Peninsula Enterprise, July 5, 1884


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

A special to the Baltimore Sun of the 30th, states: That arrangements have been made with the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad to connect with the steamers of the New York, Norfolk and Peninsula Railroad on the opening of the line in September.


The President has nominated as collector of customs George Toy, of Northampton, district of Cherrystone.


Women -- Work - Outside the home

Mrs. O. D. Doughty has resumed the dress making business at Belle Haven and solicits the patronage of the public.


Transportation -- Railroad - Construction

Thirty contracts with the railroad company for lands through which the road passes have been recently recorded in the clerk's office of Northampton.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

The hotel recently built and handsomely furnished at Girdletree Hill, Md., by Mr. A. T. White formerly of this county is now open for the patronage of the public. The hotel we are advised, is large and attractive structure, conveniently arranged and especially well located for the accommodation of tourists, whether seeking business or pleasure. In the hands of Mr. White all are agreed that the affairs of the hotel will be so conducted as to find favor with the public. For further particulars, see advertisement.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - Boat buildingInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetingsTransportation -- Road - MaintenanceWeather -- Northeast stormsTransportation -- Water - Wrecks


Our master boat builder, Wm. Jester will model the new batteaux for life saving service.

Our Methodist friends propose holding a woods meeting commencing July 6th. The Methodist Protestant Brethren talk of a campmeeting in August.

Our energetic road overseer, Mr. J. H. Lofland is doing his level best to put our drives in first-class condition. -- When he has finished the grand jury will have no cause of complaint.

The yacht, "Sea Gull," from Cape May with two young men from Philadelphia, put out Chincoteague Inlet last Tuesday morning bound to Cape May, since which time nothing has been heard of them. It is presumed the little vessel floundered in the northeast gale that set in that day; her yawl or batteau was picked up yesterday on the beach near Assateague life saving station.


Fields -- Crops - CornTransportation -- Water - WharvesTransportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - House movingMoral -- AlcoholLaborers -- Railroad


Very many in this community are having corn brought from Baltimore at 60 and 65 cents per bushel, instead of paying 80 cents per bushel for it, to those having it to sell at home.

Capt. Wm. R. Lewis & Sons have repaired their wharf at Hunting Creek, and started their boats in the potato trade.

Messrs. Crowson & Barnes have been awarded the contract by the railroad officials, to remove the houses on the line of the road.

The railroad employees at work opposite this town, came to see us last Saturday, and having indulged too much, a free fight was the result. The last time they were seen, they had drank all their whiskey and were fighting over the jug.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsTransportation -- Water - Sailboats

Muddy Creek.

We are daily expecting the railroad track to reach the point opposite us, but have been greatly disappointed so far in the location of the stations.

Capt. J. L. Byrd & Bro., have sold their sloop Samuel J. Tilden to parties in Crisfield, for the sum of $700.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - HolidaysInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


For the first time in the history of this town, have the merchants closed their stores on the 4th. They wish to show that they are becoming more patriotic.

The "Poulson" real estate was sold last Saturday, situated on Onancock Creek, and brought from $24 to $36 per acre. Capt. Crockett bought the homestead and two other parcels, amounting to $6,000. The whole brought over $10,000.

The building boom goes on in and around this place. Mrs. C. Poulson is enlarging her dwelling across the river, Capt. Crockett is putting the finishing touch on his new dwelling, opposite the steamboat wharf, and R. J. Bell, is building a dwelling on North street.


Architecture -- CourthousesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential developmentInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial developmentTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionForests -- SawmillsLumbermen -- Personal injury


The ideas suggested some weeks ago by your Mappsville correspondent, regarding the proposed new court house, we think are good ones. Why our county dads should think for a moment, of building the court house, in Drummondtown, we cannot imagine. Will the citizens of that village give willingly for the erection of the same, or is it to please a few lawyers, who reside at that place, that this is the favored point for the county seat? We believe the county seat should be located on the railroad by all means, and therefore, we would suggest that the county dads look up a suitable location on the railroad, as near in the centre of the county as they can, ascertain what 100 acres of said land can be purchased for, and after the site has been selected, dispose of what real estate the county holds in Drummondtown. With the proceeds of that sale, let 100 acres be purchased, properly surveyed and laid out in lots and after reserving a sufficient quantity of land on which to build their court house, jail and other public buildings, put the remainder of the lots on the market and we truly believe that from the proceeds of the sale, a sufficient amount of money can be realized to pay for the new building, or at any rate will pay a large per cent toward it. If the land was laid out in business lots, say 50 by 150 feet, the residence lots 200 by 300, and sold at very reasonable figures, the amount realized therefor would be considerable. No one will but admit that the county seat located on a railroad will be much more convenient than if two miles distant. Much could be said on the subject but we will not now. Next.

The cars are running to Fisherville.

Pete Kelly an employee in the Queen Hive saw mill, lost one of his fingers last week in the machinery.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The following transfers of real estate &c., were recorded in the Accomack County Court clerk's office, from June 18th to July 2nd:

George Barnes and wife to Franklin C. Lewis, et als., an undivided 1-3 interest in land on Hunting Creek, belonging to J. C. Justis & Co.; $1,000.

Abel T. Johnson, special commissioner, to J. S. Collins, 10 acres on Chincoteague Island; $400.

Augustus Parker and wife to Wm. C. West, 33.858 acres near Chesconnessix; $500.

Severn M. Parkes and wife to Patrick H. Benson, one acre on Tangier Island; $175.

Wm. Hargis to Solomon Hargis, for the annuity of $60 during grantor's life, an estate in 50 acres near Cross Road.

Geo. W. Parker and wife to Geo. D. Scarborough, 298x80 feet in Onancock; $2,400.

John T. Fletcher to Levi Holding, colored, 2 acres near Marsh Market; $80.

Same to Louis M. Thomas, one acre near Marsh Market; $40.

Wm. T. Bloxom and wife to Edward Martin, 1-2 acre on Saxe's Island; $75.

Sarah A. Jones to Daniel and John Jones of S., grantor's interest in 10 acres on Chincoteague Island; $10.

J. W. Coleburn and wife to Wm. S. Horsey, ____ acres near Oak Hall; $500.

Wm. H. Parker, special commissioner to Henry T. Rayfield, 24 acres near Cashville; $1,200.

Leah Pulman to Wm. J. Eichelberger, 2 1-3 acres near Levin Fox's; $86.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 5, 1884