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The Late Sooner [Kindle Edition]

Sally Jadlow

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"Jadlow's story is a tale richly deserving a read by those of us now enjoying the opportunities and development of this state."
—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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roots & Branches (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR20SS
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Oct. 10 2006
By Story Writer - Published on
The Late Sooner by Sally Jadlow catches you with the introduction. Based on an actual diary from an Oklahoma plains settler Ms. Jadlow has woven a story we can all relate to and at the same time learn from. It's an easy quick read filled with information about the hardships, and hopes of the early settlers. Even if you have no interest in the history of Oklahoma you will enjoy this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A voice that talks to you. Oct. 19 2006
By Bonnie T. - Published on
Ms. Jadlow has given us a rare treasure in this book. The story is based on a diary written by her great-grandfather, Sanford Deering. He tells about his adventures, and misadventures, trying to tame a homestead following the land rush to Indian Territory, Oklahoma, in the late 1800's. The voice is so clear, I felt I was sitting at the table listening in on the conversations, wiping tears during hard times, and laughing during the joyful times. The amount of research done becomes obvious as the book unfolds. Anyone can learn something from the experiences of this family and their friends. I came away appreciating my ancestors even more.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning from those who went before us Oct. 24 2006
By Judith L. Smith - Published on
In this day and age the hardship that confronted those who settled this great land is non-existent. It is really refreshing to read about those hardy pioneers who lived, loved and died fulfilling their dream. Mrs. Jadlow's portrayal of her family history is both entertaining and relevant for us all. We all need to have our memories refreshed by reading about perseverence, hard work, sorrow and fulfillment written in a folksy style that charms. Judy Smith
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Late Sooner Nov. 18 2010
By D. L. Campbell - Published on
The Late Sooner is aptly named, as Sally Jadlow writes of her great-grandfather's desire to settle in Oklahoma--the Sooner state. She does a masterful job of taking her great-grandfather's tattered diary, with its one sentence a day entrries, and weaving an intriging historical story. The story draws the reader in with the hardships of settling in an unsettled land, and of the struggle of the wife who was so reluctant to move to that new land.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FACTION: Facts from research turned into mesmerizing read Oct. 7 2010
By Carolyn Leonard - Published on

Author Sally Jadlow found an old ledger with ragged edges stuffed in a walnut antique cabinet in her mother's spare bedroom. She said the yellowed pages crackled as she opened it, and the sound was her great grandfather's voice speaking from more than a hundred years ago from the pages of his diary.

Sanford Deering only entered one line a day in the ledger beginning in the 1880s, but Sally filled in the blanks with research, imagination and family legend to create this great historical novel.

The book begins in Missouri, with Sanford Deering's impossible dream of owning his own land. When he hears about free land opening up to homesteaders in Oklahoma Territory, he tells Lucy he wants to go. Lucy, who is pregnant, does not share the dream and refuses to even consider it. Unspoken words create a mounting tension between Sanford and Lucy. He tells her that many people sneak into the territory and try to claim land before the opening date, and are called "Sooners."

Later, after the baby's arrival and after their landlord notifies them they will have to give up their lease on the Missouri farm, Sanford learns from a friend that some land is still available. He brings this up to Lucy again. Lucy's parents and other friends are also planning to go, and Lucy gives in reluctantly.

Sanford staked a claim in the unassigned lands of the Oklahoma Territory four months after the first land opening in 1889 -- hence the title, The Late Sooner. Anyone who thinks life is rough now should definitely read this book, especially the chapter about the famine of 1890 - the "Year of the Turnip" when all other crops failed and there was nothing else to eat, and the lack of medical care when Lucy had to deliver her own baby all alone.

The book is a gripping memoir of the true life of Sanford Deering. Jadlow has captured the dreams, hope, bravery, and sacrifice of pioneer homesteaders settling in Oklahoma in the early years before statehood in 1907. It will be especially interesting to people interested in Oklahoma or pioneer history experiences, genealogy, or overcoming tragedy.

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