Archives

Alcoholism, Fort Detroit & the Michigan Territory

October 19th, 1853

Alcoholism, Fort Detroit & the Michigan Territory Alcoholism has always been a scourge in Detroit. One of the earliest articles we had found in a Detroit newspaper was in the Detroit…

The Evolution of the Dark World of Alcoholism

January 1st, 1900

Dr. Benjamin Rush’s Inquiry into the Effects of Ardent Spirits on the Human Mind and Body catalogues the consequence of chronic drunkenness and argues that this condition is a disease that…

The Oxford Group and Detroit

July 30th, 1931

The Oxford Group And Detroit Connection The Oxford Group was a Christian organization founded by American Christian missionary Dr. Frank Buchman. Buchman was an American Lutheran minister of Swiss descent…

An Alcoholic Has a Vision of a Program of Recovery

December 11th, 1934

Bill Griffith Wilson Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill Griffith Wilson was born on November 26, 1895, in East Dorset, Vermont.  His parents were Emily (née Griffith) and Gilman Barrows Wilson, …

The Co-founder of the Un-named Fellowship

June 10th, 1935

The Co-founder of the Un-named Fellowship Bob Smith was born and raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont,  to Susan A. Holbrook and Walter Perrin Smith. His parents took him to religious…

THE FINAL PLACE FOR THE CHRONIC ALCOHOLIC

January 1st, 1937

Skid Row in Detroit Skid row or skid road is a shabby urban area with cheap taverns, dive bars, dilapidated hotels frequented by lowlifes, alcoholics, and itinerants. The term skid…

THE DAYS BEFORE – “AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD”

September 4th, 1938

There are many myths and urban legends about the first sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. In the late-1930s there…

Alcoholics Anonymous a.k.a. “The Big Book” is Born

April 10th, 1939

The process for creating our book, Alcoholics Anonymous The title of the book Bill Wilson wrote is Alcoholics Anonymous, but it is referred to by AA members as the “Big…

The Connection of the Serenity Prayer to Detroit, Michigan

July 1st, 1939

THE SERENITY PRAYER …its origin is traced… At long last the mystery of the Serenity Prayer has been solved! We have learned who wrote it, when it was written and…

SARAH KLEIN-“ANGEL OF A.A.”

July 10th, 1939

SARAH KLEIN-“ANGEL OF A.A.” There are many myths and urban legends about a non-alcoholic “member” of Alcoholics Anonymous in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. Sarah…

Tom Morrissey-Among The 1st Five Members

July 29th, 1939

Among the First Five Sober Tom Morrissey, who’s sobriety date was July 29, 1939, was a very humble member. Tom did not leave any photo or much other information behind….

An Auto Executive Spirals Out of Control

September 1st, 1939

H.R. “Mike” Eshleman-“AN INDUSTRIALIST” There are many myths and urban legends about the “second” sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views….

“Alcoholics and God”

September 30th, 1939

“Alcoholics And God” by Morris Markey Charles Towns, owner of Towns’ Hospital where Bill Wilson had sobered up, tried to get publicity for A.A. and finally succeeded. He had known…

THE BENSONS-“FRIENDS OF AA”

October 1st, 1939

THE BENSONS-“FRIENDS OF AA” There are many myths and urban legends about the non-alcoholics who helped start AA in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many legends. The…

Salvation Army>Cap’t Tom>Harbor Light

October 7th, 1939

CAP’T TOM CROCKER>BIRTH OF HARBOR LIGHT There are many myths and urban legends about Harbor Light in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. Tom Crocker was…

The First Pamphlet

October 21st, 1939

The Articles from the “Plain Dealer” Considered the 1st Pamphlet These articles appeared in the main Cleveland newspaper, the Plain Dealer, just five months after the first A.A. group was…

YPSILANTI STATE HOSPITAL-“FIRST TREATMENT CENTER”

December 1st, 1939

Mutual Aid Organization-for Alcoholics There are many myths and urban legends about the treatment center that help start AA in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views….

Detroit>Downtown>Central Group #0001

February 14th, 1940

Detroit>Downtown>Central Group #0001 We were at first confused by the many names of groups that we were “digging” up, but finally come to realize they were names of the same…

A Dawn of A New Era

June 22nd, 1940

First Public Announcement of Alcoholics Anonymous in Detroit Before this date little or nothing as known about this recovery program for drunks in Detroit. A dawn of a new era…

The First of Many New Year’s Celebrations

December 31st, 1940

December 31, 1940 New Year’s Gala This event would be the beginning of many sobriety celebrations. The very first major event held in Detroit was a New Year’s celebration on…

East>Eastside>Manistique Group #0002

February 1st, 1941

East>Eastside>Manistique Group #0002 The archive’s has many small notes and information on this group, much of it appeared to be inaccurate and confusing. We had to dissect the many notes…

The Saturday Evening Post

March 1st, 1941

The Saturday Evening Post The History of How the Article Came To Be Jack Alexander of Saturday Evening Post Fame Thought A.A.s Were Pulling His Leg AA Grapevine, May, 1945…

The First News Article About the Success of AA in Detroit

August 3rd, 1941

The First News Article About the Success of AA in Detroit On August 3, 1941 a 2nd article about Alcoholics Anonymous appears in the Detroit Free Press. It has been…

Bill Wilson’s 1st Talk In Detroit

October 16, 1941

Bill Wilson’s 1st Talk In Detroit “Ex-Drunks Toast Freedom with Jokes And Ginger Ale”-Detroit News      “Religious Cure For Alcoholism Told by Wilson”-Detroit Free Press “Mix science and religion,…

The Prayer Used to Open Major Events

January 1st, 1945

THE DETROIT PRAYER Our Heavenly Father, We ask Thy Blessings on this meeting. Please Bless the Spirit and purpose of this group. Give us strength to follow this program according…

Audio Files

H.R. (Mike) Eshleman’s Open Talk

H.R. Mike Eshleman’s Open Talk Henry R. (Mike) Eshleman came up the hard way. A newlywed, looking for a job as an auto mechanic, he followed friends to Detroit in 1920 and stayed. He found a job with an auto company, but wanted a business of his own. He got…

SARAH KLEIN-“ANGEL OF A.A.” Open Talk

SARAH KLEIN-“ANGEL OF A.A.” There are many myths and urban legends about a non-alcoholic “member” of Alcoholics Anonymous in the metro-Detroit area. We hope this clears up many views. Sarah Klein, a non-alcoholic, had received one of the earliest copies of the “Big Book” which contained the story of Alcoholics…