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.

April 14, 1941, Monday

No School buses are coming into town today with loads of merry children as the Rain has made the roads too muddy. Heavy Rain this morning began at Dawn pouring down for hours. Frank took Dad to town early. Frank feels the effects of this wet weather. His back hurts. My knees ache same as my back. It is hard work to raise up from my chair and to sit down.

Mary and Opal came from Clinton to take me to matinee at Del Rio. Picture by Robert Young, Scott Randolph, Virginia Gilmore. Story by Zane Gray, The Western Union in technicolor.

Frank come home at Sundown. Scripture reading Mark 16:1-8. Dad and I read the Pioneer Edition of the News, full of old time incidents by Pioneers. There are less than a dozen of men living now who made the "Run" into G, now Custer County.

Wrote Mildred yesterday and to Lela today. Sunshine and Roads are drying out. Clouds gathering as night settles down.

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