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 9, 1941, Monday

Cloudy. There is a Sprinkle of Rain. The clouds are dark and heavy. We may get a real Rain soon. Frank and Dad arose about 5:30 A.M. Dad wanted to have men go to Gip to work. The Rain and weeds are doing damage to crops out there. Every farmer is having the same trouble and the men working on the Highways. Scripture read Matt. 25:47-50

9 A.M. Raining hard and fast. Water running thru the yard like a young River and filling tubs and barrels. About 1 P.M. the clouds cleared away and the Sun shines out in all his glory.

I've spent the day reading and resting, not feeling much like working. I have watched the Orioles on the Vines that cover my windows. Their bright Orange feathers show prettily and gorgeous against the green background of the Vine, and the bright colored flowers nearby of every color and shade and white.

Received a letter from Loys saying she was sick in bed but okay. Mrs. Cooper was about the same in serious condition. Al is still at Clinton. I didn't see him yesterday. Mildred wrote that Jeryl has a rash and was out of school. That School will be out next week. Mildred's family called on John Hatcher, her cousin's family. She is very busy canning fruit and vegetables.

After supper we drove to Clinton for bananas, peaches and black cherries, produce for the Store. The River was bankful caused from heavy Rains earlier.

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