A glimpse of the past: May 9, 1940

Excerpts taken from the May 9, 1940 edition of the Rappahannock Record

Construction on School Building Now Under Way

Excavation work for foundations has already been completed this week

Digging of the excavation for the foundations for the new Kilmarnock school building has been completed and actual construction work is expected to et underway with the arrival of materials before the end of the week. The new school building will be two stores in front with an auditorium in the rear. The front of the building will be 139 feet wide and the building will extend back 88 feet from the front.

The building is being constructed of the front of a ten-acre lot recently purchased from Ira D. Hinton for this purpose. It will face the Lancaster road from which an avenue is to be opened to the from to the building. Another avenue will also be opened from the Irvington road. 

Four class rooms will extend across the front of the building with an entrance way in the middle. The corner rooms will be 23 by 33 feet in dimensions. The middle rooms will be 25 by 30 feet. A corridor 10 by 139 will separate the class rooms from the auditorium which will be 49 by 70 feet. A stage 37 by 17 feet will be placed in one end of the auditorium. 

Wash rooms 15 by 23 feet will be placed on each side of the building back of the class rooms. 

Four class rooms the same size as those on the ground floor will be located on the second floor. An office for the principal will be located over the entrance corridor and library and laboratory rooms will be located over the wash rooms. A small cellar under the building will house the boiler for the hot water heating system. Connections will be made with both the water and sewer systems of the town.

200,000 bricks, 14,000 cinder blocks, 42 tons of cast stone and $7,500 worth of steel will be used in the construction of the building.

Plans for the school building were prepared by the architects of the State Board of Education. WPA funds and labor are being used to help finance costs of construction. 

Bland Proposes Change in Wages and Hours Act

Proposed reforms in the Wages and Hours Act were killed by the House of Representatives Friday after seven days of confused discussion.

Previously an amendment offered by Representative Bland exempting workers engaged in canneries and certain other industries handling agricultural products for the 30 cents an hour wage minimum and 42-hour maximum week regulations had been approved by a vote of 52 to 40. 

The Bland amendment would have exempted: “Any employee employed in cleaning, packing, grading of preparing fresh fruits and vegetables in their raw or natural state, or any employee employed in the canning, processing, freezing or preserving of any product consisting wholly or in chief volume of perishable, seasonal fruits or vegetables, including dried fruits, or in handling or transportation in connection with or incidental to such operations to the extent any employs is so engaged.“

The Bland amendment of course died the the whole program was killed Friday. It is estimated that a million workers would have been affected by this amendment.

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