Peninsula Enterprise, September 15, 1888


Transportation -- Water - Wrecks

The British schooner Esk, of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, bound from Maracaibo, South America, to Providence, Rhode Island, with a cargo of 180 tons of dyewood, valued at $3,500, stranded on Parramore's Beach off the eastern coast of this county, during the furious gale last Saturday night, and the vessel is now a total wreck. The captain, W. F. Watt, and the entire crew, all of Nova Scotia, were rescued by the crew of the life saving station in charge of Capt. N. B. Rich, at imminent peril to their own lives. The cargo was also saved, and is now in the hands of the underwriters. The schooner was valued at $7,500 and partially insured. Capt. Watt, in a letter to us expresses gratitude to Capt. Rich and crew for "noble services rendered him and his crew."


Moral -- Vandalism

A large barn and two cornstalks containing about 30 bushels of corn, 150 bushels of oats, valuable farming implements, carpenters tools &c., on the premises of Mr. Frank Walden, near Pastoria, were destroyed by fire last Saturday night, at a loss of about $500. The fire was incendiary.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders

The corner-stone of Masonic Temple at Wachapreague, was laid with impressive ceremonies last Saturday as announced. Lieut. J. F. Wild acted as Chief Marshall on the occasion, and the following brethren officiated at the laying of the corner-stone: A. T. Mears, W. M.; T. C. Kellam, S. W.; B. S. Rich, J. W.; W. J. Twilley, Chaplain. Music for the occasion, under the leadership of Mr. W. T. Dukes, was delightfully rendered by Mrs. E. J. Foote, Mrs. G. H. Harrison, Mrs. Sarah T. Hudson, Mrs. N. B. Rich, Miss Josie Fox, Miss Maude Brittingham, and Sabbath school scholars of Wachapreague, and Prof. G. G. Joynes. Mrs. W. F. Joynes, Mrs. Tibbie Lawrence and Miss Vida Kelly, of Onancock. After the Masonic ceremonies had ended, an elegant dinner was served by "mine host" Kellam, and in the afternoon a masterly address was delivered by Rev. W. J. Twilley. By request, especial thanks are tendered to the musicians of Onancock who assisted in the services.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Customs serviceTransportation -- Water - SailboatsWeather -- Rain storms


Capt. John Johnson, former keeper of sloop Report, of U. S. R. M. Service, is now pilot on a cat boat recently purchased for visiting L. S. stations, at $60 per month, and the Report is now in charge of Capt. Jack Snead at $34 per month. The headquarters of Capt. Johnson now are at Wachapreague.

W. J. Matthews, while on a visit to lower part of county this week, purchased 3-4 of the handsome schooner Palestine.

The rainfall here this week was the largest in 10 years. It poured down almost without intermission for 3 days.

Contracts for furnishing Life Saving Stations with coal and wood have been awarded as follows: Ocean City and North Beach to D. J. Whealton -- Green Run, Pope's Island, Assateague and Wallop's Island to S. E. Matthews -- Wachapreague, Parramore's Beach, Hog, Cobb's and Smith Islands to Capt. Jas. Taylor.


Weather -- Northeast stormsInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


Much damage was done in this vicinity on last Monday by the violent wind and rain storm which lasted during the evening. Roads were flooded, and on the Sluthkill Neck and Pungoteague roads many bridges were swept away, rendering travelling in some places both by foot and conveyance practically impossible.

Repairs are being made on the P. E. Church belfry.

The yacht Annie Powell, W. F. Knox and J. S. Tyler, owners, left Wachapreague Inlet on 3rd instant. in charge of Capt. Robert Lilliston for Onancock. Since then no intelligence has been received of her, and fears are entertained as to her safety, as she must have encountered pretty rough weather outside.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

The Richmond Dispatch of Sunday says a meeting of the Board of the Chesapeake and its Tributaries was held at the Capitol the previous day, and an order was adopted, authorizing the commander of the State steamer to employ this season the two sailing vessels and crews which last year assisted him in protecting the oyster beds of the Commonwealth from non resident spoilers.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, U.S. Life Saving Service, WASHINGTON, D.C., September 7, 1888 -- Sealed proposals will be received at this office until 2 o'clock P.M., of Saturday, September 22, 1888, for the construction of a life-saving station on Metompkin Beach, near Metompkin Inlet, Virginia. Plans and specifications, containing full information, can be seen and forms of proposal obtained at the offices of the Collectors of Customs at Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia; Superintendents of Construction, Life Saving Stations, 24 State Street, New York City; Lieutenant John F. Wild, Assistant Inspector of the Fifth Life-Saving District, Onancock, Virginia, and at this office.

S. L. KIMBALL, General Superintendent.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
September 15, 1888