Oklahoma Pioneer Mittie Stephens Cobb enjoyed family, home and garden. Mittie's 1941 Journal shares weathered pioneer experiences and every day life in Arapaho, Oklahoma. Mittie and Rufus "Dad" lived west of Arapaho with daughter Mary and son Frank and owned the Cobb Store in Arapaho. Cecil and Lena Cobb, Fannie and Richard Bland lived nearby. George, Jack, Loys Cooper, Randall and Mildred Shankland moved out of state and stayed in touch by letters. Mittie turned 73 years in 1941 outliving three of her children, Rexie, Rollie and Harvey.

It was serendipity

to have Mittie's Journal to read and share in 2008. The calendar days of 1941 are the same as 2008. Richard received the Journal from his mother, Fannie, and gave the Journal to his cousin Betty in spring 2008. This great-granddaughter first had it in hand in July 2008. For a few weeks it was transcribed to email for family. Mittie's Journal blog began October 12, the anniversary of the day Mittie and Rufus landed at Gip, Oklahoma 1892 in open prairie. Check out that Journal entry. It is a blessing to share this Journal with others. To stay in the matching year the remaining Journal days appear in the Journal Archive as they are posted. Thanks for stopping by.

January 15, 1941, Wednesday

Weather damp and gloomy, a little cooler. My lungs are better but throat and ear very sore. Cough has continued for 6 or 7 weeks.

A light sprinkle of rain just over. Frank and Mary very good to do what they can for me. She will buy medicine, fruit or anything she thinks I need. Frank puts himself to trouble to prepare something good to eat. It isn't my appetite at fault but the soreness of throat prevents my swallowing. When I eat then I cough bringing on an attack of suffering of the pain in my ear. This awful suffering in ear has lasted about 3 weeks. Scripture reading Exod. 3:14-15, Psa 130:20, Psalm 34:4, Hebrews 1 ch 14

I haven't done any work of any kind. Not even writing or sewing for 10 or 12 days. Today is Billy Jean's 5th birthday. God Bless the dear little one and make her a Blessing to those around her. Weather is damp but no rainfall. A misty atmosphere with a promise of more tomorrow of just such climate, not every cold, above freezing. Weather has a lot to do with the suffering of Flu & Pneumonia.

Pasted in clipping:

Charge to America

Kneel down, America! Think on your past, and pray!
From old-world heritage of greed and hate
You were called out like Abraham to find
Where tolerance and brotherhood might flourish
And light the world with hope!
God, having blessed and purged you of old guilts,
Brought rich, unnumbered treasures to your hand:
Fat, fertile soil; a gentle climate;
Freedom; equality; the right to speak,
To print, to pray, to live as conscience rules.
He tamed for you the lightning; set the time
Fast-moving, filled with miracles!
Now, like a pampered child, you play
with tinsel toys and heed not His commands.

Rise up, America! Your starlit flag
Hold high, with vows renewed!
thank God for dangers to remind you
That His great gifts great duties do entail.
So may you worthy prove, though late,
Of this high gift, this duty, this Democracy!
Genoa Morris

1 comment:

Susan said...

Genoa Morris was an exhibiting artist in Oklahoma City in March 1939 Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol 17, page 87. http://digital.library.okstate.edu/chronicles/v017/v017p087.html

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January 1941
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