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 26, 1941, Friday

Bright Sunny morning, calm & icy cold. Mary and Josephine are cleaning the rooms and will go to the Store to help Dad. The house looked like a cyclone had passed through it, but the girls with broom, mop and duster made quick work of cleaning everything spick & span. Scripture reading Isaiah 9 & 48 chapters, Eph. 6:12.

Had a bad siege of heart weakness and neuralgia that lasted for hours. These spells unnerve me for days after. While I am alone and everything quiet will be a good time to meditate, read, paste cards in lovely scrap book Mildred sent and work the large puzzle that Richard gave me and if there is time it will be used in looking over Card and Letters from my children. The Quietude is good for my nerves, hope it will continue during the day.

Josephine gathered me Glass dish of Violets from the yard and came bringing them as a morning offering. Violets are so sweet, modest and pretty in their simplicity. I was too sick to go anywhere with the girls but sat near the fire in my room.

Frank is at Clinton until first of week. The girls cooked Dad a nice warm Supper then made a batch of Candy, played games of Cards and then retired at reasonable hour. I read newspaper, cut out clippings until 11:30 P.M. then retired but could not get sleepy.

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