Peninsula Enterprise, May 23, 1896


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

Mr. Jona Parks, of the Life Saving Service, had his thumb pierced by a fishing hook on Wednesday, and a physician had to be called to extract it.


Moral -- Other violent crime

In a fight between the colored people near Nassawadox station, on last Saturday, one cut the throat of another with a razor, and it is believed that he will die of the wound inflicted upon him.


Weather -- Droughts

The drought, which has prevailed in Accomac for several weeks, was broken on Tuesday, by a heavy rain. There was a hail storm also at Parksley, New Church and other places.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Mr. James H. Baily has commenced the erection of a dwelling at this place.


Infrastructure -- Public : FencesTransportation -- Water - Freight


The new law, passed by our legislature, prohibiting hogs from running at large in our streets, goes into effect the first of next month, and our people are busy building pens for their porkers. Everybody approves the law now, even those who were most opposed to it.

Schooner Joseph Allen arrived this week with cargo of shingles for W. N. Conant.

Schooner J. R. Moffitt arrived this week from Onancock, and is being put in order for sea duty by her new owners.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball


Our base ball nine has defeated Gargatha nine in an exciting game last Saturday, by the score of 16 to 15.

The second nine of this place defeated the second nine of Modestown last Saturday, on the latter's grounds, by the score of 16 to 4.


Fields -- Crops - Strawberries

New Church.

The drouth has cut off the berry crops very badly. Our farmers say they wont have half crop.


Moral -- AlcoholMoral -- Vigilantism


The Law and Order League held their meeting in our town on Tuesday, according to announcement. What was done has not been given to the public yet. Transgressors will probably find out later.


Forests -- Barrel factories


Mr. S. H. East, our barrel man, has made an addition to his factory. He had to have more room for the large number of empties he is daily manufacturing.


Forests -- SawmillsTransportation -- Railroad - Rolling stockInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


Messrs. Gordy & Figgs have lately bought the steam saw mill of John Somers, at Mearsville, and put it in operation at that place.

The strawberry shippers of this section have been experimenting with refrigerator cars for their berries.

John T. White has purchased the lot in Parksley formerly belonging to the late John T. Powell.


Laborers -- FarmSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SurveyingSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : MarketsTransportation -- Water - WharvesSea -- Finfish - Catch : DrumSea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-netSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Planting


Our Island is almost deserted -- men, women and children having gone over into Somerset county to pick strawberries.

D. F. White has been surveying right much oyster grounds for our people for shell planting.

Several of our people are engaged in clamming and are finding quite a good market in Washington.

The merchants here propose to build a steamboat pier, which will be a great convenience to our shippers.

Drums have been right plentiful of late in our waters. Captain Rhode's fish pound got so full a few days ago that it bursted and all escaped but three.

Our people are making arrangements for planting shells, and several thousand bushels will be brought here next month.

Will Furniss is making an addition to his dwelling by adding a back building.


Infrastructure -- Public : Fire companiesInfrastructure -- Public : Towns

Twenty Buildings or More Destroyed. Loss About $55,000 and Only Partially Insured. List of Sufferers.

Franklin City is in ashes. The fire was discovered, which almost entirely destroyed the village about 2 o'clock on Sunday morning, the pier near the station and that building on the outside, being then in flames, from which point it soon spread to the large storehouse occupied by John F. Powell & Son, and from thence to the real estate office of Needles & Wilson, leaving only a few dwellings standing. About twenty buildings were burned, including all the stores, hotels and many dwellings. The loss is about $55,000, and the property destroyed belonging to private individuals was not insured for more than one-fifth its value, taken in aggregate. Many persons had no insurance, did not save a penny's worth of their possessions and are in destitute circumstances.

Fortunately no lives were lost, but Bernard Powell and wife had a narrow escape. He had not awakened until the furniture in his room was on fire. The roof of the building fell in just after he had gotten out of the building with his fainting wife by the back stairway. There is reasonable ground for the belief of many that the fire was of incendiary origin.

The losses are estimated as follows:

Pennsylvania Railroad Company, station, platform, 7 freight and 1 passenger cars, &c., $30,000; insured.

John F. Powell & Son, merchandise, $6,000; insurance $2,000.

A. T. Hancock & Co., merchandise, $1,500; insurance $800.

E. C. Chapman, hotel furniture, horse and cow, $1,200; insurance $700.

F. Elton Jones, dwelling, stables, furniture, wearing apparel, $2,500; insurance $1,550.

William M. Needles, dwelling, carriage house, furniture, office occupied by Needles & Wilson, &c., $2,700; insurance $1,600.

Smith & Bishop, two storehouses, $3,000; insurance $2,500.

E. Conger, nine dwellings, $2,500; partly insured.

Mrs. Richard H. Grady, hotel, $1,200; insurance about $900.

S. R. Stebbins, two tenant houses, $150; no insurance.

James L. Hudson, furniture, $63 in cash, clothing, &c., $400; no insurance.

R. Wilgus, furniture. clothing, &c., $250; insurance $150.

Bernard R. Powell, furniture, clothing, &c., $600; no insurance.

I. Bowden, furniture, clothing, &c., $300; insurance $200.

A number of others lost furniture and clothing, with no insurance. Among this class are the following: Mrs. William K. Collins, $250; Mrs. M. J. Tull, $350; George Brown, $125; Burton Gray, $150; Corbin Kelly, $75; Washington Mason, $150; George Tarr, $250; William T. Brown, $200; Charles Doughty, $150; William Ingersoll, $200; E. K. Mason, $75.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
May 23, 1896