“Dr. James M. Milne, principal of the State Normal School, received a communication from the subcommittee on schools of the National Maine Monument committee, suggesting a plan to interest all the public school pupils of the United States in the patriotic movement,” the Star reported on May 17.
A section of the monument was to be designed so that signatures of school students could be placed in a vault. “Every teacher in every school should make an effort to secure the signatures and Thursday, May 26th, has been fixed on as ‘Maine day’ and it is the desire…that all signatures be received that day. The committee also suggests further that exercises of a patriotic order be held on that day also, and there is little doubt that all of Oneonta’s schools will accept the suggestion.”
In addition to the Maine monument efforts, Oneontans had their sentiments toward the conflict and war with Spain that began on April 25, as reported on Wednesday, April 27.
“Doubtless the members of the Oneonta Gun club will be in the proper mood to shoot anything Spanish to-morrow (sic) afternoon and the Spanish rocks will suffer. The report that the Spanish flotilla will sail through the mill race at the hour of the meet may have been issued simply to excite a greater interest in the event. The club is in a progressive condition this season and is expected the shoot to-morrow afternoon will be largely attended.” The actual location of the shoot was not included in the article.
“M. Gurney & Sons received a supply of novelty stick pins with the American and Cuban flags and they sold with a rapidity equal to the proverbial ‘hot cakes.’ The pin, indeed, is a very neat one and the demand shows the sentiment of the people. The firm will receive a large consignment of the pins today.”