Chronology of AA Groups
First known AA locations, many had more than one group by the end of 1940
June 10, 1935 - Dr. Bob has last drink (some say it may have been on
June 17 based on date of medical convention he attended.)ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FOUNDED
Nov-Dec 1939 - Akron group withdrawals from association with Oxford Group. Meetings moved from T. Henry & Clarence Williams to Dr Bob and other members homes.
Jan 1940 - Akron group moves to new home at King School.
Dec 1940 - group started Ashtabula, Ohio due Plain Dealer articles.
June 13, 1940 - Jimmy B helped Jim R start group in Baltimore.
1940 - Paddy K. founded A.A. Boston
Sept 1939 - group started by Earl T in Chicago.
May 11, 1939 - The first group to officially call itself Alcoholics
Anonymous met at Abby G's house in Cleveland, OH - old Borton Group (?). 1st group to have no Oxford Group connection.
Dec 1940 - A.A. Cleveland has about 30 groups.
Detroit & Youngstown, OH
1939 - Meetings being held in Detroit. Archie T. & nonalcoholic friend
Sarah Klein helped start; expanded into Youngstown.
April or May of 1940.
1939 Marty M pioneered group at Blythwood Sanitarium
High Watch Farm, CT
1940 - 1st A.A. oriented drying facility 'High Watch Farm' in Kent
April 1, 1940 - Larry J. of Houston, wrote "The Texas Prayer", used to open AA meetings in Texas. He is also said to have written the "Texas Preamble".
Little Rock, AR
April 19, 1940 - The first AA group in Little Rock, Arkansas, was formed. First 'mail order' group.
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 1939 - 1st home meeting Los Angeles Kaye M.'s house
New York, NY
Fall & Winter 1935 - Bill back in New York. Begin to hold meetings on Clinton St. Tuesday nights. Hank P and Fitz M get sober.
1937 - Bill and the New York alcoholics split from the Oxford Group. Among residents at Clinton St. were Ebby T., Oscar V., Russell R., Bill C., Florence R.
June 18, 1940 - Meeting held in first 'AA clubhouse', at 334½ W. 24th St, NYC. Bert T. & Horace C. guarantee rent for building.
February 28, 1940 - Jimmy B. moved there & started group
June 6, 1940 - AA group founded in Richmond, Virginia.
Rockland State Hospital, NY
Dec 1939 - First AA group in mental institution, Rockland State Hospital, NY.
St. Louis, MO
1939 - Father Ed Dowling responsible founding A.A. St. Louis
summer 1939 - Charles ("C.J.") K. & Eddie B. 12 stepped Duke P. Toledo, both state insane asylum Toledo voluntary commitments, read Big Book manuscript, got out Sept 1940 - AA group started in Toledo, Duke P & others started it.
1937, Fitz M. was spending much of his time trying to get AA started in Washington, by fall of 1939 the nucleus of a small group had been established. Joined by Hardin C., Bill A. and Florence R
December 13, 1945
The first AA meeting took place was on Jan. 7, 1942 at the White Plaza Hotel.
March 17, 1941
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