THOMAS C. SHACKLETT
Vol. 5, p. 1854
Coming to Oklahoma Territory with his parents when a lad of nine years, the present postmaster of Yukon, Canadian County, has here found ample opportunity for worthy achievement and has proved himself one of the world's productive workers, the while his present official position vouches for the estimate placed upon him in the community in which he maintains his home.
Born in Meade County, Kentucky, on the 5th day of November 1880, Mr. Shacklett is a son of Jesse S. and Susan M. (EASTON) Shacklett. When he was five years old, in 1885, his parents removed from the old Bluegrass state to Southwestern Kansas, and from the latter state they came to Oklahoma in 1889, thus becoming pioneers of the new territory when it was thrown open to settlement. The family home was established in the old town of Frisco, Canadian County, and later removal was made to Yukon, a new village in the same county, where the father conducted a hotel for some time, his death having there occurred in 1910 and his widow still maintaining her home in this now thriving little city, in which her son is postmaster.
In earlier years Jesse S. Shacklett devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, and thus the boyhood days of the postmaster of Yukon were principally compassed by the conditions and influences of the farm, in Kansas and Oklahoma. He made good use of the advantages afforded him in the public schools of Canadian County, within whose borders he has been a resident since he was nine years old, and here he followed various vocations until his appointment to the office of postmaster of Yukon, his commission having been given in April, 1914, and his administration, careful and efficient, having gained to him the approval of the community. In politics, as may be inferred, he is a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic Party, and in a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World.
The maiden name of his wife was Orie MCCOMAS, and they have no children.
SOURCE: Thoburn, Joseph B., A Standard History of Oklahoma, An Authentic Narrative of its Development, 5 v. (Chicago, New York: The American Historical Society, 1916).
Transcribed by Earline Sparks Barger, January 2001.