sold this week at from 80 cents to $1 per barrel at the stations and steamboat wharves in the county. They ought to go higher still and will if the farmers will be true to themselves and demand what they are worth.


Fields -- Livestock - Horses

Mr. Teackle Quinby sold his three year old colt at the Fair grounds on Wednesday for the sum of $300.


Architecture -- Jails

Four of the prisoners who escaped from our jail about ten days ago have been caught and now occupy their old quarters, viz. Henry Brown, Joseph Davis, John Candis and William Sample. Four others are still at large. A reward for the capture of all them has been offered by the governor of Virginia.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

The Onancock School of Business will be opened in Onancock in Johnson Hall, September 1st. This school is to prepare young men and women for the actual duties of life. The principal, Prof. George W. Burke, Jr., is a graduate of Goldey Commercial College of Wilmington, Del., and has banking and teaching experience. The assistant principal, Rev. George W. Wilcox, is a graduate of Dickinson Commercial College, Carlisle, Pa.


Fields -- Crops - FodderFields -- Crops - Corn


Our farmers are very much discouraged by the low prices of potatoes and don't see how they can pay their rents and fertilizer bills.

The farmers' meeting held at Temperanceville, last Saturday, was a failure. A large crowd was in attendance, but only twelve were willing to join the Truckers' Association of Eastern Shore.

Fodder-saving in this section much earlier this year than usual. Many have finished their work in this line. Crop short fully one-third. All late corn a failure owning to the drouth.


Transportation -- Water - Aids to navigationTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingMoral -- Other violent crime


Fruits and vegetables never so cheap in our markets as they have been this season. Peaches sell for 10 to 15 cents a basket, apples 15 cents a basket and watermelons $2.00 per hundred.

Bids are posted for the post light and walk, to be erected by the Government on Fisherman's shoals at Tom's Cove.

Beach birds never more plentiful here than this season.

B. F. Collins is building a new oyster shucking-house, which will be opened as soon as completed.

Captain William C. Bunting has returned from Norfolk hospital and will soon be himself again.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches


The new Baptist Church now in course of erection here will be a creditable one to that denomination, and add greatly to the appearance of our town.

Sanctificationists Killed.

reprinted from Richmond Times, August 23.Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Over one hundred sanctificationists from the Eastern Shore, Virginia, went to Montrose, Chowan county, N.C., several weeks ago, and with their new doctrines have almost broken up some of the churches in that county. The believers in the new faith are principally young men. These believers in sanctification have four arks which are on barges in Chowan river, and they go around through the country preaching their doctrines. The people of Chowan county have become aroused on account of the conduct of this sanctified band. Yesterday a large body of citizens met at Montrose, on Chowan river, and had it not been for the recent converts to the new theory of this sect, the sanctificationists would have been killed or badly beaten, and their arks destroyed. The new converts of the county insisted on giving them a show. The sanctificationists were given a short time to get on their arks and leave that section. After they had boarded the arks, and were moving up the Chowan, the crowd began to fire and killed several of them. They were told to leave there by this morning at 10 o'clock, or more would be killed, and their arks and barges destroyed.

Sojourners by Old Ocean.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

A gay and happy party sailed form Horntown public landing and Wishart's Point, August 15th, to sojourn by the dear old ocean [on Assateague]. Four happy days we spent in our little cottage, nicknamed the "Hotel de Porpoise." Two of the party, United States Deputy Marshal's daughter, Miss Zimmerman, of Baltimore, and Mr. Parker H. Lee, of Bel Air, Md., had never seen the ocean before, and they agreed with the Eastern Shoremen that it was one of the grandest sights that the human eye could feast upon. Bathing, eating, with several ox cart rides to the lighthouse, and other points of interest on the island, made the day's slip by entirely too fast, while delightful strolls under the silvery light of the moon with an occasional two step on the beach or an informal dance in the saloon at our cottage, caused night to turn into day almost without our knowledge. We were charmed with our neighbors, Capt. Tracy and the Hon. Grayson Sharrett's family, particularly with Mr. Sharrett's attractive niece. One of the most important persons in our party was "Aunt Anne," and all with one accord declare her cooking unexceptionally good. Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Holland, Mrs. H. Gibb, Mrs. L. Y. Taylor and Mr. W. D. Cropper of Horntown, chaperoned the following party; Miss Bessie Gibb, of Stockton, Md.; Miss B. E. Zimmerman, of Baltimore; Mr. Parker H. Lee, of Bel Air, Md.; Misses V. F. Taylor and S. W. Holland, Horntown; Messrs. Mallory Fletcher, Ashton Fletcher, W. S. D. Fletcher, Jenkins Bridge; Mr. Custis Fletcher, Suffolk, Va.; Miss Northam, of Jenkins Bridge; Master Cropper Holland and Cecil Fletcher.

W. S. H.

Entries at Cape Charles Fair.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Tuesday, September 1st -- 2 Year old and Under. Sam Patch, H. L. Upshur, owner, Eastville, Va.; Annie, S. Y. Nottingham, Machipongo; Nellie [illegible]., G. D. Wilkins, Accomac C. H.; Oakley, C. A. Kellam, Keller; Ambler, J. A. Jarvis, Eastville, Rang Tang, William I. James, Jamesville.

2:42 Class. Dr. Snow, George T. Colburn, owner, Keller, Va.; Swanee, S. C. Turlington, Fair Oaks; Sydney Prince, Floyd Bros., Bridgetown; Clay Grit, W. M. Turlington, Fair Oaks; Regular, J. C. Otwell, Horntown; Whitestone, W. J. Gladstone, Hadlock; Lady Maude, George C. Walker, Pungoteague.

Running race kept open for entries until Monday, August 31st.

Wednesday, September 2d -- 2:37 Class. Maggie, W. B. Duncan, owner, Bull Begger, Va.; Lee Cuyler, Floyd Bros., Bridgetown; Clay Grit, W. M. Turlington, Fair Oaks; Douglas, Willis Thompson, Cape Charles.

2:50 Class, Mixed. Little Guy, J. R. Guy, owner, Pungoteague, Va.; Pin Money, Thomas E. Lindley, Eastville; Salem, H. L. Upshur, Eastville; Venus, Clinton Scott, Dalby's; Tucker, G. A. Botts, Painter; Josie B., J. M. Henderson, Bridgetown; Rob, Bell Bros., Machipongo.

2:30 Class. Ham Disston, A. S. Kellam, owner, Wachapreague, Va.; Gray Eagle, L. T. Parker, Horntown; Lady Maude, George C. Walker, Pungoteague.

Bicycle race will be kept open for entries until Monday, August 31st.

Thursday, September 3rd -- 3 Year-old and Under. Edith, S. Y. Nottingham, owner, Machipongo, Va.; Sport, B. T. Ames, Cape Charles; Susie J., William I. James, Jamesville; Sydney Prince, Floyd Bros., Bridgetown; Col. Sydney, Floyd Bros., Bridgetown; Happy Tie, O. A. Browne, Cape Charles.

3 Minute Class. Bonnie, J. W. Gladston, owner, Cape Charles, Va.; Pin Money, Thomas E. Lindley, Eastville; Salem, H. L. Upshur, Eastville; Billie J., William I. James, Jamesville; Dr. Snow, G. T. Colburn, Keller; Swanee, S. C. Turlington, Fair Oaks; Venus, Clinton Scott, Dalbys; Lee Cuyler, Floyd Bros., Bridgetown; Regular, J. C. Otwell, Horntown; Whitestone, W. J. Gladstone, Hadlock.

Free for all, Mixed. Little Guy, J. R. Guy, owner, Pungoteague, Va.; Tucker, G. A. Botts, Painter; Gas Light, Floyd Bros., Bridgetown; Josie B., J. M. Henderson, Bridgetown.

A special race will be made up on the last day of the fair.

J. A. JARVIS, Sec'y.

Home Market for Potatoes and Way to Get It.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizations


After the adjournment of the Farmers' meeting at Parksley, Saturday 15th inst., several farmers requested that I should publish in your paper the plan which I undertook to advocate at that meeting. If you will kindly allow me a small space I will endeavor to comply briefly.

Our organization and by-laws as adopted by the meeting are excellent, especially the inspecting and branding features, but in my judgement, further provisions should have been made.

Nothing is said about trying to establish a home market at the several station -- only shipping is provided for -- which it appear to me, would leave us as much at the mercy of the middle men or commission merchants as we are at present, and the only benefit we are to derive, is from the inspection and branding of our potatoes, which I contend is absolutely required and indispensable if we are to derive any benefit, or to improve our present lamentable condition. What we need more than any other one thing, is to establish our "mark" and reputation, so that when a purchaser buys a carload or less of our potatoes, he will know without looking at them, that he is buying as good or better, than he can buy anywhere else. This can be only accomplished by an organized system of inspecting and branding.

Retain all officers as provided, viz: President or general agent, eight directors and one inspector for each station. I respectfully submit the following in addition to what has already been adopted:

1. It shall be the duty of the general agent to have entire control of all shipments, instructing inspectors as to the price at which they are authorized to sell at their respective stations, daily -- and if not possible to sell at that price, then instruct them where to ship.

2. It shall also be his duty, to keep fully posted by wire, on all the principle markets, and he shall instruct the inspectors according to his best judgement as to selling and shipping. This he can do by mail to save expenses, or in case of emergency by wire. The salary and mode of paying this officer, to be determined by the Board of Directors.

3. The Board of Directors shall have authority to make such changes in the by-laws, as a majority (5) may deem expedient.

4. The duties and mode of paying inspectors, have already been provided for and defined, but they should not be allowed to sell or ship, except under the instructions of the general agent, and no member of this association should be allowed to ship on his own account, as this would destroy one of the principle objects of the association.

5. In giving his instructions, the general agent should write (or wire) something like this: "Selling price to day one fifty. If no sale, ship Cleveland." Another inspector he would instruct to ship to Pittsburg, another to Erie, and so on -- the object being to so distribute the shipments for that day, that no market would likely to be glutted.

There are other details to this plan which may with propriety be left to the Board of Directors, but I will suggest one or two.

The general agent should send out frequently, by mail to buyers in the principal markets, printed postal cards reading thus:

"I am making daily shipments, direct from the farmers, carloads of sweet potatoes which have been duly inspected and branded by the Truckers Association of the Eastern Shore of Va., and would be pleased to fill your orders."

Signed, -- -- ,

Gen'l Agent Truckers Association.

It might be well to add terms, which would save time and telegraphing. Terms might be stated so as to insure against risk, by purchaser wiring amount from the cashier of his bank to Onancock or Pocomoke bank, subject to order of general agent on presenting bill of lading.

Respectfully, CHARLES SMITH.

Franktown, Va., Aug. 17, 1896.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

The Eastern Shore Agricultural Fair of this year is far the most successful in the history of the association. From the day of opening on Tuesday until its close, the grounds were crowded with people from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland, and the gate receipts show larger attendance than ever before. The good weather of course has helped to swell the throng, but it would have been large even if the elements had been less favorable. First-class exhibits, double in most of the departments this year over any previous year, showed an interest in its success on the part of our people too great for them to stay away, however, unfavorable the weather. The ladies department was exquisite, agricultural full of choice products, speed trials fine -- full report next week.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
August 29, 1896