Hi I think James Howard Michels is my cousin. I haven' t seen or heard from him since I was 17 and that was 1957. His fathers name was Lester George Michels, who was my Uncle. James was the last of four children, Lester George Jr. (deceased Vietnam);Margaret Agnes (Downing),Gwendolyn (Mc Carthy?) James Howard Michels.Gwendolyn (the mother) died of, I believe, Cancer about 1948. Lesters second wife was named Ruth. They lived in New MilfordBergen County) NJ
Lester SR was born to Louis Emile Michels and Margaret Agnes (Oldfield) They had Lester George, Mildred Ann (Oakley) and Howard Emile (My father)
Louis was the youngest son of Claus Michels, an immigrant from Hamburg Germany in 1860. We was a Civil War vet from the Company D New York Volunteers.
If any of this helps I have Peg's (Margaret Agnes, James sister) Phone Number