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 5, 1941, Thursday

A delightful balmy morning, cool and partly cloudy. All of us are up early. Grace and her children left for home. Frank went to help harvest at Gip. Mary will be at Store all day. My aches and pains are worse this week. Couldn't rest or sleep good at night.

Received a letter from Jack telling of his work. He gets a good Salary, but Government will require longer hours and work will be done day and night for Defense Preparation until finished. Scripture read Ecclesiastes 3:11, also Ec. 2:1-11.

I labored for 2 hours in the yard wile busy there Mrs. Teels and Mabel came and I gave them Zinnias and Marigolds, Vines, WanderingJew, Buttercup Vines and Pinks. Rain at 11 A.M. Frank had to stop work because of the Rain. He was dripping wet when he returned home. At night, more rain. All retired early except Mary, she spent the evening with friends.

The Birth Certificates for all our children have been recorded at the Capitol and a carbon copy sent to each child except those here at home and near here. Bill's whereabouts is not known at present. He moves around so often. Jack writes that his work pays but there is danger in it.

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January 1941

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

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