The Caddo Herald
June 21, 1901
From Editor Schenck
The Antlers Democrat with last week’s issue ceased publication. In retiring, Editor Schenck makes the following valedictory which is very interesting and shows the editor’s reasons for leaving the Territory. That part which relates to the Caddo Banner is especially true. We trust Mr. Schenck will have abundant success in Texas.
It is with profound regret that I now bid the readers of the Democrat and the people of the Indian Territory generally, good-bye. This will be the last issue, under my management at least. I will go to Texas where I will engage in the newspaper business. I have formed many fond attachments here in the Territory and they shall always have a warm place in my recollection.
Eleven years ago when I came to the territory and began the publication of The Caddo Banner there were only two other papers being published in the Choctaw nation- The Indian Citizen at Atoka, and a paper at Krebs. Conditions have changed wonderfully since that time. The Caddo Banner, Purcell Register, Minco Ministrel, and Ardmore Chieftain were the only papers in the Territory that dared advocate allotment and a change from the form of corrupt government under which we were then living. The Indian Citizen, now the loudest mouth advocate of allotment, set up a wail like a dying calf when I began the publication of the Banner and said it should be suppressed and I removed from the Territory for advocating allotment; that I was trying to disrupt the tribal government. And indeed it was a disappointment if I did not get a notice from the Indian Agent every thirty days ordering me to leave the Territory or be removed. In one notice he gave me only twenty days in which to leave and as the time was so short I would not attempt to comply with his request.
But all those conditions have since changed; still there is a verdant field for the faithful to keep up their good works for many years. But there is a time coming when they will have their reward. Present conditions cannot exist much longer. People who have the least particle of resentment will finally tire of paying taxes to support a government in which they have no voice and paying for the education of a different race of people and allowing their own to grow up in dense ignorance. The biggest coward will strike back when all retreat has been cut off and it will be so with the people here who make their usual contribution to the farcical government.
I was nearly two years getting the scales removed from my eyes, but for the last nine years I have given them the “hoss” laugh as one of the Choctaw officials called it.
I shall long to see the day when this country has been made into a state. Then democracy will reign and you will not see negro officials around our courts. May the day speedily arrive is my wish.
Respectfully, J. Y. Schenck
Note: In case you have forgotten, Mr. Schenck later returned to the Territory.
September 5, 1913
J.Y. Schenck Killed
Sulphur, Okla. Aug. 29- “Eat this damned article you wrote”, shouted John Lindsay, former county treasurer of Murray county, as he approached J. Y. Schenck, editor of the Sulphur Democrat, this morning and held out in his hand a copy of Schenck’s own newspaper.
When Schenck ignored him, Lindsay stepped back, raised a double barreled shot gun and fired twice at the editor. The first shot tore away Schenck’s hand, which he had thrown up to protect himself, and the second tore a great hole in his breast, killing him instantly.
“Don’t shoot any more, I am a dead man,” cried Schenck after Lindsay had fired the first shot, but he paid no heed. The editor was sitting in a buggy. Sheriff Rawlings at once rushed Lindsay to the jail at Norman, in another county, for fear of mob violence.
On July 21 Schenck published a long article in his paper which charged that Lindsay was attempting to direct the acts of the board of county commissioners, and that the former county official voted and worked for socialist candidates while holding office as a democrat. It also declared that Lindsay would be a candidate for sheriff, but supposed that he would run on the socialist ticket after deserting the democratic party in the manner that he had.
Mr. Schenck was an old newspaper man of varied experience having in past years been editor of a number of newspapers in the Indian Territory and Texas. About twenty years ago he was editor of The Caddo Banner, and many of the old residents here remember him.
July 24, 1914
Editor Slayer Acquitted
Lindsay Acquitted by a Jury at Norman
Norman, Okla., July 23- The jury in the district court trying J. C. Lindsay for the murder of J. Y. Schenck, who was a newspaper man at Sulphur, brought in a verdict acquitting Lindsay. He was liberated immediately. Lindsay’s defense was temporary insanity. Schenck and Lindsay had been political enemies and Lindsay became enraged at articles Schenck had published about him, took his shotgun, and coming upon Schenck in his buggy, fired two loads into his body, killing him almost instantly. Schenck was a helpless cripple and unarmed at the time.
Note: An earlier article about the trial said that Schenck was sitting in his buggy waiting at a repair shop. Since Lindsay took his shotgun AND a copy of the newspaper with him and tracked down Schenck, who by-the-way lived on the other side of town, how was that not a planned killing?
J. Y. Schenck was slated for the next appointment as postmaster of Sulphur. Citizens rallied to have his wife take his place. I have yet to find proof of her appointment.
September 10, 1913
Sulphur, Okla., Sept. 9- A number of citizens have interested themselves in behalf of Mrs. Schenck, wife of J.Y. Schenck, editor of the Democrat, who was killed a few days ago by John Lindsay. Appeals will be made to the Oklahoma congressional delegation to call a primary election for endorsement of postmaster of Sulphur. In such case it is expected Mrs. Schenck would receive unanimous endorsement for the position.