The story of the killing of Clarence Schwartz can be found in my Caddo book “Persevering on the Prairie”. I recently found the item about his mother and thought that those of you who have the book would want to add it to the story. For those of you unfamiliar with the incident I have included this brief news item. The original story is ten pages long.
The Blue County Democrat
November 10, 1905
Arthur and McKinley Hensley, aged 13 and 11 respectively, had a preliminary hearing before Judge Parker yesterday. They are charged with the murder of Clay Schwartz, aged 11, while out hunting near Caddo Monday. The young defendants claim the gun went off accidentally and killed their young companion. However, they said nothing of the matter ‘til the body was discovered on Tuesday.
Durant Weekly News
March 9, 1906
Mother Faints in Court Room
Arthur Hensley Gets Two Years in Training School
Mother Grief Stricken
Relative to the Arthur Hensley case, a report of which appeared in the News (November, 1905), a motion for a new trial was overruled Saturday morning and the defendant sentenced to two years at the Missouri Training School for Boys, Booneville, Missouri.
The scene in the court room at the time sentence was pronounced was very dramatic. The mother of the boy sat in the court room all morning waiting for him to be brought from jail and when the time for action on the motion for new trial came she began to sob violently and fainted and had to be removed to the corridor.
As the defendant was being taken back to jail he was allowed to speak to his mother, but she was unconscious and the scene was pathetic indeed, touching the hearts of the strongest men. Mrs. Hensley is a very frail woman and it is feared the shock may prove serious to her.
The lad was convicted in the early part of last week of killing Clarence Schwartz at Caddo last November.
Note: The 1910 census shows Mr. and Mrs. Hensley and seven children, including Arthur and McKinley, living in Atoka.