Peninsula Enterprise, September 12, 1885


reprinted from Pocomoke Times.Transportation -- Railroad - FreightTransportation -- Water - Freight

We learn that the Eastern Shore Steamboat Company and the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk R.R. will declare war in earnest at the opening of the oyster season. The Steamboat Company propose to place freights in any of the large cities as cheaply as the Railroad Company.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Mr. H. P. James, Jr., offers to match his horse, Willie Peyton against Queen Dido, owned by Mr. R. E. Floyd for a purse of $200. See card in this issue.


reprinted from Wilmington Morning News.Transportation -- Railroad - FreightTransportation -- Railroad - Wrecks

As the east-bound fast fruit train of the New York, Philadelphia, and Norfolk railroad was passing Holmesburg Junction, on the New York division of the Pennsylvania railroad, about 3 o'clock Thursday, the second car behind the engine No. 917, left the rail in consequence of a broken frog, and caused a wreck of large dimensions. Eighteen or twenty freight cars laden with fruit and vegetables from Virginia and Delaware Peninsula, which left Cape Charles, the terminus of the line, Wednesday afternoon, were thrown from the tracks and piled into a confused mass. -- Produce principally sweet potatoes, was scattered in all directions, and mixed up indiscriminately with broken timbers, twisted iron, and car trucks.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : LegislationSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seed


Our oystermen are busy at this time catching and planting oysters from the lower bays. They say that the rocks that were stripped bare last season, now have a fine growth of young oysters on them, consequently the oystermen are having a better harvest in the lower bays than they have had for several years. Hon. T. T. Wescott our representative, should have his share of credit for this state of things, as he supported the bill which allowed our oyster rocks to rest during the interdicted months.

Business is exceedingly dull. We look for a revival of trade only, if oysters are fat and bring fair prices this season.

Wm. D. Sharpley . . . laid out about 250 bushels oysters to sell this season and on examining them a few days ago found that a young and prolific growth had caught on them.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PricesInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesFields -- Livestock - Diseases and pests

Marsh Market.

Oysters are selling at 28 and 30 cents a bushel in Messongo Creek.

Rev. D. M. Wallace aided by the Rev. Thos. Fleury, of Norfolk, Va. has lately closed a protracted meeting at Sanford church and although they and the members labored faithfully for the conversion of souls, three only of 13 penitents were converted.

The cholera is killing many hogs and chickens in this section.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingTransportation -- Water - SailboatsInfrastructure -- Commercial - General StoresArchitecture -- Commercial buildingsMoral -- Other violent crime

Muddy Creek.

Capts. Wm. & W. J. Sommers at present engaged in planting oysters in Muddy Creek, complain of a scarcity of oysters in Pocomoke Sound.

The schooner Collector, owned by Capt. S. F. Byrd has been rebuilt and name changed to Gen. Fitzhugh Lee.

Mr. W. H. Bloxom will occupy his new store at Bloxom's station the 1st of October. It is a large and imposing structure being 45x60, two story and is to be handsomely finished. Mercantile operations at Bloxom's old stand are to be conducted by Mr. Joseph R. Riggs as proprietor.

Peter Kelly, colored, on Tuesday of last week on the railroad about a quarter of a mile above Hallwood shot and wounded in three places, another colored brother of the name of Floyd. An ebony-hued sister was the cause of the unpleasantness. Floyd not being seriously injured has departed and Kelly holds the fort. No arrests have been made.


Transportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential developmentForests -- Sawmills


Large quantities of sweet potatoes are now being shipped by sail boats. The Neptune and Four Sisters loaded with them, left for Baltimore on Tuesday.

Twenty-three lots will be sold in Onancock today.

The Onancock Mill Company dissolved partnership last Tuesday.

Serious Cutting Affray.

Moral -- Other violent crime

John W. Savage was cut and seriously perhaps fatally wounded by John H. Fisher at Mappsville last Monday night. Politics and too much whiskey led to the crime. The facts surrounding it, related by an eye-witness are as follows: Savage and Fisher had been riding during the evening in the same conveyance, when a dispute arose as to which was the best Democrat. On their return offensive epithets and often repeated were applied to Savage by Fisher which finally was resented, and advancing towards each other, simultaneously a blow was given by Savage with the fist, and a gash 3 or more inches in length was cut in his left side by a knife in the hands of Fisher. The extent of his internal injuries is unknown, but it is thought are of a fatal character. At the time the wound was inflicted death seemed so imminent that the depositions of Savage was taken by Justice Wimbrough. Fisher was lodged in jail early Tuesday morning. Savage is a carpenter and did gallant service as a Confederate soldier. Fisher is a farmer in comfortable circumstances.

Drowned in the Bay.

Watermen -- Personal injury

Capt. John T. Rodgers, of the schooner, Neptune from Onancock, was knocked overboard last Tuesday night off Cove Point, Chesapeake bay, by the main boom, and drowned. The vessel was immediately put about and search was made to find him, but without success. He was heard to call for help. His brother, Capt. Wm. Rodgers, who was on board, carried the schooner to Baltimore. He was unmarried and thirty-five years of age. The untimely death of Capt. Rodgers is greatly deplored on the Eastern Shore. Conscientious in the discharge of all duties, and honorable in all his dealings, he had the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He was truly a very worthy man and a valuable citizen. He was a joint owner of the Neptune with J. M. Fosque, deceased who also was drowned some weeks ago.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 12, 1885