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 23, 1941, Thursday

Rain! More Rain! So Dark that the Lights are burning at 11 A.M. The Rain will settle the dirt around Roots of the plants set out yesterday and the Bulbs will never realize they were ever moved. The Rain has been pouring down so fast and hard making the yard look like a small Lake. I fancy myself on an Island or ark as I gave out upon it. The lightning is fierce making me shudder after seeing it and hearing the Thunder. Scripture read John 15:7-15.

Frank had a hard time plowing and stalling in the boggy road when he and Dad come home last night and this morning as they went to town.

Mary is at Mabel Teel's during this siege of Rain and mud. I wrote Jack and did some work in yard after the Rain. I bought some Shrubs at Gosslyn's.

Grace's children are here for the night, the girls, but Bobby went home. Looks like we are going to get more Rain. The River is Bank full. Rufus Dovel come in to tell Dad that Barnetz Creek covered all the bottom land at Gip and Beaver Creek is up over the Road at Railroad and Bridge.

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