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.

February 1, 1941, Saturday

Warm for Winter, raining and slick mud on Country Roads. Loys and Al with his parents started back to Denver about 7:45 A.M. They will travel on paved Highway and where there is gravel. I pray their journey may be pleasant and without any mishap or accident. Al is a careful driver and the Speed is 10 or 15 miles faster in Colorado than here in Oklahoma. He will make the 571 by night anyway.

My right lung has a sharp pain ever so often. This damp weather is bad for my aches. Mary and Frank are trying to get all the lard rendered up today and put away. Wish I was strong enough to do my part of the work but am so weak it is hard work to get my breath. Am so tired, I would like to rest.

Another month as begun, January had some real Blizzardy freezing weather, damp days, and clear calm days. February usually is cold and freezing, but today the 1st is warm and Springlike. In the rain the little wrens are hopping about. Scripture reading Phil. 4:1-7.

Frank put away the Lard at 6 P.M. then put our hot supper on the table. I've tried to help him some but that heart weakness has styed with me and pain in the right lung. Am so tired can hardly get my breath. It's night now and still drizzling rain. Road so muddy it will be hard to drive over it back home. It's time for them to come. Richard come in to go to Basket Ball game at Clinton. He and Mary went together. Richard will be here until Monday noon.

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