Things must have started to go a little sour for J.G. about 1904 or perhaps earlier. Several news clips appeared in the town newspaper, somebody was not happy with him. Unfortunately, both of these tidbits were on the front page.
Pine Tree Blaze, April 22, 1904.
Father Dawes claims to be the “making” of everybody in Pine River who has been successful. While as a matter of fact he couldn’t make a wheel barrow race a success. Every time he has undertaken anything, whether it is a logging job or the running of a business he has either had dreadful hard sledding or made a complete failure of it. If anything did not fail that he has been connected with it was because someone has stood over him and kept him in line. If Dawes was given an estate of thirty or fifty thousand dollars to handle it would only take him a few months to go through it. If he had his way about it. Yes Father Dawes you are a wonderful man in your own estimation.
April of 1904, Pine Tree Blaze, April 29, 1904.
Ex-emperor Dawes is busy nowadays ranting about the town going to the dogs because he isn’t mayor any more, but he never says a thing about the franchise grab he made while he was in office–an absolute 30-year electric light franchise with no limit in which the plant is to be erected nor a single concession to the village, yes even refuses to pay for publishing the franchise. More yet.
I never did find the next article.