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.

March 29, 1941, Saturday

The Wind is very chilling today. Partly cloudy. Today is Harvey's Birth Anniversary. Bless his dear memory. I relive those eventful years, from his birth until his death in my memories of him so often.

Frank went to Gip farms to help with dehorning cattle. His lungs hurt him and he coughs very hard and often. Mary had to go to town and leave kitchen work undone as Dad will go with Frank to be gone all day. I am feeling much worse this morning and have those chilly sensations and cough more. So the kitchen work will not be done for a while until I gain strength to do it. Scripture reading John 6:66-72, I Sam. 14:1-14

I will remain by the firesaide to keep down these chilling spells.

Fannie and Richard came by to see me. She has 200 baby chicks and an early garden planted. Mary went to Clinton at night. Frank went with her. They will spend the night at Clinton with friends.

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January 1941

January 1941
Mittie used "scrapbooking" on daily journal entry.

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