Peninsula Enterprise, August 29, 1885


reprinted from Somerset HeraldInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

The commissioners appointed to mark the boundary line between Maryland and Virginia, have not located the buoys in Pocomoke sound to suit the Somerset oystermen -- they claim that the line as marked takes a slice of what has heretofore been considered as Maryland oyster-rock, and the Virginians object to the citizens of our State crossing the line after oysters. A meeting of oystermen has been called to meet in Princess Anne to take steps to remedy the matter.


Transportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredging

Lt. Col. Wm. P. Craighill, corps of engineers, has been ordered to proceed to Cherrystone harbor, near Cherrystone light house, on public business.


Forests -- SawmillsLumbermen -- Personal injury

Mr. Melvin Witham, one of the owners of a steam saw mill on Pocomoke, had one of his fingers cut off and two others badly cut by a saw last Monday.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Mr. John W. Beloate was the purchaser of the real estate near Keller, containing about 140 acres, sold by Mr. Benj. W. Mears, trustee, at the price of $2,676.75.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball

Mrs. Henry Ames of Bayview, Northampton county, while witnessing the match game of base ball at the Fair Grounds on Thursday, was struck by a ball, and at the time it was thought was seriously injured. No more serious damage we are happy to be able to say was done by the blow received, other than being badly bruised.


Fields -- Other machinery

Mr. Elzey will exhibit the "Potato digger" which attracted so much attention at our Fair at Accomac C. H., on next Monday and at Onancock on the following day. Many of our best farmers in the lower part of the county, who have seen it work, have furnished the gentlemen with testimonials to the effect "that no farmer can afford to be without it."


Fields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - BaseballTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing


Our porkers are dying up with the cholera.

Our Chincoteague "nine" have accepted a challenge from the Onancock "nine to play on the Fair Grounds.

Interest centred in the skiff race for the silver pitcher. The contestants were the "John W. Edmonds" of Powelton, the "Pic Nic" "Mamie French" and "Scud" of Chincoteague. With a full sail breeze only, they sped away over the designated course; comments and opinions favoring the "Pic Nic," the champion of Chincoteague. To the chagrin of her admirers, she came in just 48 seconds behind the "John W. Edmonds," and the prize was lost.

Northampton County.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Walter, son of B. T. Fitchett, of Taylor's wharf, died last Monday, aged 2 months.

Mr. John C. P. Kellam is the purchaser of Lot No. 613 at the town of Cape Charles, for the sum of $450.

Mr. Bernard Tankard was the purchaser of the Fisher farm at Franktown, sold by Judge B. T. Gunter as executor, last Saturday, at the price of $3,800. -- Mr. Tankard Ames was the purchaser of a small lot for $250. He had previously bought the storehouse part of same estate for $800.

Agricultural Fair Notes.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - FairsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - BaseballTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

The Fair this year has been a successful one. Large numbers of people have attended daily, the attendance being unusually large on first day. The weather has been very pleasant, except the first day which was very warm. Good order and decorum have prevailed during the whole time. The only disagreeable feature of the Fair in fact has been the dust which the authorities exerted themselves but failed to keep down. The exhibits in several of the departments, were more numerous and of better quality than during previous years. The ladies and agricultural departments -- especially attracted attention, and we doubt if the excellence of the exhibits in either will be surpassed at any Fair in our State this year. The stock on exhibition this year was inferior to that of other years, except the horses -- which are always creditable to our people. The entries for style and beauty as well as those in the races were worthy of all the praise so universally accorded them -- the many fine colts especially, attracted attention. The exhibits in the poultry department were good and many of them worthy of especial notice. Several of the exhibits in some of the departments were notably very fine. -- many pieces of ladies work, drawings by Mr. Lee Kellam, buggies by Messrs. Doughty & Ward, wagon of Mr. Crane of Pocomoke, potato digger of Mr. Elzey of Seaford, Del., tools of Messrs. Abdell Bros., of Belle Haven, received attention especially, which attested their excellence. The trotting races during the first and second days were attractive features of the Fair. On the first day three horses (4 year old class,) Queen Dido, a fine gray mare owned by Richard E. Floyd of Northampton; Willie Peyton owned by Mr. Heze James and Mallie owned by Mr. Fred Waddy contested for the prizes. Queen Dido won the race in 2.30 1-2, the time being about 2.54, the track being shorter than a mile.

On the second day's races, five horses were entered of the three year old class owned by Messrs. Fred Waddy and Waples Bros., Oswald White, H. C. Johnson and George W. Abdell & Bro. The race was won by the mare of Waples Bros. in time considerably less than 3 minutes. In the three days races, Queen Dido, was an easy winner, the contest being between her and a horse of Mr. L. C. Turlington.

On Wednesday a match-game of base-ball was played between the "Red Stockings," of Northampton and a nine made up of Chincoteague and Grangeville nines -- and on Thursday between the "Red Stockings" and the Onancock nine, which contributed to the amusement of many. The "Red Stockings," were victors in both games.

An appropriate speech was made by Mr. Wm. T. Bundick on Wednesday. During the continuance of the Fair, the proceedings have been enlivened by an excellent brass band from Baltimore. A list of the premiums awarded and other matters of interest will appear in our next issue.

Board of Supervisors.

Transportation -- Road - MaintenanceInfrasturcture -- Public - Government : CountyArchitecture -- CourthousesInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Taxation

A meeting was held on the 24th pursuant to adjournment. No bids were put in for repairing the public road through district of Lee with Pennock's patent machine advertised to be let out to contract. Mr. Pennock being in town was invited before the Board and appearing gave a lengthy account of the machine's accomplishments in sections where it had been used. He received very patient attention, and it was gathered from him that after the first cost of putting the roads in order, the cost of keeping them so would be a mere trifle. In Pennsylvania where no roots interfered with the work the cost was from $12 to $15 per mile, here with woods on each side of a great deal of our roads the first cost would perhaps be $20 to $25. The Board finally laid the matter of the public roads on the table "till its spring meeting.

A half dozen accounts were examined, allowed and ordered to be paid.

As required by law the Board made up an estimate of the probable necessary expenditures of the county for the year ending, June 30, 1886. The aggregate of this estimate is $10,445.00, but there is in making it up necessarily a good deal of prospecting for the prophetic vision of the Board, like the rest of the human race can't tell "what a day will bring forth." In the estimate, not a cent is included for public buildings for it is thought a settlement with the treasurer, will reveal sufficient in hand to make the necessary repairs to court house, and clerk's office.

The county levy for the ensuring year was fixed at 30cts per hundred dollars worth of property, and 50cts per head; this is a decrease in the rate of five cents on last year.

The 21st day of September next was fixed upon by the Board as a day of meeting to consider especially and exclusively until finished the subject of what to do to the courthouse and clerk's office to meet the public needs. The Board will also determine that day in what company of insurers of those doing business in the county the poor house shall be insured for the next five years after October 11th, at a risk of $5,000. -- In the meantime sealed communications to the Board by the agents who wish to bid for the risk can be left with the chairman, T. C. Kellam, at Locustville, Va. The Board adjourned to meet again on Saturday the 5th day of September next to settle with the county Treasurer for 1884 levy, and examine and certify the State insolvent and delinquent lists.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
August 29, 1885