Peninsula Enterprise, August 23, 1884


Transportation -- Water - Freight

A steamer of the Old Dominion Steamship Co., now plies semi-weekly between Powelton and Lewes, Delaware and will make three trips a week when the trade demands it. By this route the freight to New York is 40 cents per barrel and to Boston 65 cents. Potatoes shipped Tuesday are sold on Thursday, shipped Friday sold on Monday morning. The convenience thus given to the people of Powelton and vicinity for shipping their produce is due largely to Mr. J. T. Powell.


Transportation -- Water - StrandingsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

The schooner Ida E. Schoolcraft of Sommers Point, N. J., loaded with railroad ties and bound to Philadelphia from Richmond, Va., went ashore on Metompkin bar last Monday morning. She was hauled off that evening with a loss of 200 ties, by steamer Clara Ellen in command of Capt. E. J. Foote assisted by Capt. Asa J. Savage, of Watchapreague Life Saving Station and volunteer crew.


Transportation -- Water - Freight

The steamer Helen has been placed on the route of the Eastern Shore Steamboat Company, and now leaves Hunting Creek, Onancock and other points every Tuesday and Friday for Baltimore.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Lodges

Accomac C. H.

Mr. R. A. King, of Washington, passed through out town this week, en route to Revel's Island.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SurveyingInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesFields -- Livestock - Horses


Mr. Thos. Pettit, oyster inspector, is engaged collecting the fee and tax on the planting grounds in our bay. There is much comment at the manner in which this business is transacted, it being in many cases left with the planters to locate their grounds, and say how many acres they are occupying, the inspector giving receipts without investigating the truth of the statement. It is likely that many disputes will arise as to the ownership of the reservations. The inspector is not to blame. The law should have required an actual survey and location of the beds, and a fee allowed sufficient to pay the inspector and a surveyor for their services. Until this is done the State will not get paid for one-half the planting ground in this bay.

A telegram from Commander G. B. White, inspector for this district, to Dr. N. S. Smith, collector, announces that himself and the engineer of the district will put in an appearance during this week, to locate the new light to be established on Killick shoals.

Rev. Mr. Reese is holding a wood's meeting near Good Will.

At a meeting conducted recently by Rev. S. U. Grimsley, 40 persons were converted, 35 baptized and 6 restored.

Among the purchasers of Fiery untamed Chincoteague steeds at the late horse penning, was Rev. Mr. Walton. He'll have his hands full to tame this black stallion.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideTransportation -- Water - Boat buildingTransportation -- Water - FreightMigration

Muddy Creek.

The building boom in this vicinity continues.

Capts. Isaac Somers, Benjamin Young and Lewis Byrd, returned from Pecossin river a few days ago with three large canoes, purchased for the oyster trade.

Schooner Ariel, S. R. Marshall, captain, chartered by Messrs. A. F. Mears and N. W. Nock, left here last Monday en route to North Carolina, for a load of shingles.

Mr. Osburn Byrd, formerly of this county, but for the last seventeen years a resident of Indian Territory, is home on a visit to his father Capt. Geo. P. Byrd. He is accompanied by his four children. The gentleman has prospered in his adopted home.

Attempt to Wreck a Train.

Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Personal injuryTransportation -- Railroad - Wrecks

Two rails of the track of the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk R.R. were taken up on Friday night of last week by some malicious person at the point opposite Temperanceville, and the construction train bound to Pocomoke was thereby thrown off the track, injuring severely the engineer and several others slightly. Suspicion pointed so clearly to John T. Fisher that he was arrested and after a hearing before Justice J. D. Parsons committed to Accomac county Jail. An effort was made on last Tuesday by the attorney of Fisher to get him released on bail, and refused, the evidence against him being very strong, though circumstantial. The only object which Fisher could have had in view, if he did do the act charged to him, was to avenge himself against the railroad authorities for turning out his crops and failure to protect them by sufficient cattle guards. That he had a grievance in that respect, there is no doubt but surely it was not great enough to excuse the crime, with which he is charged.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Real Estate Transfers.

The following transfers of real estate &c., were recorded in the Accomack County Clerk's office, during the two weeks ending August 21st:

Oliver H. Taylor and wife to Albert Frank Byrd, 25 acres near Temperanceville; $250.

Henry F. Powell and wife to John H. Landing, one-half acre in Onancock; $250.

Wm. Risley to Mary D. Messick and Annie L. Bloxom, 117x87 feet on Chincoteague Island; $200.

Edmund J. Poulson's executors to J. R. Melson, 63 acres on Onancock Creek; $630.

Same to Susan C. Fletcher, wife of Douglas D., 30.40 acres; $1,097.

Custis M. Dunton to Alexander R. Williams, 400 acres known as Sandy Island; $100.

Custis M. Dunton and others same, 700 acres known as Revel's Island; $5,000.

Parker T. Daisey and wife to Isaac Daisey, Sr., 28 acres on Chincoteague Island; $300.

Wm. D. Sharpley and wife to Eba Lewis, 20 acres on Chincoteague Island; $165.

Emma Fosque to Hezekiah W. Fox, 12 acres woodland near Bull Run; $400.

David B. Finney, trustee, to Laura E. Bowdoin, one moiety in 190 acres in Upshur's Neck; $100.

Report of County Superintendent of Public Schools.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : School administration

Extract from report of county superintendent of public schools, for the year ending July 31st, 1884: Number of schools in operation 78, of which Pungoteague district had 17; Lee, 22; Metompkin 14, Atlantic, 20; Islands, 5; number of pupils enrolled, 4,973; number in daily average attendance, 2,414; number of graded schools with two or more teachers, 12; average length of session, 7.24 months; number pupils enrolled to each teacher, 63; number in daily average attendance, 32; average age of pupils, 9 years; cost of tuition per month per pupil enrolled, 46 cts; whole cost of schools per month per pupil enrolled, 55 cts.; teachers average monthly salaries, $27.54.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
August 23, 1884