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 30, 1941, Monday

Morning is cool and pleasant for the Combine men to cut Oats. Last day of June which has been cool and about half wet weather (maybe not that much Rain) but enough to ruin Grain and Hay.

Frank is overseeing work and looking after the fence fixing. Mary is getting dinner for 7 men including Dad and Frank. I am helping to fill in places where help is needed. Scripture read Isaiah 11:1-9.

Men come in Relays of 2 at once to eat, prolonging the hours of work in hot kitchen. Mary has now gone to Store to help Dad.

2:15 P.M. Dinner is now over. Supper begins at 6 P.M. Afternoon is very warm. The Combine finished cutting 1 field of Oats. A Sand and Wind Storm come up about 7 P.M. followed by a hard Rain. All the men were caught in it. They had to quit shortly after that. Grace and Mary were on the Highway to Clinton so they were out in the worst of the Rain.

Quotes pasted:
Some people would rather be right than pleasant; happy are they who can be pleasant and right.

You can't always choose your circumstances, but you can always choose the spirit in which you will meet them.

I'm not hoping for better times; I've got my coat off and working for them.

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