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Book Corner Spring 2017: Author Jonita Mullins

Come to Lovely County by Jonita Mullins, '81

Come to Lovely County by Jonita Mullins


     Come to Lovely County is the final of three novels set in the early days of settlement in Oklahoma by author Jonita Mullins, a 1981 Oklahoma State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English.

     Her Missions of IndianTerritory trilogy covers true events in the 1820s, following young missionaries who traveled from Connecticut to settle on the untamed prairie among the Osages and Cherokees in what was then western Arkansas Territory. With the opening of the Union Mission School, lead character Clarissa Johnson became one of the first schoolteachers in Oklahoma. Union Mission was quickly embroiled in a feud between Osage leader Mad Buffalo and Cherokee leader Walter Webber. The novels capture the hopes, fears, blood and tears of these Oklahoma pioneers.

     The preceding novels in the trilogy are Journey to an Untamed Land and Look Unto the Fields. The books are available from online distributors or at A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Come to Lovely County will support the restoration of the home of missionary teacher Alice Robertson, Oklahoma’s first congresswoman.

     Mullins has researched and written about Oklahoma and Arkansas history for nearly 15 years. She is available for presentations by emailing


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Published in STATE Magazine, Volume 12, Number 3, Spring 2017 by STATE Editor Elizabeth Keys

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