This month in AA History

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This month in AA History

Postby GeoffS » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:38 pm

April 1840

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 ½ cents per month ($2.50 today).

April 29, 1896

Edwin (Ebby) Thatcher was born in Albany, NY.

April, 1913

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

April, 1922

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 “market analysts.â€

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Postby Dallas » Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:59 pm

Wow! Thanks Geoffs!!! I hope you'll continue this! It's awesome!


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Postby ccs » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:54 pm

I say Ditto to what Dallas said :D

I love this stuff thanks Geoff s :wink:

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Postby sunlight » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:30 pm

Thank you Geoff!

That took a lot of work and a lot of love. We appreciate it!

April brought showers of action so AA could flower!

Thanks again. You got us hungry for more. :wink:

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Postby Tim » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:59 pm

Very interesting, Geoff. I learned a few new things about AA history. To echo others, hope you'll do this again in May.

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