Peninsula Enterprise, July 18, 1885


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The Sussex (Del.) Journal says it has been pretty generally confirmed that the Peninsula Railroad Company has acquired the control of the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Railroad, extending from Harrington, Del., to Franklin City, Va., with a branch from Georgetown to Lewes and Rehoboth.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Trotting race, best three in five mile heats, has been arranged to come off at Salisbury, Md., on the 12th of August between "Beryl" and "Lady Bennett" for a purse of $1,000.


Moral -- Murder

The trial of Dr. Jas. D. Pitts for the murder of Dr. L. T. Walter, will commence at Portsmouth on the 18th of August and not on the 20th of July as announced in our last issue.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionProfessionals -- Builders

Mr. G. Welly Coard of our town is now engaged in building a hotel at Cape Charles for Mr. William J. Lewis. As a builder he has no superior on the Eastern Shore. Fine houses built under his supervision throughout the peninsula furnish ample testimonials of his taste and skill as a workman and architect.


Fields -- Livestock - HorsesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racingTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing


Our farmers annual Horse Penning takes place this year a little earlier than usual. The dates are on Chincoteague Tuesday, July 28th, Assateague Wednesday, July 30. We are informed that the owners will very much reduce their stock this year in consequence of which fine opportunities will be offered purchasers. Visitors to the pennings will be entertained with a match-game of baseball and a boat race.

The Ticktown party referred to in last weeks issue were of the colored persuasion.


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetingsDiseasefields -- Crops - White potatoes : YieldFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Markets

Fair Oaks.

The sound of the hammer is again heard at the Camp Ground. Strangers will find ample accommodations in the boarding tents there this year.

The ravages of the bilious dysentery in this locality have abated. No one has died with the disease in the last week, and those sick with it are recovering.

The yield of round potatoes in this section this year was small, and have nearly all been sent to market and sold for very little money. The sweet potato crop though was never finer. A barrel of sweets was shipped to Philadelphia by rail last Tuesday by Mr. C. T. Turlington.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


Capt. E. S. Hall has bought the dwelling at Leemont in which he lives of Mr. D. H. Johnson, for $700.


Sea -- Finfish - Other Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionFields -- Crops - Other fruitFields -- Crops - StrawberriesInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service

Marsh Market.

The catch of fish is unusually small in Pocomoke Sound this season. Fisherman do not get enough for their own use.

A building boom now prevails in this section. Handsome two-story dwellings are being erected by Messrs. Henry Hall and Neely Corbin, and smaller houses by Messrs. D. Godwin, Richard Smith, James and Jeff Mears.

The strawberry crop did not pay this year with us -- black and whortleberries now being shipped are paying better.

Application has been made for the establishment of a postoffice at Mr. K. S. Robbin's store, and it is a matter of convenience to so many people it cannot be refused.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Oak Hall.

Sanford Methodist church in this circuit will be completed by cold weather. Its members are men and women of nerve and grace enough to do it.

Base Ball Notes.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball

On July 4th, a game of base ball took place on Chincoteague Island, between the club from Lewes, Del., (who call themselves the champions of Sussex county, Del.,) and the Chincoteague club. The appended score shows that the home nine played a fine up hill game, not getting fairly at work until the 3rd inning. The Delaware boys are well organized and a gentlemanly set of fellows. They excelled in the field, but the Virginia boys were better at the bat. Thanks are due Clayton Dennis for umpiring. Score as follows: [Lewes 7, Chincoteague 8].

The "Red Stockings" of Sunnyside, Northampton county, through THE ENTERPRISE offer to play a match game of base ball with any nine on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They suggest if the challenge is accepted, that the place of meeting be at the Fair Ground on one of the days the fair is held there this year.

Agricultural Meeting.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares

At a meeting of the farmers of Northampton at Eastville, last Monday, Dr. Alex. Thom was selected chairman and Thomas M. Scott, secretary. The object of the meeting was stated in a short and forcible speech by Dr. A. Brockenborough to be for the purpose of selecting a delegate to the Farmers' Convention to be held in the city of Richmond, during August. Through the Convention Dr. Brockenborough said he hoped for that concert of action among the farmers of Virginia so essential to their prosperity. The public schools, oyster interest, fertilizers, immigration and other kindred subjects would be brought to the attention of the Convention, all of them being matters of much importance to the people of Northampton, and she surely could not afford to be unrepresented in the Convention of farmers.

On motion of Dr. P. A. Fitzhugh, a committee of three was appointed from each district in the county to select a standing County Committee . . . . Selected as the standing County Committee.

Capeville District -- Washington Hunt and Dr. Brockenborough.

Eastville District -- Dr. J. T. Wilkins and John E. Nottingham of Yardley.

Franktown District -- Dr. Charles Smith and John E. Nottingham.

Dr. A. Brockenborough was selected as delegate to the county and as permanent chairman.

A communication was read from Mr. H. M. Dunne, Supt., of N.Y., P. & N. R.R., expressive of his interest in the meeting and his desire to aid them in their work. On motion of Dr. Brockenborough, J. E. Nottingham of Yardley and John E. Nottingham of Franktown were appointed to wait upon Mr. Dunne to inquire if better shipping rates and facilities could be provided them. On motion the meeting adjourned.

Cobbs' Island.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

Cobb's Island as a summer resort under the management of its accommodating and courteous proprietor, Mr. J. T. Spady, grows every year in popular favor. At times since the season begun, it has been impossible to accommodate all the visitors. Several were at the Taylor House this week, awaiting the departure of guests before they could be received. Dr. P. A. Fitzhugh as physician was well chosen, his services to the proprietor being invaluable not only in his professional capacity but in many other respects. The following were among the arrivals last week:

B. M. Quarles and wife, Miss Mary E. Quarles, Mrs. C. W. Knight, Mrs. C. E. Wingo, Mrs. G. W. Warren, Miss Maggie Warren, August Royal and wife, Mrs. J. G. Patterson, N. H. Bowe, P. J. Crew, Miss J. B. Thomas, L. S. Bass and wife, Miss Bell Pleasants of Richmond; W. W. Waddell, Danville; R. R. Lee, Powhatan; W. S. Easter and wife, Miss W. McShane, Wm. Unger and wife, Baltimore; D. W. Kyle, Bedford; T L. Kyle, C. V. Winfree, H. L. Winfree, Lynchburg.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 18, 1885