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 17, 1941, Wednesday

Shower of Rain, 8 A.M. Cool and cloudy with passing Showers to sprinkle the Dust and cool the Atmosphere after it was washed and purified by the moisture. I spent some time among the flowers, gathering some and removing Old Stocks from the Yard. This moisture will help vegetation and freshen the flowers.

Grasshoppers are damaging stuff some. Scripture read Matt 11 and John 6:16-21. Mary did the housework and went to the Store. Frank is at home with me first time in a long while. This dampness makes my joints ache worse, but my breathing is better. Have my Room cleaned and dusted.

Reading and resting shall occupy my mind and body most of the day. The last of my Watermelons grown among the flowers was cut today. It was of an excellent grade, good color, good taste, crisp and sweet. A nice heavy shower come about 1 P.M. then the Sun shone out. At night all 4 of family motored to Clinton for 2 hours. Mary took me to the Ritz Theater to see a Good Picture by good Actors. The night was pleasant and cool after the Showers of Afternoon, but very dark. Traffic is heavy, but Safety Driving is carried out better than in the Past. There are not many Road Hogs anymore.

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