Book: The Late Sooner by Sally Jadlowcategories: Book, Oklahoma Land Run, Oklahoma Territory, Oklahoma Statehood, Pioneer Story, Oklahoma, Sod Busters, Oklahoma Land Grab, Oklahoma Early Days, Land Run Participants, Historical Fiction
Sally Jadlowabout this book: I never dreamed when I cleaned out an antique cabinet in my mother's home I'd find such a treasure. It was a one-line-a-day diary written in an old ledger book which belonged to my great-grandfather. In this diary he chronicled his daily activities in the period of 1889 when the U.S. government first opened the Oklahoma Territory for white settlers.
He brought his wife, her parents, and her brother's family to the untamed land of Oklahoma. They settled about 15 miles north of Guthrie four months after the 1889 land run. Though the land was free, it came at a high price to his personal life.
What he left out of his diary, I filled in and created a novel typical of the struggles, joys and heartaches experienced by those early settlers. It is a story that can be read by all ages, free of sex and violence.
My purpose for writing the book was to teach, entertain, and inform future generations of the price paid to settle and build our nation.
I certainly enjoyed researching and writing this historically accurate novel. I learned things never taught in history books. I hope you enjoy the read.
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