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 21, 1941, Sunday

Beautiful cool calm and pleasant morning. We will go visit Cecil and Lena today. Our men folks are all busy now preparing their Feed for Stock and gathering and grinding Grain. Scripture John 6:51-71. Dick is here consulting Dad about affairs on farms. His mother, Mrs. Boyse visited them this week.

We returned from Cecil's about 5 P.M. after an eventful day of Pleasures and misfortunes. Lena is an excellent hostess everything was Spic and Span. She was looking so neat and lovely in dark blue with white dotted housedress, white collar, white slippers tipped with black. She always has a Welcome Greeting for each when she runs to open the Gate for us. Cecil was on his pretty Pony with an Armful of Roasting Ears. Ned (the dog) was trotting along with them, all made a picture of a prosperous farmer riding through a Land of Peace and Plenty.

Mary and Dad had a Tire flat before starting to town after mail. The Car Clutch was out of fix. We went on and had a pleasant visit and number One dinner ended with Ice cream and Cherry Pie. Then we drove down to the Creek a most beautiful place with green trees along the Banks and Canyons where Cecil and Lena have 50 young shoats and their mothers fat and sleek. When we started back up the hill to go to the house the Car Clutch refused to work and we were stalled.

Cecil walked to the house after Tractor to pull us up the hill. Then Cecil tightened up the Running Gear of Car and then we left for home. Cecil and Lena followed along for 2 miles opening & shutting gates. The heavy chains were in Car in case of accident or stalling of Car. I holding my breath all the time, dreading a Mishap - but none happened but Mary had to be very careful driving to prevent another Accident with the Clutch. Finally we reached home in Safety. Mary, Frank and I took the Car to Clinton to see if it could be fixed there but found no one to do the job. Wind very strong.

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