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 30, 1941, Friday

Decoration Day! Fannie, Dick, and Richard came very early to get flowers for the cemetery. I helped gather 3 nice large vases of my prettiest flowers for them and sent 2 large sprays for little Frankie's grave. After they left I picked up the hoe to chop some weeds and was very busy when Mrs. Main and her son Willie from Fort Worth drove up. We visited awhile. Then Dad and Frank come for their dinner (early). They were going to Gip to cut hay.

After noon Gladys Blarney came to get a Kodak to take pictures of her Mother's family with their families. Decoration Day brings many folks from other towns and states to decorate their loved ones graves. Scripture read Psalms 32:7, Psalms 91.

My nephew W. Guy Pafford was appointed by Governor Phillips as an important State Committeeman. Dad and Frank were late returning home. Mary was tired from her being alone to do the Store work. At 7 P.M. Mary and I went to Clinton. I saw a good movie by Errol Flynn and Brenda Marshall. Mary was with the Marvins. Their mother was better and could sit up in bed.

I was so very tired, hand been busy all day, mostly in the yard. My company was received in the yard. The weather was Ideal for Decoration Day. I couldn't go to the Cemetery but sent nice Bouquets for 8 graves to Gip by Betty Lou and her sisters, to Arapaho by Fannie. Thus ended May 30.

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