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 22, 1941, Friday

A delightfully cool and calm morning have spent hours removing the dead Stalks of flowers and Vines. All the Blooming plants have put on brighter blossoms and greener foliage since the Showers have cooled the atmosphere and moistened the soil. Frank took Dad to Gip to see about crops and cattle. Mary and Josephine are running the Store. I will read awhile and gather flower seed. Scripture reading Phil 4:4-8.

Dad and Frank returned at Noon with Roasting ears, melons, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers and Okra. After Noon the girls and I motored to Putnam, Independence and Thomas & Custer City to see about a School room for Josephine to teach, every place seems to be filled. Lottie left Thursday for Thursa's to stay awhile with her. She intended stopping at Loys' home over night. Mrs. Caldwell gave me some pretty flowers and seeds to plant next year.

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January 1941

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

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