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 25, 1941, Saturday

Dark, damp and dreary. Mist is heavy. Barbara Ann and Marilyn are restless, running up and down the Broad Stairways. Betty stayed with Ernestine last night. Maybe Grace can come in today after the children.

The bushes and plants that were lately set out look very fresh and at home, never showing any wilt.

A little cooler, I had the Gas heater burning last night in my room. No one else seemed to feel the damp coolness. Scripture reading Ephesians 2:12-21

Mary come home at Noon with 5 girls instead of 3, Ernestine White and Mary Joe Askew, Betty, Barbara and Marilyn. Their loud noise and squealing nearly run me crazy. They went back to town. A rain about 2 P.M., but the traffic kept passing. Grace's family here since Wednesday when School was dismissed. Mary and Frank went to Clinton at night. Mr. Wagoner brought Dad and children home.

1 comment:

Marie said...

I love this entry!

Reminds me of being at Grandma & Grandpa's with "the cousins", running up & down the basement steps & making plenty of racket! Being on "the other side" now - with 3 loud little ones - I'm amazed we didn't drive everyone completely batty!

January 1941

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

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