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Historical Society Program

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.


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