Peninsula Enterprise, November 26, 1892


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - Wrecks

The Queen Regent, acting for the King of Spain, has granted medals of honor to the keeper and crew of the Hog Island Life Station for the gallant and brave rescue of the crew of the Spanish steamship San Albano, wrecked on the north end of Hog Island, February 21st, 1892.


Moral -- Property crime

Caleb Upshur and Joe Sears, colored, of Northampton, were tried in the U.S. Circuit Court at Norfolk, last week, for passing counterfeit money. The former was fined $500 and sent to jail for six months -- the latter was acquitted.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate


A big crowd went to Exmore yesterday, to see Mr. Cleveland.

Mr. Henry Martin has bought a lot from U. B. Quinby, and expects to make this place his home in the future. F. O. Boone has bought one also from same party.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches


There will be a baptizing in Onancock Creek, the home of Mr. W. B. Pitts, Sunday afternoon, and in the Onancock Baptist Church, Sunday night -- Rev. A. J. Reamy, pastor.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateMoral -- Vandalism


Mr. J. N. Watson, who recently sold his farm near here, has purchased the parsonage property of the M. E. Church at this place, and will soon become a welcome resident.

Conquest M. P. Church, situated about one mile from here, was totally destroyed by fire between 10 and 11 o'clock Monday night. The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary, as no possibility of accidental origin can be thought of. No motive can be assigned for the fiendish deed, or clue to the perpetrators. It is understood that the building was insured for $400 -- about one-third of the loss.

Cape Charles Light.

reprinted from Baltimore Sun.Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceNatural resources -- Shoreline migration

The light house board is just nearing the completion of the plans of the new tower for the Cape Charles light station. The tower is of the order known as the skeleton iron tower. The light will be 175 feet above the level of the ocean and will be visible about nineteen miles out at sea. The encroachments of the sea upon the present site have been so great the present tower has been in danger for some considerable time past, and it is proposed to build the new tower and abandon the old as soon as practicable. The new light will also be distinguished as showing the first of the system of signals devised by Captain Mahan, the engineer secretary of the light house board. These signals are simply numbers which indicate the light. In the Cape Charles light the number will be 45, shown by a group of four brilliant flashes, followed by a group of five brilliant flashes, with an interval of about five seconds of darkness between the two groups. The number appears every thirty seconds, and the dark interval between the last flash of the five and the first flash on the four will be fifteen seconds. The flashes will be intensified by making the dark side of the lenses a reflector, so that the whole of the lamp can be utilized. If this new light at Cape Charles should prove successful in doing what is expected from it, it is very probable the system will be adopted for the lights on the Atlantic coast, especially for all those known as "fixed" lights. It has long been recognized that the age of usefulness of "fixed" lights is in the past in view of the great number of bright lights which are now found at many parts of the coast, and with which the "fixed" light of the light house establishment have sometimes been confounded. It is not likely the light house board will be able to complete the new Cape Charles light and have it in operation in less than one year from the present time, as the entire station, including the lights, keepers' dwellings and outbuildings all have to be built. The entire force of draughtsmen at the disposal of the board has been put to work on the plans, and the work is to be pushed with as great rapidity as possible.

Peninsula Mutual Relief Association.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Insurance companies

The Peninsula Mutual Relief Association of Easton, Md., a few days ago paid off in full the policy of $3,000 on the life of Hon. Thomas H. Bayly Browne, of which his widow received $1,500, and the remaining $1,500 was divided equally between Miss Elizabeth Parramore, Messrs. T. W. Blackstone, L. J. Gunter, Dr. J. H. Ayres, J. W. G. Blackstone, T. W. Russell and W. P. Custis, they being the surviving members of the original club of ten, two having lapsed. Col. Browne with the above named members joined this company about three years ago and the cost of keeping the policies alive has been less than the same amount of insurance could have been carried in any company known to them. The unique feature inaugurated by this company of paying a portion of the policy to members of the clubs, while living, appeals especially to the working man, who, while providing for his family after his death, will receive a very handsome sum should he survive other members of the club. This is a mutual company controlled by directors annually elected, of whom Mr. Thomas W. Blackstone, of Accomac C. H., is one. A club is now being formed at this place and will give any information desired.

Cleveland on the Eastern Shore.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Lodges

President-elect Cleveland, accompanied by a few friends, arrived in a special car over the N. Y., P & N. R. R, at Exmore station, Wednesday morning, en route to Hog Island, where he went, it is stated, to escape the office seekers and to seek recreation and rest in gunning for a few days. A party of fifty Democrats or more who had heard of his coming, were on hand to receive him on his arrival at Exmore. He was expected at Exmore yesterday on his way back to Philadelphia, and it was stated upon authority of one of the club, whose guest he was, that he would remain there for several hours. Most of the Democrats of the Eastern Shore advised of his movements, expected to be there.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
November 26, 1892