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.

August 19, 1941, Tuesday

Pleasant morning with Sun bursting through the heavy Fog - cool and calm. Have been enjoying working among the Vines, watering some beautiful late flowers that will bloom until Frost.

Wrote Lottie a letter early, so it would go on the train to her. Mary expects Josephine to come today for few days visit with us. There are so many things now to look after as seen are to be gathered and put away for next years flowers, the early kind and plants to be repotted and brought in the house for Winter Blooming, they were set out in the Yard for a Rest spell during this Summer. Have had More Flowers than Ever before for the Season had moisture everytime it was needed, making bloom and Growth perfect.

Mary did her housework and went to Store. Frank still at Clinton. Scripture reading Matt 5:1-16. Will answer some more letters today. Ernestine White and Mary Joe Askew come up with Mary to bring Watermelon, mail and chicken for supper. Had another Card from Essa at Santa Fe N.M. heading for Colorado. They may visit Loys and Thursa. I wrote Jack today. Mary took Dad and I to Clinton for a couple of hours last night, pleasant cool weather, dark of Moon.

In Margin: Best Summer for Fruit, Melons, Gardens and flowers in many years.

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