Peninsula Enterprise, January 24, 1885


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Mr. John T. Bull of Locustville, has sold his fine mare Mollie, with a record as a trotter of 2:56, to Mr. Thomas H. Melson of Drummondtown.


Moral -- Vandalism

The storehouse and goods of Mr. Jno. E. Fowler, near Marionville, Northampton county, were destroyed by fire last Sunday night. The fire it is supposed was of incendiary origin.


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The regular annual meeting of the directors of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk railroad was held at Accomac C. H., last Monday, according to announcement. Vice president, Wm. A. Patton, Assistant secretary William Cariss, Jr., and Superintendent James McConkey were among those present at the meeting.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionInfrastructure -- Public : Churches

Accomac C. H.

The veteran railroad builder, John Keller, of Lancaster, Penn., was at our town last Monday.

The Episcopalians have purchased the "Browne House" in our town for a rectory and its occupant, Rev. John McNabb moved in this week. The members of his congregation and other friends received him not only with cordial greetings but with the more substantial offerings of furniture, tableware, provisions &c., in abundance.

Lizzie Custis, colored, living near Drummondtown, went from home this week leaving two small children in the house. During her absence, they caught fire, and one of them was so badly burned she died the next day.


Sea -- Market huntingAfrican-Americans -- Racial violenceInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Police


Wild ducks killed by lamplight have glutted our market. Choice red heads bringing 45 cents a pair.

Since the Walker-Duncan escapade our quiet tenor has had two breaks. A native unbleached American got his 'riggan ripped' clean down to his envelopes, by some white boys who were dusting his pants because he was impudent. And some boys possessed of remnant of the election returns, tried to paint Ticktown red. They wired a bale of rags to the conclusion of a dog, coal oiled and fired it, a dark night. Ticktown awoke to battle with the dog illuminator, and in a short time the fire was put out, so was the dog. We are told the boys' mother cut their hair, and so modified their pants that they could not be identified as the culprits. The relative injuries sustained by residents of Ticktown, the owners of the dog and boys is a question to be settled by law, de facto not de jure, because we have no constable. There is now on hand with the magistrate enough warrants to generate steam for a ten-horse power engine. [Justice of the Peace Josiah P.] Baker has spilled a great deal of ink on miscarried warrants. The dog has been diagnosed, and all that remains in an undisturbed natural condition was a lingering cadence.


Moral -- AlcoholInfrastructure -- Utilities - TelephoneTransportation -- Road - OtherInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


The temperance people are making arrangements to have in the near future, a large public meeting. Noted temperance orators from abroad will probably be in attendance.

The telephone is again being discussed, and with more show of success than heretofore.

Chief of police, R. J. Parker, is strictly enforcing the law against fast driving, and the indications are that at no distant day, no one will move through town faster than the regulation jog.

The storehouse on Market street, belonging to Mr. J. W. Bagwell, and lately occupied by Mr. Duff Savage, is being turned around and refitted, and will in future be used as a general store.


Professionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service


John. W. Holland and his corps of carpenters are busy making improvements about Parksley. Already a new shed-room has been added to each one of the rum tanks located there.

Complaints are heard at some of the inconveniences brought about by the new mail arrangements. Letters mailed at this office at 1 o'clock p.m., for any point in Accomac north of Metompkin, and not on the railroad, does not reach their destination until nearly noon of the second day after mailing.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Northampton County.

Transfers of real estate as follows:

Alex. G. Nottingham to Mary Gunter, 8 1-12 acres near Birds' Nest station; $101.50.

Leslie Claud McPherson to John T. Young, 1 1-2 acres; $200.

John Willis and ux to James Weeks, 1 acre near Capeville; $50.

John Willis and ux to James Smith, 1 1-4 acres near Capeville; $62.50.

Wm. L. Scott to Wm. Peer, lot 618 at Cape Charles City; $190.

Wm. L. Scott to Wm. J. Lewis, lot 644 at Cape Charles City; $240.

John W. Wilson and ux et als., to Tabitha S. Wilson, 13 acres near Franktown; $225.

Edward L. Willis and ux to John A. Eichelberger, 100 acres near Belle Haven; $2,200.

Thomas S. Warren and Julius T. Parsons to Joseph Redman, 416 acres near the Cape; $4,000.

The Eastern Shore Mails.

reprinted from Baltimore Sun.Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal serviceTransportation -- Railroad - FreightTransportation -- Water - Freight

The petition to the Postmaster-General that the Eastern Shore Steamboat Company be allowed to retain the contract for the mails between this city and Somerset and Worcester counties, Md., and Accomac and Northampton counties, Va., sets forth that the steamboats are necessary for the prompt delivery of mail at points inaccessible by rail; that the shipments from the section of country indicated are largely perishable in their nature; that the proposed change to the railroad service would operate disastrously both here and in the country, and requests that definite action be withheld until the business men here can be heard further in the premises.

Steamer "Charles City."

reprinted from Norfolk Public Ledger, January 17.Transportation -- Railroad - Steamboats

The Harlan & Hollingsworth Company launched at Wilmington, Thursday, the new side-wheel steamer for the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk railroad, and designed to transfer passengers between Norfolk and Cape Charles City. The boat is expected to attain a speed of eighteen miles per hour. She is 250 feet in length. On her main deck she carries two Pullman sleeping-cars, a combination mail and baggage-car and an express car. The dining-room will be located on this deck, and this will be fitted up in the best manner. There will also be a social hall on the main deck. The promenade deck will contain the saloon cabin, with bath rooms, wash-rooms, state-rooms, toilets, &c. All these saloons will be illuminated by electric lights and will be handsomely furnished. It is expected that she will take her place on the line about March 15. She is christened the "Charles City."

Dredging for Oysters -- When and Where Permitted.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Dredging

The following is a matter of so much importance to many of our people, it is given a place in our columns today. The resolution being passed as early as January 6th, we are at a loss to comprehend why the information it conveys was so long withheld from the public.


Office of the Board on the Chesapeake and its Tributaries.

Richmond, January 6, 1885.

At a meeting of the Board held this day, it was --

Resolved, That inspectors be and they are hereby authorized to issue to all citizens of Virginia who shall apply therefor, in the mode prescribed by law, and conform in all respects to the requirements of the law in such cases, licenses to dredge for oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, during the periods from January 1, 1885 to April 1, 1885, and from October 1, 1885, to December 31, 1885; such privilege not to extend to Pocomoke Sound, Hampton Roads nor Mobjack Bay, nor west of a line drawn from the Lighthouse on Rappahannock Spit to the Lighthouse on Wolf Trap Spit, nor to any Inlet, River, or Creek, nor the mouths thereof, except the Potomac River, Johnson's Rock, Thoroughfare Rock, Foxes' Island Rock, and California Rock of Tangier Sound.

Wm. E. Cameron, President.

Test: C. Lee Moore, Secretary.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
January 24, 1885