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Mark Simonson

September 28, 2013

War Trophies Train visited Oneonta area in 1918

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“He urged the throng to give until it hurt and urged that the sum placed on the side to the credit of the city be large and creditable.”

At 8 p.m. people began going through the train, and at 11 p.m. when the Star was busy preparing for printing, as the offices and press were then found on Broad Street, it was noted that people were still heading down to the railroad station from Main Street, wanting to see the war relics.

“With the train were two of Pershing’s men sent home to convalesce, two members of the famous French Foreign Legion and two Canadians, all of whom have been wounded,” the Star reported the next morning. “These and the four sailors from Uncle Sam’s navy attracted equal attention with the relics. They spoke to the crowd during the soliciting and went out among the throng. One of the Frenchman sang the Marseillaise and later in the evening they accompanied the speakers on visits to the two theatres, where both spoke to the satisfaction of the patrons, making stirring appeals at both places. The veterans also mingled with the throng on the coaches, explaining the articles and relating interesting experiences.”

As of the printing deadline, the Star said that 172 subscribers had bought more than $70,000 worth of bonds that evening, bringing the city’s total to nearly $424,000. The bond campaign still had about two weeks left to reach its goal.

It had been a busy day for the train entourage. It had departed from Delanson at 7 a.m., and made scheduled stops in Central Bridge, Cobleskill and Worcester and an unscheduled stop in Schenevus, with all communities well represented by onlookers and bond purchasers.

The War Trophies Train left Oneonta on Wednesday morning, set to stop in Sidney and Binghamton, and then switch railroads to the D. L. & W. line, going to Marathon and Homer for stops later in the day.

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