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Mark Simonson

April 5, 2014

Area heartily welcomed home troops from WWI

World War I had ended in November 1918. While a few local men who served had already arrived home, there was a large group who were probably champing at the bit to get home after a lengthy delay. Oneonta was ready for them with a festive arrival at the D&H Railroad station on Thursday, April 3, 1919.
“Company G of the 107th regiment with other members of the 27th division residing in Oneonta and vicinity are to receive their discharge today at Camp Upton,” The Oneonta Star reported on Wednesday, April 2. Camp Upton was in Yaphank in Suffolk County. “It has been planned that the men from this section will gather at Albany on Thursday and come out on the evening train at 6:45 o’clock. Some of the men received their papers yesterday and it is possible that a few will hurry home, but it is believed that over 40 will join together at Albany and come home together.
“Preparations for the reception of the soldiers are well nigh completed and it is hoped that all citizens will unite heartily in the plans to fittingly honor them upon their return.”
Oneontans were urged to fly their flags on Thursday, and to be listening for the city’s fire bell, warning them that the train had left Cobleskill, and then another round of ringing when the train was departing from Colliersville.
“The men will be met in Albany by a committee of citizens headed by the common council, who will have a supply of cigars and cigarettes and will assist in making the trip to the city enjoyable,” the Star reported on Thursday.
“Chief among the features of the evening’s demonstration for the men is the line of citizens it is desired to form along the line of the march from the station to the armory, through which the browned and sturdy men will march.” At that time, the parade route was uphill on Broad Street, left onto Main Street through downtown, and right on Fairview Street to the armory.

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