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 18, 1941, Thursday

A beautiful September morning, pleasant and cool invigorating Atmosphere since the Showers of Yesterday when the moisture washed the Dust laden Air, giving us a Rarified, Clarified and Purified Atmosphere to breathe today. Soon the last days of Summer 1941 will be gone with the Wind. All was pleasant and beneficial to our Enjoyment, more beautiful flowers, fruit, food stuff, melons, feed for man and beast than usual for many years past.

[pasted in text from print] For out of the abundance of blessings received, show a practical gratitude by sharing with the unfortunate. There is much confusion now, because of the dislocation of certain industries. Many are finding themselves, at least temporarily, out of a job. There is need for practical sympathy on the part of the most prosperous. America has never followed the general tendency to accept the bounty of the earth as a commonplace occurrence. Skillful farming, it is true, must be credited to the farmers of the land, but in the planting, sowing and reaping God Does the Most. The promises of God are sure and the fruit bearing of the earth is a promise of God. "While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest - shall not cease," was His promise to Noah, when after the ark landed, the Patriarch built an altar to the Lord. There is enough, but in times like these there are always some who are far removed from the source. [end text]

Scripture lesson Col 3:1-14. A card from Essa Simmons at San Pedro, California where they are waiting the Incoming of the Fleet that Sewell Simmons will come to U.S. Landing. When Essa can be with her Son a short while before putting "Out to Sea" again. My time is mostly given to gathering seed for next year's Vines and flowers. Mary and I motored to Clinton to spend a couple of hours and for the Drive in fresh Air the night was pleasant, Starlit skies, cool and calm.

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