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 21, 1941, Saturday

First of Summer Time. The Song of the Reaper is heard over hill and dale. The Grain is very light. Too much straw and smut has injured it. Every farmer is wanting theirs cut at once. The Rainy Season made the smut and the ground was too muddy to get the Binders in the fields. What grain there is doesn't bring a good price. Weather warm and ideal for harvesting.

Frank is at Gip to help Rufus Dovel harvest Barley this afternoon. Grace come in after medicine for one of Bobby's hogs, also to get Twine. Mary will be at Store. I will be alone all day. I did 2 hours labor cultivating flowers. Have a Big Bouquet of Gladioli of such lovely colors and large blooms. I never saw any lovelier.

Scripture read Isaiah 49:8-17. God says He will not forget us. "Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." Sometimes we think during this War striving, seeking for gain and greed that God has turned His back to us. It is the other way. People have forsaken God and forgotten to return to Him what is His own.

Lela sent me Birthday Card and letter with lovely Bookmark. Card from Mildred at Los Angeles. She was with Women Club visiting the beautiful sights of the City. Mary and Frank went to Clinton, then Grace and Mary brought the four little girls here at early bedtime to spend the night. I did not feel well enough to go anywhere.

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