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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: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
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  • Publisher: Roots & Branches (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR20SS
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb8d558) out of 5 stars Great read Oct. 10 2006
By Story Writer - Published on
Format: Paperback
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
HASH(0x9cb8d5ac) out of 5 stars A voice that talks to you. Oct. 19 2006
By Bonnie T. - Published on
Format: Paperback
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
HASH(0x9cb8d9e4) out of 5 stars Learning from those who went before us Oct. 24 2006
By Judy Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
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
HASH(0x9cb8ddb0) out of 5 stars The Late Sooner Nov. 18 2010
By D. L. Campbell - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
HASH(0x9cb8de94) out of 5 stars Turnips Save the Day June 30 2012
By Brother Ken - Published on
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I found this to be a commendable effort by the author. I enjoyed many things about this book, while at the same time wished it went a bit further.

Why did we get such tiny snippets of the actual journal? Now, I realize that most journals are often deathly dull and confusing, but the author seems to have had more to work with than the few random sentences we got at the start of each chapter. I would have liked to see just a bit more of that.
Plus, there's hardly a mention that Sanford keeps a journal while the story unfolds. In fact, he's portrayed as an unlikely candidate for scholarly endeavors.

I didn't quite understand why poor Lucy had to starve with her kids on the prairie while Sanford was earning money in Missouri. Yes, I understand the author is relating real events, but I suppose it made me dislike Sanford and wonder at his poor planning. I mean, he's earning money and eating well in Missouri while his pregnant wife and little kids are subsisting on turnips for months on end. They drive into town to get a barrel of water because the well dried up. And Sanford couldn't send them some food on the train (that stops right in town)? Nothing at all? She's pregnant and starving, and he sends NOTHING. (With dire consequences.) And not too long after that he has enough money to buy a sawmill.

For all the buildup about overcoming hardship alluded to in the synopsis and the gushing blurbs, the trials they faced were fairly common. Drought, separation, money troubles. The worst thing they faced--apart from death, which I won't go into due to the spoiler factor--was the turnip diet, which, as I mentioned above, seemed to have been avoidable with a little better planning.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and was genuinely interested in what happened to these people. They seemed real to me (which is a good thing, since they were). If you like stories about regular folks overcoming hardships and just trying to get by, you'll probably like this.