“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 Morris Markey, a well-known feature writer, for years. Markey was intrigued by what Towns told him of A.A., and approached Fulton Oursler, then editor of…

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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. Prior to Mike’s sinking into the deep depths of the disease of alcoholism, he led a pretty normal life. He was married to a wonderful…

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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. What we did discover was that Tom was from out of town, Ohio area. He was was transferred to Detroit in 1942, living on on…

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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 Book.” It’s main objective is to help the alcoholic find a power greater than himself that will solve his problem. The “problem” being an inability…

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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 was a man living in the skid row of Detroit in need of a “cure” for the disease of alcoholism that he had acquired earlier…

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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 road originally referred to the path along which timber workers skidded logs. Its current sense appears to have originated in the Pacific Northwest of the…

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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 services four times a week, and in response he determined he would never attend religious services when he grew up. Bob began drinking in college.…

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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,  He was born at his parents’ home and business, the Mount Aeolus Inn and Tavern. His paternal grandfather, William C. W., was an alcoholic who…

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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 who in 1908 had a conversion experience in a chapel in Keswick, England and as a result of that experience he would later found a…

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