Peninsula Enterprise, October 10, 1885


reprinted from Eastern Shore HeraldTransportation -- Railroad - Freight

During the month of September 60,000 bbls. of sweet potatoes were shipped over the N.Y., P. & N. R.R., from Accomac and Northampton counties.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Taxation

The value of real estate in Accomac in 1880 was $2,998,675.16; in 1884, $3,146,301.94; in 1885, $3,237,109.49. Northampton assessment in 1881, $872,741.12; in 1884, $805,528.21; in 1885, $945,384.64.


Infrasturcture -- Public - Government : County

Board of Supervisors meet next Wednesday, 14th inst, to consider the question "of processioning of land."


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : DrumSea -- Finfish - Catch : Trout

Accomac C. H.

Sea-fishing now engages the attention of some of our citizens and a few trout and drum fish are being caught. In our town a dollar buys a drum -- and six small trout sell for a quarter.


Transportation -- Road - Personal injuryMoral -- Firearms


Wm. Parker, colored, mail messenger from steamboat to our postoffice, fell from the wagon loaded with ten barrels of flour, last Saturday, which passed over his body. At the time it was thought he was fatally injured, but he still lives and will probably recover.

Teackle Quinby, son of U. B. Quinby, Esq., was accidentally shot in the face by Fred Powell on Saturday. One shot passed through his eyelid with probable serious injury to his eye. He was taken immediately to Baltimore for treatment by his father, but his eye was too bloodshotten to ascertain the extent of his injury.

Northampton County.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Deeds recorded during September:

Marion Henderson to Joseph J. Robins, 135 acres near Exmore station; $1,850.

Wm. J. Mapp, Sr., and wife to Rosa W. Willis wife of Z. Willis, 4 acres near Exmore station; $300.

Wm. J. Mapp & ux. to Julius S. Nottingham, 1-2 of an acre at Exmore station; $200.

George Jarvis to Jacob Collins, colored, 5 acres near Eastville; $200.

B. T. Gunter executor for Sally A. Fisher, deceased, to L. T. Ames and Wm. T. Ames, storehouse lot and 2 other lots in Franktown; $2,426.

John W. Bowdoin & ux. to John R. Bowdoin his life interest in farm called Linden, 3 1-2 miles from Eastville, 160 1-2 acres; $2,600.

Wm. L. Scott & ux. to A. J. Hauck of Cape Charles City, lot in town of Cape Charles; $330.

Isaac D. Robins to Eliza E. Robins, trustee, 105 acres near Franktown; $2,050.

Oyster Marauders Captured.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementWatermen -- Watermen's organizations

Thursday afternoon oyster Inspector Gaskins brought before Justice Mears at Accomac C. H., John Palmer and T. F. Lawson residents of Maryland for unlawfully oystering in the Virginia portion of Pocomoke Sound. The case was continued upon the motion of their attorney, Mr. Bayly Browne, until their friends at Crisfield could be heard from to 12 m. Wednesday, when a committee of the Maryland association of oystermen arrived and after some consultation with their attorney the case was heard. The accused took no further steps in the matter than insisting that bail should be fixed at such reasonable sum as would put it in their power to secure a release from confinement until trial of the October term of the County Court. The minimum sum and costs, $550 in each case was offered and failing to give the bond they were remanded to jail. Shortly afterward Messrs. Crisfield and Page, their attorneys of Princess Anne arrived but returned on the next train. It is said that the association, propose to make a test case of these, whether Marylanders have any right in Pocomoke Sound under the old compact of 1785. The boat in which they were captured is in the possession of Inspector Gaskins.

Cedar Island Guano.

Fields -- Fertilizer

Mr. Editor, I have had an experience with fertilizer this year which I wish to make
public. During the present year I have used green fish manure at a coat of thirteen
dollars per ton, also dry ground fish and Cedar Island guano. The Cedar Island guano cost less per acre and was superior for all early spring trucks, and the corn planted after it, and now about to be gathered with no other fertilizer, it is a least 25 percent better than where green and dried fish were used. I bought no guano this year except Cedar Island, because I found it superior to two others used side by side last year.

W. R. Bunting, Folly Creek, Oct. 5th, 1885.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

The Crisfield Leader, now that the oyster season has opened, begins its annual howl. Tongmen from Maryland trespass upon the oyster grounds of this State -- are driven off or captured and straightway the Leader yells at the top of its lungs: "That the right of Maryland tongmen to tong was neither questioned nor disputed until last season; that Virginians had heretofore recognized the equal right of Marylanders to take oysters therein, and never hesitate to accord to them the same rights that they enjoyed in said waters, regardless of the boundary line" -- and gives one Capt. Tyler as authority -- who boasts he has been raiding our rocks "for forty years" -- Such a spoilsman can scarcely be good authority. Now this is not true in fact, or by inference, and granting that some Virginia oystermen have not complained -- the Leader knows full well these tongers from Crisfield are violating Virginia laws.

The Leader further says: "If they have no right to oyster on the Virginia side of the Pocomoke -- a privilege that their forefathers enjoyed -- then they want to know it." They know they have no right. We admit "their forefathers" enjoyed -- not the privilege -- not the right -- but the snatch and grab game of taking oysters in the waters of this State. . . . They know perfectly well the lines. If they "zigzag" -- if they throw the oyster rocks as the Leader says, "all of them in Virginia waters" then the complaint should be upon the Maryland Commissioners who agreed to the line. But it is not so that they do. Truth is, the Leader will never be satisfied unless the whole waters of Pocomoke Sound shall be given to Maryland. It says "Our oystermen are anxious to have the matter settled." Possibly, if it shall be to give them all the valuable rocks of Virginia -- but that would by no means satisfy the Leader -- though it might the oystermen of its district. Then "Othello's occupation would be gone" in deed and in truth -- and the Leader would die of inanition. Its life is the oyster agitation between Maryland and Virginia. The arrest of Lawson and Palmer will lead, we hope, to an adjudication of affairs upon a proper basis. At least these tongers from Maryland may rest assured that until the law is changed they must keep off Virginia rocks.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - General Stores

FOR RENT OR SALE. -- Storehouse and lot, "Pennyville," one and a quarter miles below Pungoteague, on road to Craddockville, and at foot of Boggsville road.

House suitable for residence for small family beside store, and about 4 acres of land about half in pines, affording an abundance of "shatters" the other half in cultivation and highly improved having been in sweet potatoes this year and in various trucks for several years. I will rent out the above place for 1886 or a term of years, or will sell at a fair price on liberal terms.

Apply to

John W. Duncan,


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 10, 1885