Dan Skivolocke, owner of Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, will present photographs and information about Alliance’s Great Olive Poisoning on Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. On Aug. 23, 1919, Helen Sebring Gahris bought nuts, candy, and a jar of ripe olives to serve her guests to make her party table more festive. Fourteen people became ill with botulism, seven died, including Gahris. The press called it the “super tragedy.” Take a look, with Skivolocke, at this chapter of Alliance when it was a young, industrial city on the rise.
Dan Skivolocke, owner of Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, will present his program on the “100th Anniversary of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce” on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Library’s Main Auditorium.
Will be used in case of inclement weather. (jm)
Alliance Anti-Drug Coalition
“Dr. Jeffrey S. Copeland is a professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches courses in literature and English Education. He has a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia., an M.A. from Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Copeland’s newest book, Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire, will be the focus for his program. It was his research on the Haines House for his book that first brought Copeland to Alliance.