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 22, 1941, Monday

Rained lightly last night and early morning. Wind is a little brisk but not cold yet. Mary and Dad went to Clinton for Groceries and Extras. I had one of my bad spells of suffering with Blood Pressure and couldn't get about for several minutes. Neuralgia pains passed all over me and a heavy coat of perspiration covered face and body. No one was about me at the time and I was glad they never witnessed it for I don't wish their Christmas Cheer to be broken. We saw Essa and Walter Blakely. Scripture reading Romans 13 chapter.

I was disappointed when Jack couldn't come for Christmas. Two large boxes from Mildred arrived filled with Gifts for All of Us. A hand made Scrap Book with beaten brass panel of deer and covers of Red Sequoia wood, also hand made basket of Raffia Reed of California, a Pin for Coat of beaten brass, two fruit cakes, all for me, made by Mildred, my baby girl. To all the others were gifts from her, also a box of oranges and lemons from her Acreage Rancho. Mary received many gifts and cards thru the mail. Dad, Mary and I went to Clinton for Christmas candies also lettuce and celery for Trade. We bought more Cards after running out a time or two and still we find more messages unanswered when we return home. Richard gave me a large picture puzzle. Bless his heart! One of the first things he can remember was he and I putting puzzles together in his baby days when I was sick. I must address more Cards for it seems we can never catch up with what have come to us.

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