Peninsula Enterprise, August 9, 1884


Transportation -- Railroad - FreightTransportation -- Water - Freight

A steamer of the Old Dominion Steamship Company, we are credibly informed, will ply semi-weekly in a few days between Powelton and Lewes, Delaware, for the purpose of taking freight from that point to New York via Lewes, and may go possibly direct to New York.


Fields -- Livestock - HorsesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

"The annual horse penning" will come off on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands on the 12th and 13th of August and not on the 13th and 14th of August, as heretofore announced. On the 12th inst., also there will be several boat races free to all and valuable prizes will be awarded to the winners in class first, of boats from 16 to 18 feet long and in class second, of boats from 18 to 24 feet. The prize to be given in the latter class will be an elegant silver pitcher. A general invitation is extended to everybody to attend, and a good time is confidently promised to all who accepts the invitation.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Personnel

A passenger train and the first over our new road, was run from Pocomoke City to a point near the Court House last Sunday, having on board Mr. James McConkey, superintendent of the road, R. B. Cook, Esq., general freight and passenger agent, A. D. Smith, train dispatcher, A. C. Waller, soliciting agent, John Keller, contractor, J. R. White, engineer, W. B. Allwise, foreman of track, Capt. John Adams, Dr. W. W. Freeman and W. J. Wilkinson, editor of Pocomoke Times. The train was in charge of conductor Fitchner.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : LegislationInfrastructure -- Commercial - GroceriesInfrastructure -- Public - Government : School administrationProfessionals -- Teachers


Our people are faithfully observing the law restricting the catching of oysters during the restricted months.

Mr. J. T. Kenney keeps a supply of fruits and vegetables constantly on hand, supplied from the farms of the main land. The farmers say that the produce shipped to Chincoteague pays better on an average, than that shipped to Philadelphia and New York.

At a meeting of the district school trustees during the past week, a resolution was adopted ordering the clerk of the board to employ the following persons as teachers for the coming year: School No. 1, Mr. James Horsey, principal, Misses Bertie Caulk and Ida Tracy, assistants; No. 2, Miss Hallie Caulk; No. 3, colored school, Rev. Mr. Cole. A school is needed in Assateague and it is to be regretted that there are not a sufficient number of children to justify the board in opening one.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideTransportation -- Water - Boat buildingTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionArchitecture -- CourthousesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing


The citizens of Hunting Creek are making large preparations for the oyster business. Some are having canoes built, and others are buying them from the Western Shore.

There is a great deal of complaint among our farmers along the railroad, on account of their crops being turned out to the commons by the insufficient cattle guards.

The demand seems to be general throughout this section, that the voice of the people shall be heard as to the place where the courthouse is to be built.

A trotting race will come off on W. J. Lewis' track, Wednesday, August 20th, between the mare Lizzie White, belonging to Mr. Columbus Johnson of Washington, and Drusinka owned by Mr. John A. Scott, for a purse of $200 mile heats, best three in five.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionArchitecture -- Courthouses

Oak Hall.

Our first passenger train came down last Sunday morning.

All persons in this part of the county seem to be strongly in favor of building the new court-house near the railroad.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateTransportation -- Water - Sailboats

The following transfers of real estate &c., were recorded in the Accomack County Clerk's office, during the week ending August 6th, 1884:

John Spence and wife to Stephen Decatur Linton, one acre on Sykes' Island; $100.

J. T. Kenney and wife to Charles Collins, 4 acres on Chincoteague Island; $400.

James K. Ayres and wife, &c., to Geo. E. Winder, hotel property at Pungoteague; $2,100.

Wm. P. Mason and others to Gillet Mason, 21 acres near Leemont; $300.

Wm. H. Dix to Thomas Bundick, 30 acres near Metompkin; $600.

Sarah A. Lewis to John W. Jones, 280x74 feet on Chincoteague Island; $100.

James H. Hart to Robert Dennis Hart, 6 acres near Cashville; $120.

Levin A. Conner to Wm. J. M. Sharpley and others, one Singer sewing machine; $25.

Wm. E. Marriner to Smith, Jones & Co., one batteau and other personal property; $80.

Middleton Mason and others to Wm. P. Mason, 8 acres near Woodberry; $400.

Letter From Grangeville.

Infrastructure -- Public : TownsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionForests -- SawmillsForests -- Forest products - LumberInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionMoral -- Alcohol

MR. EDITOR: Among your many correspondents from various sections of the county, as yet, I have seen none writing from, or of Grangeville and vicinity. Thinking that it may be of interest to some of your many readers to become better acquainted with this new village and surroundings, I volunteer a short letter to that effect, if your valuable space will permit.

At this time, and for the next several weeks, this section of the county will be prominent for the life, activity and rush of varied callings. At the village proper, Messrs. A. J. Mears & Sons are running a large wood and paint shop -- with the postoffice adjoining -- the latter a luxurious necessity we have so long desired. Much praise is due Mr. Mears for his successful efforts in this direction. Mr. Louis D. Drummond is also running a wood and trimming shop here, whilst the ring of Mr. George T. Benson's anvil keeps time and pace with them all, only stopping to shoe up all the horses for miles around for the campmeeting, George is a clever smith, and has won quite a reputation in that line of his profession. Messrs. George W. Hyslup and Joshua Turner, men of energy and sterling worth of character, have just completed their large and elegant storehouse and in a few weeks will have it filled with well assorted goods.

One mile below this village on the same central county road, we find another set of enterprising and thrifty citizens. Messrs. Stockly and Coleburn in the mercantile business, are at this time taxed to their utmost capacity in supplying the daily calls for thousands of feet of lumber for campmeeting purposes, and the busy hum and buzz of their machinery may be heard from "early morn 'til dewy eve."

Mr. F. T. Stockly, the senior partner, has about completed his magnificent private residence on the main road near the steam-mill and store-house.

Mr. Jacob L. Ayres, a, popular smith of many years experience, also makes the air vocal with his well directed and sturdy hammer strokes; whilst Messrs. Warrington & Co., give polish and beauty to the well ironed vehicles that are turned off by the said jocular "Jake." -- These gentlemen have also commenced their respective private dwellings at said place. The strawberry king of the county, Mr. L. J. Hyslop, is also beautifying and building on "Strawberry Heights," his adjoining farm. Many other new residences and improvements, really causes the entire road from Dunkirk to Red Hill to present a thrifty and growing appearance. Mr. W. S. Phillips is running a safe and profitable business, in the mercantile line, adjoining the fair grounds, and Mr. T. L. Trower & Son will, in a few weeks, open up a full stock of goods at his old and popular place of business known as Dunkirk. And to crown it all the railroad will soon be completed and then the little village of Edgewood -- one mile from Grangeville -- under the far-sighted enterprise of Messrs. B. W. Mears & Son, combined with its depot advantages, will soon take a position among the prominent and growing towns of the Peninsula.

The physicians too, we are sorry to inform you, are at present, kept rather busy for general comfort, but we are all hoping that they will soon be excused and allowed a little rest and recreation, as we do not like to see such a clever class of men over-worked.

So your see Mr. Editor that Grangeville and vicinity -- with her dozens of active mechanics and enterprising merchants, is not such a sleepy section although so long overlooked by newspaper correspondence. One thing more in our favor and I am done for the present. In all this business activity, there is not a single "gin mill" in our midst and it is the rarest thing imaginable to see one of our citizens, and especially one of our young men under the influence of any intoxicating liquor.

Hoping to meet you and the many readers of your valuable paper at the campmeeting, I am very truly yours,


Grangeville, August 5th, 1884.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
August 9, 1884