Michael was born in Switzerland ca. 1879. After a great deal of travel, he settled in Saskatchewan for a time. In 1911, he came up to the South Peace and filed on the northern half of 14-71-10-W6 and the southern half of 23-71-10-W6. After proving up, Michael served with the Edmonton police force. Michael had a great aptitude for languages, and served as a translator and interpreter for at least ten languages during World War I.
Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 72