Peninsula Enterprise, November 29, 1884


reprinted from Baltimore SunTransportation -- Railroad - Construction

It is reported that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company contemplates the survey of a line down the Maryland and Delaware peninsula, with the ultimate purpose of building a line that will run almost wholly through the Eastern Shore counties of this State. It is stated that civil engineers who were engaged on the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad will in a few days begin to run a line for this proposed extension. The Baltimore and Ohio has on several occasions announced the intention of building a road down the Eastern Shore as a feeder for the new line between Baltimore and Philadelphia.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

Mr. C. W. B. Marshall, the founder of the Eastern Virginian is now associated with Mr. G. S. Merrill in publishing the "Traveler" Philadelphia.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Public : Towns

Mr. George W. Berry, of Horntown, opens a saloon at Hallston station, next Monday. His place of business is to be enlarged and will have hotel accommodations by the 1st of January. He proposes also, to keep a first class livery, and to convey passengers to any part of the Peninsula on reasonable terms after the 1st of January.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

A resolution has been reported favorably from a committee of our Legislature, authorizing the Governor of Virginia to pay George H. Bagwell for services rendered in establishing the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Water Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

Accomac C. H.

A town pump in the public square of our town, is soon to supply "a long felt want." A well six feet in diameter was built for that purpose this week.

R. B. Cooke, general passenger and freight agent of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad, has moved his headquarters to Norfolk.


African-Americans -- Work - TourismFields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsFields -- Livestock - SwineTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Other


The colored people, who got to Long Branch from this place for a summer job, are returning for the winter in squads of two and three.

Hog cholera prevails in this community. One of our farmers lost seventeen hogs by that disease last week.

Corn gatherings are taking the place of sociables at this place. There were seven last week.


Forests -- Sawmills


The steam saw mill of White & Mason has been removed to Metompkin station.


Transportation -- Road - ConstructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service

Muddy Creek.

The people in this section are busily engaged in clearing off timber and building the new road to Cattail Neck, recently established by the court.

A. F. Mears' store in the future is to be known as Cleveland, in honor of the President elect. By the opening of the road to Cattail Neck, it will be at a cross-road, and the increased travel thereby made will make it of more business importance. Several new houses will probably be erected there soon, and the citizens of the community think it the proper place for a post-office.

The store house of A. F. Mears has been enlarged, and its occupant is now in the city for the purpose of replenishing his stock.


Moral -- Other violent crime


Thomas Baily, son of "Boss," was severely cut in the shoulder during a "carousal" here last Saturday night.

Railroad Notes.

Transportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionInfrastructure -- Public : Ditches and drains

Station house and water tank are being built at the Terminus and work on the engine house will be commenced about 15th of December.

Thirty lots were sold at the city of Cape Charles last week and the demand has caused an advance in the price of real estate at that point of forty per cent.

Thirty passengers from the South passed over our railroad on their way North one night last week.

On the railroad, at Gum Swamp and Sandy Run, near Mappsville and Temperanceville respectively, ditches are being cut to drain the road, under the supervision of Engineer Whitman.

The Chesapeake.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement


Nov. 25th, 1884.

MR. EDITOR: A curious appearing craft, looking like an ill-grown decollete tug, having two masts apparently springing from the same deck-hole, was seen to-day lying in Tangier Sound. A small boat, evidently her yawl, was being rowed about the sound, while part of the crew were spearing porgies. Close inspection revealed the fearful fact that this monster was nothing less than that terrible cruiser (the preserver of our oyster beds, clam shoals, and toad hollows, the Flag Ship of Sir Joseph Porter,) the man-o'-warsman Cheesapeak. Whether with her immense draft she had grounded; or she was risking one eye in the determination to secure "one-fourth" to herself, while she donated "three-fourths" of the prize money to the State; or as is more probable the yawl, whose people who were apparently spearing porgies, was taking soundings and seeking the location of oyster beds; none but the coal heavers, keel greaser, or foretopman can tell. Suffice it that terror seized the fearful oyster fleet and Admiral Skaggs at once fled to the safer waters of the Patapsco. They had heard of her, they had dreamed of her, and now lying defiant and sullen ready to pounce down on them, behold the Cheesapeak! They knew she was the apple of the eye of Sir Joseph Porter, and that "the parties of the other part" of the B.P.W., who are claimed as Democrats, had aided very heavily in foisting such a monster of nonsensical folly upon the people. They had read that she was to be armed with bow and stern chains, and two Gattling guns, capable of throwing 1600 balls a minute; not omitting the apparatus to keep her in hot water, so that when not driving off boarders from the enemy, she may make oyster stews at will from the very beds themselves. Yes, the Cheesapeak is afloat with her guns, equipments, rations, pay, etc., not counted, she stands the debt-ridden people of Virginia the enormous sum of $24,500 -- within $6,000 of the whole appropriation for all purposes connected with the oyster navy, and more than twice what a steamer in every way better fitted for the purpose would have cost. We know that this latter statement "is true," and have the documents to prove it.

There are two Democrats on the Board of Public Works, and for this idle and profitless expenditure of the people's money the Democratic party will be held responsible.

We have demolished the enemy -- and now let us set to work and cleanse our own party of those who by direction or indirection aid in waste so foolish and so profitless. Economy, honest work, discipline are the words.


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
November 29, 1884