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 22, 1941 Saturday

Snow and Ice covered ground. Very Cold. Weather makes a pretty picture of Ice and Snow on the Ground and clinging to wire fences, trees and shrubs. The Atmosphere is frozen. The Air is so dense that objects at a distance can't be seen, that are usually very clearly outlined against the sky but you can't tell where the sky begins, nor the horizon either.

All of us were late arising this morning. On Saturdays the Store trade doesn't begin early. Frank has fed the cattle in the pasture and Mary oil mopped the floors, did the kitchen work and has gone to town to be gone until night closing of the Store. Scripture reading I Timothy 2ch, 1 Sam. 5

I wrote to Lottie and Jim yesterday. Addressed Dorothy Reed's letter again. It was returned because of wrong street address. It will take about 3 days for her to get it now. My neck is stiff on the left side where ear had a rising. This bad weather affects my body, making pains and aches. Received a card from Essa Simmons. Her son Sewall will be home to stay 10 days. After he returns from San Diego Cal. he will go to Alaska Islands on a ship, be gone 9 months. Mar y put on her Cow girl togs and drove to Clinton to spend the evening. The day has ended, another cold icy spell. Forecasters say more of the same kind of weather tomorrow.

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