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.

May 13, 1941, Tuesday

Clear and pleasant with South east Wind blowing briskly and rather cool. Frank's Birthday. May God shower Rich Blessings upon him and make him truly Thine. Dad and Frank are up at 6 and down town before 7 A.M. The days are quite long and getting longer. One gets tired several times before night and have hours in which to rest. Scripture reading John 11:14-22.

Yesterday I spent the day writing to my children and today will be used the same way until the list is completed. I feel rather stiff and achy these cool mornings but manage to transplant a few young plants each day, thereby getting a lot of my flower work done. The Peonias are in bloom. There won't be many this year as the early Spring was too cold and wet.

Wrote Mildred and Jack this morning. I attended the Cooking School. There was a large crowd there. I registered with the Sunnyside Club (Extension Women). Visited Saltsman Floral Shop and bought a few bedding plants.

At night Mary took me to a Good Comedy, Sis Hopkins, by Judy Canova. I set my plants out as soon as I returned in Afternoon. The day remained hot and blustery but Wind had quieted down by dark.

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