Michael's brother Andrej died in the Spanish Flu epidemic on August 3, 1917 at 9:30 p.m. After he died, Michael was appointed to administer Andrej's affairs, collecting and paying debts, etc. Below is a picture of the "Letter of Administration" that officially consigned this duty upon Michael.
Andrej died in the hospital. It was while visiting him there in the hospital prior to his death that Eva Pawlak became so impressed by the attending nurses that she later strongly suggested that her daughter, Mary, attend nursing school and become a nurse.
It is interesting to note that the court spelled Michael's last name "Powlak" while spelling his brother's last name, "Powlik".
The text of the document is reproduced below the picture as a reading aid.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
No. 576 of 1917
I, WILLIAM E. MORGAN, Esq., Register for the Probate of Wills and granting of Letters of Administration, in and for the County of Luzerne, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
To Michael Powlak
WHEREAS, Andrew Powlik, late of Plains Township lately died intestate (as it is said) having while he lived and and the time of his decease divers goods, chattels, rights and credits, within the said county; by means whereof the disposition and power of granting Letters of Administration thereof is manifestly known to belong to me: I therefore, desiring that the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased may be well and truly administrated, converted and disposed of, according to law, do hereby grant unto you the said Michael Powlak (in whose fidelity in this behalf I very much confide) full power, by the tenor of these presents, to administer the good and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased, within the said county, as also to ask, collect, levy, recover and receive the credits whatsoever of the deceased, which at the time of his death were owing to, or did in any way belong to him, and to pay the debts in which the said deceased stood obligated, so far as the said goods and chattels, rights and credits will extend, according to their rate and order of law. And I do hereby require you the said Michael Powlak upon your solemn oath (or affirmation), well and truly to administer the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased, and making a true and perfect inventory and conscionable appraisement thereof, exhibiting the same into the Register's Office at Wilkes-Barre, on or before the 7th day of Sept. next ensuing; and also a just and true account, calculation and reckoning of your said administration, upon your solemn oath or affirmation, rendering on or before the 7th of Aug. in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighteen. And I do by these presents ordain, constitute and appoint you the said Michael Powlak to be administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of the said deceased within the limits aforesaid, saving harmless, and forever indemnifying me, and all other officers, against all persons whomsoever, by reason of your administration aforesaid, and saving all other their rights, etc.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said office, at Wilkes-Barre, this 7th day of Aug. A.D. one thousand nine hundred and seventeen.
The said Intestate died on the 3d day of Aug. 1917 at 9:30 o'clock P.M. as per affidavit filed.
W. E. Morgan Register