Peninsula Enterprise, April 18, 1885


Transportation -- Railroad - Other

Ex-President Arthur accompanied by his private secretary and a few other friends, was a passenger over our railroad last Saturday.


Infrastructure -- Public : SchoolsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Taxation

The Board of Supervisors at meeting on April 13th, levied for county school purposes for scholastic year ending July 31st, 1886, the sum of ten cents on every hundred dollars worth of property; and for district school purposes or same year same sum in each magisterial district. The Board allowed each account presented properly chargeable to the county, and directed warrants to be issued on county treasurer for payments of same out of county levy for years 1884-5.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - CircusesAfrican-Americans -- Race relations

About three hundred citizens of Accomac and Northampton availed themselves of the reduced fare over the railroad last Wednesday to visit Pocomoke, and attend the circus. The thither was a delightful one, but several complained on their return trip of being discommoded by the colored people. They thought, a car ought to have been set apart for their accommodation.


Transportation -- Railroad - Wrecks

The pay car of the N. Y. P. & N. Railroad Company was wrecked at Hayford's millpond, a short distance below Pocomoke City, on Tuesday morning. A brakeman was seriously injured, but everybody else escaped. The engine was badly damaged.


MigrationFields -- Livestock - HorsesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : MarketsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


Messrs. L. Causey and S. D. Pollett have made Cape Charles City their home.

Among the guests at Atlantic hotel this week are H. A. Bourne, Supt. O. D. Steamboat Co., Jeremiah Mahoney, Supt. Delaware R.R., John A. Brittingham and E. T. Powell of Watchpreague City. The latter purchased 16 ponies to be sent to Parramore's Beach, leased by him for a stock farm.

Several Jersey oyster boats are being loaded at this time with plants.

The schooner J. P. Hart, Captain Jas. Pruitt, from Tangier Sound bound to Chincoteague with a cargo of oysters, encountered heavy gales off the latter place last Monday and had jibboon, bowsprit and some rigging torn away. The life-saving crews from Assateague and Wallops Island rendered great assistance to the schooner when in a dangerous condition. No lives were lost.


Watermen -- Personal injuryDiseaseFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Seed and slips


Alfred Belote, colored, on Friday of last week left home to catch a load of oysters and not having yet returned, the supposition is that he overloaded his boat with fatal results.

Measles and scarlatina are prevailing in this section, but so far without serious results.

It is not an unusual thing to see fires burning around the potato beds in this vicinity, in the morning, during the late cold weather.


Sea -- Finfish - Methods : Hand lineTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball


Our king of fishermen, Mr. Charlie Sturgis has a $5 bill, which says he is the best fisherman with hand line on the Eastern Shore.

The Pungoteague pitching club have so far declined to accept the challenge of the Mappsburg Boys, in a contest of skill, for a purse of ten dollars.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball


Fosque, Bro. & Co., have begun their addition to the store.

There was a match game of baseball here last Tuesday, between the Kid Glove and the College nines, which resulted in a victory for the Kids. The score being Kid Gloves 21 and College 13.


Architecture -- Courthouses

The Board of Supervisors at its meeting on last Monday entered an order, in pursuance of the Act of the Legislature, authorizing a vote to be taken in the county of Accomac on the 4th Thursday in May on the Court House question, which for many months has been a fruitful theme for discussion among our people. It will be seen by the order published in THE ENTERPRISE of to-day, you have to choose as the location for our new Court House either the present site, or "the lands owned by the heirs of Harry White, deceased at a point where the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad passes" -- about three miles from the place where the Court House is now located. The issue now being made up, it remains for the voters to say, whether they wish Drummondtown as the location for the new Court House, with its conveniences of hotel, comfortable dwellings, shade trees, &c., or a barren field; whether they are willing to render the public property at Drummondtown valueless and to give a greatly depreciated value to the private property here, for the remote prospect of having at sometime in the future a town built up, which will be as valuable to the public and individuals; whether they are willing to let the site which has been good enough for a Court House for hundreds of years still remain so, or to be taxed thousands of dollars to try the experiment, whether a site on the railroad would be better. A few weeks only remain for you to decide these and many other questions, which will occur to you in making up your mind. As at present advised, our opinion is that the new Court House should be built on its present site, but we are open to conviction and the columns of our paper are open for any expression of opinion. The right is reserved of course by us, to approve or combat the opinions, as may appear in our columns, as to us may seem right and just.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
April 18, 1885