Peninsula Enterprise, October 4, 1884


Watermen -- Personal injury

A skiff with a fishing crew of three was capsized on Gargatha bar last Monday, and two of the party Joshua Joynes and Levin Northam, colored, were drowned. Capt. Wiley Baker the third party, narrowly escaped death, by swimming to the shore a mile or more distant. The accident was due, we are informed to carelessness, the boat being capsized by the anchor lying on the deck, falling overboard.


Transportation -- Water - Sailboats

Mr. Robert J. Bull of Northampton, has sold his schooner Capeville to Messrs. William L. Evans & Bro., Hoffman's Wharf, for $750.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

The steamer Tuckahoe, of the Old Dominion Steamship Co., carried a large party of excursionists to Norfolk, last Tuesday, from Powelton.


Transportation -- Road - Liveries

Mr. B. W. Mears has opened a livery stable at Pungoteague station, and will convey passengers comfortably and speedily to any point on the peninsula at reasonable rates.


Moral -- Other violent crime

Spencer Crippen, colored, charged with an attempt to commit a rape, had a second trial at this term of the court, but the jury failed to agree.


Professionals -- Builders

Mr. G. B. Parsons, the builder of several houses at Powelton, and who has in that section a first-class reputation as a builder and a citizen, offers his services to the people of the Eastern Shore, thro' our columns to-day.


Moral -- Property crime

On the 8th of September last, the dwelling of Mr. William T. Killman, near Pungoteague station, was entered and $390 in currency was stolen therefrom. Last Wednesday suspicion pointed so strongly to one William Edwards, colored, as the perpetrator of the theft, by reason of his having several $20 bills changed without doing any work to earn any money, that he was arrested and sent to the county jail. When arrested he had $30 on his person.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : DrumInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionMoral -- VandalismProfessionals -- LawyersProfessionals -- TeachersInfrastructure -- Public : Schools

Accomac C. H.

The drum fish, at the cost of a dollar, is now being vended in the streets of Drummondtown.

Work is sufficiently advanced on the dwelling of Hon. George T. Garrison, to show that it is to be one of the most comfortable and elegant structures on the Eastern Shore.

Several window panes were broken out of the clerk's office, and the key-hole plugged so securely as to give the clerk a good deal of trouble one night this week, whether in sport or with evil design we do not know. Whatever object the offenders may have had in view, we warn them that the depository of the county's record is not the place to be raided with impunity. If caught, whatever their design, they would deserve to be severely punished and would be.

Mr. Otho F. Mears, who has been attending the law school, at the University of Virginia, during the summer, has returned home, and will reopen his school at Drummondtown next Monday.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PackingWeather -- Droughts

Marsh Market.

An oyster shucking house is to be erected soon, at Shad Landing, by Capt. Edward Thomas.

A severe drought is prevailing in this section. All the water holes from which cattle received their supply, and in some instances the wells have gone dry.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Transfers of real estate recorded in Clerk's office from Sept. 17th to Oct. 1st:

James T. Johnson to Jas. S. Johnson, 80 acres near Oak Hall; $300.

Richard T. Ames and wife to N. F. Walter and L. R. Doughty, one-fourth acre in Onancock; $240.

J. W. Duncan and wife to L. Doughty, lot in Onancock; $250.

George Truelove and wife to W. Ellis, 1-2 acre in Greenbackville; $15.

G. W. Covington and wife, &c. to F. E. Jones, et als, trustees, lots 93 and 95 at Franklin City; $75.93.

R. J. Taylor to Tully Matthews, 8 acres near Guilford; $175.

I. W. Bagwell and wife to E. Window, 1.425 acre near Onancock; $213.75.

T. A. Northam and wife to Samuel Trader, 4 acres near Messongo; $200.

J. L. Byrd and wife to James Trader of R., 6 1-2 acres in Cattail Neck; $120.

Thos. Littleton and wife to V. J. Wright, 1 acre near Woodberry; $35.

J. J. Tunnell and wife to Carrie L. Gunby, 98.100 of acre at Nashville; $200.

New Court-House.

Architecture -- CourthousesArchitecture -- Jails

MR. EDITOR: -- Since the agitation of the removal of the court-house, I have soberly and calmly considered the subject, taking into consideration all the advantages that would or could be derived from such a step to the great body of the people of the county. In the first place, I will consider the cost of the construction of the court-house to be twenty thousand dollars, and the building of a new jail to be not less than fifteen thousand dollars. Our present jail is one of the strongest and safest jails in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was but a few years ago the county expended some eight hundred dollars for the purpose of improving and repairing the jail, and it now can be truly said, that the present jail is a strong one. The removal of the court-house carries with it the necessity of building a new jail, and with it the loss of necessity of fifteen thousand dollars to the tax payers of the county, because not fifty dollars of the material of the present jail can be utilized to build the new one. The public grounds upon which the court-house and jail stands would be rendered valueless, and therefore a total loss to the county. Who would want them? How could they be used to make them profitable? What an experiment to take $15,000 or $20,000 out of the pockets of the tax paying people of the county to build a jail when we already have one that answers all of our wants and purposes.

Secondly, who can be benefitted by the removal of the court-house? I answer that even those who live immediately on the line of the railroad cannot be. How can the people of Franklin City and those living in the neighborhood be benefitted by the removal of the court-house, when they have to travel eleven miles before they can reach the nearest station on the railroad, at an expense of four dollars for going and returning from said station without estimating the fare of the railroad from said station to the court-house?

I understand that when the railroad is completed from point to point, and the time of departure of the cars going North, and the time of the returning of the cars going South, is finally settled that the train will go North in the morning and return South in the evening.

If this be so, will it not be necessary for those who use the railroad to come down on the evening train thus causing them to stay all night at an expense for board at the hotel? If he should be a witness or a juror, can the court be made to adjourn in time to suit the railroad or can the railroad be made to suit the court, or the convenience of witnesses? You can expect nothing from a soulless corporation in the way of favors except it be, that they will be largely compensated for the favors granted. If this be doubted, go ask the people through whose county railroads pass, and they will tell you that this is the case without an exception. Will the people who live on Sykes Island and in the neighborhood of Messongo be benefitted by the project of removal of the court house. -- The island people will travel some eight or nine miles before they reach the nearest station on the road, and then be subjected to the cost of travel on the road to the court-house, and the necessity of staying all night at the hotel, at a cost of their board.

The people of Messongo will be in the same situation. Will the people of Chincoteague Island be benefitted? Not at all. They will necessarily be injured, it is taking the court-house further from them. If they go to Franklin City for the purpose of going to the railroad, they will have to travel eleven miles before they reach the nearest station on the road. If they go to Wishart's point for the purpose of reaching the railroad, they will have to travel seven miles to the nearest station. These people can get in their boats and go to Folly Creek and anchor within three quarters of a mile of the present court-house. How then can the removal of the court-house benefit them? Will not the removal of the court-house from its present site injure those people severely?


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 4, 1884