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 26, 1941, Tuesday

Sun is hot but shade is cool, wind is rather high. The Sting from the Wasp hurt me all night, had to get up to apply something to ease it. The pain makes me sick at times, did a little work among flowers my head aches too much to do anything. Gathered some lovely flowers for the house. Scripture read John 16:25-33. We arose before Dawn and Rufus was drilling soon afterward. It keeps the girls Mary and Josephine hurrying around to do the cooking, running the Car for Dad and Rufus. Grace and her 5 children came in time for dinner then Grace went to the Laundry and Mary with Josephine went swimming at the Pool. The little girls went to Movie and Bobby visited with Mr. Scarce and Max. I stayed at home for my aches & pains were too much to want to go anywhere. When night come I retired feeling much worse, the Wasp Sting still hurting. Dad went to Clinton with the girls for Tractor Oil. Never had much rest. A Wind & Rain Storm.

In the margin: Rain during the night.

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