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 20, 1941, Wednesday

Cooler very pleasant, calm wind from the South. I did a little work in the Yard, am rather weak and don't feel like doing much but will continue my letter writing. Cecil took Lena home to her family Reunion at Thurman, Iowa. They will be back this week. Grace's parents have gone for a visit to Missouri. Tourists from everywhere motoring over State now. Scripture reading Psalm 107:9, 1 John 4: 10-19. Frank is still at Clinton.

Thirty six years ago my Baby Boy Rolla was taken from this World of Sorrow & Suffering. My heart was left Sore from grief & loneliness. He would be 37 years old now. How these trials leave their deep impressions of Heart sickness and vacancy that nothing else can fill for each child has it's place in a Mother's heart, all children are different and dear.

Mary met Josephine at 10 P.M. at Bus Station, a very hard Rain fell while they were there. The lightning and wind were fierce. I think there was a Cyclone somewhere and lightning struck some place near here. Received a letter from Mildred. She has been busy all summer canning and pickling. I got Shampoo & Permanent Wave today.

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January 1941

January 1941
Mittie used "scrapbooking" on daily journal entry.

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