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.

December 16, 1941, Tuesday

Sun shone upon a White frosted Earth. Every blade of grass and weed was as pretty as a picture. The ground was frozen and then Ice over vessels of water outside. Scripture reading Gal. 6:9, Romans 12. Frank took Dad to Gip to see about crops and rounding up things for Sale next month. The cattle in 2 trucks will be sent to Oklahoma City Market today. Mary hurried thru with house work and is at Store for the day. I am thankful for the Sunshine.

Mrs. Blakely is sick and had Paralitic Stroke on Sunday. Albert Lacy has the Flu and Cloe runs the dairy. My Sinus suffering still holds on and neck and ear badly swelled - and oh how it hurts! I gathered the Blood Red Berries of Nandino and have them with Blue Juniper Berries in corner of my room. They are beautiful and cheery looking, reminding me of Christmas more than anything else except Poinsettia Plant in South window. All the plants are crisply Green, Ferns and bright red Begonias. All are so beautiful! Late in the day a Message came from California, saying Jack was hurt. Dad called at night and Jack answered. He expects to come home Xmas. His shoulder had been injured and he was too weak to be heard distinctly that long a distance. Oh what a Shock to get message, but a Relief to know he could talk over Phone and that he will come home soon. Weather is moderating and road drying out.

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