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.

July 17, 1941, Thursday

Nice weather in mornings in July with Sultry Afternoons that are a strain on our constitutions, very weak and worn when day is spent our strength went too.

I watered the tender Vines and plants near the house and gathered a large vase of beautiful flowers. Yesterday I gave Fannie some flowers when she and Richard were here. Fannie has been canning vegetables, making Pickles of Beets and Cucumbers. My days are spent sewing a little, doing some cooking and dish-washing, a little house work and tending my flowers. Some days are entirely taken up in writing letters. Letters are accumulating fast again. There are 5 or 6 on hand now to answer.

About 1 P.M., Mary and I went to get a Shampoo at Clinton. The Sun was Scorching Hot. Gladys and her little boys come home with us after we bought some Canteloupes, and candy and ice cream for the boys. We got Dad at the Store and fixed his Supper. Then Mary and Gladys returned to Clinton.

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