From the Lake County Star June 14, 1940 Edition
1. Thomas J. Johnson, 22, of Sweetwater Township, drowned in Squaw Lake in Section 17, Elk Township shortly after noon Friday when he stepped into a drop-off while wading along the shore of the lake. The body was recovered Saturday by divers from Baldwin. Johnson, who was employed cutting bolts in the nearby Merrill camp, went with Willie Lockhart to the lake for a swim. Being unable to swim he stripped and walked along the shallow edge of the lake while Lockhart swam out a hundred yards or so. The lake, while only about ten acres in extent, drops off precipitately to a depth of 20 to 30 feet. Johnson apparently stepped into a “pot-hole” and sank. Lockhart heard him shout and turned back, but could find no trace of him. After diving several time, he got a ride to Baldwin and notified the authorities. Sheriff Smith and Coroner Davis went to the lake and the Merrill crew took over a boat from Big Bass Lake but two hours of diving and grappling failed to produce results. Recovery of the body was difficult due to the muck bottom of the lake. The body sank into the ooze a foot or more, and being a colored lad, was impossible to see. Sheriff Smith engaged Clark Libey and Dick Drilling to dive with James Whitmyer to row the boat and the boys proved themselves splendid divers. The body was raised early in the afternoon (on Saturday).