Peninsula Enterprise, October 3, 1885


Fields -- Livestock - Diseases and pests

Reports from every part of our county show, that a large number of hogs are dying with cholera, and in view of that fact attention is especially called to the advertisement of Mr. Wm. Walsh, Seaside P.O. He claims to have found the remedy which as yet has never failed to cure, and no one should fail to give it a trial upon the reasonable terms which it is offered.


Watermen -- Personal injury

One of the crew of the schooner Denie Hastings, bound from New York to Chincoteague, was knocked overboard and drowned, on Thursday, Sept. 24th.


Moral -- Other violent crime

Mrs. Harvey Bunting, who resides near Jenkins' Bridge, while on her way from home to the house of a neighbor, on Thursday, September 24th, was shot at twice by some one in ambush. The person who attempted to commit the crime is unknown, but a step-son is suspected and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.


Fields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsProfessionals -- Commission merchantsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ExcursionsProfessionals -- Lawyers


The hog cholera is raging in this section. Several farmers have lost nearly all their hogs.

Shippers in this section suffer by the failures of commission merchants of late.

Many people availed themselves of the cheap excursion rates to Norfolk on 18th inst.

Mr. Otho F. Mears left for the University of Virginia last Tuesday. He will take the course in law at that institution this session.


Fields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideLaborers -- FisheriesLaborers -- WagesInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Very many hogs are dying in this vicinity of a virulent disease, supposed to be cholera.

The oystermen of Hunting Creek are received good returns for their labors at this time. A day's work to some of them is worth $16, the receipts of others are less, but large.

Mr. Bennett is having a large dwelling erected upon his premises at Parksley station.

A new school-house is being built at Crowsontown.

A graded school will soon be established in this community, and "a long felt want" thereby met.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionMoral -- Other violent crimeInfrastructure -- Public : Churches

Northampton County.

Mr. Jos. B. Ames has received his commission as lighthouse keeper at Hog Island.

A new storehouse is to be built soon at Eastville station and is to be occupied by Mr. Nathaniel P. Fitchett.

Jack Hawkins, colored, charged with breach of peace, in default of bail has been sent to jail.

Seventeen persons converted at meetings conducted by Rev. L. J. Haley at Red Bank have been baptized.

A new Methodist church has been completed at Cape Charles.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - MusicAfrican-Americans -- Work - Other


The Town Hall on Monday night was "filled to overflowing" to hear the music of the noted negro, "Blind Tom," and his performances came fully up to public expectation.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesMoral -- Alcohol


Rev. C. D. Crawley went to the city this week to buy chandeliers, carpets &c., for Methodist church. It is now almost ready for dedication.

Mr. Geo. E. Winder has the handsomest bar-room on the Eastern Shore, but Walker Bros. are having theirs also newly fitted up and will aim to make it "a thing of beauty" also, if it does not possess superior attractions.


Transportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public - Government : TownInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


Potatoes in large quantities are being shipped from this place by vessels and steamers.

Wachapreague is improving as rapidly as any point on the Eastern Shore, and if it continues to grow, we hope soon to have it incorporated.

The new building of Mr. Josephus Bulman is nearly completed. Joe says his cage is nearly finished, and now he is looking for a bird.

Mr. A. H. G. Mears has gone to Norfolk to purchase building material for his store-house at this place, which he intends having erected as soon as possible.

Owing to a hard wind the steamer Tuckahoe did not arrive here until Monday. She received about a thousand barrels of potatoes and left on Tuesday for Norfolk.

Farmer's Meeting.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

Pursuant to the call of Capt. Orris A. Browne, who had been designated by the State Executive Committee of the Farmer's Assembly of the State of Virginia, to hold an election to send delegates to represent Accomac county in the Farmer's Assembly to be held on the 19th day of October, in the city of Richmond, and to elect an executive committee for this county, a large body of intelligent farmers from all parts of Accomac met at the Masonic Hall in Drummondtown on Monday, Sept. court day at 11 o'clock a.m. Capt. Browne called the meeting to order and explained the objects of the organization. Mr. Abel T. James was appointed temporary Sec'y. The meeting then proceeded to elect two delegates from each magisterial district, to select three delegates to represent this county in the Farmer's Assembly to be held in the city of Richmond on the 19th of October, next. The following delegates were elected, viz:

Wm. E. Jacob, Wm. T. Mason, Pungoteague; O. A. Browne, Ed. L. East, Lee; Dr. J. W. Bowdoin, N. W. Nock, Metompkin; John D. Parsons, C. T. Taylor, Atlantic, John W. Bunting, Capt. Wm. Cropper, Islands.

The following were elected to the County Executive Committee, viz:

L. J. Hyslup, S. K. Martin, Pungoteague; Geo. W. McMath, J. D. Belote, Lee; Spencer R. Nelson, J. R. Hickman, Metompkin; Dr. Frank Fletcher, Ralph Burrus, Atlantic; Timothy Hill, Jas. M. Burch, Islands.

Capt. Orris A. Browne was elected chairman of the committee and George W. McMath elected secretary and treasurer.

Mr. T. T. Wescott offered the following resolution, which after some discussion was adopted.

Resolved, That the executive committee of the different districts be authorized to solicit means from any farmers who may feel interested in the objects to be obtained, and also to solicit members to unite with us in furthering the objects of the Farmer's Assembly and to report their actions to the secretary of this convention.

On motion the meeting adjourned to meet on Monday, Nov. 30th, court day at 11 o'clock a.m.

To the District Delegates.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

To the District Delegates. In accordance with the constitution of the Farmers' Assembly of the State of Virginia, it is your duty to select three delegates, (the number this county is entitled to), to represent this county in the Farmers' Assembly to be held in the city of Richmond on the 19th day of October, 1885. You will please nominate three names out of your number and forward to me not later than October 5th. The three receiving the highest number of votes will be entitled to represent Accomac County in said Farmers' Assembly.

George W. McMath, Onancock, Va., Secretary.

A Gunner's Guide.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Lodges

Apropos of the approach of the gunning season is the "paradise for Gunners and Anglers," a neat little pamphlet issued by the Passenger Department of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Co., descriptive of the gunning and fishing of the Delaware and Maryland peninsula. The book treats of the game and fish of this section, their haunts and habits, the localities they frequent, and gives extracts from the game laws of the region, and, in fact, all the information a sportsman could desire. It is a complete manual for the gunner or angler, who would find his sport in one of the best game stocked portions of the Atlantic States. The book is distributed gratuitously, and may be produced by addressing, James R. Wood, General Passenger Agent, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, Philadelphia, Pa.

Murder Trials.

Moral -- Murder

Wm. Rayfield tried at this term of court for the murder of John Young, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and a fine of one hundred dollars was imposed on him.


This morning Dr. J. D. Pitts, convicted of the murder of Dr. Walter, was brought into the Norfolk County Court and sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. On being asked by Judge Spalding if he had anything to say why sentence should not be passed upon him, Pitts replied, "Nothing". The prisoner since his conviction has expressed himself as satisfied with the verdict of the jury. -- Norfolk Ledger, Sept. 28th.

Samuel T. Taylor was arraigned on last Monday in Accomac County Court for the murder of Benjamin T. W. Byrd, and on Wednesday the case was given to jury. Upon failure of the jury to agree they were discharged on Thursday. It has since been learned that eleven of the jury were for acquiting him and one for confinement in the penitentiary five years. Mr. Taylor has since been released on bail, giving bond for his appearance at next term of the County Court in the penalty of $1,000, with Parker, Neely & Quinby his attorneys as his securities.


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


I noticed in your last weeks' issue an article written by a gentleman from Jenkin's Bridge who styles himself "Oysterman", stating that the Board had authorized inspectors to grant dredgers license to work in Chesapeake bay and Potomac river from October 1st, 1885, instead of October 15th according to the law. I wish to say for the benefit of the public that "Oysterman" is mistaken. It was a mistake in the date in the resolution; which mistake the Auditor corrected with a pen before sending resolution to me.

J. T. Weaver, Inspector.

Sept. 22d, 1885

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 3, 1885