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.

September 10, 1941, Wednesday

Scripture read Matt 23:1-10. First day of County Fair. Quite cool, a top-coat feels comfortable. The Sun will warm up the Atmosphere, very pretty and pleasant morning for the beginning of the Fair.

The change of weather has brightened the flowers. There are millions of sunflowers along the Highways 10 and 15 feet high. I never saw more growing wild even in the Early day. Dad and Mary are at their work by Sunrise. Fanny was in last night with Richard. Dick was off with the Windmill pump to get it fixed. The Shephard boy will run the tractor and pump enough water for the stock.

I am not so well this morning, but will go to the Community Building to see the Exhibits as they are brought in and meet their owners. Walked to town by School house. Betty come out to meet me and went along by my side the rest of the way. She held to my arm supporting me across the streets.

I saw many old friends and young ones too. Mary took me to dinner at Aid Ladies Room, then thee was the whole Afternoon enjoying by looking at the Exhibits and there were many of them. Some were extraordinary. The work of placing things were over by 9 P.M. Lumber was hauled, preparatory to building a platform for entertainment at nights. Tomorrow the Judging begins. A letter from Mildred they were all well but Jerryl had not gotten his things Mary sent him for Birthday.

Clipping attached: County Free Fair Opens Wednesday
Most of First Day Will Be Spent in Placing Exhibits; Features Planned.

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