A glimpse of the past: August 1, 1940

Excerpts taken from the August 1, 1940 edition of the Rappahannock Record


The carnival committee of the Kilmarnock Fire Department announced today that everything was in readiness for the sixth annual Firemen’s Carnival which gets under way tonight and will continue for ten days.

With their usual good luck in relation to the weather the firemen are looking forward to a very large crowd for the opening night. Fireworks are an added attraction for tonight. A specially attractive prize will also be given away tonight.

The merry-go-round and chair plane arrived early this week and have been placed on the lot ready to go with the first arrival.

The various stands have been placed in position, freshly painted and decorated in gay colors. The merchandise will be placed on the stands this afternoon and the firemen will be in place tonight, to entertain the visitors to the carnival.

This year two new games have been added to the carnival midway, the old reliable cat game in which balls are thrown at stuffed “cats” and a dart game where darts are tossed at boards filled with inflated balloons.

Bingo again occupies the central position on the grounds. The popularity of this game never seems to wane. This year the prizes are particularly attractive.

The country store, milk bottle stand. Hoop-la stand, blanket and lamp stand, electric stand, novelty stand and other features, in addition to the new games, will surround the midway. The penny stand will appeal in particular to the children.

The refreshment stand in charge of the ladies of the Auxiliary will provide food and drink for the hungry and thirsty.

Beginning Monday night the Kilmarnock Junior Band will furnish music each night for the week.

The carnival will be held at the same place as in previous years. The grounds are in excelent shape and will dry off rapidly in case of rain at any time.

Admission to the carnival grounds is free each night. Free prizes are given away each night to some person on the grounds at the time of the drawing.

Each year the carnival has attracted larger and larger crowds and the firemen hope that this year will not prove an exception. People come to the carnival from many miles away and meet their friends for the evening.

The firemen assisted by the ladies of the Auxiliary and other friends operate their own carnival. In this way most of the money taken in goes directly to the firemen and stays in the community.

Fire Chief Saunders issued an invitation yesterday to everybody to attend the carnival. “Come out on opening night tonight”, he said, “and if you like it come back again and bring your friends so that everybody may cooperate to make this our best carnival.”


The Army Horse Purchasing Board is in the market to buy horses meeting Army specifications. A representative of the board will be at Tappahannock on August 8 to contact farmers having horses for sale.

Specifications call for geldings, although a few outstanding mares will be purchased, four to eight years old, of solid colors only, weighing between 950 and 1200 pounds and fifteen hands, one inch to sixteen hands, one inch in height. Horses must be sound, of good conformation and with a straight and free manner of traveling. The average price paid is $165.00. Complete specifications and other details may be obtained from the office of the county agent.


Little Patricia, 17-months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Smith, of Taft left the house one day last week while her mother was telephoning. When Mrs. Smith could not find her daughter in the house she went outside to look for her. Within a few minutes she found her in the lilly pool of the neighbors next door, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Crawford. After falling into the water of the 4-foot deep lilly pool. Patricia proceeded to float, about serenely unconscious of any danger. When found she was flat on her buck on the surface of the water as calm and happy as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened.