The wonderful accommodations at the Benson's home on 860 Taylor Street were quickly becoming too small, we had grown to a group of twenty-five; the drunks were breaking things and spilling coffee, even though the Bensons never complained.
After what was probably to become our first group conscience, it was decided to move to Doty Hall, it was located north of the Benson’s. After a month or so there it was decided it was too far from where the chronic alcoholics were and we decided to look for a location close to where it all began and that was in the skid row of Detroit.
Archie and Jim B. were considered to be the founders of the group, even though every member at the time pitched in to make it a success. All other groups were created off of this group as they became necessary.
On October 15, 1941 Bill W., founder of AA, did a talk here to help the group celebrate the Central Group’s anniversary, with 300 people in attendance. Bill was interviewed by both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News about this new organization. The article goes on to report that there were currently six women members in the “Detroit Chapter.”
A group information sheet dated September 19, 1943 lists the group with 30 members who met on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. They met on Cass Avenue. A group information sheet dated January 11, 1944 lists the same information for the group. Helen K. was the secretary.
In an August 14, 1944 report the Central Group: 30 members who met on Wednesday at 8:30 pm.
A group information card dated February 10, 1947 lists Farley F. as the contact person for the group. They had 75 members and met on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thomas M. was the treasurer of the group.
STATUS: Disbanded, 1966.