Peninsula Enterprise, November 20, 1886


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The M. E. Chapel was dedicated at Hallwood, last Wednesday. A sermon was delivered on the occasion by Bishop Mallalieu of Louisiana. The Presiding Elder, Rev. W. W. Wilson, was present also and assisted in the exercises.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Work on the new M. P. Church, now being built near Temperanceville, is being rapidly pushed and it will be dedicated before Christmas.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

Dr. George T. Scarburgh will open a night school at Accomac C. H., on the 8th of December, for the benefit of those who cannot attend the day school. The ordinary school work, including primary mathematics will be taught in the regular course -- and bookkeeping and languages by special contract, when desired.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

In the races this fall, Mollie Morrill, owned by Mr. Fred Waddy, won $710, clear of all expenses. She won eight races and got second money in five more. She was entered in two races in which she did not appear on account of an accident, in which the stakes were large and which she would have certainly won, as the time made was much slower than her record. She made a record of 2.34 1-4, but can beat that time by several seconds. An offer of $2,000 for her was refused.


Moral -- Other violent crime

The death of a little negro at the hands of a youth of 13 years, living near Modestown, was reported early this week. He had hit him in the head with a brick for using offensive epithets to him. To all appearances he was at one time dead, but is now himself again without any serious result.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : BirdInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Partridges in this section are being industriously hunted by our sportsmen.

Neat and handsome dwellings for Messrs. Frank Marshall and William Taylor are approaching completion at this place.


Sea -- Fish factoriesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - GuidesFields -- Livestock - Cattle Transportation -- Railroad - Steamboats


The agent of Geo. E. Wilcox & Co., Mystic, Conn., is here to supervise improvements in the fish factory of the firm, preparatory to next season's work.

Sea fishing now engages the attention of many of our citizens and many fine fish are being caught.

Rain and low tides here, greatly improved our oysters of late and the indications at present are that the luscious bivalves here, will soon compare favorably with the best on the Eastern Shore.

Several sportsmen from New York, Philadelphia and Wilmington are now stopping at the Atlantic Hotel, and are pleased with its accommodations and the guides furnished them, as well as their success in killing lots of wild geese, duck, brandt &c.

Hon. J. B. Sener, ex-congressman from this district, spent several days in our town last week. He was here to attend to the shipment of cattle in which he has an interest from Wallop's beach to New York.

The Railroad authorities have abandoned the idea for the present of building a handsome steel steamer to ply between this port and Franklin City, on account of the poor outlook in the oyster business. The steamer Widgeon will continue to run as heretofore until May 10th, next.

Sergeant Arthur B. Crane, is stopping at the Atlantic Hotel.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches


Our townsman, Mr. Stanley J. Lewis, moved from this place this week, to his new residence at Parksley station.

At the revival meeting in the M. P. Church here, recently closed, fifty persons were converted. Of that number 40 united with the said church. Mrs. M. M. Dinhurst who assisted at the revival has gone to Maryland to help Rev. Mr. Mullineaux in a meeting now being conducted by him.

The Onancock School.

Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

CITIZENS OF LEE DISTRICT -- The following is a statement concerning the public schools of Lee District. Last month's reports to our present excellent superintendent, Dr. John E. Mapp, speak for themselves, and will show to every citizen of Lee District whether the Onancock school receives more than its quota of public funds, according to the average daily attendance of the school children in the district:

No. 1 -- Onancock school -- Teachers' monthly pay, $120. Average daily attendance of pupils 95.23. Cost per month for each scholar $1.26.

No. 2 -- Andrew Chapel school -- Teachers' monthly pay $65. Average daily attendance 51.80. Cost per month for each scholar $1.25.

No. 3 -- Teacher's monthly pay $30. Average daily attendance 19.75. Cost per month per scholar $1.51.

No. 4 -- Locustville school -- In this school for last month the assistant's daily average is not reported. Allow it to be 20, the number required by law, and we have: Teachers' monthly pay $65. Average daily attendance 50.20. Cost per scholar per month $1.29.

No. 5 -- Drummondtown school -- In this school the two assistants' daily average is not yet reported, but is stated by the superintendent to be below the average. Say put it at 20 and we have: Teachers' monthly pay $95. Average daily attendance 56.95. Cost per month per scholar $1.69.

No. 6 -- Chesconnessex school -- Teachers' monthly pay $65. Average daily attendance 40.90. Cost per scholar per month $1.58.

No. 11 -- Not reported.

No. 12 -- Bayley's Neck school -- Teacher's monthly pay $30. Average daily attendance 26.15. Cost per scholar per month $1.15.

No. 14 -- Savageville school -- Teachers' monthly pay $65. Average daily attendance 30.40. Cost per scholar per month $2.10.

This is sufficient evidence to any reasonable person that the Onancock school is no burden to the district. To say nothing of Onancock as a tax-paying vicinity these figures alone should be sufficient to allay whatever prejudice may have been created against the Onancock school in the minds of any persons not altogether posted as to the facts existing in the case.

Under the successful administration of ex-county superintendent during the sessions 1880 and '81, 1881 and '82, this school was run nine months each session at the public expense of $95 per month for teachers' pay, and for the session of '82 and '83 it was run nine months at an expense of $100 per month for teachers out of the public fund. Then, Onancock received more money in proportion to what the other schools in the district received, than it does now.

Now, by comparison of the actual costs of the schools it is seen that this is no "pet" school, fostered at the expense of other schools in the district.

A careful digest of the school reports of this district since 1878 and Onancock would favorably and truthfully hold its own.

As an evidence of the good work that has been done, I mention the names of some of the former pupils of this school that have taught and are now teaching schools in Lee District; teachers of promising ability, doing excellent work and giving so far as I have been able to learn concerning them, the best satisfaction in their respective fields of labor. In Lee District some names are as follows: Mr. L. S. Merrill and Miss L. V. Weaver, Chesconnessex school; Miss S. A. Tyler, Locustville school; Miss M. E. Beloat, Savageville school; Miss Ida E. Bradford, Andrew Chapel school; Miss Mary A. Fosque, (formerly) Bayley Neck school.

Such a school, accomplishing such results, is the outgrowth of a healthy public school system. It is an oppression to no one any more than any other public school -- an advantage to any who wish its benefits. It stands on its own merits and deserves more than it receives.

Citizens from the district or any part of the county have a standing invitation to call and see for themselves the methods used in conducting and teaching the Onancock school.

Yours respectfully,


Criminal Offenses.

Moral -- Property crime

John Wilson, white, was sent to Accomac jail by Justice Wm. S. Hope last Tuesday, to serve a term of 60 days, for stealing $3.60 from Mr. James Bennett.

Two colored men, Thomas Ames and John Fitchett, have been lodged in Eastville jail by Justice L. W. Johnson, to await the action of the grand jury for killing cattle of Mr. Kosciusko Dunton of Hadlock, and converting them into beef, on the night of November 13th. One of them acknowledged that he did kill one animal.

On last Tuesday night thieves marauded the premises of Mr. William T. Broughton, near Onley Station, killed and carried away two hogs, weighing about 400 lbs. This theft was a very bold one as the pen in which they were confined was not more than 50 yards from his dwelling.

On last Tuesday night, thieves broke open the shop of Mr. William A. Warrington located near Keller Station and carried away tools valued at $50 or more. This was the second time his shop has been broken open in the last ten days, with a loss to him in the aggregate of a $100 or more.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
November 20, 1886