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 3, 1941, Wednesday

Very pleasant September morning, wind briskly fanning us. Cool indoors but Sun shines hot outside. Every growing thing in the yard needs moisture. Some of them are watered occasionally by carrying the waste water to them. Mary is cooking our Noon Lunch for she and I. Dad will have his taken to him. Frank is still at Bland's farm.

I've been Repotting more houseplants and placing them in my windows. All are looking fresh and crisp and some will bloom soon. Dad attended the Funeral of Mr. Cowles who once was Editor of town paper for many years, also served as Postmaster for a long time. Heart weakness is very wearisome to me. My work is done by piecemeal a little by little. But there seems to be lots done by night by resting between jobs.

It seems natural to see the School Busses pass and hear the happy shouts of the romping children. Scripture read Luke 12:12, Matt 25:14-30. Afternoon was spent by Mary and I at Clinton. We saw a good Matinee. She spent evening down town. Bill Muno died last night. He was a well known person, always hung around our Store for years. I was too weak to go to Elk City to spend Governor's Day with his mother and family.

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January 1941

January 1941
Mittie used "scrapbooking" on daily journal entry.

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