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Pioneers of Alcoholics Anonymous

 

So, on this late fall afternoon in 1937, Smithy and I were talking together in his living room, Anne sitting there, when we began to count noses. How many people had stayed dry; in Akron, in New York, maybe a few in Cleveland? How many had stayed dry and for how long? And when we added up the total, it sure was a handful of, I don't know, 35 to 40 maybe. But enough time had elapsed on enough really fatal cases of alcoholism, so that we grasped the importance of these small statistics.

Bob and I saw for the first time that this thing was going to succeed. That God in his providence and mercy had thrown a new light into the dark caves where we and our kind had been and were still by the millions dwelling. I can never forget the elation and ecstasy that seized us both. – Bill W., 1954


Although many more than listed were "Stepped" to no avail, the below listed Pioneers are the men and women referred to in the foreword to the First Edition of the Big Book.


Pioneers of Alcoholics Anonymous – 1934 – 1939
All Below Achieved At Least Some Period of Sobriety.
Some who failed may have achieved permanent sobriety later.
Bolded Names Achieved Permanent Sobriety.
1934 Name Location Comment/Big Book Story
Dec 11 Bill Wilson New York Co-Founder of AA – Bill's Story
1935  
Jun 10 Dr.Bob Smith Akron Co-Founder of AA – Dr. Bob's Nightmare
June Eddie Reilly Akron Sobered in 1949
June Dr. McK. Akron Failed to gain long term sobriety
June Bill Dotson Akron Alcoholics Anonymous No.3 – 2nd Ed
July Ernie Gailbraith Akron The Seven Month Slip – (An In-and-Outer Slipper)
Aug Wes Wyman Akron Sobered in 1949
Sept Hank Parkhurst New York The Unbeliever – 4 yrs. Sober
Drunk Sept 1939
Sept Phil Smith Akron  
Oct John Henry "Fitz" Mayo New York Our Southern Friend
1935 Freddie B. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Brooke B. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Bill R. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Ernest M. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Herb D. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Alec New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Russ R. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Bill C. New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Victor New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1935 Lil New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
1936  
Jan Harold Grisinger Akron  
Feb Walter Bray Akron The Back-Slider
Apr Joe Doeppler Akron The European Drinker
Apr Myron Williams New York Hindsight
July Paul Stanley Akron Truth Freed Me
Sept J. D. Holmes Akron  
Sept Holland Spencer Akron  
Dec Bob Oviatt Akron The Salesman
1937  
Feb Dick Stanley Akron The Car Smasher
Feb Don McLean New York  
Feb Bill Rudell New York A Business Man's Recovery
Feb Lloyd Tate Akron  
Feb Bill Van Horn Akron Ward Of The Probate Court
Mar Harry Zoellers Akron A Close Shave
Mar Florence Rankin New York A Feminine Victory - Returned to drinking & suicide 1939
Apr Earl Treat Akron He Sold Himself Short
Apr Bob Evans Akron  
May Wally Gillam Akron Fired Again
May Charlie Simonson Akron Riding The Rods
July Jim Scott Akron Traveler, Editor, Scholar
July Paul Kellogg New York Failed to gain long term sobriety
Sept Bill Jones Cleveland  
Oct Jack Williams New York  
Nov Tom Lucas Akron My Wife And I
Dec Ned Poynter New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
1937 Jane S. Cleveland Sober a few months, Failed to gain long term sobriety
1938  
Jan Jim Burwell New York Slipped, DOS June 15, 1938
The Vicious Cycle – 2nd Ed.
Feb Clarence Snyder Cleveland Home Brewmeister
Feb Charlie Jones Akron  
Feb Ray Campbell New York An Artist's Concept
Feb Van Wagner New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
Feb Jack Darrow New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
Feb Norman Hunt New York Educated Agnostic
Feb Harold Sears New York Smile With Me, At Me
Apr Capt. Coxe New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
May Abby Goldrick Akron He Thought He Could Drink – 2nd Ed.
May Bert Taylor New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
May Bob Taylor New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
June George Williams New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
June Joseph Taylor New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
June Harry Brick New York A Different Slant
June Ralph Furlong New York Another Prodigal Story
July Bud Emerson New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
Sept Archie Trowbridge Akron The Fearful One
Sept Horace Maher New York On His Way
Oct John Dolan Akron  
Dec Vaughn Phelps Akron  
Dec Horace Crystal New York Continued Sobriety Unknown
1938 Bill H. Cleveland failed, later permanent sobriety
1939  
Jan Pat Cooper Calif. The Lone Endeavor
Unknown Sobriety Dates
N/A Delmar Tyron Akron Aces Full, Seven-Eleven
N/A Doc Moran Akron Continued Sobriety Unknown
N/A Harold Grissom Akron Continued Sobriety Unknown
N/A Dr. Howard S. Akron Continued Sobriety Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

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