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 3, 1941, Thursday

Wind strong from the North but not cold enough to freeze. My cough is bad. Dad was alarmed hearing me having a coughing spell in the night and offered advice and help. I'm weaker today but don't feel as bad as yesterday. My cough has a hollow sound.

Dad and Frank are at the Store. Mary is at Clinton. The Kitchen work is waiting. Scripture reading Heb. 11:1-6, I John 5:4. Mary returned and did the kitchen tasks then went back to Clinton with Opal Farnsworth.

Betty Lou and Marilyn come from Clinton shop where their hair was shampooed and curled. Betty Lou had a headache and slept until 7 P.M. Grace come about then to dress Marilyn for tonight in uniform of White and Blue slacks, White boots. The High School and lower grades entertain with a Play and Rhythm Band Music. There was a large crowd passing by going to School Play.

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January 1941

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

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