Peninsula Enterprise, October 9, 1886


Fields -- Other machinery

Elliott's potato digger now in full operation, cuts the vines and puts the potatoes on the top of the ground in sight, ready to pick up and barrel, leaving the land in good condition. Price only $10.


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Prices

The market value of sweet potatoes at several stations on our Railroad is sixty cents per barrel, and even at those low rates many of our farmers say that they are netting them one cent a sprout.


Moral -- VandalismAfrican-Americans -- Society

The Odd Fellows Hall of the colored people at Onancock was set fire to and destroyed on last Sunday night. The incendiary, a colored man was seen to run from the building at the time the fire was discovered. Suspicion attaches to an expelled brother. The building was insured for $300, about half its value.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

A revival meeting is now in progress at Methodist church in Drummondtown -- conducted by Rev. J. W. Carroll, and five persons have been converted.


Moral -- Other violent crime

Our circuit court is now in session but has nothing before it of exciting interest. In the suit of Jno. W. Savage vs. Jno. H. Fisher, the verdict of the jury was for defendant. The Sturgis case on account of absent witnesses was continued until the next term of court.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Clay Morrill, owned by Mr. Wm. E. and Dr. Fred Floyd was the winner in the 3 and 4 year old classes, of the trotting races at Dover, Delaware last week and regarded by many as the most promising horse on exhibition. They declined an offer of $4,250 for him.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

At a reunion of the Confederate soldiers at Richmond on the 7th inst., the surviving members of the 46th Virginia regiment were invited to attend and some of the old veterans of the command from the Eastern Shore, among them Sergeant Geo. B. Fosque and others, signified their intention to be present on the occasion.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - General Stores

The mammoth storehouse of Messrs. S. J. Lewis & Co., Parksley, is now nearly completed and will be stocked soon, with a large line of goods of every variety and quality, in fact, the proprietors propose to carry a stock unexcelled by any merchant outside of the larger cities. Look for their advertisement in our next issue.


Transportation -- Water - Strandings

The schooner, Four Sisters, belonging to Mr. Walter D. Lewis, Onancock, and bound to Baltimore with a cargo of wood, filled with water, through neglect to put the cap on the pump, and sank off mouth of Potomac, Friday, 1st inst. The crew was saved by Capt. George W. Crockett, and the schooner afterwards gotten up and toed into Baltimore by a tug boat.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Public : Churches

Belle Haven.

Work will commence on a handsome office to be erected by Dr. Hyslop, next week.

The protracted meeting at Trinity has just closed at which 67 persons were converted. At a revival meeting now in progress here there have been some three or four persons converted.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTransportation -- Water - Freight


The business outlook here is first-class and our merchants in view of the fact are in the cities making extensive purchases. From 20 to 30 bbls. of oysters are sent to market daily by every shipper for which good prices are being realized. Oysters were never sent to market in such large quantities from here so early in the season.

Many of our sportsmen will attend the trotting races at Snow Hill on the 13th inst.

Mr. Peter E. Corbin is having a handsome dwelling erected on his lot, recently purchased of Capt. C. E. Babbitt.

Rev. B. F. Jester, of M. P. Church arrived here from Franklin City last Saturday, baptized 8 persons -- married three couples, preached a sermon and returned home same day.

The protracted meetings which commenced here on the 17th of July and continued since without intermission, closed Sunday. Three hundred persons or more were converted during the meetings.

Schooner Peter J. Hart, Jos. Pruitt commander, arrived here on Saturday last loaded with coal. which was sold at $5.25 per ton. Schooners Dewall and Hastings also arrived on same day, with 51 and 44 tons for Old Dominion Steamship Co., and Life Saving Stations, respectively.

Northampton County.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Real estate transfers during Sept. 1886:

Wm. J. Mapp and ux. to Nathan Weed of New York, lot at Exmore Station; $200.

Wm. L. Scott and ux. to A. J. Cassatt, 28 lots in Cape Charles City; $2,800.

Wm. L. Scott and ux. to Levin P. Causey and Stephen D. Pollitt, lot No. 522 in Cape Charles City; $320.

Albert F. Colband ux. to Abe Smith, 6 acres near Cheriton station; $300.

G. B. W. Thomas to W. E. Thomas and others, his undivided 1-4 interest in land of G. L. J. Thomas' estate, near Upshur station; $1,600.

R. G. Dennis and ux. to John W. Stevens, lot at Machipungo station; $55.

P. J. Carter to Isaac Gunter, 5 acres near Franktown; $50.

Wm. L. Scott to Nehemiah Saunders, lot No. 546 in Cape Charles, $240.

Charles Smith and ux. to Fannie E. Arnold, 3 acres near Franktown, $150.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 9, 1886