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 20, 1941, Thursday

Snow covers the ground and hangs to the branches of Trees and Shrubs. The air is frost laden making a beautiful picture of Winter. It is freezing cold, roads cut into ruts and chug holes froze hard. It is bad for the tires of Cars. Frank had to walk over to drive the cattle out of the Barley field. It is bad for Frank to have to prowl ground in the bad weather.

Mary did the dishes and has gone to town for the day. Her throat is better. Mine is easier but it awakens me each night and I have to gargle and doctor it. Mary wore her new boots. They are fine for this kind of weather. Several have bought Old time high top shoes. Stores at Clinton want to sell for Pioneer days on April 19-20. Scripture reading Romans 12:9-16, Psalm 34:5

Dad bought 20 head cattle at Clinton Sale. My throat and lungs are much worse today. I almost freeze when wind strikes me in room where there is no fire as I walk toward the kitchen fire. My fever must be high.

Today is Jack's birthday, also Betty Lou's. God bless their dear hearts with choicest Blessings.

I pasted my pretty Christmas, New Year, Get Well and Valentine cards in a large album. There are hundreds of them in 5 albums. Mary spent evening in Clinton. I wrote Essa Simmons today.

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