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 6, 1941, Tuesday

Cooler since Rain of yesterday. Have my heater ablaze. Pains of Rheumatism dart thru my joints in a sharp way making them stiff and sore.

The Grader is at work on the Highway in front of the house. The men have scraped the road 2 or 3 times a day, between the times the Traffic gets stalled for hours, taking many men and Tractors to pull the cars through.

At 7 P.M. a Truck of horses was trying to make the grade up a slant when the Truck become lodged in a deep rut and 5 hours was spent in trying to get it out of there.

Scripture reading Exod. 20:9-10, I Thess. 4:9-12 Too cold and wet for me to work in the garden among the flowers. The weeds are getting more Rank and more of them. More of the Beautiful Irises are opening each day on tall stems. Seedlings are so very slow of growth. May be too cool for them. Many plants need to be transplanted where they are too thick.

Dad and Frank went to Gip farms to see how much the Overflow of Barnitz Creek has damaged the crops out there. There has been a lot of damage done by Rivers and smaller streams. Bridges are washed out as well as crops.

Essa writes about that part of State being washed out and under water. Dad received another picture from the Pioneer Association of those who made the "Run." Only 6 men in the picture. The other one had 20 men in it. Raining at Sundown. The Corn was washed out and damages done to other crops and property.

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January 1941

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

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