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 28, 1941, Wednesday

Beautiful weather for the last of May. I love to labor among my flowers, smell their fragrance and view their loveliness. It is much harder to get the young seedlings to grow and stand tall. There are so many cut worms, caterpillar worms and small ants to molest and destroy them. Luckily the seed germinated and millions of plants sprouted, if the worms and insects will let them alone to produce blossoms. I did hours of work as the time was pleasant, weather cool and balmy. Scripture read Luke 15:11-24

Frank cut some weeds while waiting for Mary to get ready for the Store. I spent a lot of time in the yard by working then resting again. Much can be done in the course of time these long days. I get very tired and retire some times at 8 P.M. just getting dark. My body can stretch out and relax during the delightful hours of night.

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