Peninsula Enterprise, March 26, 1892


reprinted from Cape Charles HeadlightArchitecture -- Historic preservation

The will of the late Hon. W. L. Scott, which was recorded in the clerk's office at Eastville, is the longest on record, containing 10,000 words, occupying 23 pages in the record book and cost $100 to record it. The assessed value of his estate in this county is $91,000.


Watermen -- Watermen's organizations

The Oystermen's Supreme Union meets in Norfolk, April 1st.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The County Alliance will meet at Parksley, Saturday, April 2d, 10 a. m. A full attendance of the delegates is requested.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

A meeting of the Ex-Confederate Memorial Committee will be held at Accomac C. H., next Monday. A full attendance of the members is requested.


Infrastructure -- Public : Libraries

The Parksley Free Library will open Saturday, March 26th, with 500 volumes. Cards will be given and books distributed from 3 to 4 and 8 to 10 p. m. In the evening the ladies have arranged for a social gathering, having on sale, for the benefit of the library, cake and hot coffee at reasonable prices. A cordial invitation is extended to all the people of the county to come and bring their friends.


Fields -- Crops - Strawberries

Orders for stock at Accomac Nurseries. Onley, Va., of which Mr. A. J. McMath, is proprietor, are being received from every section of the county. He shipped this week 400,000 strawberry plants alone and many other orders, which could not be filled because of the continued bad weather, will be attended to without delay, as he has put on a large force for that purpose. He has less idle time on his hands, perhaps, at this time than any man in Virginia.


Forests -- Barrel factories Sea -- Shellfish - Clamming : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : PricesSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seaside


Messrs. S. R. Stebbins & Sons, merchants of this town, have erected a large factory building, 24 x 40 feet, Franklin City, and are now turning out first-class barrels competing, both in quality and in prices, with similar factories, in this and other States.

Clams are worth in this market, at wholesale, from $2 to $2.35 and in demand.

Oysters are selling at paying prices.

The lowest run of tides in Chincoteague, this week, for ten years.


Transportation -- Water - Boat buildingFields -- Fertilizer


Capt. E. Evans is having timber cut for fine vessel for his son, Edward.

The firm of Crockett & Winder are handling at this time large lots of fertilizers.


Fields -- Canneries Forests -- Barrel factories Infrastructure -- Commercial - Grist millsInfrastructure -- Public : Libraries


A. J. McCready has bought lot No. 13 on Bennett street.

A canning factory, and also a phosphate factory, is being talked of for Parksley.

Johnson, Mathias & Co., will at once put up a wood-working plant and grist mill. They expect to have crates ready for the strawberry season and barrels for the potato crop. The latest improved machinery will be used, and a large number of workmen employed.

The opening of the Parksley Free Library on Monday evening, was a splendid success. There was not even "standing room for one more." Miss Chadbourne made the presentation address, in her usual happy style, outlining the progress of the work of collecting the Library and making an eloquent plea for its liberal use and support. Miss Willie Wright in well chosen words gracefully accepted the gift in behalf of the trustees. Vocal and instrumental selections were rendered by a number of the school children. The firework's display, the most elaborate ever seen in this section, was furnished by the National Firework's Company of Boston, and consisted of a liberal assortment of rockets, bombs, fountains, batteries, maroons, colored fires, etc., concluding with a set piece, "Parksley Library 1892," which was manufactured especially for this occasion. A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. T. M. Pierce, of the National Firework's Company, "The Boston Transcript," "The Christian Register," the PENINSULA ENTERPRISE and Miss Chadbourne for interest and work in behalf of the Library. The officers are Miss Amy Robbins Jones, Librarian; Mrs. A. D. F. Ewell, Treasurer; Miss Willie Wright, Miss E. S. Chadbourne, Dr. Fletcher Drummond, Stanley J. Lewis and Dr. J. T. Sledge, Trustees. Over 500 volumes of standard works and as many choice magazines are on the shelves. The library is free to all, and will be supported entirely by voluntary contributions. After the closing exercises the young people enjoyed themselves into the "wee sma' hours" "tripping the light fantastic" to the dulcet strains of Martin Henry's violin.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : School administration


The public schools in this district closed on 25th inst. The shortness of the session reminds our citizens of the importance of increasing the school funds.


Fields -- Crops - CornFields -- Crops - Other grainsSea -- Fish factoriesTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - LodgesProfessionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service


Our farmers will not plant as largely of peas, potatoes and other trucks as heretofore. They will give more attention to corn and oats -- the crops of ante bellum days.

The fish factory near this point will not be open, it is stated, this season. Capt. E. J. Foote, the manager, has concluded that fishing "down East" will be more profitable to him and the company he represents.

Contractor Coard has completed boat house and walk-bridge for "Revell's Island Club" and is now engaged in the construction of the main building.

Our mail facilities were enlarged on last Tuesday, so as to give us two mails a day.

Battle on Oyster Grounds -- A Young Man Killed.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingMoral -- MurderWatermen -- Personal injury

Archie W. Dize, son of Capt. Peter Dize, Hoffman's Wharf, aged nineteen, was shot last Tuesday, on oyster grounds, taken by Morse, Corbin and Martin some time ago, and died of the wound soon thereafter. He was shot by some one of seventy men who left Tangier early that morning to prevent the dredging of said grounds, but who shot him, the testimony given at the inquest held over the remains failed to disclose, except that it was one of a crew of six or more in a certain boat. According to advices received by us the first volley was fired by citizens of Tangier, which being promptly returned by the dredgers, the fight became general, and continued for several minutes, until the police boat appeared upon the scene and fired a few volleys which ended the battle. One of the islanders was shot during the engagement but his wound is not of a serious character. Further details of the unfortunate affair will be given in later issues of ENTERPRISE.

Killed by the Train.

Transportation -- Railroad - Personal injury

On last Tuesday morning, Mr. Samuel Barnes, aged seventy-five years, was killed by the north bound freight train. one mile north of Parksley. A piece of wood had fallen from a cart belonging to him on the track, and while attempting to remove the same, either disregarding the warnings given him or failing to see the approaching train, he was struck by the cow-catcher and knocked off the track, receiving a wound from the effects of which he died a few minutes thereafter. The accident seems to have been due to over-carefulness of the old man in trying to remove what he considered an obstruction to the train. No inquest was held over him and none was considered necessary.

Accomac Teachers' Association

Professionals -- Teachers

The next meeting of this Association will be held at Belle Haven, Saturday, April 9th, in three sessions, viz: morning, afternoon and night.

Our superintendent requests teachers north of this point to take either the Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning train. A full representation is desired at opening. Those who arrive Friday afternoon will be entertained at the town hall that evening.

Mr. Doughty will convey attendants to and from the depot at half rates. All who attend, will please call at the store of Willis & Wyatt, the latter of whom is Chairman of Committee on Reception will receive and assign them to houses. They are also especially requested to notify J. H. Johnson, of this place at once, and give preferences if they desire to visit friends or relatives.

Teachers and Superintendent of Northampton county, are cordially invited to join us in the exercises of this meeting and will be received with equal enthusiasm.

The following teachers are requested by Superintendent to produce papers for the occasion: S. B. Bond, James W. Edmonds, G. Alvin Fox, B. F. Twilley, G. G. Joynes, J. H. Hebard, G. Walter Mapp, John T. Field, Misses B. A. Northam, Annie E. Hargis, Lee Weaver, Willie Wright, Lola Wescott, Wessie and Jennie Nock, Millie F. Bull, Sue Elliott, Ida Matthews, Mamie Watson, Rachel Blackstone, Emma L. Core, Sadie E. Belote and Mrs. Poggie Downing.

Our Superintendent who is Chairman of the Association, appreciated the interest manifested by the teachers at Onancock, and desires to see a full representation at this meeting and that all called upon for papers will respond.


Cor. Secretary.

Colored Teachers' Association.

Professionals -- TeachersAfrican-Americans -- Work - Business And professional


Please allow me space in your paper for the following:

The Teachers' Association having met at Savageville, Va., March 18th, according to previous publication, we take this method to make known the success.

Mr. George E. Blair called meeting to order and the devotional exercises prevailed, after which a few busy minutes were spent in introduction and registration.

The following literary programme was taken up with much interest and many noble suggestions to all: Necessity of Review, Mrs. Esther G. Wharton; Business Training in our Public Schools, Lloyd S. Burton; The Importance of Education, Miss Nora C. Pitts; Methods of Teaching Geography , Samuel L. Burton; Causes, Effects and Remedies of the Condition of the Afro-Americans, Miss Matilda Fisher; Woman's Mission, Miss Mary P. H. Waters; Address by Mr. Charles C. Stengle, and a complimentary talk by Dr. J. E. Mapp, our worthy County Superintendent.

Our second session was of a miscellaneous character and of more than ordinary importance. The queries were of a witty and mirthful nature, and readily supported by the augmentative tact of teachers.

The following resolutions were offered and accepted:

1, That we as teachers introduce in our schools as far as possible, business and commercial training.

2, That we adopt and adhere to the methods of object teaching.

3, That the educational progress of pupils depend upon the ability of the teacher and the regular attendance of pupils.

4, That we as teachers cannot do the beneficial work that we should, owing to the crowded condition of our schools.

5, That we tender the people of Savageville, Va., a vote of thanks for their kind hospitality rendered the association.

While gliding down the line of work relating to the association, (being very enthusiastic in the affairs of our schools,) we were suddenly checked by a motion to adjourn sustained by the approach of night.

Very respectfully,


Fair Oaks, Va.

The Farmers' Institute.

Farmers -- Innovation


As may be seen by an open letter of Capt. Orris A. Browne, in the last number of the Cape Charles Headlight, the application of 300 petitioners, with a promise of attendance, will secure to the people of the Eastern Shore the next Farmers' Institute for the First Congressional District. The letter gives further assurance that, it Accomac will furnish 200 of these, Northampton will provide the remainder. Manifestly our people would be unjust to the interests of our county, as well as to themselves if this opportunity should be suffered to go by unimproved. Agriculture is a progressive science, and surely our farmers cannot afford to fall behind the vanguard of their profession; but, in these hard times, whatever tends to broaden the scope of our knowledge, and open up an easier road to success, must commend itself especially to our interest. With the idea of securing the necessary 200 signatures without delay, petitions are being circulated in different sections of the county. For those who fail an opportunity to sign, a postal card direct to Capt. O. A. Browne, at Cape Charles, or to the undersigned, will serve the purpose equally well.


Wachapreague, Va.


Farmers -- Innovation

It is to be hoped that our people will awaken if not already aroused -- to the importance to them of securing the Farmers' Institute at Cape Charles City. Capt. O. A. Browne in the Headlight, and Dr. George W. LeCato in this paper have fully set forth the manifold advantages to our people of its securement and pointed out how it can be secured.

There are those who fight what they call "book farming," and who believe that the only way a farmer can succeed is to be bred to the business by holding the plow, or sowing the seed. Undeniably to some extant this is true. But progressive farming while not absolutely a science, has so of much scientific methods that he who does not study these methods, or learn of those who make a slow study of them, and thereby "broaden the scope of his knowledge" will find that he lags in the race with those who are seeking more certain, profitable, and "easier roads to success." It is to advance us, to broaden the scope of our knowledge, to teach us easier roads to success these Institutes are held. We should put forth every efforts to secure this Institute. If we fail it will be our own fault and we shall show that we are content to go on "in the old way our father trod" and there remain. This will not do, we must have the Institute.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 26, 1892