Peninsula Enterprise, March 29, 1884


reprinted from Pocomoke Record and GazetteSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Diseases and parasites

The oysters in Chincoteague Bay are dying in large quantities. One shipper a Mr. Johnson, has lost over 3000 bushels already. Many of the poor oystermen will lose all their last years labor and support.


Sea -- Whales

A whale fifty feet in length, went ashore on the shoals, at the mouth of Pungoteague Creek, last Monday night, and when discovered next morning, three or four feet of him was above water. He has since died, and the party who found him has sold his carcass to Mr. A. J. Morse, of the firm of Powell Morse & Co., for the sum of $30.00, who will have him towed to his factory, to be converted into oil, scrap, &c.


Moral -- Property crime

Fifty dollars in currency was stolen from the saloon of Mr. John W. Colonna, of Modestown, last Saturday night. The door having been found open next morning, and there being nothing to indicate that it had been entered forcibly, it is supposed that it was plundered by someone who had secreted himself in the saloon during the night.


Forests -- SawmillsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PoachingTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Fox


A steam saw and planing mill will be established soon in Queen Hive Swamp by W. S. Mathews and others.

On a warrant for alleged trespass on oyster property bought by R. Burroughs vs. Jno. N. Watson, and tried at Temperanceville last Saturday, the case was decided adversely to plaintiff by Justice J. D. Parsons. About a hundred persons were present at the trial.

A fox recently caught by Mr. Edward T. Lang, and turned loose here a few days since in the presence of 64 persons, for a chase, eluded his pursuers and escaped to parts unknown.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - NewspapersInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - StrandingsSea -- Wrecking


Thirty-three Northern dailies received at our post office.

Chincoteague does not raise one-tenth of the agricultural products that she consumes.

But for the timely assistance rendered by the Assateague Life Saving crew to the steamship "Blanche Henderson," our wreckers no doubt would have had a fat job. We are surprised to learn that there is a disposition on the part of some to condemn the action of Captain Tracy and crew, for lying by the steamer all night. To have left her in her perilous situation would have been an unpardonable blunder. The saving of the steamer and her valuable cargo, is indisputable evidence that Capt. Tracy and his brave crew acted wisely and well. That the beach was left all night without a patrol, no one disputes; but will the wreckers tell us, how, with eight men, they would keep up a patrol on the beach all night, and at the same time save a vessel and cargo worth $200,000? We would advise our wreckers to entertain no ill feeling towards the Life Saving crew, they may need the influence of the Captain at some time in the future, when wishing to secure a contract to save property.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Dr. Drummond proposes to build a dwelling house soon, on the lot purchased of L. D. Lewis.


Transportation -- Water - WrecksDisease


The sloop Vienna, belonging to Fowler, Foote & Co., of Powelton, Va. commanded by Capt. Thos. H. Stiles, struck a wreck some days ago in Little Egg harbor and sank immediately to the bottom. The captain and his family, had barely time to escape to the yawl boat. The sloop, valued at $1,500, and her cargo of oysters, are a total loss.

There are several cases of scarlatina near this place, but not attended so far with serious results.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateForests -- SawmillsSea -- Finfish - Catch : RockSea -- Finfish - Catch : Shad and herringFields -- Crops - CornMoral -- Property crime

Marsh Market.

Land is selling high in this neighborhood. A few days ago Capt. Thomas Marshall paid $400 for two acres, and Washington Hall $150 for 1 acre.

The inclement weather has kept our farmers from work; but very little manure has been hauled, and scarcely any fences have been made. In many cases it has been so wet and muddy that it has been impossible to haul wood necessary even for family use. It has also caused much loss of time and money to our oystermen, and retarded altogether operations in the two steam saw-mills located in our midst.

Fine rock shad and perch fish have been caught recently in the upper part of Pocomoke Sound. Rock fish sell at eight cents per pound, and black perch at 35 cents a dozen. Shad are worth 50 cents a pair.

In this locality turnip greens are selling at 20 cents a bushel, and corn is worth $3 a barrel.

On Saturday night, the 15th inst., an unsuccessful attempt was made by a burglar to break into the house of Capt. William Rhodes, situated in Freeschool Neck. The captain had left on the Monday previous for the oyster beds of the Western shore, and the would be burglar evidently intended to rob his wife of money which he supposed her husband had deposited with her.


Professionals -- Dentists

Oak Hall.

Two promising young men have recently returned from school in Baltimore, Otho W. Byrd, son of H. E. Byrd, Esq., a graduate of "Bryant & Stratton's Business College," and E. Payson Beadles, son of Rev. R. B. Beadles, graduate of the "Dental Department of the University of Maryland." The latter has opened an office at this place and will practice his profession in this part of the county, taking in all of the villages from Modestown to Franklin City and Sykes to ChincoteagueIslands.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : TownInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


Nominations are to be made shortly of a Mayor and Councilmen for our town. The present Mayor will probably be renominated, but there will be change in the Town Council.

There is a prospect of another building boom with us this spring. At present a storehouse is being built by Mr. Broughton, opposite the drug store, and another belonging to T. A. Northam is now receiving the finishing touches of the carpenter. In addition to these improvements, the store house of Slocomb, Riley & Ames is being enlarged, and a porch is to adorn the front of Mr. Hallet's place of business.

Meeting of the Supervisors.

Architecture -- Courthouses

At a meeting of the Board of Supervisors, held at the court-house last Wednesday, it was ordered that the salary of the Judge of the County Court be increased to the maximum sum allowed by law, to-wit: $700 per annum, commencing the first day of January last. Messrs. John Neely, John W. Gillet and Wm. R. Parramore were appointed a committee to procure and submit to the Board at the next meeting plans for the erection of a court-house, to be built of brick with slate roof, and not to exceed $15,000 in cost, and to enable them to do so they are authorized to offer as prizes for said plans the sum of $100 for the plan accepted by the Board, and $75 and $50 respectively, for the two other plans according to their respective merits in the opinion of the Board. The Board is to be notified by their clerk when committee is ready to report, and meeting of Supervisors called immediately. Sundry accounts and charges against county were examined and allowed.

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 26:

Benjamin T. Gunter et als. to Alfred J. Barnes, 60 acres near Woodberry, (Wessell's land;) $1,400.

John W. Gillett, trustee, &c., to John Shrieves, 19.98 acres on Deep Creek (Custis' land;) $844.

Joseph N. Fant and wife to Margaret S. Bird, 8 acres near Locustmount; $100.

Wm. Risley and others to Sydney R. Davis, one-fourth of an acre on Chincoteague Island; $50.

G. Frederick and Wm. E. Floyd and wife to John T. James, 5 acres arable and 9 acres woodland at Locustville; $1,900.

Wm. H. A. Hopkins and others and John R. Melson to Peninsula Railroad Company, route of road, $130 and $165 respectively.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 29, 1884