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 9, 1941, Wednesday

Fine July weather, farmers are working both late and early. Some Combines run all night. Men are making hay and combining at Gip farms. Mary just brought some Ice for my Tea and a lunch and took water to drink for the Cistern at the Store isn't kept clean. Boys throw trash in it.

I watered some of my flower beds. The hot sun and winds dry ground out and make it very hard and baked. Gathered my Gladioli for Vases. They are so very pretty, also the Orchid Hardy Phlox that are full of blossoms. The Red Harmony Marigolds make all the long border so showy and bright with their colors. The large Yellow Marigolds are in bud and will bloom next month. Scripture reading Acts 5:12-32

I work among the Vines and in Shade when in the Yard as the hot Sunshine makes me weak. It is so hot, the long day is wearisome. Mary and Ruth Reed went to Canute to get Charlene at night. I sat in cool moonlight for hours until I got so sleepy I could hardly rouse myself to go to bed. The big heavy Trucks make so much noise that I was restless the remainder of the time.

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