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Jessie May Michels Cammack Brooks
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Birth: May 3, 1875
Edwards County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1939
Medical Lake
Spokane County
Washington, USA


For detailed information on the family background of JESSIE MAY MICHELS, click below on the link to her father, JOHN MICHELS.

At some point after the death of her first husband, she married a man by the name of BROOKS. At present, however, I have no further information about this person or this marriage.

There were three children from her first marriage and none from her second.

Tuesday, March 6 2012

Yesterday afternoon I began to do some research on FIND-A-GRAVE for any man with the last name of BROOKS that was around my maternal grandmother's age and who is buried in Washington state. The most likely candidate among several was Raymond D Brooks, who died in Yakima in 1942. Then, curiously, a few hours ago, about four or five in the morning, I went out to the garage to check the mileage on my car, and while there examined a few boxes of the many filled with all the things that my mother saw fit to save during her 89 years on the planet. She saved a great deal. One fairly large cardboard box had been chewed on by mice a few years ago. Inside it were among other things a bunch of smaller cardboard boxes. I have just finished going through five of these boxes and have located some of the oldest personal documents that my mother saved.

Among these finds was a series of nine postcards written by my maternal grandmother, JESSIE MAY MICHELS,in the summer of 1939, just a couple of months before her death in September of that same year, to her daughter, my mother, HAZEL IRENE CAMMACK. At the time my grandmother had lived for many years in Mabton, Washington, basically a bustling little farming community back then. Mabton was a fairly small town, however, and a return address on a letter or card could be limited to just the name of the sender, or the name of the town and state as well, but no street address, since the postmaster knew everyone in town by name and where they lived.

Five of the nine postcards have no return address, but the other four do. On three of the four my grandmother identifies herself as "Mrs. R. D. Brooks". On the remaining card, she identifies herself as "Mrs. Ray Brooks". Mention is also made in the text of the cards to herself and Ray.

Among the papers that I found early this morning was also a Western Union telegram from M W Conway, the medical superintendent at the Medical Lake State Hospital in Medical Lake, Washington, where JESSIE MAY MICHELS CAMMACK BROOKS had been a patient for some three weeks or more before her death, addressed to Ray Brooks in Mabton, Washington. The text of the telegram reads as follows:

MEDICAL LAKE, WASH. - 12:53 PM - SEPT. 18 1939






Given the evidence on and in the nine postcards, the death notice telegram, and that Raymond D Brooks was nearly the same age as my grandmother (apparently about three years younger) and that she is buried in Mabton and he in Yakima, both towns located in the same county, I conclude that Raymond D Brooks, F.A.G. # 22054958 was in fact her second husband. Unfortunately no one that I know is now living that could possibly provide me any firsthand knowledge about Raymond D Brooks. With a bit of detective work, however, I am confident that before too much longer the fog surrounding this man will begin to lift.


Family links: 
  John Michels (1847 - 1899)
  Martha Ellen Rude Michels (1847 - 1910)
  Joseph Hugh Cammack (1872 - 1929)
  Raymond Daniel Brooks (1878 - 1942)
  Paul Joseph Cammack (1909 - 2001)*
  Theron Howard Cammack (1911 - 1992)*
  Hazel Irene Cammack Cameron (1918 - 2007)*
  Herman Michels (____ - 1881)*
  Herbert Michels (____ - 1887)*
  Eliza Lida Michels Hortin (1869 - 1945)*
  Fannie Michels (1871 - 1896)*
  William Michels (1872 - 1954)*
  William Michels (1872 - 1954)*
  Jessie May Michels Cammack Brooks (1875 - 1939)
  James F Michels (1878 - 1952)*
  Ellen Michels (1883 - 1912)*
  Elizabeth Michels (1888 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Mabton Cemetery
Yakima County
Washington, USA
Created by: NEIL CAMERON / 6443
Record added: Dec 10, 2009
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Jessie May <i>Michels</i> Cammack Brooks
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Jessie May MICHELS is my maternal grandmother, my mother's mother. Since she died a bit less than a year before I was born I never had the chance to meet her or have personal memories of her. She and my mother, however, greatly resembled each other.
 Added: Jul. 3, 2011

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