Peninsula Enterprise, August 16, 1883


Moral -- Property crime

Accomac C. H.

While Mr. R. S. Milliner and family, who reside near our town, were from home a few days ago, their premises were raided and seventeen turkeys were stolen out of a flock of thirty-four. On similar occasions, of late, like depredations have been made, also, upon their hogs, sheep, geese, &c. Mr. Milliner offers a liberal reward for information concerning the perpetrators of the thefts.


Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - Boat building


A new boat, recently launched by Mr. D. H. Johnson, will ply as a "market boat" between Hunting Creek and Tangier Island.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTransportation -- Railroad - Construction

Muddy Creek.

Mr. O. W. Godwin is having a handsome dwelling erected on his premises, at a point several hundred yards distant from his present residence. The latter, being situated immediately on the line of the Peninsula Railroad, was not considered a suitable place for a home when the railroad "gits ter going," if ever.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings


A handsome dwelling is being erected by Mr. R. T. Adams, on Main street, and work will soon be begun on another on the same street, of equal architectural beauty, for Mr. Geo. W. Kelly.

There were from 8,000 to 10,000 barrels of sweet potatoes shipped from this point last week.

A camp-meeting is now in progress at Wise's Point, about four miles from Onancock. The congregation present on last Sunday was larger than on any previous occasion. Presiding Elder Wilson preached a fine sermon in the morning of that day; and Rev. R. K. Stevenson's discourse in the afternoon was an effective one.

News From Northampton.

Weather -- DroughtsFarmers -- Farm subdivisionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

Special Correspondence of THE ENTERPRISE.

EASTVILLE, August 14, 1883.

August court day was observed here yesterday with more than ante-bellum sanctity. By 10 o'clock the streets of the village were one mass of moving humanity, and, considering the quantity of the usual concomitant evil dispense, the crowd was orderly to a fault. Nothing of note took place out of the ordinary course of events on former occasions. The accustomed political speaking incident to the day was indulged in, Messrs. Kendall, Wilkins and Fisher, each making short announcements of their candidacy for the nomination for the Legislature. The first named taking the opportunity to state his views upon the school question; to express his disapproval of the attempted passage of the Commissioner of Sales Bill by the last Legislature, and to denounce as false, certain charges, that he was the candidate of any Boss or Ring at Eastville, or that he had entered into any bargain with Mr. Downes or any one else for the nomination. Mr. Wilkins, without discussing any of its parts, placed himself upon the Lynchburg platform, and put his case before the people, to the effect that he considered it an honor to represent the people of the Eastern Shore, and, while he had heard of no complaints of duty unperformed, he would esteem a return of himself to the Legislature as an endorsement of his course in their behalf, and would not request a third term. Mr. Fisher briefly but pertinently touched upon the issues of the coming contest, and closed his remarks with an eloquent appeal to the suffragans at the primary to rally around him as the standard-bearer of the Democratic colors in the November fight.

Our farmers are becoming despondent over the continued dry weather, from which the corn below is severely suffering. There are evident signs of material prosperity all over the county, notwithstanding the partial failure of the early potato crop. From every section there are reports of new buildings being erected, which is substantial evidence that our large tracts of land are being rapidly sub-divided, assuring increased population, farm products multiplied, and the acreage of improved lands extended.

The this year's outlook of your Agricultural Fair was discussed extensively by our progressive men, and we can predict that Northampton will not only be largely represented with the stock, as on former occasions, but with a showing of field, and garden productions that will be creditable to any section of the country. Our housekeepers, we hear, too, are becoming interested in the indoor department of the enterprise, and will be present to challenge the rights of your gentler ones in the prizes to be won. We do not know whether this undertaking is financially a success or not, but this we can say, that as we are indebted for early civilization to just such gatherings together of the people from different sections as this, so do we here see and feel the good that it is accomplishing, not only in its peculiar sphere in the promotion of the farmer class, but of the tempering of prejudice in inculcating charity in judging of the works and opinions of others, in the every day walks of life. We have been glad to know that from the beginning, and all the time, your paper has given solid comfort to the undertaking; and as it is a home matter, free from politics, with high objects for its aim, it is to be hoped that its claims upon the people of the whole Eastern Shore, as well as the benefits they must derive from it, will be kept prominently before the people, as we are glad to know you can and will.

The people of your village will be pained to learn of the bereavement of Mr. R. Volney Nottingham, in the loss of his youngest child on Saturday last.


The Sweet Potato Market.

Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : PricesFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Quality controlTransportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Railroad - Freight

BOSTON, August 10, 1883


Possibly an item from the Hub may not be consigned to the waste basket of our sanctum particularly since to some of your subscribers Boston is, just now a point of interest.

We have had an unusual run on sweet potatoes from Onancock, at fancy prices which must be very satisfactory to shippers. To-day we have received and sold 90 barrels sweets all at $6.00 per barrel, and we have an order for about as many more, which, we could place at the same price easily. These with other lots which have been coming through the week are from Accomac county shipped via Baltimore then all rail to Boston.

For the past ten years we have been working hard to have the farmers understand how much it would be to their interest to put their stuff up good and fill their barrels full and round them up.

To-day the stock and grading is very much improved, comparing favorably with the Jersey sweets in grading and quality, while in quantity the Eastern Shore produce is about three times as many.

The prospects for sweets in the markets are very good. The prices of 1881 many not be realized, but it is quite safe to hope for better prices than were obtained last season.

Truly yours,


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
August 16, 1883