A bunch of six drinking buddies (William Mitchell, John Hoss, David Anderson, George Steers, James McCurley and Archibald Campbell) in Chasels Tavern at Baltimore, started a total abstinence society.
They took an oath "not drink any spirituous or malt liquors, wine or cider" and decided to call themselves the Washington Temperance Society (in honor of George Washington). They became known as Washingtonians. They looked for new members ("hard cases") and had weekly meetings in the bar. Eventually the owner's wife complained about the increasing loss of all their best customers. They charged a 25-cent joining fee ($5 today) and monthly dues of 12 Â½ cents per month ($2.50 today).
April 29, 1896
Edwin (Ebby) Thatcher was born in Albany, NY.
Bill W was failing at Burr and Burton, and moved to Boston to live with his mother, Emily.
April 6, 1917
US enters war with germany
Bill W and Lois started their one-year motorcycle/camping trip to evaluate businesses around the country. Including visits to GE in Schenectady, NY. By winter, they reached Florida, then went north to Canada. This made Bill an early â€œmarket analysts.â€