Reverend Michael Thomas was a very active man in the communities of DuBois and Luthersburg in the early 1900’s. He was the Pastor of a small congregation known as The Chapel of Contemplation.  The Chapel’s activities in the area came under fire from local law enforcement in 1912, and the Reverend was arrested. The arrest was a main event in the area as several congregation members and police officers alike were killed during the raid on the Chapel due to gun-play and a resulting fire that destroyed the building itself. Thomas was convicted and sentenced to forty years, however he only served five. In 1917, he was found to be missing by correction officers during the midnight headcount. He was never found, and apparently just “disappeared.”  He remained on the FBI “Most Wanted” list until 2008 when he was removed, and presumed to be dead.



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