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November 13, 2012

Talk links WWI to residents

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He displayed sheet music sold at Oneonta’s G.B Shearers Music Store for “As the Lusitania Sank,” about one of the passenger ships sunk by a German submarine that helped bring the United States into the war.

One of the ways that information was dispersed during the war was through the “4-Minute Men.” They would talk for that set length in public forums, such as movie theaters. Calandresa found information on one who served in the role locally, Oneonta lawyer John Fremont Thompson, who helped start Oneonta Telephone Co.

After the presentation, Fodero said her father moved to Oneonta after the war. He rarely talked about his experiences to her. She found Monday’s talk interesting. She had not heard before about such topics as the collection of peach pits. Marie Ianotti of Laurens, who grew up on Long Island during World War II, also said that the talk provided her with new information.

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