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 8, 1941, Monday

Calm and cloudy with dark rain clouds in the South and East. Mary had her Car cleaned and looking Nice and new. I told her we would sure get a Big Rain that is usually what happens when Car is fresh cleaned. President Roosevelt's mother died during the night. She was 83 years old. I have been busy trimming and training Vines around the Cistern and Back Porch. Scripture read I Thess. 4. Hebrews 12:1-3.

4 P.M. A heavy mist is falling that may turn into a Rain. But it was cloudy until 6 P.M. when the Good Will Parade passed here and prevented may from going to Custer City for Band Program celebrating the Terminus of Hard Surfacing Roads. Mary and I joined the crowd of perhaps 1,000 people. The New Surface makes a fine Road to glide over. Radios in fine Cars giving music to help rejoice over Custer County Success. We saw Brother Jim and old time friends. Grace was there but Dad stayed at Gip with her children. This makes the 2nd Road celebration we have attended.


Attached clipping:
54 Cars In Caravan to Custer City

Approximately 50 cars from Clinton and four from Arapaho joined the caravan Monday night on the chamber of commerce's goodwill trip to Custer City, celebrating the opening of the hard-surfaced road between the two towns.

Featuring the appearance of the Clinton city band, under the direction of R. A. Lloyd, the program included several short talks by Clinton and Custer City men.

Another feature presented was a men's quartet, composed of Lawrence Wise, Bernie Ray, Dr. Harry Cushman and Elgin Kern, singing several old time numbers and an appropriate composition about muddy and smooth roads.

R. E. (Bob) Roush served as the master of ceremonies. Short talks were made by Mayor V. F. Carleton of Clinton; Mayor Gene Kopp of Custer City; Everett Arney, C. F. Lowry and County Commissioner Henry Hays.

Arney said the new road would bring about closer relationship between Clinton, Custer City and Arapaho.

Hays invited the people of the county to attend the county fair at Arapaho this weekend.

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