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.

June 19, 1941, Thursday

My 73rd Birth Anniversary day. Weather cool and pleasant in morning hours. I transplanted a lot of plants. At 10 A.M. Mary took me to the Store and soon after Dad and Frank took me to Gip. Grace had a delicious dinner of new vegetables, Pork Chops rolled in batter and browned so nicely, Salad and Ice Tea.

Grace, the little girls and I drove to Cecil's. The Roads are so very rough. All in ruts and ridges. We went merrily bouncing along. Had 2 short detours and at the creek at Cecil's the road had deep holes and high centers so we were stuck there for 4 hours and 35 minutes. Four men and 2 tractors were used to pull us out.

The children went barefooted wading in the cool water. We womenfolk walked, talked and sat under the Shade of those emensely big Trees, so delightfully cool. It was about 9 P.M. when we arrived here after our plasant visit with Lena. Her beautiful white chickens are grown, a hundred or more hens now ready to lay eggs. They have over a hundred hogs. The pigs are as fat as butterballs. Her garden is good and she has canned some vegetables in her new Cooker. Grace has about 12 quarts of Pineapples canned in heavy syrup extra fine ones.

When I reached my Room there were many beautiful Cards of Greetings with Handkerchiefs and some money enclosed, a pair of White Oxford Ties, a Music Box for Face Powder, and Ornament of California Cane from Mildred.

Scripture read II Timothy 2:15, II Cor. 6:1-10. So tired I was that sleep didn't come very soon as I lay and pondered over Events and Pleasures of Birthday. With a Prayer for loved ones, friends and those with whom we come in contact. Mary and Grace spent the evening in Clinton. Thus ended my 73rd Birthday.

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