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.

October 12, 1941, Sunday

A Beautiful Autumn morning. Wind is typical of Fall and is swirling the leaves around. I gathered some Zinnias and Marigolds for large Vase in my room. They are about the last of the Year, very pretty and crisp bright colors.

Mary cooked a young Broiler for our dinner. It was tender as a Quail and not much larger. We were both hungry.

This is Columbus Day, 449 years after he discovered America.

Dad and I landed at Gip 49 years ago. Cecil's Birthday had passed, he was 3 yrs old. How wild and desolate was the land. Abounding in tall Grass, weeds and Sunflowers. Not even a Dug-out home to burrow into.

Oh the years have been many and sorrows and suffering were great. But God's Grace was sufficient and carried me through them All. There were Joys too numerous to mention. My Sons and Daughters are all gone from home except two, Mary and Frank. They are scattered in far off lands. One is a Wanderer, never satisfied to remain long at one place. Grandchildren in 4 states. The Graves of 3 children and 1 grandchild at Gip, 1 here at Arapaho, another in Union, Miss. The Family History would fill Volumes of Writing.

Mary took me to Clinton. Got treat of Ice cream and spent a couple of hours at Del Rio. We returned about 5 P.M.

1 comment:

Susan said...

This was the beginning point of the blog, Mittie's Journal, 1941. I began transcribing the Journal in July for Mom, Sister, and Daughter. What a coincidence that the calendar days and days of the week of 1941 are the same as 2008.

January 1941

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

February 1941

March 1941

April 1941

May 1941

June 1941

July 1941

August 1941

September 1941

October 1941

November 1941

December 1941

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