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 27, 1941, Sunday

"Delightful cool and Beautiful morning with it's Birds, Flowers and Blooming Vines. Butterflies flitting from blossom to blossom and the whole yard covered with lovely blooms.  The Big Bell Marigolds are opening.
The yellow ones flat kind and small Harmony Reds have bloomed all Summer. Hundreds and hundreds of Vincas, Petunias, Yellow Cosmos, Lantanas, Hardy Phlox, white and orchid Fox gloves, 4 o'clocks, Hollyhocks, and Coreopsis many others too numerous to mention. Scripture reading Rev. 3.

Only Dad and I are up at 8 AM. Mary is taking her Sunday morning rest.  I am anxious to go gather my flowers for the house, the Air is so refreshing and everything inviting me to come out of the house into the Open wide spaces and View the beauties God has created for our pleasure, even the Wild Sunflowers are lovely some are 8ft (and over) tall. We call them Weeds.

At 9 AM Mary, Dad and I went to Gip. Got Roasting Ears, Okra, Cucumbers and Chickens. Brought Barbara and Marilyn home with us. Afternoon we went to Rogers Park at Clinton to eat our Picnic Supper. Grace and Mary had prepared with Watermelon and Ice Cream added.

Beautiful weather cool and calm. The children lolled about under those lovely trees, where many folks were laying on the grass asleep. Betty Lou spent the time swimming in the Pool, while the little children and I saw Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwick and Edward Arnold play "Meet John Doe." Grace and Mary visited with Thelma and Marvin. I saw the lovely little pigs of the Prize Gilt of Bobby's. He is very proud of them. His registered Calf is growing and getting in fine shape for County Fair next month. Th egirls brought us home at 7 P.M. and Bobby and his sisters were on time at Gip to tend the Stock out there. Grace and Mary spent the evening at Clinton with their friends. A beautiful pleasant ending to the last Sunday of July."

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