Peninsula Enterprise, July 27, 1889


Transportation -- Water - Freight

The largest shipment of sweet potatoes this season from Accomac was made from Nandua Wharf last Monday. The number was 219 barrels.


Moral -- Alcohol

Temperance mass-meetings will be held at Turlington's camp-ground, near Keller station, on 7th, 8th and 9th of August. Col. G. W. Carter, one of the finest orators of the country, will attend and make several speeches.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

The Cape Charles Sunday School will give an excursion to Ocean City from all stations on the N. Y., P. & N. R.R. on the 24th of August. Fare for round trip south of Keller $1, north of same 90 cents. Amusements for the tourists will be made public later. A grand time expected.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

A free excursion was given by rail to Cape Charles last Wednesday, to the scholars of the Drummondtown and Onancock Baptist Sunday schools. The expenses of same were nearly met by the fare of officers of school and friends who chaperoned them. The day was a pleasant one and full of enjoyment to all the excursionists.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

The following is published by request, for the benefit of lovers of fancy stock on the Eastern Shore. In connection therewith it may be noted that Windom, owned by Messrs. Jas. R. Bull, Thos. C. Kellam and Dr. John W. Kellam, possesses many of the noble strains of blood of Axtell, for which the fabulous sum was offered:

"Frederick Barry of Chicago, wired to C. W. Williams, owner of Axtell (3 year old, record 2.15 1-4), an offer of $80,000 for the equine phenomenon. Both this offer and that of Mr. R. Bonner of $60,000 sent earlier in the day were declined. Mr. Williams says, that the youngster has made heats as low as 2.10, and he has no doubt will lower trotting records. Within a year he will not be had, he says, for less than $100,000. Axtell is a grandson of the great George [illegible]."


Fields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Prices

Belle Haven.

Our farmers have begun to ship their sweets, and good prices are being realized for the good 'taters.'


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateTransportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredgingInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Banks


A report is in circulation here that Wallop's Island has been sold to parties in Baltimore for the sum of $12,000, and that a handsome hotel, cottages, &c., will be built there at an early day.

Mr. A. Stierle, U.S. assistant engineer, was here last week, on a prospecting tour, relative to a breakwater to be built of stone near our inlet, the construction of which will cost, it is estimated, $2,500,000. He will return here again in about two weeks to look further into the matter.

Woods meeting being held in the northern part of the island by the members of the Goodwill M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Miller, has been very largely attended. Presiding Elder Ayres preached there last Sunday afternoon and night. Rev. A. D. Davis and other visiting ministers preached during the week.

Stockholders of the bank at Pocomoke city, Md., at their organization on the 17th inst. made a wise selection in choosing our enterprising townsman, Mr. D. J. Whealton, one of their Board of Directors. Mr. Whealton, though only thirty-four years of age, is well known all over this Peninsula as one who has long since achieved a well deserved reputation as a skillful financier.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - FairsLaborers -- Construction

Fair Oaks.

Work is progressing rapidly at Fair Grounds near this place. The grand stand is nearly completed and will accommodate 700 persons. The contractors for running rail around track have nearly finished their job, and say it will be a first-class one. The boarding tent is going up and the accommodation for board and lodging will surpass that of any previous year. The race track is being worked daily, and no pains will be spared to make it the best half mile track in Virginia. Everything in fact gives promise of a successful fair this year. Seventeen horses are already located on track (and more are expected), and are being trained by an expert horseman employed by Messrs. Walker Bros., and Abel T. James.

Seven carpenters are at work here at present and our town is entitled to the credit, therefore, of having a building boom.


Forests -- SawmillsFields -- Livestock - Horsesfields -- Crops - White potatoes : PricesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing


The H. P. James Mill Company has been doing a thrifty business this year despite the dull times. Orders for barrel and lumber for new houses to be built in this section soon, have kept the mill running on full time.

A Morrill colt, for which its owner, Capt. W. T. Somers had refused an offer of $200, died a short time ago.

Irish potatoes and onions shipped to market from this section, this season, have hardly paid the cost of digging them.

A new storehouse 26x40 built on the Jamesboro farm, occupied by Messrs. James & Ashby, has recently been stocked with new goods.

Considerable interest is being taken in the Eastern Shore Agricultural Fair in this section, and several horses to be placed on exhibition there will be put in training early in August, on race course of Mr. H. P. James, about a mile distant from this place, located on his stock farm known as Jamesboro. -- Included in the list will be two fine Morrill colts of great promise, bought from estate of Mr. C. T. Taylor, deceased, by Mr. H. P. James, and a Clay filly of Mr. John T. Hargis, of such great promise, that it is expected to respond to the tap of bell in the 2.20 class, shortly.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts


Mrs. Upshur B. Quinby is on Cobb's Island.

Dr. O. B. Finney has been enjoying the cool sea breezes on Cobb's Island during the week. The Dr. has, we learn, at the request of many friends consented to become a candidate for the Legislature, and is preparing for an "old time" campaign, and will "whoop the boys up" in the most approved style.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools


The old church property here has been transferred to trustees of School Board, and with little repairs it will be one of the best schoolhouses in the county.

New Steamer for N.Y., P. & N. R.R.

reprinted from Baltimore Sun.Transportation -- Railroad - Steamboats

WILMINGTON, DEL., July 21. -- The iron propeller, passenger and freight steamer New York, built by the Harlan and Hollingsworth Company for the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company, was launched yesterday morning. The vessel will be finished in six weeks, and will ply between Cape Charles City and Norfolk. She is calculated to make the trip, including the stop at Old Point Comfort, in three hours. Her freight capacity is 3,600 barrels. The steamer's dimensions are: Length, 200 feet; beam, 31 feet; depth of hold, 14 feet. Her engines will be of the surface condensing type, with cylinders 18 1/2, 27 and 42 inches in diameter and 24 inches stroke of piston.

Market Report.

fields -- Crops - White potatoes : PricesFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Prices

Made by G. S. Palmer, commission merchant, 166 Reade St., New York.

Our market continues favorable to-day and choice Virginia potatoes selling at $1.75 per barrel, fancy marks bring $2; N. C., sweet potatoes $4 to $5 per barrel, fancy Acme tomatoes $1.25 to $1.50 per crate, onions $1.25 to $1.50 per barrel; choice peaches and pears are meeting with prompt sales.

July 24, 1889.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 27, 1889