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 21, 1941, Monday

A cooling Breeze from the South. I have Rheumatism this morning in my knees, badly. Mary had to go to the Store to run it, leaving all the housework for me, but I could not get up enough power to move my joints good, so have sat and read the newspapers of yesterday. Frank took Dad to Gip to see if they could pump enough water to water the cattle. Grace and her family had spent Sunday with the Stonebergers. Scripture read Jas. 5:14-20

Received a letter from Lela telling of Buster getting his foot badly cut while in the mountains at a Lake. Lela had 2 tumors removed from her face that threatened to become cancers. She was at Los Angelos, but never had a chance to see Mildred as the parties she was with went in opposite direction. George had been quite sick but able now to take up his work again. Nan's vacation lasted while Lela was having those tumors removed from face.

Frank and Dad returned from Gip farms at Noon, after the water was pumping good. All of us are so tired and ache, bone and muscle, that we drag our bodies to a resting place for the night Thankful for the cooling breezes to fan us while we sleep, for nights are only a few hours long.

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