Peninsula Enterprise, April 4, 1885


Moral -- Murder

The trial of Dr. Pitts will probably take place in Hampton in May.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Mr. P. W. Savage and wife sold lot 631 at Cape Charles for $400, and not $40 as reported in THE ENTERPRISE of last week.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball

A match game of base ball was played on the college grounds at Onancock, on Friday of last week, between the College Stars and the Academy Nine, in which the former were victors by a score of 20 to 3.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateMigration

Several land buyers of late have been stopping at Kellar station and vicinity. They wish to make their permanent home in that thriving locality.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : Shad and herringFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Seed and slipsfields -- Crops - White potatoes : Seed and slipsWeather -- FreezesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Bayside


Mr. Riggin caught at one haul this week in Wallops' mill pond, more than 1500 baking shad.

Sweet potato seed are greatly in demand with us, and the supply in this section having been exhausted, many have sent to Jersey for them.

Our farmers have been busy for the last few days plowing up Irish potatoes. The late cold weather has in most cases destroyed the seed planted before it came.

Messrs. M. W. Chesser, Wm. Taylor and others have returned from the Western Shore, where they had been engaged in the oyster business during the winter.


Transportation -- Water - SteamboatsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeedSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PricesTransportation -- Road - ConstructionMoral -- AlcoholTransportation -- Water - WharvesTransportation -- Water - FreightTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions


Capt. R. H. Wilcox and chief engineer of Mystic, Conn., arrived here last Saturday, and taking charge of the steamer King Fisher which has been laid up since September, left on Monday for eastern waters.

Mr. James Buchanan, who has been stopping at the Atlantic hotel this winter and who as a sportsman was very popular with our people, left for his home in New York City this week. He has spent several years in Europe, Canada and Florida, and says that none of them have attractions for sportsmen superior to Chincoteague.

The bottom has dropped out of our northern oyster market. Our oystermen have done comparatively nothing in fact this season. The first Jersey planter arrived this week, and is paying 50 cents per bushel of oysters.

The new street recently opened via Atlantic hotel to Main street has been named James Q. avenue in honor of one of our professors.

Many of our temperance townsmen were summoned to attend before the grand jury last Monday, to testify in a certain "sweet cider case."

The sloop, John M. Rogers, owned by Capt. John W. Bunting, went ashore on Cape Henlopen Beach on the 22nd ult. She was loaded with oysters and the loss is estimated at $1,500.

Mr. E. W. Richardson has traded his famous trotter "St. Charles" for the yacht "Shoe Fly" and is expected to give an excursion on her on Easter Monday, to which our citizens generally will be invited.


Transportation -- Road - BridgesTransportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsfields -- Crops - White potatoes : Seed and slips


The bridge across Matchapungo creek will not be built this season, as Legislative action is first necessary.

A "siding" will soon be put in at Edmonds' crossing.

More than half of the Irish potato seed planted in this neighborhood are killed, and such is the report also from the lower county.

Three of a Family Drowned


On last Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Louisa Turner, her son Wm. Turner, aged 25 years, and her niece, Eva Turner, aged 15 years, were drowned in Craddock Creek. They were attempting to cross the creek in a small boat unfit for that purpose, which capsized when a few feet of the land, with result stated. No one witnessed the accident but a colored girl about a half-mile distant, who gave the alarm, but too late to save them. The body of Mrs. Turner alone has been recovered.

A Horrible Accident.

Transportation -- Railroad - Personal injuryMoral -- Alcohol

The north bound train passing Tasley at 10:30 on Monday night, struck Edward P. East, within one hundred yards of his house, mangling him in the most horrible manner. The body was ground almost as fine as sausage meat, and strewed along the tract for over sixty feet. He had been to the station, and the testimony at the inquest showed he was considerably under the effects of liquor. His hat was found opposite his house, nearly a hundred yards from where the first blood was found, and parts of his clothing were found a quarter of a mile away. Whether he was lying asleep on the track, or was knocked over by the train, or was killed and placed there will never be known. The inquest could throw but little light on the subject. It is probable though, that he went to sleep on the track while under the influence of liquor and in that condition met his awful death.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

EDITOR OF THE ENTERPRISE -- You will please permit me to occupy a small space in the columns of ENTERPRISE, in reference to the faithful and efficient service of our oyster police force. It is not only my opinion, but that of all other oystermen, that Capt. E. J. Corbin has faithfully discharged his duty in protecting the oysters in Tangier Sound and our reason for that opinion, is that never at the close of the dredging season have we ever known oysters so plentiful in Tangier Sound as at present, and we are confident that if they can be protected during the summer, there will be an abundance of oysters in Tangier sound the next dredging season for the use of Virginians. I have never seen as many young oysters as there are right on the State line, the point where the Marylanders would have had the best opportunities to catch them if they had not been well protected. I am informed that on the Maryland side of the line where oystermen could readily catch 300 bushels a day at the beginning of the season, they can now hardly catch 50 bushels a day, and had not our Virginia beds been carefully protected, they would have been in the same condition.

Yours very respectfully,

S. T. Dize.

Capt. schr. Frank Hutchinson.

March 27th, 1885.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
April 4, 1885