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 15, 1941, Saturday

Weather looks gloomy. Cloudy and Wind from the North, not very cold. We may have rain or a Blizzard before night comes. All are up and about their daily occupations. I'm slowly gaining my health if my Ears and Throat would only heal. My window Plants are growing, looking so hearty and pretty. All were re-arranged yesterday, as usual I move each plant and setting them in new positions so they can get the Sun light on all sides. Geraniums are 18 and 20 inches tall, leaves 5 inches broad. Some white Chinese Lillies are in bloom and Fluffy Ruffles has grown a foot this Winter. It is beautiful. Begonias have put on growth but are not in bloom.

Mary spent last evening with young friends at Clinton, Marjorie Standley among them. Marjorie's folks are near here.

My Azalea is source of joy and pride, so beautiful and blossoms completely cover shrub. Scripture reading Isaiah 25:4, John 3:1-11

I made a sewing bag to put articles in that need mending. The day has been mostly in writing Jack and Lela. Received a long letter from Guy Pafford with news and names of young ladies that visited here with him and Paul. Josephine Cronin, 750 De Barr, Norman and Luverna Mahaney, 408 S.E. 28th, Oklahoma City.

Dad bought 18 calves, cost was $710. They were brought here at dark tonight. Frank will have some work to do now keeping up fences, watering and feeding calves. Mary retired to her room early, very tired from the activities of the week. Dad seems very pleased over buying the calves.

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