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MICHAELS, John Squire

    Cambria Freeman, 24June1904, Contributed by Patty Millich

On Thursday evening of last week, Squire John Michaels of Beaverdale committed suicide by shooting himself with a double–barreled shotgun. Mr. Michaels was a respected citizen and was universally respected in his community. The Squire had been unfortunate in the handling of some of the cases in his courts and made some mistakes in procedure. It is believed that these mistakes worried him until he took his own life.

Mr. Michaels left the following letter:

“Dear Friends and all, I am going to leave you. I am afraid I have done some wrong. I don’t know for sure and as I have no rest and my aim was to do good, I have failed. But with blessed assurance that God will forgive – and dear children, Oh, be good to mama — Good-bye. Poor Jack, I left the Logan Coal Company for road tax to County Treasurer. You from husband, father, and brother. I am afraid that warrant served by Jack is wrong. CONFESS. June 16, 1904

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