Peninsula Enterprise, February 8, 1890


reprinted from Cape Charles HeadlightFields -- Crops - Other vegetables

Capt. O. A. Browne is shipping from 600 to 1,000 barrels of kale from Hollywood farm daily.


Moral -- Other

Mary Stevens, a colored girl, living near Drummondtown, on Tuesday gave her baby laudanum to make it sleep while she went out. It still sleeps.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateMigrationDevelopment -- BoosterismForests -- Sawmills


The saloon of E. S. Johnson sold by L. Floyd Nock, trustee, last Saturday, was bid off by Duffield Savage to J. B. Brown for the sum of $450.

Messrs. William Straig and Emanuel Lyons, of New York, propose making their future home with us. The community gives them a hearty welcome.

Our former railway postal clerk, F. B. Humphreys, has settled down to farming. To tickle the mellow earth pregnant with the bursting grain is his special delight, and with the sportive calf and chirping chick he is absolutely charmed. He says Cleveland will yet make farming pay.

Our village besides increase of population, is on the boom in other things as well. Merchants are doing well for the season of year, carpenters, wheelwrights and blacksmiths are taxed to their utmost, and our steam mill is turning out house lumber, shingles, laths and potato bed frames to its utmost capacity. If you don't think we are alive come up and look at us. Already new dwellings and stores are being planned for an early erection. We have professional men of all calling save one and to make us completely happy we must have a first-class dude. Send one along.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionForests -- SawmillsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Tonging


Mr. George Warner has begun to build a large dwelling in Parksley.

Mr. D. H. Johnson is having lumber prepared for a large warehouse at Parksley, for storing guano, phosphate, &c.

Messrs. George P. Parks & Co., have purchased a new planer, and are making other improvements in their saw mill.

Our oystermen are happy with their deep water tongs, and our blacksmiths are reaping a rich harvest, furnishing them.


Forests -- SawmillsLumbermen -- Personal injury


Mr. L. D. Reed, on Friday of last week, while running steam saw mill of Mr. Thaddeus K. Martin, of this place, fell against the saw, cutting off his big toe and breaking his left leg just above the ankle. This is the second time Mr. Reed has been disabled by a saw mill.

Burglary and Arson at Read's Wharf.

Moral -- Property crimeMoral -- Vandalism

Sunday night 2nd inst., thieves broke into the store of G. H. Read & Co., at Read's Wharf, Northampton county, and after removing such goods as they fancied set fire to it. The building and contents were totally destroyed -- loss about $5,000, partly covered by insurance. The fire was discovered about twenty minutes past nine o'clock. Mr. George H. Read, accompanied by his partners, Messrs. George Hutchinson, John Addison and Lieut. Jacob, neighbors, ran to the scene of the fire and found the south door had been tampered with and could not be opened. The north door had been forced open and the fire started at that end of the store. Quite a number of small articles were found near the store and on the wharf showing the hasty departure of the thieves. A small bundle of lightwood, partly burned was found near the north door.

Later advices are, that a negro has been arrested and has confessed that he and four other negroes, whose names he gave, committed the crime.

E. S. Agricultural Fair.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

At the last meeting of the Board of Directors of the E. S. Agricultural Fair on the 4th inst., the premium list and other matters pertaining to the Fair were completed. The Fair will open as usual on the last Tuesday in August and continue four days. The premiums have been largely increased and will compare favorably with any county fair. A public meeting will be held on the Fair grounds on Tuesday the 25th inst., to rent out all Fair privileges, such as boarding, confectionery, barbers tents &c., also horse pounds, contract for lumber &c.


To Strawberry Growers.

Fields -- Crops - Strawberries

MR. EDITOR. -- For the benefit of the strawberry growers on the Eastern Shore who have crops to ripen this season I will state, that on a tour to Maryland and Delaware last week, I found the excessive rainy season last year prevented strawberry growers from cultivating their beds, and as a result a large percentage of the berry plantations were overrun with weeds and finally turned under for wheat. Hence the strawberry growers on this Peninsula, who are taking care of their beds, may expect paying prices the coming season, especially for the late varieties to come on after the Norfolk crop is over.

Yours Respectfully,


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
February 8, 1890