Peninsula Enterprise, April 12, 1884


Weather -- Northeast stormsTransportation -- Water - Wrecks

An oyster boat which arrived at Hunting Creek Wednesday reports a three masted schooner capsized at Sandy Point.


Moral -- MurderLaborers -- Fisheries

Burkman, who so foully murdered Capt. Melson, of this county, many months ago, will have another trial at Tappahannock, Essex Co., Va., on 22d inst.


Watermen -- Personal injury

James Poulson, colored, was knocked off the bowsprit of the schooner George P. Keagle, in Onancock Creek, last Tuesday, by the jib which a flaw of wind had rendered uncontrollable, and was drowned. Lines thrown across him were unnoticed, and it is supposed he was seriously hurt by the blow he received. Other assistance could not be given in time to save him.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : Trout

Accomac C. H.

Trout fish are plentiful in our market at this time and are selling at fair prices.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : FoxSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SurveyingTransportation -- Road - Construction


Sea grass has grown over the oyster beds of Mr. G. T. Bunting, a planter of the bivalve at Atlantic, and destroyed, he thinks, about 800 bushels of them.

Our sportsmen propose having a fox hunt in Queen Hive Swamp on Easter Monday and after the hunt an oyster roast.

It has been decided by Inspector Nock that Arbuckle Bay is the property of the Commonwealth. It is not believed, however, that a finality has been reached in the matter yet.

Some of our people feel aggrieved at the failure to get a road through Wallop's Neck.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceMoral -- Property crime


Henry Hopkins, formerly a member of the crew of Green Run Life saving station, who last winter, while in the line of duty was caught on the beach in a terrible snow storm, passing half the night fighting the gale, from the effects of which he contracted disease, quietly died last Friday. He was a moral young man, of gentle disposition and the enemy of no one. His mother and friends have the commiseration of our entire community in their bereavement. Let those who think the life saving service a position of ease and comfort try it. Only the "fittest," physically, can "survive" the terrible labor and exposure through which these brave men are called to pass. We should have said in connection with the death of Mr. Hopkins, that Capt. Rich and Lieut. Failing who are ever on the lookout for the welfare of the men under them succeeding in establishing Mr. Hopkins' claim as a pensioner, and the department continued his name on the pay roll of the service.

The schooner R. B. Leeds, of Cape May, N. J., John Hammill Master, while laying in our channel last Saturday night, was boarded by a thief, in the absence of the crew, and robbed of six hundred dollars in cash; suspicion pointed to a young man by the name of Hudson. The matter was placed in the hands of a private detective who succeeded in getting from the young man a confession of guilt and the return of the six hundred dollars less four dollars. The young man is a good family and of his relatives here, it can be said, none stand higher. Unfortunately for him his parents died several years ago, throwing him on the world, with no one to care for him. His haunts have been the barrooms, and his associations with the vile; however, it was not a surprise when his name was associated with the theft.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsLaborers -- RailroadFields -- crops - Sweet potatoes : AcreageFields -- Crops - White potatoes : AcreageInfrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

New Church.

About a hundred hands are engaged in grading the railroad opposite this place and the arrival of a larger force is daily expected. Below here piles are being driven on the premises of Mr. Hancock, and a gang of hands will be sent to Rue's mill, near Bethel, during this or next week. In fact, in a very short time work will be diligently pushed on the whole road from Pocomoke City to Accomac Court House. The establishment of a depot at this point is considered a foregone conclusion. The fact that a depot here would be more accessible to the inhabitants of Chincoteague, Horntown and the large section of country surrounding it than any other point cannot be ignored by the railroad authorities.

The Irish potato crop has not been planted largely by our farmers this year. The cultivation of the sweets will receive, however, more of their attention than it has any previous year.

The Marshall House is full of guests and still they continue to arrive. It furnishes accommodation at this time to fourteen railroad employees, besides the transient trade.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionDevelopment -- BoosterismMigration


Railroad engineers were near here this week making ready by surveys &c., for the graders who come next week, by the hundreds. Doubting Thomases should doubt no longer, for the R.R. will soon be here.

Eastern capitalists are respectfully invited to visit our section. Here they can buy land cheaper than anywhere on earth, adapted to all kinds of fruit and produce, climate equal to Florida, oysters and fish in abundance. Canning establishments, fruit evaporators, glass factories and many other enterprises could be started in this section of the country by capitalists and they could not fail to make money.

Mr. Griffin, of Denton, Md., who purchased the Massey farm near here last fall, is at present with us, putting out fruit trees, strawberry plants, &c. Mr. G. is a wide awake farmer, and we hope soon to see many more enterprising Marylanders come among us.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateTransportation -- Railroad - Construction

The following transfers of real estate were recorded in the Accomack County Court clerk's office, during the week ending March 26th:

I. W. Bagwell to Peninsula Railroad Company, for $175, route of road through grantor's lands.

Jno. T. Fisher to same, for $100.

Levi D. Dix to Jas. K. and Rich'd J. Ayres, for $____, an undivided half of 40 acres near Craddockville.

J. T. Kenney and wife to John Russell, Sr., for $575, 1 1-2 acres on Chincoteague Island.

Ellen A. Ailworth to Major John Parker, for $49.64, dower estate ___ acres near Drummondtown.

Peter R. W. Collins and wife to John T. Merrill, for $75, lot in Greenbackville.

Savage H. Bell to Geo. W. Hyslop, et als, for $145, 50x78 feet near Dunkirk.

Wm. Risley to Wm. J. Adams, for $50, ____ acres on Chincoteague Island.

L. Floyd Nock, special commissioner, to Levin R. Lewis, for $237.50, 8 acres on Chesconnessex Creek.

L. Floyd Nock, adm'r. c. t. a. of Louis S. Roberts, for $300, 14.64 acres near Hawk's Nest.

Horace E. Roberts and wife to John R. Sturgis, for $460, 27 acres near Sturgis.

Amanda P. Northam to Benjamin F. Parkes, for $343.73, dower estate in 55 acres near Modestown.

Patrick J. Rew to Jas. R. Hickman, for $100, 1-6 of an acre at Woodberry.


Architecture -- Courthouses

TO ARCHITECTS. -- A Committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the county of Accomack is authorized to obtain a Plan and Working Specifications for a Court House for said county, to be erected at the present county seat. The House is to be built of Brick, with Stone Trimmings and Slate roof, and is to be Fire-Proof, and is not to exceed $15,000 in cost. A prize of $200 will be paid to the Architect whose plans and working specifications may be adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Plans must be submitted to the Committee on or before the 10th day of May next. Any information desired can be obtained by addressing


Accomack C. H., Va.

April 8th, 1884.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
April 12, 1884