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 17, 1941, Friday

Another cloudy damp day with Muddy Roads and School Buses late. Scripture Read Hebrews 11th chapter. Damp weather makes my aches and cold worse. We are all later getting around as the dampness slows down Traffic and Trade. Floods and Washouts in different States with disastrous losses of Life and Property. A woman died at Clinton Hospital that was in a Car wreck a few days ago, and there are others reported.

I wrote Mildred a letter. Mary went to Okema to spend week-end with Josephine Cronin. Frank took her to the Bus Station. That left me alone for the day. Dad and Frank were 1 1/2 hours late at night. Frank had gone to Gip with another Truck-load of cattle Dad bought at Clinton Sale. They stalled in the mud for a long time making them that late. I was very uneasy and nervous, being alone, not knowing what was the matter or where they were. It was too late for me to eat supper.

Little Rolla's Anniversary of Death. Oh the years have been long since he left me heart broken and lonely.

1 comment:

Susan said...

Mittie lost 2 children as babies -

Rexie Elmo, a girl, born 13 March 1892 Chickasaw Nation. Rexie was teething and kept Mittie up late the night Rufus returned from 6 month trip to Arapaho, for the April Run of 1892. Rexie died 2 July 1893 Arapaho.

Arapaho BEE, July 6, 1893. Obituary. Died. On Sunday, July 22, 1893 Rexie Elmo infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus R. Cobb, aged 1 year 4 months and 19 days. Little Rexie was born in Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation, March 13, 1892.

Walter Rolla, a boy, born 20 Aug 1904, Gip, died 17 Oct 1905 at Gip, Custer County.

Arapaho BEE of Oct 20, 1905, Page 4. Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Cobb of Gip, Okla., had the misfortune to loose their baby about a year and a half old with membranous croup.

I can't imagine HALF the grit it took to get through pioneer years with young children, and burying them.

January 1941

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

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