—The Daily Oklahoman
Sanford Deering wants to stake his claim in the Oklahoma Territory on April 22, 1889. His wife, Lucy, determined to stay in Missouri, refuses to let him go. They are expecting their third child. Soon after the birth, Sanford receives a letter from a friend who staked a claim. Land is still available.
The Late Sooner dramatizes the struggles, heartaches, and trials of the Deering family as they face claim-jumpers, prairie fires, and famine during the difficult years following the first land run in Oklahoma. This account depicts Sanford’s life, recorded one line a day, in his ledger. Author Sally Jadlow is his great-granddaughter.
“Sally Jadlow took her great-grandfather’s diary and wove it into an incredibly beautiful story of hope, passion, adventure, trust and faith. This is one book that will always be near to my heart.”
—Nelda Brown, Past President, Logan County, Oklahoma Genealogical Society
“After the bugle sounded on April 22, 1889, there were still pockets of free land available. The Late Sooner is the story of one family of homesteaders who claimed some of that land despite extreme hardships, trials, and grief. It is important to record stories for future generations. Sally Jadlow has accomplished this very well.”
—Don Odom, Junior High School History Teacher (retired), Guthrie, Oklahoma
Sally Jadlow is wife to her husband, Vic; mother of four, and grandmother of eleven. For the past twelve years she has served as an ordained chaplain to corporations in the greater Kansas City area and teaches creative writing. Sally is an award-winning author.