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 4, 1941, Friday

Lovely morning. Delightful breezes to cool the Brow on the Porch and in the Shade of the house. The Sun is hot enough for the Farmer to cut Hay or do whatsoever work he wishes.

Frank and the men are working hard to finish the Grain combined this morning. Mary went to Woodward to Rodeo 4th July Celebration and will be gone until night. Dad is at the Store. Trucks are rapidly passing to and fro with heavy loads. Touring Cars loaded with families going to fish or visit their folks.

I didn't feel like going with Mary and young folks to be in the Hot Sun all day. I gathered a great armful of beautiful flowers for Vases to gaze upon and feast upon the fragrance of them. Scripture reading: Righteousness exalteth a Nation. Proverbs 14:34 and Psalm 15.

The Combine was finished about 2 P.M. Frank then went to Clinton in the Pick-up. Cecil and Lena were in town to see about getting the same Combine to harvest his grain next week. I wrote to John Hackler today to thank him for the fine large photo he sent us this week.

Much traveling over the Highways, many pleasure bent, more Business sent. The day has been pleasant for me for my mind and hands were busily engaged in worthwhile tasks. A letter from Loys. She wrote that Al and Buddy were in New Mexico buying cattle. She and AlLean were going to have a quiet 4th July. Mr. Cooper wasn't satisfied with living at Canute with Ethel and Byron. When School begins he will be moved to a care Home.

I sat in the lovely moonlight on South Porch where the Breeze was cooling watching the hundreds of cars going to and fro from a day's pleasure. A train of thoughts came over my mind of many past events. As I thought upon them the Time passed until almost 10 P.M. when my eyes began to drowse and to bed I went. Thus ended my 4th July 1941 with it's quiet Peace.

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