Celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m., at Rodman Main Auditorium as the story about Alliance’s Great Olive Poisoning is presented by Karen Perone and John Gross. In August 1919, Col. Charles Weybrecht returned home from serving in World War I. To celebrate his homecoming, Mrs. Helen Sebring Gahris held a dinner party for him and other guests. On her way to Canton for the party, she purchased nuts, candy and a jar of ripe olives to make her party table more festive. The olives were tainted with botulism and seven people who ate them died within a week of the dinner, including Col. Weybrecht.
Perone will present the story of the tragic event and Gross will relate the story of Col. Weybrecht and the cemetery markers erected for the victims. A brief membership business meeting for the Alliance Historical Society will be held before the program. The program is free and open to the public. A membership is not needed to attend this program.