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 2, 1941, Tuesday

A Pleasant Breeze, the Sun is hot. Fanny brought me a basket of Zinnias that Brother Jim gave me. He raised them. I watered some of my flowers. They are needing moisture and some are going to seed. Have Watermelon Preserves cooking. We seem to like that kind flavored with Orange and Lemon better than any fruit. The watermelon was grown among my flowers by Frank.

Fanny was here at School time, said Dick and Frank with Mr. Shepherd had gone to Pasture over Northwest of town after Dick's cattle. Scripture reading Jeremiah 19. The Watermelon Preserves were made by 4 P.M. and the Syrup is as clear as Honey and delicious taste.

Mary come at Noon with Lunch and Ice. There were 9 pints of Watermelon Preserves with what was made there are 14 pints of lovely Honey. Mary spent the evening with Mabel. I will retire early, trusting my heart will beat stronger and my work can be done with ease tomorrow.

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