Peninsula Enterprise, July 19, 1890


Transportation -- Railroad - Rates and faresFarmers -- Farmers' organizations

Merchants, postmasters and others who have received the freight circulars, recently sent out by Pungoteague Grange, are requested to return them, after being signed by the farmers, to the secretary of the Eastern Shore Agricultural Association, Grangeville, Va.


African-Americans -- ReligionInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings

Camp meetings of the colored people will be held this year in grove near Morris's M. E. Church, August 2nd and continuing two weeks; at Nock's branch from August 8th to 15th; at Savageville from August 15th to 22nd.


Fields -- Crops - Corn

Hopkins & Bros., Onancock, have for sale at a fair price in quantities to suit purchasers, 1200 bushels of prime corn, just received from Baltimore.


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings

Rev. J. M. Anderson authorizes the announcement that the camp-meeting committee of Pungoteague Circuit will meet at the camp-ground on Tuesday, July 22nd, at 3 o'clock p. m.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

A race between skiffs Jeanie and Bet Wise, will come off at north end of Hog Island, 'on and off the wind,' on Wednesday, July 30th, 12 m., for a purse of $200. A forfeit of $70 was put up this week.


Moral -- Other violent crime

Mahala Watson and Gennie Archy, the two women so severely cut by Willet last week, were alive at the time we went to press. The former, the physicians think may recover, the latter for several days has had peritonitis, which they believe must prove fatal. That either of them has a chance for recovery is a matter of great surprise to their physicians who have attended them.


Transportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredgingSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PricesInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Holidays


A mud digger was towed here last week to complete the work of opening channel from this bay [Chincoteague Bay] to Delaware bay.

Our oysters command as good prices now as at any time during the winter. They sell here at 80 cents to $1 per bushel, and in the city from $4.50 to $5 per bushel.

A bushmeeting will commence at Goodwill church, at upper end of Island, next Sunday, to continue several weeks.

An immense throng of people was here on 4th of July, very much to the surprise of our people, as no special inducements had been offered to attract them. For the first time in the history of the Atlantic, the proprietor was unable to feed all his guests, so large was the crowd present. They were entertained by a trotting match gotten up for the occasion, by our brass band, fire words, and at festivals at M. P. and Baptist Churches.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


Work has been commenced on the residence of Mr. Frank A. Slocomb.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionForests -- Forest products - LumberInfrastructure -- Public : Camp meetingsMoral -- Alcohol


A new name has been given to one section of our booming village, that of Taylorsville, within the bounds of Parksley however.

E. T. Parks & Co. are erecting a porch in front of their mammoth hardware, sash, door and moulding establishment.

A. Frank White, our lumber manufacturer, is very busy.

Privileges of Parksley Camp were sold on Saturday last, aggregating some $250. Contract to build tabernacle awarded L. Thomas Phillips of Mappsville. It is now in course of erection.

A temperance mass meeting will be held on our campground, August 8th, 9th and 10th. A large attendance expected. Privileges such as ice cream and confectionery, photograph gallery and boarding tent to let.


Transportation -- Water - Boat buildingTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and fares


Capt. John Richardson, the boat builder of Accomac, has just completed a handsome batteau for Jno. W. Johnson, and is now building on for E. P. Byrd & Bro.

A petition is being numerously signed by the farmers in this section, to be presented to the Railroad and Steamboat Companies, asking for cheaper rates.

Willett a Failure as a Suicide.

Moral -- Other violent crimeArchitecture -- Jails

A ripple of excitement was caused about 11 o'clock Tuesday morning by the cry that Willett, the poor imitator of 'Jack the Ripper,' had cut his throat. The jailor quickly summoned, sent hurriedly for the doctor. Reaching the dungeon Willett was found stretched on his pallet, pale and bloody. Washing the blood, about half a teaspoonful from his neck, three minute spots -- much like the bites of a healthy horse fly -- were found where the dull corner of the knife had struck the 'Adam's Apple.' It seems that Willett had persuaded Eba Lang, a half-witted mulatto boy confined in the next room, to pass him a knife under the door ostensibly to clean his nails. Willett pretended to sharpen the knife, but when found it would scarcely pare a banana. He stuck it gently in and finding blood followed became alarmed and loudly called to Mrs. Thornes in the Debtor's Room. 'O, Aunt Moggit, tell 'um I've cut my throat!' the total damage sums up: food for gossip, a frightened man, a doctor's fee, and wear and tear of jail locks.

As a suicide Willett is a failure.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 19, 1890