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 26, 1941, Wednesday

Snowing at 9 A.M. and melts on wet ground. Hard for the School Buses to get in town. The sale of fine cattle at Essary Barns is to be today and tomorrow. Weather may interfere with their plans as roads may be to muddy for traffic in places. Cars are beginning now to stall in front of house. Mary got through the Slushy slick driveway and went to town to be gone until night. Frank is feeding the cattle on the hillside just north of the house. The Snow can't be seen after it falls, only the ground is more moist. Scripture reading Psalm 138, Psalm 119:130

Frank and a man driver had to unload a truck of feed for the cattle and carry it a hundred feet through mud because the truck driver couldn't get into yard for the mud was so deep and slick. The Penners come then to make fences so Frank had to help them. Three Penner kids with feet covered with mud come running into the kitchen where Mary had scrubbed this morning.

A letter received from Lela full of news. She still receives a treatment each morning of electrodes for her back that was injured in December when she fell at Department Store. Her hip was hurt also. Fannie had to see the Doctor about her ears that were paining her so much.

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