I am directly related to the Michel family. John Michel was born on July 9, 1890 in Franklin, Wisconsin and died April 1968 in Racine. Michel is not the original last name. John had nine siblings, and two of them (and him) changed their last name to Michel from Michels. According to my grandmother, the name change was due to a family dispute. His father (my ancestor) was Mathias Michels who married Anna Schroeder. The Michels family is from Rheinland, Germany, but later moved to Franklin, and then Caledonia in Racine County. Charles Michel, John's brother married Phyllis's sister, Leona. Please respond if you want additional information. Also, I am wondering, where did you get the picture of John Michel and Phyllis Trimborn? I was very surprised that he looks very much like his brother Anthony.