Peninsula Enterprise, May 31, 1884


Transportation -- Railroad - Construction

The bridge of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad over the Pocomoke river was completed, and a train for the first time passed over it last Saturday. The train consisted of a few cars loaded with ties. The crossing of the bridge by the train was celebrated by the blowing of all the whistles of the mills and factories, and by firing a cannon salute. The banks of the river were crowded with people, including many ladies. Thirty-one car loads of ties were landed on this side of the Pocomoke last Monday.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Factories

Mr. R. H. Pennewell, of Onancock, and one of the most enterprising citizens of our county, is about to engage in the wholesale manufacture of furniture. He will avail himself of all the modern and best machinery in his new enterprise to manufacture it cheaply and well, and is of the opinion that he will be able to sell it, by using much of the wood with which our county abounds, on better terms than it can be bought elsewhere.


Oyster inspection districts, as laid out by the Court in Accomac County, at the May Term.

First. The area included between the line of Virginia and Maryland, on the north &c., straight line from Chincoteague Inlet to the main land on the south.

Second. The area included between the aforesaid line to a straight line from Gargatha Inlet to the main land.

Third. The area included between said last mentioned line to a straight line from Watchapreague Inlet to the mainland.

Fourth. The area included between the last mentioned line and the Accomack and Northampton line.

Fifth precinct. To include the area between the following lines commencing at Watkins' Point and running to the southernmost point of Watts Island, thence in a line drawn form said point due west to the Chesapeake Bay and thence up to the line between Virginia and Maryland to Watkins' Point.

Sixth Precinct. Commencing at Watkins' Point and following the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland to the head waters of the Pocomoke River as far as said line runs up said river in the State, thence to the head waters of Messongo Creek including the whole of said creek, to the southernmost bank at the mouth of said creek, thence in a water course to the aforesaid line from Watkins' Point to Watts Island.

Seventh Precinct. Commencing at the said southernmost bank at the mouth of Messongo Creek and running to the head water of Chesconnessex Creek, thence to the southernmost point of Watt's Island, thence up the aforesaid line from Watkins' Point to Watts' Island until it strikes the southern boundary of the first precinct, thence to the mouth of Messongo Creek.

Eighth Precinct. All the area between the head waters of Chesconnessex Creek and Watts' Island down to and including that part of Occohonnock Creek on the Accomac side to the Chesapeake Bay.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Race tracks

Accomac C. H.

The Waddy race course will be open Tuesday in the holidays, to all who wish to make a trial of the speed of their horses. The "swifters" of Messrs. Geo. Powell and Duffield Savage, of Onancock, will be present and show their speed. -- Several fine races are expected, and everybody is invited to attend.


DiseaseFields -- Crops - StrawberriesLaborers -- FarmInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionFields -- Crops - CornInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsInfrastructure -- Public : Churches

Marsh Market.

The measles are still prevalent in this community, but so far have not been fatal in a single instance.

Many young men and some boys and girls have gone to Maryland, to pick strawberries, from this neighborhood.

Capt. Thomas Marshall is having a handsome two story dwelling erected and work will be begun soon on a large storehouse for Mr. James A. Hall.

Our merchants have been paying 50 cts. per pound for young chickens, and $4.00 per dozen for old ones. -- Corn is selling with us at $3.00 per barrel and country butter is worth 25 cents a pound.

The private school of Mr. Esau C. Kellam was closed on the 12th inst. on account of the decrease in the number of pupils, incident to the measles and other sickness prevailing in this community.

The Methodist church in Messongo Neck will be completed by the 4th of July, at which time a fair and festival will be held to raise funds to aid in paying for its construction. The Masons, Knights of Honor and Rechabites will be invited to attend and participate in the festivities of the occasion.


Transportation -- Water - FreightTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - BaseballInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Customs service


The steamer Tangier took from this wharf last Monday 12,000 qts. of strawberries and 500 bbls. of peas, being the largest freight this season.

In a match game of base ball between the Kid Glove and Academy nines last Tuesday, the former were victorious, the score being 20 and 18.

We are again to have the Custom House in this town. the removal from Drummondtown is due, Mr. F. M. Boggs claims, to his efforts, aided by Judge Garrison.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts


Assawaman beach, as a summer resort is already open to the public. Dr. Broadwater and others from our town "took in" the excellent bathing and other pleasures incident to the place Thursday of last week.

Dr. Pitt's Friends Claiming it was Done in Self-Defense.

Moral -- DrugsMoral -- Murder

The following statement, based upon Pitt's version of the killing of Dr. Walter, was prepared by the friends of the prisoner and handed to the Baltimore Sun's representative last Saturday morning:

"The friends of Dr. Pitts, the prisoner, claim it will appear that he acted in self-defense upon such provocation as would have impelled any gentleman to a similar act in protecting his person from humiliation and probable injury at the hands of one so greatly his physical superior as was Dr. Walter, the deceased.

"They say that all statements showing deliberation or premeditation on the part of Dr. Pitts are without exception, mere fabrications, and that the fatal shot was fired in a personal encounter between the two gentlemen, in which before he was shot, Dr. Walter inflicted a severe blow upon Dr. Pitts, the trace of which the latter still plainly bears.

"No man in he community has a higher reputation than Dr. Pitts for kindness of heart and amiability. He was a favorite among his associates and with the professors of the University of Maryland, and was graduated in fine standing some few years since from that institution.

"For a year or more he has been addicted to the excessive use of morphine, but since receiving treatment about two months ago he has abstained entirely from the habit, and his mind has been restored to a normal condition. The horrible details of the tragedy as first reported suggested to his friends the theory of insanity from the cause above indicated. More accurate information, both as to his mental condition and the facts of the killing, have satisfied them that he was not only in full possession of his faculties, but that he was justified in the act."

Our Citizens Abroad.

Moral -- MurderLaborers -- Fisheries

The Tidewater Index has the following in its last issue in reference to our citizens present at the Burkman trial in Tappahannock last week:

John Neely, Esq., of Accomac, was in town this week, having been requested by Mr. T. R. B. Wright, Commonwealth's attorney for this county, to represent him in the Burkman trial. -- His speech in this case was pronounced by numbers one of the finest prosecuting speeches ever delivered in this county. Accomac county was also well represented in this place during the week, by men who would reflect credit upon any community or section, and have but confirmed the opinion that we have always entertained, that it is always pleasant to "hear from Accomac."

Burkman to be Hanged.

Laborers -- FisheriesMoral -- Murder

Burkman the murderer of Capt. Melson of this county had a trial at Tappahannock last week and was convicted of murder in the first degree. A motion made by the counsel of the prisoner to set aside the verdict, first on account of expression of opinion by a juror, second on account of the separation of the jury, has been overruled by the Court and he has been sentenced to be hung on the 26th day of September next. A writ of error has been asked for in this case.

Good Crabbing.

Sea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-netSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : Yield

MR. EDITOR. -- We wish to call the attention of your many readers to this new industry that has grown up along the route of the steamers. It is a business too that has been developed entirely by the capital and labor of Baltimoreans. Now the point we wish to draw attention to is just this: If these people can go to the expense of bringing their boats, provisions, &c., down here -- a distance of one hundred and fifty miles -- and take occasional trips up on the steamers. If they [illegible] this crab catching business pay. I am sure our Eastern Shoremen can make money out of it also. They have shipped this season over 1200 boxes of crabs. These boxes hold from three to four bushels. The expense of engaging in this business is not very expensive, the most expensive part of the outfit is boats. The soft shell crab which has become such a profitable business around Crisfield, might be made as profitable in either of the creeks where the steamers of the Eastern Shore Steamboat Co., run. We call attention to this growing business with the hope of seeing some of our enterprising business men take hold of it.

The fishing season has opened most encouragingly. Messrs. Roberts, Wilkins & Co., at Taylor's wharf, and Dr. J. T. Wilkins, at Hungars' wharf, are catching some very fine sheep-head. There are a number of fish pounds between Hungars and Pungoteague creek. In fact, all the good runs are occupied. We propose from time to time, to give you some notice of them. There is a very large capital invested in this business, and it gives employment to a large number of people.


Taylor's Wharf, May 27, 1884.

The Eden of Accomac.

Transportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-netFields -- Crops - Strawberries

DEAR ENTERPRISE. -- While your weekly visits are anxiously looked for and your pages greedily perused, yet we feel a little jealousy rankling in our bosom when from week to week we vainly look for an item concerning us and our location, Hacks' Neck, the Eden of Accomac. We are bounded south and east by Nandua Creek, southwest by the Chesapeake Bay, west and north by Pungoteague Creek both of which streams are traversed at this season of the year tri weekly by the steamers of the E. S. Steamboat Co. Our farmers now are sending off their peas, strawberries, &c., in quantities to make a steamboat company or a commission merchant smile. Our enterprising and thrifty neighbor, Wm. T. Mason shipped yesterday via Onancock 600 quarts berries and to-day from this place 1,100 quarts. Fine fish abound in large quantities with us. Messrs. Marion, Handy & Co., took from their pound this morning something over 3,000 fine trout, hundreds of taylors and mackerel, besides, sheeps-head and other kinds in abundance. Accept the items above by way of introduction to your readers and expect more anon.


Hoffmans' wharf, May 27th, 1884.

We regret too that a report from a section so highly favored has been so long deferred and shall hope in the future to hear from "Contributor" often. -- Ed.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
May 31, 1884