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 29, 1941, Sunday

Morning is cool and Refreshingly Breezy in the Early Hours. May be much warmer later on. I was up (hours before Dad or Mary was awake) gathering flowers for Vases. Beautiful "Glads," Cosmos and Coreopsis, and the first Zinnias of the Season, all shades and sizes from Whites to darkest Red, Pink, Yellow, and Orange hues. The West side of the Yard is filled with fragrant Petunias, Vincas, Yellow Cosmos, and Zinnias that will bloom until Frost. Scripture read John 14:25-31.

The Combine is cutting 1/2 mile west of us and it is supposed to be here after Noon some time to set up for work.

Combining is not "Sunday" work, but people have to take their cutting whenever they can get it done, as work of that kind is much behind this year. Other fields are waiting to have their cutting done.

Mary and I went to Clinton awhile. The Combine came while we were there and were cutting the Grain when we returned. Betty Lou and Barbara Ann come back when I did from Clinton. They will be here over night. Part of the men work while others haul grain and eat.

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January 1941

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

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