Monday, January 14, 2019

Who was Michael Wesley Collins, Michael of Light, God? Mental illness, biography, family, history

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Michael Wesley Collins took his own life January 9, 2019 in New York. He was a successful student, singer, software designer, yoga instructor who was much loved and traveled the world. He was also mentally ill allegedly suffering from schizophrenia and manic depression which made him believe he was God, Archangel Michael, the leader of Anonymous and Jesus Christ himself.

In the below unlisted video posted September 2018 he says "Michael of Light was poisoned by a government intelligence agency, and this is his Livestreamed farewell address before the poison took his life." I started it at the last few moments. You can clearly see he is mentally ill and hurting. He also uploaded the file and added the text after he "died" as this was not a live stream. He'd been preparing for a dramatic exit for months.



How did Michael Collins go from successful, charismatic, much loved person, father, husband to mentally ill, abandoning his family and talking about suicide for at least the last six months of his life? What happened to cause this? We may never know the full story but we have some clues.

He was born April 3, 1978, in Buffalo to Mary Lee Collins and  Michael Demske. He has a younger sister named Christine. In 1996 he graduated from Amherst Central High School. In 2000 he graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton. In 2008 he graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

It appears his parents divorced when Michael and his sister Christine were younger. Michael Demske married Jacquelyne and had another child Virginia in 1992. As adults Michael and his sister Christine both used the last name Demske then started using their mother's last name Collins instead. It appears there was a contentious divorce which involved a lawsuit Demske v Demske. Mother asked for more child support. Father sued stating she didn't prove that her income and his child support weren't enough. This is when the mother removed Demske's last name from the children's names. This may have contributed to stress on the children though Michael's sister seems perfectly fine.

The mother's side of the family is very well educated and successful. The father's side is also successful and musically inclined. It makes sense that Michael would go into business and be a hobby musician.

After college he worked as a Software Architect at Synacor from 2005-2014. He was also VP of Product Development at MedPath Solutions Inc and a Software Engineer at Airtime. He met and married Kristy Miller around 2002. Together they have three children, twins Drew and Anna born 2007, and Bailey born later. Here are some pics from that time. He looks like a determined business man.

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Around 2009 Michael Collins took a keen interest in yoga. He soon became a yoga master according to his sister. Eventually he taught yoga at different retreats. Here's a flyer from one retreat. He went by the name Michael Yogananda Samadhi. During this time he's staying at expensive hotels having expensive meals and appeared to be enjoying life even with a girlfriend Jacqueline Nicole (not her real name). They dated from about 2014 to end of 2016. She was a yoga teacher for children. At that time he was still somewhat clean cut and living in New York. He'd abandoned his wife and children back in New York. The last pic of him with his twins is beginning of 2014.

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October 2017 he was in Indonesia giving yoga classes and "healings." In this video he talks about being arrested for rage and mental illness. He said he was just defending himself. This is probably how he lost his job as a yoga teacher in Indonesia.



May 2018 he was still with his girlfriend. She was invited to a posh wedding and he went with her. The wedding was in Trump's Mar-a-lago. Pics below.

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His life started to really unwind before he went to Israel in 2018. He started a church (not a real legal church) One Divine Love and asked for donations to pay for his travels. Some thought it was a scam just to make others pay for his vacations. His other followers gave donations and he went to Israel.

While in Israel he dressed like Jesus from Jesus Christ Superstar the movie and took photos and videos of himself at scenic spots and sights. He visited the holy sites. He allegedly made a scene at a couple of holy sites and was asked to leave. Later for unknown reasons he entered a stranger's home. They called police. Per his own words he told police he was there to save the family. They put him under a mental illness police hold then deported him back to the US. Michael stated he lost his money and passport.

He returned home in October 2018 and that is when he started saying he was homeless, penniless and deserted by his family. Per his family he was not homeless. They always offered him help. He just refused mental health help. Below is a video where he talks about the fact that people have questioned his mental health. He said he can't possibly be mentally ill because he's God.



As you can see from his Facebook page October 2018 he was in Israel then stated he was being deported. You can tell from the videos at that time that he was unraveling. It seems his girlfriend may have left him during this time making things even worse for him. It doesn't appear he was a yoga instructor anymore.

November 2018 he wrote the now famous post about being homeless which everyone has seen. His family said he was not homeless. He came back home after he was deported from Israel. From there on out he was planning his suicide. He posted photos and videos from happier times. He wrote about his struggles real and imagined. That is how he wanted to be remembered, as a God, as a suffering homeless person. If you watch the videos you will see that he admits that he might have been bad or selfish at times. He states this at the end of his September 2018 suicide attempt video above. The only take away from this is that I feel he's finally at peace with the world and himself. Still, one question lingers. In his suicide video above he talks about reincarnation. On his FB page he talks about wanting to die, be reincarnated and come back with a fresh start. If you believe in reincarnation and kill yourself, is it really suicide as your consciousness is the same?

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There was a contentious divorce of Michael's parents Michael P Demske and Mary Collins Demske. This is why she took her husband's last name off of their name. This must have been a long legal case because Michael P Demske already had another kid with someone else in 1992 Virginia "Ginnie" Demske.

"DEMSKE v. DEMSKE
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245 A.D.2d 1031 (1997)

666 N.Y.S.2d 65

Mary C. Demske, Respondent, v. Michael P. Demske, Appellant

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Fourth Department.

December 31, 1997

Order unanimously modified on the law and as modified affirmed without costs and matter remitted to Supreme Court for further proceedings in accordance with the following Memorandum: Supreme Court erred in granting that portion of plaintiff's motion for an upward modification of child support. Plaintiff failed to establish "that the combination of her own income and the payments contributed by [defendant] does not adequately meet the children's needs" (Matter of Brescia v Fitts, 56 N.Y.2d 132, 140; see, McArthur v Bell [appeal No. 2], 201 A.D.2d 974, lv dismissed 83 N.Y.2d 906, lv denied 85 N.Y.2d 809). The court further erred in awarding plaintiff counsel fees without first conducting a hearing (see, McArthur v Bell, supra; McCann v Guterl, 100 A.D.2d 577). We modify the order, therefore, by denying that portion of plaintiff's motion for an upward modification of child support and counsel fees, and we remit the matter for a hearing on the issue of counsel fees. In view of our disposition, we vacate that portion of the order directing a reduction in defendant's child support obligation while defendant is contributing to the children's college education."

His instagram account

https://www.instagram.com/onedivine.love/

Another youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDjaU4T44Sg__mBh3nzvLew

October 2017 he says he was arrested and locked up in a mental institution for rage. Sounds like that's how he lost his job in Indonesia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6YYWP-tsuU

Extra information. It appears his sister sued him in December 2017. There is no case number or docs.

Short Caption: CHRISTINE COLLINS-SCHWINGER - v. - MICHAEL W. COLLINS Case Type: Special Proceedings - CPLR Article 78
Case Status: Pre-RJI

He allegedly has two cars registered in his name. Year: 2012 Make: Audi Model: Tt and a Year: 2005
Make: Mini Model: Cooper.

He worked for various yoga retreats. Here's his bio from one. "Michael Yogananda
Michael Yogananda Samadhi is a renowned teacher, asana guru, spiritual leader, and global founder of One Love Yoga. He has 20 years of experience on the yogic path. A former leader in the high-tech industry of New York and Silicon Valley, Michael found his heart’s true calling to heal others and help those seeking their own spiritual journey through the practice of yoga and spiritual teachings. Michael deeply understands the stresses of corporate life and helps students navigate the confusing landscape of modern society for those on the path to a new way of holistic health and living."

Here is one of the retreats they offered featuring Michael. 

Here is his yoga instructor program. These things are expensive. Check out J P Sears and his new wife who offer these expensive programs, one on ones, selling products...


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Who is Marshall Medoff of Xyleco? An ex sports agent attorney involved in controversy, 60 Minutes with "world saving" Xyleco

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UPDATE: HUGE RED FLAGS. Xyleco board members George Shultz and William Perry were board members of scam Theranos. George Shultz grandson Tyler Shultz blew the lid on Theranos. Tyler worked for Theranos. When he found out the tests were fake, he blew the whistle. He told his grandfather Theranos was a scam but George Shultz kept promoting it. "Tyler Shultz, his grandson, is a whistleblower who exposed falsified lab tests conducted at Theranos during his employment. At the time, George Shultz was a board member at the company."

George Shultz played a very active roll in the scam Theranos. He kept promoting and raising money for Theranos even after he knew it was a scam. This is why scam companies have these people on the boards, to try to lend some legitimacy to the company. Not helping this time.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/25/letter-george-shultz-played-key-role-in-the-rise-and-fall-of-theranos-it-wasnt-just-elizabeth-holmes/

Xyleco board member William Perry was also on Theranos board. There are numerous articles about these board members. They actively pushed total scam Theranos. And now they're on Xyleco board. William Perry had the nerve to state Marshall Medoff is "another Thomas Edison. A Genuis." People stated it didn't make sense to have Shultz or Perry on Theranos board as they had no tech or medical expertise. They were clearly there to try to legitimatize the scam. For the same reasons they shouldn't be Xyleco board.

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FTR I sent all of my research to 60 Minutes and the reporter who did the story for 60 Minutes 01/07/2019. They know this is most likely a scam yet they have made no statement and the video is still online. People currently are posting "take my money!" after seeing the episode they just did on Xyleco. People want to invest in this alleged scam. Xyleco burned through millions with nothing to show for it.

People in Moses Lake said the Xyleco plant in Moses Lake was not finished. They didn't get an occupancy permit.

Comments from neighbors. They said they'll be sending letters to 60 Minutes about their "fraudulent report" on Xyleco.

"Everyone who has ever worked there knows this is crap....they laid off nearly everyone in Wakefield Mass too- no severance and some people had worked for them for over7 years!"

"Spoiler alert, the technology doesn't work, they never got permits, and they laid everyone off."

"Fake news- doesn’t 60 Minutes have any fact checkers? Steven Chu should be ashamed of himself"


The employees have stated Medoff is crazy and he spent all the investors' money already. The company only did research. It looks like a total scam. Per employees they shut down the plants and fired all employees before Christmas. They got pink slips dated 12/8/2018 and lost health insurance all with no notice or severance.

From husband of employee at Moses Lake. "They just laid off 90% of the work force on December 7. The Moses lake plant is permanently closed. It is a failing company because the technology did not work and they ultimately couldn't get investments from large companies due to technical shortcomings." They allegedly have 17 employees left which I assume are management.

From employee 12/22/18. "Absolutely awful company from top to bottom. No direction or leadership, horrible management, poor benefits, and a ridiculously high level of spending (which is not sustainable). The company proved this by laying off the majority of their employees just 2 weeks before the holidays with absolutely no warning, no explanation, and no severance. Blindsiding employees just weeks before the holidays is one of the lowest, … "

"The CEO, CFO, and CTO are driving the company into bankruptcy. No corporate vision. No organizational structure. Their systems are half-baked, as cheap as they can make it, with no logic to their madness."

"The CTO has no logical business sense. You can have a team of people arguing the most logical way to do something but it’s his way or the highway. They will bankrupt themselves before being successful. If the friends of the management doesn’t like you, then you’re taken off a project. They fire people without proper communication and blame everyone else for corporate mistakes. The Moses Lake plant has been locked … " because of lack of permits.

Reviews are from Glassdoor.

September 27, 1982 Marshall was sued by the Boston marathon and the state Attorney General. Medoff called a press conference in his office to state the lawsuit was intentionally filed on Yom Kippur to insult his religion Judaism. He went on to say he believed they were going to serve him the lawsuit while he went to temple. Drama queen. He knew they were going to sue him. They stated that for months publicly.

1982, 1983 Marshall Medoff was involved in a legal case where he took money from the trust account of the Boston Marathon charity and used it for himself. The Attorney General got involved and attached Medoff's bank accounts and real estate. In 1983 Medoff bought a $44,000 car and made a $130,000 personal money market investment in his name with trust funds. He also withdrew $150,000 via a check made out to himself. The AG stated the contract Medoff had with only one board member of the marathon was invalid. The marathon was a charity. Medoff raised $700,000 for the charity and was going to take all money in excess of $400,000. Marathon had to pay $400,000 in legal fees up to 1983. Their final bill I'm sure was higher.

1985 after he no longer represented the marathon he made a public plea to "save the race." The BAA stated "the race doesn't need saving." Medoff is a drama queen. This was in the Boston Globe newspaper.

Medoff went bankrupt in 1994. His creditors filed lawsuits against him in bankruptcy. His wife separately went bankrupt in Massachusetts the same year as a pro se. Medoff didn't even help her legally. Her bankruptcy was dismissed. Her home was foreclosed upon and she lost it. 1994 was a bad year for the Medoffs.

Below are from employees.

"The president is a nut-cake and spent the place into the ground. They laid off 80% of their workforce. Are the investors going to put more money in? The important patents now have at least 5 years on them and are almost burnt. Why put more money in?"

"poorly ran and bad management. Was lied to multiple times. Shut down both plants out of no where right before christmas. Also cancelled our insurance when we paid the premium."

"poor Management, slow-paced environment, company has no clear objective. There was no 401K or incentives to work here. Health insurance was poor. Management did not follow through with promised annual evaluations. unsafe environment, not osha regulated"

Below is 2017 annual corporation report for Xyleco.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1frDe16gp-vZvtmV2MW_WIqohzIoufbH1/view?usp=sharing

Original 2002 corporation documents.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xJQzZHwgg22-eXvuEvmHKg3c-PrT4Fhr/view?usp=sharing

Annual report for 2002.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ni6ea2ZvTpfTLUyPgClDHCE2SRlhcguj/view?usp=sharing

ORIGINAL: This is a very breaking story. I don't have TV and just saw a 60 Minutes segment on Facebook. I watched the video really wanting to believe.  Maybe 60 Minutes should have done more research? I sent emails to Xyleco asking for confirmation or denial but no reply so far. I will post any reply.

I have found a Marshall Medoff (real last name Medvidofsky) born December 30, 1937 in New Hampshire who was a lawyer in California and Massachusetts. He was involved in major controversy making money off the Boston, Massachusetts marathon with sponsors. He was a legal sports agent. Besides that I see nothing else until he founded Xyleco, filed a bunch of patents and got a ton of money in "investments." It appears after the Boston marathon fiasco which ended in 1985 he went into hiding. The only time his name is mentioned in the media is when someone mentions the two biggest mistakes of the Boston marathon.

Marshall's parents were Rose Gertrude Stiller 1913-1997 and Louis Israel Medvidofsky 1904-1959. He has a brother named Maurice. Below is his mother's obituary.

"MEDOFF-Entered into rest June 3. Rose (Stiller) of Brookline. Beloved wife of the late Louis Medoff. Devoted mother of Maurice Medoff of Needham and Marshall Medoff of Brookline. Loving sister of the late Bernard Stiller. Cherished grandmother of 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Services at The Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon St., BROOKLINE, Wednesday. June 4 at 2 PM. Memorial Observance Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 PM at her late residence and on Friday from 4-7 PM at the home of Maurice Medoff. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to: Hadassah, 2001 Beacon SL. Brookline, MA 02146 or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02215."

Below is his father's obituary.

"Departed Dec. 3. Louis of 90 Addington rd., Brookline, beloved husband of Rose (Stiller) and devoted father of Morris and Marshal Medoff, both of Brookline: loving brother of Lillian Solomon of Atlanta, Ga. Services at the Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon St., Brookline, Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial week at his late residence. Expressions of sympathy may be donated in his memory to your favorite charity. Keene, N.H. papers please copy."

His first wife was Nancy Porcella who died in 1967. He then married Constance Conti in 1972 in Massachusetts.

He attended Brookline High School. Here is a pic from 1955.

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His family are Polish/Russian/Ukranian Jews who came here 1880-1910 before things got really bad in those areas.

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Prior to his doing scientific, biological research he went to Tufts Univ; Medford MA for his Bachelor degree then the University of Chicago Law School. First question, is there any proof that his claims actually work in real life? I could file a patent for turning dog shit into gold but that doesn't mean I can actually turn dog shit into gold. I've covered many stock, investment capital scams (EZR, NPCT, UMCC, TMOT, The Vineyard...) since 1994 and this one is just like the rest of them. It reminds me of Nanopierce who bought broken machinery to show to investors. They placed an ad on craigslist looking for cheap machines with lots of levers and blinking lights. They are no more.

I searched patents. I see one granted for a "method" of breaking down biomass. It's pretty vague. The rest seem to be applications. I don't believe he has as many applications and granted patents as he states. In his chart he shows himself just below Johnson and Johnson in number of patents. One patent that explains the process a little.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US7932065B2/en?assignee=xyleco&oq=xyleco

If you search for patents in his name, I see 218 in the US Patent office search system. Some look like duplicates. His first was 1997. It's poly coated paper. His second was a pallet. This pallet is very complex and looks a lot more expensive than regular pallets. I'm talking about wooden pallets used for transporting lots of product. Most of these patents aren't very useful at all. Why make a pallet more complex and expensive? It's not cheap to file a patent and maintain it.

Medoff bragged that Xyleco ranked second in patent power report. I followed the link in the Xyleco site. The only mention was this,

"Elsewhere, well-known names continue to lead the way, with IBM taking top spot in Computer Systems, Microsoft in Computer Software, and Apple in Electronics. Meanwhile, other companies worth keeping an eye on, based on their high-impact smaller patent portfolios, include Sonos (Electronics); Xyleco and Sarepta (Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals); Gentherm (Automotive and Parts); and Kraton (Chemicals)."

I do see the chart. The ranking is based on increase in number of patent applications over previous year. It doesn't indicate quality or value of patents. Medoff or whomever then said if they were in the chemical category, they'd be number one. No, they wouldn't. He's trying to compare the score he got in the bio category which you can't do. The metrics are misleading. Who cares if they applied for more patents in following years if they're not worth anything. This explains the metric. The Patent Power report only indicates if a company applied for more patents than in previous years.

The company posted on their website the following,

"Xyleco is the world’s leading expert in unlocking the potential of non-food biomass."

No one had even heard of them until the 60 Minutes episode. They are the world's leading expert?

He was a lawyer in California with this data.

Marshall Medoff #165430License Status: Inactive
Address: P O Box 360, Brookline, MA 02446-0003
County: Non-California County
Phone Number: (617) 277-9500
Fax Number: (617) 277-5287
Email: Not Available
Law School: Univ of Chicago Law School; Chicago IL

Massachusetts law license
P.o. Box 360, Brookline, MA
ISLN:904884836
Admitted:1963

He had a broker's license which expired in 1997.

License #:139828 - Expired
Issued Date: Apr 28, 1995
Expiration Date: Dec 30, 1997
Type: Broker

I just made a Wikipedia page for him.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Medoff_(Attorney)

Marshall was involved in the controversial Boston Marathon. He was allegedly hired in 1981 to take the race commercial and get sponsors. Seems most of the board members were not advised about this until 1982. They were against the race being commercialized. They stated that they didn't hire Marshall. There was a lawsuit.

From the Boston Globe 1982. "The Boston Marathon is for sale. It is being sold secretly and curiously by a Boston lawyer named Marshall Medoff, who signed on as agent for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) the same way, secretly and curiously." "The Globe has been told that the Boston Marathon" "is being hustled not only commercially but, potentially, professionally." "he (Cloney the head of board of BAA) and Medoff became friends while attending Boston Rotary Club meetings several years back. He describes Medoff as a lawyer of international reputation with a background as a solid promoter." "Medoff will get to keep everything he raises beyond a certain figure." "On May 1, 1981, Marshall Medoff filed corporation papers at the State House under the name International Marathons, Inc." "Phone conversations with people at the law firm reveal that he is not employed by the firm, does not have an office there and is rarely seen. If you want to contact Medoff, you call the law firm; he calls for his messages, and then decides whether he is going to return the call." He included the name "Medoff Marathons" in the doc. He was only member of the corporation. He gave $2,500 to start the corporation at one cent per share for a total of 250,000 shares of stock. Per the Globe "Medoff is a perennial optimist, and a super salesman." This guy sounds very shady.

March 1982 William Cloney went public and said "The Boston Marathon is not for sale." He got too much flak from the public and board members. June 1982 the board got together and were going to kick Cloney off the board and sever all ties to Medoff. Cloney said there was a conspiracy against him by unknown people and the Boston Globe newspaper which was actually a sponsor. He states their goal was to harm him so he'd be kicked off the board. September 1982 the Boston Marathon stated they would sue Medoff. Medoff wouldn't even return a phone call. The contract stated Medoff could keep whatever funds he raised over $400,000. Cloney did not have the authority to sign the contract on behalf of the entire board. Boston Marathon asked the Attorney General to sue Medoff on their behalf to keep him from touching $690,000 raised from race sponsors. All of this info comes from newspapers.com. You can see the clippings.

Marathon sued him and attached Medoff's bank accounts and real estate 1983. Medoff made a check to himself from the trust account for $40,000. The AG is seeking info to see if Medoff made the sponsors believe the money they gave Medoff was for charity. The newspaper stated Medoff has a "checkered past." He seems to be the laughing stock of the Boston Globe.

1983 Marshall started IMICO to negotiate as a promoter with China for soccer matches. I don't see that anything came of that.

1984 The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the Boston Marathon contract with Marshall Medoff was void. Medoff then had the nerve to sue the marathon.

1984 Medoff is sued by his lawyers for nonpayment of $86,222. Medoff stiffed his former attorney James St. Clair who petitioned to be relieved of being Medoff's attorney. St. Clair also sued him for nonpayment. Attorney General ruled an agent can't get more than 15% of funds raised for charity. Medoff violated the law. Medoff tried to argue they weren't a non-profit.

1980 he tried to raise funds for a Boston International Film Festival. Nothing came of that either. So far Marshall Medoff appears to be a promoter who raises funds but doesn't deliver.

I see a bankruptcy under his name, California address and Massachusetts address. I won't post it until I don't get a reply or do get one confirming or denying. He has the following addresses.

No reply from Medoff. Here is the bankruptcy. It appears to be the same Marshall Medoff. I removed his social security number. It appears in 1993 he was renting a few places who filed to evict Marshall Medoff. Marshall filed his bankruptcy as a pro se. He had no attorney though he was an attorney. He was admitted to California Bar Association right before his bankruptcy. He's been inactive since 2005. His debtors filed for motion to evict, take Marshall's home. Marshall filed motion in reply and lost.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w2HOXDEFK7U4XJMeotOE13Iad4G44yjF/view?usp=sharing

Phone Number: 547-5510
Address: 6636 Portshead Rd, Malibu, CA, 90265-4260 (1993) He owned this property with Constance Medoff in the '90's.
[1 Boston Pl # 2950, Boston, MA, 02108-4407]
[636 Portshead, Malibu, CA, 90265]
[29244 Greenwater Rd, Malibu, CA, 90265-4121 (1993)]

Here are some of his federal lawsuits including his bankruptcy.

Medoff, Marshall 0:1992bk02145 Medoff, et al v. NEMAC U.S. Court Of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - Bankruptcy Appellate Panel 10/27/1992 10/05/1993

Medoff, Marshall 0:1993bk01272 Medoff, et al v. Nemac, Inc. U.S. Court Of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - Bankruptcy Appellate Panel 03/24/1993 04/08/1993

Medoff, Marshall 0:1996cv16072 Medoff v. Rapozo, et al U.S. Court Of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 06/10/1996 07/11/1996

Medoff, Marshall 0:1996cv17122 Medoff v. First American Title, et al U.S. Court Of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 11/27/1996 04/04/1997

Medoff, Marshall 0:1997cv15195 Medoff v. Rapozo, et al U.S. Court Of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 02/05/1997 04/04/1997

Medoff, Marshall (db) 9:1994bk12309 Marshall Medoff California Central Bankruptcy Court 06/01/1994 09/19/1994

Medoff, Marshall (a) 2:1993cv02471 In Re: Medoff v. Medoff, et al California Central District Court 04/29/1993 11/29/1993

Medoff, Marshall (inre) 2:1993cv02471 In Re: Medoff v. Medoff, et al California Central District Court 04/29/1993 11/29/1993

Medoff, Marshall (dft) 3:1989mc00151 Rayhigh, Limited v. Silk, et al California Southern District Court 03/08/1989 10/09/2004

Medoff, Marshall (dft) 1:1993cv00604 Rapozo, et al v. Medoff, et al Hawaii District Court 07/30/1993 11/17/1993

Medoff, Marshall (pla) 1:1993cv00842 Medoff v. Rapozo, et al Hawaii District Court 11/01/1993 11/27/1996

Ventura County cases. He was evicted from Mirabella apartments during his bankruptcy.

37 7/7/1994 07/07/1994: Order ON MOTION OF DEFENDANT /S/ BY JUDGE HUNTER 7-5-95 filed
36 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: Request for Entry of CLERKS Judgment filed by MIRABELLA APARTMENTS
35 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: ORDER ON MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM THE AUTOMATIC STAY UNDER 11 USC 362 (UD) FROM US BANKRUPTCY COURT filed by ***
34 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: (M) Writ of Possession of Real Property issued for County of Ventura Receipt Number: 9407150386
33 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: Judgment entered on 07/06/94
32 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: Judgment for possession of premises located at 1890 W. HILLCREST DR. APT. 514 NEWBURY PARK CA. 91320
31 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: Judgment entered on COMPLAINT (UNLAWFUL DETAINER) of MIRABELLA APARTMENTS against MARSHALL MEDOFF
30 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: Judgment entered on COMPLAINT (UNLAWFUL DETAINER) of MIRABELLA APARTMENTS for MIRABELLA APARTMENTS
29 7/6/1994 07/06/1994: Judgment Ordered as follows:
Case Number: CIV144448
Case Title: MIRABELLA APARTMENTS VS MARSHALL MEDOFF
Case Category: Civil - Limited
Filed Date: 5/25/1994
Case Type: Unlawful Detainer - Residential
Case Status: Post Judgment
Location: Ventura

I decided to try to view the video again to try to confirm Medoff's statements and the explanation of how his technology works.

Medoff stated you can drink his ethanol or put it in your gas tank or both. You can't really drink ethanol unless you want to really harm or kill yourself. Next time someone interviews him someone should ask him to drink some on video if it's that safe.

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-safe-to-drink-ethanol-as-we-do-vodka

You also can't put pure ethanol into your gas tank. Currently you can put gas mixed with ethanol into your gas tank. In the video he said the truck she was driving was driving on ethanol he put in the tank. He said you don't have to convert your car to run on it. Yes, you would. How did Medoff bamboozle the reporter? His ethanol was not in the tank of that car unless he just poured a little bit mixed with a full tank of gas. He either poured gas or nothing in the tank. How did that reporter believe all the bullshit?

https://www.arnoldclark.com/newsroom/347-can-cars-run-on-alcohol

Currently you can make ethanol from plant material from link above. "Grass, wood and agricultural waste can also be used to make “cellulosic” ethanol." This has been done for years.

Medoff states he uses electron accelerators to break electrons apart. He puts the biomass (corn cobs) into the electron accelerator and it "rips it apart." He said the electron beam accelerators are inexpensive.

He said he would save the "universe" from "global warming." Global warming only affects the earth. This guy thinks he's saving the universe. Reporter didn't even blink her eye at that.

Medoff states he's been given hundreds of millions of dollars.  Then why did he fire the employees and cancel their health insurance right before Christmas? That's pretty low. Someone who appears to be part of Xyleco on Twitter stated it was a kind thing to fire them before Xmas so they wouldn't buy Xmas gifts on credit.

Medoff stated he puts corn cobs into the accelerators mixed with his "proprietary enzyme mix" to release the sugar. He said he is making xylose which is wood sugar. Need to know about this magic enzyme. People have been making xylose for years. This sounds like a total scam to me.

Below is one patent that explains what he is trying to do. He's trying to easily breakdown biomass into base elements using an electron beam to make it easier to break apart with an enzyme or microorganisms. Has he done it? Obviously no or he'd be a billionaire.

In the video Medoff and the reporter walk up to then into a building. The building has a sign out front that says Premier Supply company. When they walk inside you see used copy machines stacked up high. The address is 271 Salem Street Unit L, Woburn, MA 01801, US. That is the address for the supply company. Why are they filming in the supply company? I assume he started there before Premier existed yet they still use the same address. Maybe this is like his law address in Boston that wasn't actually his address.



In the episode it's stated that he hired an MIT Chemistry expert ten years ago (2008) to build a lab. That means that Medoff didn't build anything until the earliest 2008. That means his previous patents were never built in real life. Then how would he know they actually work? Craig Masterman admitted that his job was to create what was in Medoff's mind. Again, nothing was built before 2008 at the earliest. I just looked at his LinkedIn account. The main thing he does is write and file patents.

He said he's making xylose. "Xylose has existed for a long time. "Xylose contains 2.4 calories per gram (lower than glucose or sucrose, approx. 4 calories per gram). Xylose was first isolated from wood by Finnish scientist, Koch, in 1881, but first became commercially viable, with a price close to sucrose, in 1930."

We have known that it's practically unfermentable by oral bacteria. People have been using Xylitol in gum and other products for many years. At high doses it causes diarrhea. This is no new invention yet he acts as if it is. Lesley Stahl acts like she's tasting xylose for the first time in her life. She's tasted it in gum. This woman does not come off well in this video.

He states he built a $45M testing facility in Wakefield. The building was already there. He just added the machines.

He stated he is making bio-plastic from plants. This already exists. "Ethylene is chemically similar to, and can be derived from ethanol, which can be produced by fermentation of agricultural feedstocks such as sugar cane or corn. Bio-derived polyethylene is chemically and physically identical to traditional polyethylene – it does not biodegrade but can be recycled."

Here is more. Some can biodegrade. They have existed for a long time. This is nothing new. The reporter acts all amazed.

"Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, food waste, etc. Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products and also from used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms. Common plastics, such as fossil-fuel plastics (also called petrobased polymers) are derived from petroleum or natural gas. Not all bioplastics are biodegradable nor biodegrade more readily than commodity fossil-fuel derived plastics. Bioplastics are usually derived from sugar derivatives, including starch, cellulose, and lactic acid. As of 2014, bioplastics represented approximately 0.2% of the global polymer market (300 million tons)."

He states his ethanol production produces 77% less greenhouse gas emissions than corn ethanol. He states there is some independent review of this somewhere. I'll try to find it. I found something. This is from Xyleco. It allegedly compares Xyleco who uses corn stover (cobs, stalks, everything but the actual corn) to corn to produce ethanol. I can agree that using stover would use less water than corn. I would agree it would have a lower carbon footprint. That said there is more energy in the corn than the stover. That's why they use the corn and discard the stover. I don't believe this comparison is relevant.

https://www.xyleco.com/2018/01/21/xyleco-inc-announces-comparative-life-cycle-assessment-cellulosic-ethanol/

He said this company did the report. Xyleco is not mentioned in their site.

https://www.wsp.com/en-US/services/sustainability-energy-and-climate-change

He said if you want info about the test, contact Xyleco not the "independent" company who did the test. Is this another fake test result like Theranos? I searched wsp.com for "life cycle assessment." I found an explanation of what it is. I emailed and asked them if they tested Xyleco product.

Medoff states his invention is "very Einsteinian." First he thinks he's the Messiah and now he's Einstein who will save the universe. Ethanol releases less greenhouse gas emissions that regular gas. We already know that. If he is claiming that he is using wasted crops and crop residue instead of the actual corn, that would have less greenhouse gas emissions. This is nothing new.

His board member called him "another Thomas Edison, a genius." Board member Defense dept William Perry. Other board members are Steve Chu, Sir John Jennings, and George Shultz.

It appears this same reporter has gotten other episodes completely wrong. I think she's lost her judgment and is easily persuaded by con men or else she's taking money to tout these losers. She needs to hang up her reporter jacket.

HUGE RED FLAG. George Shultz was a board member of Theranos. His grandson blew the lid on Theranos. "Tyler Shultz, his grandson, is a whistleblower who exposed falsified lab tests conducted at Theranos during his employment. At the time, George Shultz was a board member at the company."

In the truck Medoff again states he can put his wood ethanol directly into existing gas station pumps and cars. No, you can't. There are some race cars that run on pure ethanol but regular cars run on gas mixed with ethanol. Most of the mixture is gas with up to 10% ethanol. Here's more on ethanol and gas. 98% of all gas already has ethanol in it. A lot of it is from plant material mainly corn. They've been doing this for years. This is nothing new.

Medoff states that turning agricultural waste into ethanol is a new thing. It's been around for years. This company turned corn stalks into ethanol in 2007. Others did it earlier. It would have a smaller carbon footprint. They mention enzymes. They're now dead.

https://www.cnet.com/news/cellulosic-ethanol-a-fuel-for-the-future/

2008 another plant doing the same thing from wood waste. They also used enzymes. They're now dead.

https://gas2.org/2008/03/07/first-cellulosic-ethanol-plant-goes-online-makes-fuel-from-wood-waste/

That last bit with Walden Pond is really overly dramatic. Major eye roll. In the video he said it's real close by. No, it's not. It's 22 miles away from the MA plant. And exactly how is thinking at Walden Pond better than thinking at the beach or at home? Is that where he found the magic enzymes?

Below are corporate documents. Medoff stated Xyleco started 25 years ago. They started in 2002, were revoked in 2008 then 2012 they were reinstated. That would be six to 16 years max.

ID Number: 043270160    
Summary for:  XYLECO, INC.
The exact name of the Foreign Corporation:   XYLECO, INC.
Entity type:   Foreign Corporation
Identification Number: 043270160 Old ID Number:
Date of Registration in Massachusetts:   06-05-2002 Date of Reinstatement:   10-30-2012
Date of Involuntary Revocation:   03-31-2008 Last date certain:
Organized under the laws of: State: DE Country: USA on: 11-15-1994
Current Fiscal Month/Day: 12/31
The location of the Principal Office:
 
Address: 360 AUDUBON ROAD
City or town, State, Zip code, Country: WAKEFIELD,   MA   01880   USA
The location of the Massachusetts office, if any:
 
Address: 271 SALEM ST., UNIT L
City or town, State, Zip code, Country: WOBURN,   MA   01801   USA
The name and address of the Registered Agent:
 
Name: CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY
Address: 84 STATE STREET
City or town, State, Zip code, Country: BOSTON,   MA   02109   USA
The Officers and Directors of the Corporation:
Title Individual Name Address
PRESIDENT MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
TREASURER MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
SECRETARY MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR STEVEN CHU 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR JOHN JENNINGS 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR ROBERT ARMSTRONG 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR GEORGE SHULTZ 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR MARIO MOLINA 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR GREGORY BEECHER 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR RICHARD SCHROCK 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA
DIRECTOR WILLIAM PERRY 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA

Below is the corporate report for 2017. They have $180,000 worth of shares outstanding.

Identification Number: 043270160 1. Exact name of the corporation: XYLECO, INC. 2. Jurisdiction of Incorporation: State: DE Country: USA 3,4. Street address of the corporation registered office in the commonwealth and the name of the registered agent at that office: Name: CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY No. and Street: 84 STATE STREET City or Town: BOSTON State: MA Zip: 02109 Country: USA 5. Street address of the corporation's principal office: No. and Street: 360 AUDUBON ROAD City or Town: WAKEFIELD State: MA Zip: 01880 Country: USA 6. Provide the name and business street address of the officers and of all the directors of the corporation: (A president, treasurer, secretary and at least one director are required.) Title Individual Name First, Middle, Last, Suffix Address (no PO Box) Address, City or Town, State, Zip Code PRESIDENT MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA TREASURER MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA SECRETARY MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR STEVEN CHU 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR JOHN JENNINGS 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR ROBERT ARMSTRONG 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR GEORGE SHULTZ 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR MARSHALL MEDOFF 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR MARIO MOLINA 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR WILLIAM PERRY 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA DIRECTOR GREGORY BEECHER 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA MA SOC Filing Number: 201883318930 Date: 2/16/2018 8:13:00 AM DIRECTOR RICHARD SCHROCK 360 AUDUBON ROAD WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA 7. Briefly describe the business of the corporation: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING 8. Capital stock of each class and series: Class of Stock Par Value Per Share Enter 0 if no Par Total Authorized by Articles of Organization or Amendments Num of Shares Total Par Value Total Issued and Outstanding Num of Shares CWP $0.00010 300,000,000 $30,000.00 285,213,852 CWP $0.00010 1,500,000,000 $150,000.00 556,001,556 9. Check here if the stock of the corporation is publicly traded: 10. Report is filed for fiscal year ending: 12/31/ 2017 Signed by MARSHALL MEDOFF , its PRESIDENT on this 16 Day of February, 2018

2008 the corporation was revoked by the secretary of state. 2012 he applied to have it reinstated.

He made another corporation which I assume is just to hold the real estate.

ID Number: 001161232    
Summary for:  XYLECO REALTY MA LLC
The exact name of the Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC):   XYLECO REALTY MA LLC
Entity type:   Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Identification Number: 001161232
Date of Organization in Massachusetts:   02-17-2015

You can search here to see all the corporate documents.

http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx

Medoff trademarked the word "xyleco" in 1999 for yarn/thread. "Yarns and threads for textile use made of composites of polymeric resin and cellulosic fibers and/or lignocellulosic fibers" Address used is the storage garage and his home address, his father's house. Xyleco was then a Delaware corporation, Xyleco Global LLC.

https://www.trademarkbank.com/trademarks/75753850

They trademarked a few more names. They also filed their foreign Delaware corporation in Texas and California.

https://www.corporationwiki.com/Massachusetts/Woburn/xyleco-inc/57322015.aspx

There are two Delaware corporations, i.e. Xyleco Inc and Xyleco Global. Their service person is CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY in Delaware.
3150284 XYLECO GLOBAL, LLC 2000
2452671 XYLECO, INC. 1994. It has been 25 years since this one corporation in Delaware was filed. It didn't do anything from 1994 until 2012 or so.

Here is their California corporation filing.

https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/Document/RetrievePDF?Id=03670877-17742836

He had plans to remodel the MA plant. He had designs drawn.

https://tria.design/our-work/xyleco/

Medoff also controls these Massachusetts corporations. International Marathons is a for profit business to promote the Boston marathon which he started in 1981.

MEDOFF, MARSHALL SECRETARY 1 BOSTON PL.,
BOSTON, MA 02108 USA
1 BOSTON PL.,
BOSTON, MA 02108 USA INTERNATIONAL MARATHONS, INC. 000169337 1000 NO P
MEDOFF, MARSHALL PRESIDENT 1 BOSTON PL.,
BOSTON, MA 02108 USA
1 BOSTON PL.,
BOSTON, MA 02108 USA INTERNATIONAL MARATHONS, INC. 000169337 1000 NO P
MEDOFF , MARSHALL PRESIDENT 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XEUS CAPITAL INC. 383894458
MEDOFF , MARSHALL TREASURER 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XEUS CAPITAL INC. 383894458
MEDOFF , MARSHALL SECRETARY 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XEUS CAPITAL INC. 383894458
MEDOFF , MARSHALL DIRECTOR 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XEUS CAPITAL INC. 383894458
MEDOFF , MARSHALL MANAGER XYLECO REALTY MA LLC 001161232
MEDOFF , MARSHALL SOC SIGNATORY XYLECO REALTY MA LLC 001161232
MEDOFF , MARSHALL REAL PROPERTY XYLECO REALTY MA LLC 001161232
MEDOFF , MARSHALL DIRECTOR 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XYLECO, INC. 043270160
MEDOFF , MARSHALL PRESIDENT 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XYLECO, INC. 043270160
MEDOFF , MARSHALL TREASURER 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA XYLECO, INC. 043270160
MEDOFF , MARSHALL SECRETARY 360 AUDUBON ROAD
WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 USA

Below is real estate data about Xyleco's properties.

360 Audubon Road • Wakefield, MA 01880. In 2004 Xyleco Realty MC LLC purchased it for $2,000,000. In 2014 they tried to lease out the entire bldg.

https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/18662360/360-Audubon-Road-Wakefield-MA/

03/04/2015 it appears Xyleco Realty had Saint Real Estate LLC quit claim it to Xyleco for 03/04/2015? At the same time it says IRS is the lender and USDA was the previous lender. 2013 the owner got a $1.4M loan. In 2004 it was sold for $2M and someone got a $2M loan on it? Odd transactions.

3741 Road N NE, Moses Lake, Washington.

2015 Xyleco Realty bought this property. Tax value is $800,000. There must be a reason why Medoff put the property in the name of Xyleco Realty and not Xyleco. Medoff controls Xyleco Realty. Maybe he used Xyleco investment money to buy this property for Xyleco Realty which is actually just himself? 04/2018 Xyleco applied for a permit from Washington Dept of Ecology to build a manufacturing plant there.

https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/separ/Main/SEPA/Record.aspx?SEPANumber=201801300

https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/19187914/3741-Road-N-NE-Moses-Lake-WA/

Here it's listed in 2015 for $28M.

http://audreyd.lakere.com/listing-nwmls_sold/767762-3741-road-n-ne-moses-lake-wa-98837/

They filed for a permit to discharge waste water. I thought he said there would be no waste or pollutants? His product would "save the planet." He doesn't just think it. He "knows it."

NOTICE: ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVAILABILITY OF APPLICATION PERMIT NO.: ST0501306 APPLICANT: Xyleco Inc 360 Audubon Road Wakefield, MA 01880-6249 FACILITY: Xyleco Moses Lake 3741 Road N, Moses Lake, WA 98837 Xyleco, Inc. has applied for a State Waste Discharge (SWD) permit in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 90.48 Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Chapter 173-216 Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Xyleco Moses Lake facility manufactures sugars, ethanol and lactic acid from cellulosic feedstocks, such as corn cob. The facility discharges industrial wastewater to the City of Moses Lake Larson POTW and is designed for a maximum daily flow of 108,000 gallon per day (gpd) and an average monthly flow of 86,400 gpd. The wastewater, following treatment, must meet the requirements of the Washington State Water Pollution Control Act and applicable regulations for a permit to be issued.

This is pretty amazing. He still owned his father's home in 2006. He previously converted the old large Victorian home into two condos. He then wanted to convert the garage into another living space. The variance was granted.

https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive/ViewFile/Item/1092

At the moment I would love to believe that his discovery will save the planet. I will keep an open mind. Based on his history this claim may not be real. He appears to love media attention and money. If anyone has any info of any type, please, send it to me. I find it really hard to believe that 60 Minutes wouldn't have found the basic data which I found. Maybe we all just really want a solution to global warming and Medoff wants a ton of money.


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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Who is Augustus F Sherman, Augustus Frederick Sherman who photographed Ellis Island immigrants?

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Last week I saw for the first time the portrait photographs taken by Ellis Island immigration clerk Augustus F Sherman, Augustus Frederick Sherman. I was captivated by all the different people and amazing photographic skills for that time. Obviously the colorization was done recently. I wanted to learn more about Augustus but couldn't find much information so I did some digging.

Augustus Frederick Sherman was born July 9, 1865 in Lynn, Pennsylvania. His parents were Henry Nathaniel 1832-1887 and Estella Theresa Handric 1838-1912. Augustus had two older brothers, Henry Handrick Sherman 1860-1918 and Douglas Parrish Sherman 1862 who died at a young age before 1870.

Doing research through old newspapers I came across a few mentions of Augustus Sherman. Below are the mentions in chronological order. I think no one could find his obituary in the last 100 years because they searched New York where he died and not Pennsylvania where he was raised and buried. I added all their obituaries to Findagrave but people are taking off my credit.

1893. A $95 Remington typewriter was stolen from Augustus' office. "The complaining was Augustus F. Sherman, Secretary of the Tammany Hall Organization of the Ninth Assembly District at 587 Hudson street."

1894 he's listed as a clerk.

1895. "Mr. Tamsen was able to oblige John C. Sheehan, the Tammany Police Commissioner, whose clerk at headquarters, Augustus F. Sherman, is a brother of Henry Sherman, the under-sheriff. Augustus, who at the time of his appointment was secretary of the Tammany Hall Committee in the IXth District.

1895 is when he started working on Ellis Island. From the Evening World, New York, Jan 3, 1895.

SHEEHAN'S SECRETARY GOES. Sherman Resigns to Accept a Position on Ellis Island. Augustus F. Sherman, private secretary to Police Commissioner J.C. Sheehan, has tendered his resignation to the Commissioner, to take effect as soon as his successor shall be appointed. Mr. Sherman was appointed by Commissioner Voorhis, now Police Justice, and served under him until he resigned to accept the position of Police Justice. He was retained under Commissioner Sheehan, who succeeded Voorhis. Mr. Sherman has accepted an appointment as stenographer to the Emigration Commissioners on Ellis Island, to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of his brother, Henry Sherman, who has been appointed Under Sheriff. His salary as private secretary was $1,700 (per year); that of his new position is $1,800, with a prospect of it being raised to $2,500.

1899 he's listed as working for the military or civil service as a clerk in New York. His wages were $1,800 per year.

1899. "Augustus Sherman, formerly of this city, now clerk to the commissioner of immigration, New York, visited a number of Wilkes-Barre friends Monday."

1900 he's listed as a personal secretary in Manhattan, New York. He lived with his mother in New York per the census.

1901 he's stationed at Ellis Island working for Immigration Service at Large getting $1,800 per year. .

1903 same job but getting $2,000 per year.

1905 Chief clerk, Ellis Island, N.Y. getting $2,500 per year. This is when he started taking the photos. He was now in charge of the appeals division which people refer to as "special investigations." This is for immigrants who were initially denied. No wonder they allowed him to take those photos. They wanted to become citizens. They were not going to say no. They might have even thought it was part of the process. They physically examined the people for disease, disability, psychological or intellectual issues. Taking photos wouldn't be worse than that. Still, some of the people don't look too happy in the photos. The photos were taken from 1905 to 1920 when he was the Chief Clerk over appeals. It makes you wonder if he used his position to take these personal photos. Photos were not yet a part of the immigration process. He told some of the people to put on their best clothing or folk attire, to hold items such as a flute or whatever.

1908 he invited a couple for dinner on the island. It was their 50th wedding anniversary. The woman E.S. Kelly described the trip. Oct 1, 1908, Tunkhannock New Age, Tunkahannock, Pennsylvania.

"Monday, the 21st, we were invited to go over to Ellis Island to dinner by F. Augustus Sherman, son of the late Henry Sherman, of Wilkes -Barre, formerly of this place, who has been employed on the Island for many years as secretary of emigration. The building covers two acres. A commodious dining room for the employees and to accommodate visitors. A large dining room for the emigrants, who are fed by the Government while detained. Our dinner was most excellent, consisting of various meats and wild fowl with all their etceteras accompanying. The emigration is very light now, but 200 arrived while we were there, and ushered into the different aisles for the different nationalities. These are long aisles with a seat on one side, one being filled alter another. On the outer end are the examining officials, when quickly examine papers and money, directed by others where to go, except the doubtful, who are escorted to another room to await their turn to go before the board of examiners, where they are put through a rigid examination and all undesirables sent back from whence they came. We were ivited by one of the board to a chair in the inner office. One woman was ushered in, and with tremulous lip answered through an interpreter the quick and pointed question, and soon ushered out. We inquired the result. The answer, "Admitted." I think we felt a relief as well as did the woman."

1909 same.

1910 in the census for New York he's listed as chief clerk for immigration services. He was a lodger in an apartment building living with his widowed mother Estella Sherman.

1913 he was the best man at a friend's wedding in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The friend was Carl Fowler Price. "The best man was Augustus F. Sherman."

1915 chief clerk in New York.

1916. Augustus is in charge of the routine affairs of the island, "Apart from the assumption of command by Mr. Densmore, the routine affairs of the island are being administered by Augustus Sherman, chief clerk, who entered the immigration service some twelve years ago and served in the days of Commissioners Williams and Watchorn." New-York Tribute.

1922. "Augustus Sherman of Ellis Islad, N.Y., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sherman, visited his aunt, Mrs. Stephen Tuttle, a couple of days last week." The Montrose Democrate, Montrose, Pennsylvania.

1923 he gives away his niece Estelle M Sherman for her wedding to John S. Littell. "The bride who was given in marriage by her uncle, Augustus F. Sherman." Estelle's father died before her marriage.

1924 he was living at 174 Denman St, Queens, New York on the voter list.

1925. "AUGUSTUS F. SHERMAN. Augustus F. Sherman, aged 59 died Monday night in New York City hospital of endo-carditis (heart valve infection). He spent his boyhood days in Wilkes-Barre where he graduated from the city high school. He was secretary of the immigration commission at Ellis Island for many years. Mr. Sherman was the son of the late Henry Sherman who for a number of years was in the produce commission business on Northampton. He was first cousin to Dr S. Kelly of this city. Interment will be in Tunkhannock cemetery on Saturday." Wilkes-Barre Times, Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

1925. "SHERMAN - In New York City, February 16, 1925 Augustus F. Sherman, aged 59, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, of endrocarditis." The Wilkes-Barre Record, Feb 18, 1925. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Augustus was never married.

Below is his father's obituary.

Henry N. Sherman, the Wellknown Commission Merchant Passes Away After a Long Illness. At 8 am. yesterday Henry N. Sherman, of the firm of Sherman & Lathrop wholesale commission merchants, on Northampton street, this city, died very suddenly at his residence, over his establishment. Death was caused by paralysis of the heart, brought on by Bright's disease (inflammation of the kidneys), with which he had been ailing for three years. He was born at Washington, Litchfield county, Conn., on Nov. 25, 1832, and he was thus precisely fifty-five years of age. He was married about twenty-eight years ago. He was in the mercantile business at Tunkhannock for eight or nine years in company with Dr. L.B. Lathrop. He left Tunkhannock and went to New York, where he was engaged in the same business for three years. He then came to Wilkes-Barre, and in 1875, he and Dr. Lathrop, who now resides at Springfield, Susquehanna county, Pa., entered into a partnership which has just been severed by Mr. Sherman's death. He was well-to do, was a shrewd business man and a good citizen. He was a member and a communicant of St. Stephen's Episcopal church and a member of a Masonic Lodge at Tunkhannock. He leaves a wife and two sons, viz: Augustus F. and Henry H., who are both employed in New York City. They both came home to spend Thanksgiving and upon reaching here learned for the first that their father was cold in death. Their feeling can better be imagined than described. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon. Brief services will be held at the house at 1 pm. and then the remains were taken to Tunkhannock for interment. The Masons had charge of the funeral. Sunday News, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Nov 27, 1887. Transcribed by Mary Cummins.

Below is obituary for his mother.

Mrs Sherman. Estella T. Sherman, relict of the late Henry N. Sherman, formerly of Tunkhannock, died Jan. 23, 1912, in New York City. She was the mother of attorney Henry H. Sherman and Augustus Sherman of New York; and two sisters, Mrs. Stephen Tuttle, and Mrs. J.K. Aldrich, of, Springville, survive, also two brothers, Julian P Handrick, of Binghamton, and Fred, of Wrayswood, Ga. Her age was 73 years and 8 months. Funeral services were held in New York on Wednesday afternoon with burial in Tunkhannock, Thursday, at 3 p.m., in Gravel Hill cemetery beside her husband. Rev. John Miller, of Tunkbannock, conducted the service at the grave. The bearers were; B.W. Lewis, J. K. Slauson. F. S. Sitser, L T. Burns,  Theodore Streeter, under taker. The Montrose Democrat, Montrose, Pennsylvania, Feb 1, 1912. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Below is the obituary for his brother. They both worked at Ellis Island and other offices.

SHERMAN - Henry H., aged 58, husband of Jessie Wheaton Sherman and brother of Augustus F. Sherman, after lingering illness, on Tuesday, July 30, 1918. Funeral services at his late residence, 1006 Trinity Avenue, Bronx, on Thursday at 8 P.M. Interment at Tunkhannock, Pa., on Friday. Tunkhannock papers please copy. New York Herald, Aug 1, 1918. Transcribed by Mary Cummins.

HENRY H. SHERMAN FOR UNDER SHERIFF. He is a secretary of the State Democracy's County Committee. Sheriff-elect Tamsen has selected as his Under Sheriff Henry H. Sherman, who is one of the Secretaries of the New York State Democracy's County Committee. The salary of the place is $5,000 a year, and its present incumbent is William H. McDonough. Mr. Sherman is at present private secretary to Dr. Senner, Commissioner of Immigration. He is a lawyer, and was at one time a partner of Andrew D. Parker. He was a stenographer in the Mayor's office under Mayor Abram S. Hewitt. He was also at one time managing clerk for Charles F. MacLean, the ex-Police Commissioner, who has been appointed counsel to Sheriff Tamsen.... The New York Times, Dec 23 1894. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Sherman-Rhoads Nuptials. On Saturday morning Rev. Henry L. Jones, rector of St. Stephen's, spoke the words which linked for life the accomplished violinist of this city, Mrs. Jessie Wheaton Rhoads and Mr. Henry Handrick Sherman of New York City, eldest son of the late H. N. Sherman, of this city. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's parents, Dr. and Mrs. T. J. Wheaton, 39 South Main Street, in the presence of only the immediate friends. After a wedding breakfast Mr. Sherman and his bride took the train for New York, where they enter at once upon the joys and tribulations of housekeeping. The groom is a lawyer as also private secretary to Mayor Hewitt. At one time he was stenographer to Gov. Tilden. The bride was a prominent figure in Wilkes-Barre social circles and her departure will be keenly felt. She is a sister of Councilman F. W. Wheaton. Record of the Times, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Apr 6, 1888. Transcription by Mary Cummins.

Henry worked at Ellis Island then worked as an Under Sheriff of New York city then became a lawyer. He was a New York lawyer and also a private secretary to Mayor Hewitt. He was once a stenographer to Governor Tiden.

March 31, 1888 Henry married Jessie Wheaton Rhoads in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Together they had three children, Estella Maria Sherman Littell, John Rogers Sherman Sr and Mary Wheaton Sherman Peters all deceased.

Augustus Frederick Sherman was never married and had no children. He left his photographs to a niece who gave them to the government.

Below is an alleged photo of him. He is standing far right.

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Below are the photos in question.

https://hyperallergic.com/330062/newly-colorized-portraits-of-immigrants-photographed-by-an-ellis-island-clerk/

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