Peninsula Enterprise, March 22, 1884


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideTransportation -- Water - Wharves

A bill has passed the Legislature to allow Geo. W. Glenn, of this county, to erect a pier or wharf on Saxe's Island, for the purpose of shipping oysters, etc.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Prices

Eighty-five barrels of oysters recently shipped to New York city by Mr. G. F. Bunting, of Atlantic, only netted him $8.58.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Surveying

Arbuckle Bay, near Atlantic, this county, has recently been visited by Inspector W. L. Nock, and declared by him to be a natural oyster bed, and therefore the property of the Commonwealth, much to the gratification of many of the citizens in that community.


Transportation -- Railroad - Legislation

Dr. Bishop has introduced a bill in the Maryland Senate, to extend the charter of the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Railroad.


Professionals -- Doctors

Dr. L. T. Walter, a young man of much promise and a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, will locate for the practice of his profession probably at Belle Haven.


Transportation -- Road - Liveries

A valuable livery horse of Messrs. Jacob & Bro., fell dead near Hadlock, last Monday, on his way from Eastville. This makes the third one they have lost in six months by disease or accident -- the aggregate value of which was several hundred dollars.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionArchitecture -- Commercial buildingsLaborers -- Construction

Mr. G. Welly Coard, contractor and builder, this week commenced work on a hotel building at Girdle Tree, Md., for Mr. A. T. White, of our county, and a storehouse in this town for Mr. Wm. C. Hall, on the Kennard lot recently purchased by him. We are not informed as to the size of the hotel to be built, but the storehouse will be 24x52 feet, and will be occupied by Mr. Wm. B. Wilkins when completed. Mr. Coard is a live man, and to do this work says he will want several good quick carpenters, for which he requests us to state he will pay liberal wages.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

Capt. O. A. Browne, of our county will probably command the oyster navy of the State. His peculiar fitness for the position is not disputed, we are informed, by a single member of our Legislature. This taken in connection with the fact that Accomac is entitled to that office, both by reason of her oyster interest, and for eminent services to the Democratic party, renders the appointment of any one else to that position impossible.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Race tracks

Accomac C. H.

Mr. Henry Lee Lilliston, of this place, recently purchased of Dr. Wm. R. Parramore the three-year-old Mt. Holly filly, Fanny Fern, for $225. She is almost a counterpart of the celebrated Dexter, in color and marks. Mr. L. will have her trained, and she may develop a fast one, as she already shows fine trotting action.

The Waddy race course near the Court House, will be open to the public, Monday 31st inst., court day, and the owners of fine horses who wish to exhibit them there, will be accorded that privilege by the proprietor of the Waddy hotel. The fine stock of Mr. Waddy will be on exhibition at that place, on the day designated.

The Railroad.

reprinted from Pocomoke TimesTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - CorporateTransportation -- Railroad - FreightLaborers -- Railroad

Mr. G. B. Roberts, President of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, in his annual report to the stockholders just published has the following to say about the road that is to be built down the Eastern Shore:

Your company has joined the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Company in a traffic contract to promote the construction of a railroad about one hundred miles long extending from the southern end of its Delaware line to the southern extremity of the peninsula of Virginia, opposite Norfolk. It is expected that this route, through its directness and ability to shorten the time, will secure a large share of traffic which now seeks the more northern ports by water, and will thus largely benefit the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, as well as your other lines.

The Eastern Shore Railroad stockholders, at Princess Anne, Tuesday decided to recommend the consolidation of the road with the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad.

It is thought now that the main line will not be completed before November. The two branches -- one to the Red Hills and the other to Onancock -- are not likely to be built this year. The bridge will probably be ready for trains by the first of May. The interminable bad weather has had a disastrous effect in many ways, laborers have become demoralized at not being able to make time and have returned home, while those who remain are doing very little. Forty-six colored men arrived Saturday night and were put to work near New Church. Fourteen of them went back home on Monday.

A Seal Shot.

Sea -- Other

Mr. Wm. Bundick, the oyster man, living on Folly Creek, near this place, on last Sunday had his attention called to a strange animal swimming in the waters of the creek near his house. Securing a boat, he pursued, shot and killed it, when it was discovered to be a seal, a very rare animal in these waters. The news being noised abroad, many of our citizens called to see the curiosity. Mr. Bundick subsequently skinned it, and stretched the hide to dry, that the fur may be properly preserved. Some idea of its size may be gained when it is stated that the skin measures within a fraction of 5 feet in length, and that two gallons of oil were extracted from its fat. The value of the skin is variously estimated, and it may or not prove a bonanza. It is stated that it costs the Alaska Fur Company $4 to lay down each skin in London, and that even if they sell it undressed their profits are $25 per skin, and when dressed and dyed much larger. All the skins are sold in London at auction, to parties who employ expert girls to pluck out the hairs which abound in them. They then find their way to every mart in the world where sealskin sacques or other garments may be manufactured of them. Mr. Bundick will hold out for the best price, and failing to sell it, will adorn Mrs. Bundick with a sealskin sacque next winter.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

The following transfers of real estate were recorded in the Accomack County Court clerk's office, during the week ending March 19:

Louis F. Hinman and wife to Wm. S. Kellam, one-quarter of an acre at Locustville; $400.

George E. Bull and wife, &c., to Asel Webster, 171 acres near Craddockville; $2,500.

Joseph R. Riggs, Special Commissioner, to Teackle R. Chase, 10 acres near Bethel Church, $350.

John Neely, Special Commissioner, to John w. Bunting. -- acres on Chincoteague Island; $19.

John Neely and wife to Charles Mason, -- near Masonville.

Wm. H. B. Custis to United States, one-half acre on Assateague Island, for surf boat station; $1.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 22, 1884