Peninsula Enterprise, May 3, 1890


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The storehouse and goods of Mr. Henry Melson, Accomac C. H., were sold this week to Mr. James P. Daughterty, at the price of $1,800.


Architecture -- SchoolsInfrastructure -- Public : Schools

The contract for building schoolhouse at Onancock for public school purposes, was awarded to Mr. William E. Lewis, Accomac C. H., by Lee District School Board on last Monday, at the sum of $1,292.90.


Moral -- Alcohol

The license question has engaged much of the attention of the county court in session this week. The fitness of the applicants was subjected to a close scrutiny by Judge Gillet, and license was refused two of them. One to whom license was granted was warned that same would be revoked, if the law relating to the sale of liquors was not strictly observed by him in the future, and several others heretofore engaged in the liquor business were deterred by the rigid examination of the judge from making application.


Farmers -- Innovation

Prof. W. B. Alwood, State entomologist, has been at Hollywood Place, Northampton for the past few days, examining insects and giving instructions to Capt. Browne, and his head farmers on the life habits and best mode of destroying these pests. Capt. Browne says the instructions received are very interesting and practically worth a great deal of money to him, and regrets that all the farmers of the Eastern Shore were not present to hear the professor. He also delivered a lecture on Wednesday, to interested farmers at Sunnyside, and they were so much pleased that they passed a resolution of thanks to the professor.


Architecture -- Jails

The work of raising the county jail another story is progressing rapidly under the supervision of Mr. Alfred J. Lilliston, the contractor.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - TrespassSea -- Finfish - Catch : TroutFields -- Crops - White potatoes : Diseases and pestsInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesFields -- Livestock - Diseases and pestsFields -- Livestock - Poultry


The owners of Wallop's Island have posted the beach, forewarning persons from hauling the seine and landing on what they call their "land shore."

Trout fish are plentiful in our waters and are being caught in abundance.

Irish potatoes are up and their pest, the potato bug, is more abundant than ever before.

The members and friends of M. P. Church will make an effort to build a new church here during the year.

The young chickens are being killed in large numbers in this vicinity by a disease unknown to the oldest housewives.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideProfessionals -- Seafood dealersSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingForests -- Sawmills


Captains Thomas S. and Spencer Hall, engaged in oyster business, are home on a visit to relatives and friends.

Capt. Thomas E. Marshall is selling oyster plants off of beds made by planting shells four years ago. Many others will profit by his experience and plant shells during this summer.

Messrs. Witham & Bro., will replace shortly mill and fixtures blown up some weeks ago, by new outfit.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


Marsh birds have put in an appearance here in large quantities and still they come. Sportsmen who like that kind of game, now have the opportunity to shoot them to their "heart's content."

Information has been received here and generally accepted as authentic that a New Jersey Steamboat Co. will run weekly a large sidewheel steamer from Chincoteague, Wachapreague and other points in Accomac to New York, shortly. She will have ample passenger as well as freight accommodations. The enterprise will have the support of our people, and we presume of the county generally.

The Life Saving boys are home again but there were so very few wrecks during the past mild winter, that they are little short on ghost stories -- and therefore not happy.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


J. T. Powell is having an office erected on the lot adjoining his residence.

At a recent meeting held by Rev. J. B. Pruitt at Broadway Baptist church nine persons were converted and seven of them have been baptized by him. Twelve have been received into fellowship at that church since his arrival here February 1st. There have been two candidates for admission into his church here since his arrival.

Eastern Shore Historical Society.

Architecture -- Historic preservation

We, the undersigned, incorporators named in the Act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved March 5th, 1890, entitled an act to incorporate the Eastern Shore Historical Society of Virginia, have accepted and do hereby accept the provisions of the said act and do hereby call a meeting of the incorporators of said society, and whoever else that desire to connect themselves therewith, to be held at Eastville, Northampton county, Virginia, on the 7th day of May, 1890, at 2 p. m., for the purpose of accepting the act incorporating the society, adopting by-laws, completing the organization of the society and transacting such other business that may properly come before that meeting, and we hereby waive any further notice for the said meeting.

John S. Wise, A. T. Ashby, John W. Edmonds, Griffin C. Callahan, John E. West, G. W. Easter, and T. H. B. Browne.

We, the undersigned, directors of the Eastern Shore Historical Society of Virginia, having been named as such in the act of the General Assembly of Virginia approved March the 5th, 1890, entitled "An Act to Incorporate the Eastern Shore Historical Society of Virginia" do hereby call a meeting of the board of directors of the said society to be held at Eastville, Northampton county, Virginia, on Wednesday, the 7th day of May, 1890, for the purpose of transacting any business that may properly come before the meeting.

John S. Wise and others.

Notice to Farmers.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The following is published by request: Mr. Wm. J. Mercer, deputy organizer, commissioned by the President of the State Farmers' Alliance of Virginia, will address the citizens of Accomac at times and places given below, for the purpose of explaining the great need of farmers' and laborers' organizations:

Belle Haven, May 5th, 4 p. m.

Craddockville, 6th, 10 a. m.

Pungoteague, 6th, 5 p. m.

Cashville, 7th, 3 p. m.

Onancock, 8th, 10 a. m.

Marsh's Store, 8th, 4 p. m.

Locustville, 9th, 4 p. m.

Wachapreague, 10th, 4 p. m.

Newstown, 12th, 4 p. m.

Modestown, 13th, 4 p. m.

Parksley, 14th, 4 p. m.

Guilford, 15th, 4 p. m.

Messongo, 16th, 4 p. m.

Sanford, 17th 4 p. m.

Mappsville, 19th, 10 a. m.

Atlantic, 19th, 4 p. m.

Temperanceville, 20th, 10 a. m.

Jenkins Bridge, 20th, 4 p. m.

Horntown, 21st, 4 p. m.

Oak Hall, 22nd, 10 a. m.

New Church, 22nd, 4 p. m.

Greenbackville, 23rd, 4 p. m.

Chincoteague, 24th, 7 p. m.

Accomac C. H., 26th, 1 p. m.

On Monday, May 26th, court day, county Alliance will be formed.

A Practical Judge.

Moral -- AlcoholInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Chain gang

An editorial notice of our County Judge appears in Baltimore American of recent date under above caption, as follows:

"The new judge in Accomac county, Virginia, seems to be a practical sort of official, with good common sense. He has succeeded in punishing some of the worst offenders the county has ever had, among them several illicit dealers in whisky, one of whom was a woman -- a terror to the county officials and to the community. Judge Gillet has decided that the jail is the best place for her. Another offender in the same line, an old man, has been so much improved by residence in prison that he professes to have secured religion, and desires to get out, in order to benefit society. The judge, wisely, wants more proof of a change of heart, and the jail doors will not be opened till the spring is further advanced.

"The new county official seems to have sound economic ideas. Accomac county is not so rich that it can afford to board anybody free of charge if it can be avoided. The judge has accordingly deemed it fair for the prisoners to pay for what they eat by work on the county roads. Judge Gillet is making them toe the mark. The morals of the county have not been heretofore above improvement. A number of bad crimes on the Eastern Shore have been traced to liquor, which, in the country, seems to have a peculiarly exhilarating, not to say dangerous, effect in tidewater districts.

Lawbreakers and those disposed to take chances with statues need just such a judge as this. When evil minded people are sure, from ocular demonstration, that the man on the bench will make the punishment fit the crime, the community begins to see at once that it could not do very well without a jail. Nothing so favorably impresses a criminal as an interpreter of the law who is incorruptible and firm, and at the same time impartial, just and merciful. The judge may turn out to be a great moral reformer in Accomac.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
May 3, 1890