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 18, 1941, Thursday

Sun shines brightly, but many hearts are saddened with Grief. Many hundred Oklahoma boys are killed and missing. Two years ago I sat by my darling Harvey and saw him breathe his last breath and leave his sufferings and pains. It was seeing him suffer for years, never could find a cure, witnessing each day how helpless we were to relieve him, was heartbreaking to me and memories of same will remain always with me. Scripture reading Mark 14:1-9

Frank is taking Dad to Gip this afternoon. The weather is beautiful and pleasant. I am suffering with my ears. Thursa and Lottie come about 2 P.M. bringing Christmas Gifts to Mary and I. Gifts were lovely. Mary and I returned the favor and gave them both presents of their own selecting. Fanny come and enjoyed the time spent with all of us. We don't often meet as the years fly by.

Mr. Hughes obligingly filled out Nan Elizabeth's Birth Certificate that will be last of this work to do when the Photographic Record is returned to me.

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January 1941

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

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