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 28, 1941, Thursday

A lovely calm cool Sunny morning, pleasant. Wish my head and heart didn't hurt. Then I would be working in Yard among the flowers. It is delightfully cool and it would be enjoyable to labor out there. Now is the time to arrange for Fall flowers. My Yard is a mass of Blooming Beauties. Perhaps in a day or two my strength will return so the work can be done. The Zinnias are beautiful in their colors, so tender and crisp. Am saving lots of seed to plant all over the Yard. The Marigolds are still doing well blooming. Have many kinds of them, small, medium and large sizes. The Yellow Cosmos are in full bloom. And Red Scarlet O'Hara Vines are loaded with blossoms. Four o'clocks, Vincas and Moss are blooming abundantly.

The girls bought Plums, Peaches, Bananas and Grapes. Have Wild Red Plums to Jell as soon as I am able to work at it. Josephine is going to make Hot Rolls for dinner. Scripture John 14:15-31.

Fanny and Richard were here for dinner making 7 of us. Rufus Dovel left for Gip about 2 P.M. I made some Preserves of large Red Plums, tame ones. At night the girls, Mary and Josephine, took me for a Drive to Clinton. I was hot from making Preserves and would cool off so pleasantly in the Lovely Moonlight. Have most of my house plants moved back in the house for Winter blooming. Received a Letter from Jack.

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