Peninsula Enterprise, December 20, 1883


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

Capt. John Riley Marshall and Mr. George W. Glenn have returned from the city of Richmond. They were pleased with their reception by the committee of the legislature and think that means will be provided by the legislature to protect the oyster beds against violation by the dredgers.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Bird

A boy near Guilford had better luck on a partridge hunt this week, without gun or dog, than many of our sportsmen who go in search of them fully equipped. Two coveys, frightened by him, came in contact with each other with such violence, by flying in opposite directions, that two of their number were killed, and secured by him.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Race tracksTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Our new hotel proprietor, Mr. Fred Waddy, has recently had a half-mile race track laid off on the farm of Mr. Charles B. Mason, in about a mile of our town. The track will be opened to the public on Christmas day, and several good trotting races are expected on the occasion. A purse will be given by Mr. Waddy to winners in the following classes: 3-year-old, 4-year-old and to the free for-all. Races will commence at 11 o'clock A. M., and continue during the day. Everyone who wishes to contest for the purses is cordially invited to do so.


Fields -- Livestock - Swine

Fine porkers are now being slaughtered in every part of the county. A larger number of heavy weights have been killed in Slutkill Neck, this season perhaps than in any part of the county. From one neighborhood the following are reported: Littleton F. Boggs killed two weighing 672 and 550 pounds; H. R. Boggs, two, weighing 582 and 540 pounds; Mrs. Sallie Rayfield, two, weighing 540 and 516 pounds; Geo. Addison, one, weighing 557; William Cobb, one, weighing 500 pounds; Capt. Bagwell Chandler, one, 10 months and 10 days old, weighing 348 1-2 pounds; Capt. Wm. C. Walters, six, 17 months old aggregation 2070 pounds, and many others were killed in the same neighborhood weighing from 300 to 400 pounds. According to reports received from other localities a porker of Mr. William C. Fox, of Locustville, weighed 546 pounds; one of Mr. Geo. W. Kelly, of Folly Creek, weighed 612 pounds and another of Capt. John Kelso, of Hack's Neck, weighed 572 pounds.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : LegislationSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeedTransportation -- Water - Wrecks


For several years vessels have been engaged during the spring and fall in running away from our seaside oyster beds what is known as rough or little oysters. These are planted principally in the waters of the State of New Jersey. They bring but little revenue to the oystermen, the price being from six to ten cents per bushel. The trade in these small oysters has continued to grow, and at present has assumed immense proportions. It is asserted that if this state of things continues the entire destruction of our oyster rocks is only a question of time. To prevent this calamity our people are circulating petitions praying the Legislature to enact a law prohibiting the sale of small oysters or plants to be carried beyond the State limits.

The sloop Seven Sisters, of Franklin City, in crossing Assawoman Inlet a few days ago, carried away some of her spars and was compelled to anchor in the breakers. She filled and sunk, and is a total loss. The crew escaped.


Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - Sailboats


Mr. J. Alfred Scott owns a canoe that made the trip from Johnson's wharf on Hunting Creek to Cedar Hall wharf on Pocomoke Sound in three hours, and would have made the trip in quicker time if she had not been so heavily laden.


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : PricesInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders


Sweet potatoes have been bringing good prices for December. Messrs. W. J. & S. H. Davenport, 94 Park Place, N.Y., have been selling them for $3.50 per bbl. for shippers from this locality.

Our public graded school house as soon as it can be furnished is ready for occupancy, and reflects credit on Messrs. Mason & Mears, the contractors.

There will be a fine oyster supper and literary and musical entertainment at Temperanceville on Thursday, Dec. 27th, afternoon and night, in connection with which the Masons will have their annual St. John's feast.


Transportation -- Road - Livestock dealers


Mr. Duffield Savage, a noted horse dealer of this town, sold two of his fast drivers last week to parties in Baltimore, and realized large sums for them.


Infrastructure -- Public : TownsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdMoral -- FirearmsTransportation -- Water - Boat buildingTransportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - StrandingsSea -- WreckingInfrastructure -- Public : Schools


Powellton is a rapidly growing and prosperous village, if we can judge from the extensive business done by its mercantile houses, drug, and millinery stores, hotel, barbershop and wheelwright establishments. Several handsome buildings have been erected here this year, notably among them, those of Messrs. E. T. Powell, R. T. Christian, Geo. W. Mears, L. L. Hopkins and Captains J. P. McMath and E. J. Foote, and others are yet in the process of construction.

Several gunners have arrived here recently from Northern cities.

Three of a party serenading Mr. Rupert T. Christian, recently married, being warned by the groom not remove an outbuilding, and disregarding his threats, were shot at and slightly wounded.

An elegant schooner is being built by Capt. John Ed. Mears, a short distance below here. She will be launched in a few weeks, and it is presumed will trade from Matchapungo to Norfolk and New York.

Capt. Wm. Richardson of our port, in a heavy gale at sea, on the 28th ult., lost control of his vessel, the "Anne Carl," and beached her on the Carolina coast, near Nag's Head. The crew were saved, and the schooner, sustaining no damages, will be gotten off at half her value.

The public school near this village, under the efficient management of Mr. J. G. Nock, is reported to be in a flourishing condition. He has 50 pupils enrolled, with an average daily attendance of about 40. A suitable school building and graded school are much needed at the village.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The following transfers of real estate were recorded in the Accomack County Court Clerk's office during the two weeks ending Dec. 19, 1883:

John L. Fitchett and wife to Alfred J. Lilliston, for $700, 23 acres near Accomac C. H.

Edward J. Young to Geo. C. Watson, for $1,000, 25 acres woodland, near Accomac C. H.

John A. Brittingham and wife to Geo. G. Fox, for $375, 782 square feet at Powelton.

Wm. Joynes and wife, &c., to Wm. T. Mason, for $895, 82 acres cleared and 28 acres woodland near Bobtown.

Nancy Fox's administrator (John W. G. Blackstone) to Wm. J. Bundick, for $166, 10 acres near Nelsonia.

Same to James G. Fox, for $805, 4 acres near Foxville.

Alfred Shivers and wife to Major John and Rike Dennis Parker, for $1,400, 297 acres near Wattsville.

Nathaniel F. and George S. Walter to George C. Watson, for $500, 54-100 acres in Onancock.

Geo. H. Cutler and wife to John T. Powell, for $300, all grantor's interest in 135 acres on Matchapungo Creek.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
December 20, 1883