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 23, 1941, Saturday

Pleasant weather quite a bit cooler, calm and lovely. 8 A.M. Mary and Josephine are doing the kitchen tasks. I did some labor in the yard. Frank cut a water melon he grew in the yard. It was among the flowers. It was quite good tasting one. There are others in another place and larger size. Scripture read Phil 1:21, Eph 6:10-18.

Have been repotting my House plants (that were in my yard) for blooming this Winter. They have done well growing and are in fine condition. Mary and Josephine took me to Clinton at night, and left me at Rialto Theater and I saw a good Movie. Always such a crowd jammed on the Streets. The girls got me a Lunch. They had eaten before we left home. The day was spent by me in doing things that needed to be done among the flowers and plants indoors and outside. Very nice pleasant night to sleep and rest in.

Thought for today.
One ship drives east and another drives west,
With the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
That tell them the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate,
As we voyage along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul
That decides its goal
And not the calm or the strife.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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