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 20, 1941, Sunday

Pleasant Sabbath morning for July. I arose before 6 A.M., prepared my Breakfast, ate alone. The others preferred resting in their rooms. Afterward, flowers for 3 Vases were gathered and placed in the rooms. A good soaking Rain would be beneficial now as the topsoil is hard and baked. Flowers need more moisture than can be supplied from Cistern. Dad arose and ate then went to town after the mail. Frank came down later. He is about sick from working in the hot Sun. Scripture read Psalm 27 and Dan 6:12-22.

People are passing by, hundreds, some to Church and others pleasure bent. When Mary gets around we will go out to Fannie's. Richard was riding in a wagon coming from Clinton as Mary left for Clinton. Richard was heading home.

At 10 A.M. Dad, Mary and I went to Gip to see how things were out there. The cattle need more water than they get. One Windmill refuses to pump, not enough wind to turn it. They have used the Tractor on it but still the Tractor does not bring enough water up. We went on to Cecil's and found that he didn't have enough water either and was using Tractor to pump with. Lena was surprised to see us coming but she had a good dinner and ice cream. She gave me some Raspberry Jelly. She has a lot of Pickles, Cucumber, Beets, Beans, Corn, Carrots and other Vegetables canned. Fruit Preserves, too.

We come home at 5 o'clock and went to Clinton. Dad stayed here but Frank went. I come home in 2 hours. The Afternoon was Hot. I received a nice friendly letter of news from Thursa. She is lonely without her children and plans on spending part of Winter with them then come to see her mother later on.

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