Peninsula Enterprise, February 27, 1892


reprinted from Norfolk correspondent, Baltimore Sun.Migration

W. W. Rew, a well-known citizen, died at his home, in Brambleton Ward, last Tuesday. He was born on the Eastern Shore, but married and settled in Portsmouth. During the war he was a lieutenant in the Sixty-First Virginia and at the close became a minister in the Methodist Church, and labored in West Virginia for several years. During the Cleveland administration he was a master workman in the navy-yard.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - LodgesProfessionals -- Builders

A club house is being built by Mr. G. Welly Coard, Accomac C. H., on Revell's Island, under contract, from a company of Northern capitalists, at the sum of $4,500.


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

Progress was reported at a meeting in Philadelphia, this week, with the projected railroad from Norfolk to Charleston, to connect with the N. Y., P. & N. R. R.


Architecture -- Historic preservation

"Over fifty applications have been made to copy the county court records under the provision of the bill now before the Senate," says the Headlight. They do not know how difficult it is to decipher the hieroglyphics of some of the old records of Northampton, and that it will be very trying work to the most expert copyist.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - HotelsLaborers -- Construction

Work on the new hotel building at Accomac C. H., will begin, as soon as Mr. G. Lloyd Doughty, the purchaser of the old hotel property, now quite sick at this home in Belle Haven, recovers sufficiently to give the matter his attention. He proposed to employ a large number of workmen, to complete the same as soon as possible and to occupy it at the earliest practicable moment.


Moral -- Alcohol

Temperance lectures will be delivered by State Lecturer, Dr. E. W. Kirby, during March, at following times and places: Mappsburg, Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th; Craddockville, Monday, 7th; Pungoteague, Tuesday, 8th; Hoffman's Wharf, Wednesday, 9th; Onancock, Thursday 10th; Accomac C.H., Friday 11th; Modestown, Saturday and Sunday, 12th and 13th; Guilford, Monday 14th; Horntown, Tuesday and Wednesday, 15th and 16th; Greenbackville, Thursday and Friday, 17th and 18th.


Transportation -- Water - StrandingsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

Belle Haven.

A Spanish steamer went ashore off Hog Island, last Monday morning. It is reported, she got off the following morning.

Another large steamer went ashore on Cobb's Island, last Sunday. Capt. Rich, Superintendent Life Saving Station, left here Tuesday, for that point.


Weather -- Northeast stormsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : MarketsTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


A severe north-east storm prevailing here from Friday, of last week, to Tuesday, brought everything to a stand still in the way of work, except to watch the boats and keep them from being damaged.

Sloop yacht, Ansom Hustman, from Sheepshead Bay, L. I., with a party of sporting men on board, was in our waters this week, on the way home from Old Point Comfort.

Schooners E. R. Robbins and Thomas, at this writing, are loading with oysters and clams for the New York market.

Lieut. Wadsworth and Pilot Johnson, have been with us for several weeks -- drilling the Life Saving Station boys and condemning old worn out articles used at station.

The latest reports from Philadelphia and other Northern markets are, that "oysters are looking up" -- to the delight, you would say, of all our people, if you could see the smiles with which the news was received.


Fields -- Livestock - HorsesTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

Fair Oaks.

Last Tuesday, was horse day at this place -- six dealers in horse flesh were here at one time and several trades and sales were made.

Mr. A. S. Bull, our accommodating restaurateur, is recreating in the waters around Hog Island, at this writing. He is an expert in bringing down game on the wing and he will be able to fill all orders for fowl on his return.

Especial efforts will be put forth to make the Eastern Shore Agricultural Fair, a grand success this year. The ball was put in motion at their first meeting on the Grounds near this place, last week, by the election of officers &c.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Sewage


S. R. Nelson is highly improving his lots on Main Street, by an underground drain, pipe &c.

Eastern Shore Agricultural Fair.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fairs

The fifteenth annual fair of the Eastern Shore Agricultural Association opens Tuesday, August 30th, 1892, continuing four (4) days, very inclement weather excepted.

The Executive Committee of the E. S. Agricultural Association held their first meeting on the 18th of February, 1892, and completed their organization preparatory to the approaching fifteenth annual Fair to be held at the old Fair Grounds, near Keller, Accomac county, Va.

The Executive Committee consists of George H. Adair, William T. Johnson, W. F. Fleming, John M. West, J. T. Bull, Dr. John E. Mapp, Dr. John W. Kellam and T. T. Wescott.

The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: George H. Adair, president; T. T. Wescott, secretary; Dr. John E. Mapp, treasurer.

The committee have entered upon their arduous work with a fixed determination to make the approaching fair a greater success, more attractive and enjoyable than ever, if practicable, and we earnestly ask the active co-operation of the good people of the Eastern Shore in this laudable enterprise, without whose timely aid and helping hand we cannot hope to succeed.

It is your Fair, and every dollar, after actual expenses are defrayed, is distributed to the people in premiums and applied towards making the grounds more attractive and comfortable. No money making scheme to any one, all alike enjoy its benefits, and consequently should feel a local pride at least, in the success of such an effort, which is to promote agricultural progress and foster good stock.

The past unprecedented success of the Fair -- begun and continued without any capital, relying alone on the proceeds accruing from rental privileges, and a very moderate admission fee, to sustain it, must commend it to the favorable consideration of the entire Eastern Shore. We have added improvements so far as our means would admit, until we have sufficient buildings to give a good showing to all the departments. We propose, however, adding other vital improvements this year, and we trust our people will sustain us by contributing to every department such exhibits as they can by some effort secure.

Thanking the people for their past liberal patronage and kind encouragement, we promise them faithful adherence to the principle of an honest endeavor to please the most scrupulous, subject, however, to their just criticism.

Very respectfully,

T. T. WESCOTT, Sec'y, Grangeville, Va.

GEORGE H. ADAIR, President.

The Accomac and Northampton Teachers' Association.

Professionals -- Teachers

Superintendents Mapp and Handy called a joint Teachers' Association at Onancock, Va. February 19th and 20th. Rev. J. B. Pruitt opened with prayer. Fifty-six teachers registered and three trustees attended. Visitors welcomed and accorded the privileges of the floor of the association, were Prof. Jenkins, of State Journal of Education, Profs. F. P. Brent and C. N. Wyant, James C. Weaver, Thomas M. Scott, T. A. T. Joynes, Zoro Willis, Lloyd Winder, and F. M. Boggs. Able papers were read by W. C. L. Taliaferro, Robert Sturgis, James G. Nock, C. L. Montague, J. H. Johnson, Miss Dibbie Coston -- recitations by Miss Johnson, of Leemont, and Prof. Jenkins, were fine -- addresses by R. B. Handy, James C. Weaver, Thomas M. Scott and Prof. Jenkins. G. G. Joynes introduced the following resolutions:

1. That we the teachers of the Association do consider the deduction of Xmas holidays unjust and contrary to usage as in other places and that the custom of making a deduction in teachers' wages in counties of Accomac and Northampton, shows a misapprehension of the school law.

2. That we request the County Superintendents of Accomac and Northampton to use their influence with the District Boards of the two counties to stop the custom of deducting from the teachers salaries for Xmas holidays.

The resolutions were discussed by G. G. Joynes, of Onancock; Prof. Jenkins, of Portsmouth, Va.; Robert Sturgis, of Parksley; R. B. Handy and D. R. Cowles, of Northampton; and adopted. The Onancock people received the Association with the following hospitality: Entertained all the teachers in their homes, gave the town hall for their session and attended the exercises in large crowds.

Onancock Cornet Band furnished good music free. The soloists of more than local reputation were Mrs. William H. Parker, Mrs. F. P. Brent, Miss Willie Roberts -- instrumentalists, Mrs. J. T. Lawrence, Miss Margaret Groton.

Prof. Jenkins made a fine speech and won the hearts of this people for himself and his Journal.

The Association was a success and R. B. Handy and his teachers showed that Northampton county was in the front rank in school work.




Sea -- Finfish - Catch : MenhadenSea -- Finfish - Legislation

A bill has been introduced in Congress to authorize any citizen of the United States at all times and seasons to take menhaden ("old wives") and mackerel along the sea-coasts and shore of the United States. Should this bill become law it will open the waters of the Chesapeake and tributaries, our sea-shore, bays and inlets, to the despoilment of men whose only use for its products is the cash to be made to-day -- they will suck the orange and throw the peel away. It will break up our general bay fisheries -- not fish alone, but oysters and crabs, will be engulfed in the hungry seines of the greedy and money hunting outsiders who will come to pillage. Everything will be menhaden and mackerel which may come to the nets of these men. Moreover, the right to take fish at any and all seasons will destroy the increase by catching in the spawning season -- and kill the young fish not having had time to grow. We are informed there are those in Tidewater who favor this bill. We do not believe it. We doubt if there is any man in Tidewater so much a fool as the old woman who ripped open her goose that daily laid her a golden egg. Fortunately barriers stand in the way of its practical operation -- they are the Constitution of the United States, and the Supreme Court of the United States, which interprets the constitution. We are glad to see that our Representative has taken the stand that the bill is unconstitutional, in that it proposes by Federal authority to invade bays and inlets, which under the Constitution, are subject to the jurisdiction of the States. Let the people of this district by petition and public meetings strengthen and uphold Mr. Jones in his purpose to defend them from this great despoilment. He will strike for the right without it, but it is due ourselves, and due him, that we do all we can to add to the power of his blows. The Chesapeake and its tributaries, within our State limits, our sea-coasts, bays and inlets, except for commerce and harborage, belong not to the United States but to Virginia. Let us defend our rights.


Transportation -- Road - MaintenanceTransportation -- Road - Legislation

A road bill formulated by the citizens of Accomac, and approved by a majority of them, has passed the Senate of Virginia, but if we are advised correctly, it will not fare so well in the House, and for no better reason, than that a few citizens of the county are protesting against the passage of the same. In other words, our representatives in the House, if our information is true, disregarding the voice of their constituents, whom they were elected to serve, and forgetful of the pledges made by them at the time they accepted the nomination in the Democratic Convention, will decline to act at all, because the proposed road law is not approved by a small minority of the voters of Accomac. The right of the majority to rule with them goes for nothing -- we can't believe it. It is hard to believe, that they have so reckless a disregard of the duty imposed upon them in this respect. The bill in question does not meet our views -- it is very far from being a perfect document, but it is in accordance with the wishes of the people of Accomac, reached not hastily but after weeks of deliberation, and as a law abiding citizen we are willing to conform to the will of the majority. With that deference due our representatives, we respectfully suggest, that it is more incumbent upon them to obey the will of the majority also. The bill, to say the least of it, is a step in the right direction, and should the more cheerfully command their support, because no extra tax need be imposed during the first two years of its operation, by which time, if it proves to be an unwise measure, it can be amended and thereby rid of its defects or be repealed altogether. If not that road law, gentlemen, you are pledged to another. Will you allow the people to speak in the matter or will you frame one for them in accordance with your own views?

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
February 27, 1892