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 31, 1941, Wednesday

Very cold - ice freezing hard and a Heavy Fog that is frozen hangs over us excluding the Sunshine. My pains are worse this morning and haven't been able to put on dress but have an over Robe to cover me while sitting up. This is the last day of 1941. Year has been very Eventful! Much Sorrow over Our Boys being killed by the Japs in Honolulu. War was declared December 9 to fight Japs and Germany and their Allies. Premier Churchill of England with Other High Officials are planning Our Side of War. It is horrible to read accounts of Battles and Slaying of humanity. And money invested in War Planes and Ships with huge far reaching guns is extremely immense expense. Taxes getting higher and Prices so exorbitant. Much sickness and Epidemics will abound before we see End of War. Scripture reading Psalm 90.

Nora Flint come in to see me. I was glad to have her talk about Jack. She is a dear sweet girl and has a Big Influence for good over Jack. She brought me a lump of magnesium like the Wings of Airplanes are covered over with. Very pretty ornament to have and it is interesting to talk about.

Receved a nice sweet letter from Estelle Harper thanking me for getting a Birth Certificate for her and telling of her children growing and how they enjoyed their Christmas. Mary told me about them Invoicing the Store Stock beginning today.

Tonight the Weather is very cold with Icy Sleet covering the Road, making traveling over it very dangerous. Nora Flint wanted to start back to California tomorrow with Sister and Bro-in-law Dave Hansen but will have to wait until Weather moderates again.

The Last Day of 1941 has been filled with many pleasures for me even tho too sick to get outside my room. So I bid you Farewell old 1941 for in an hour it will be the New Year 1942. 1941 will be "Gone With the Wind" very shortly and numbered with the Past. Good Bye to the Old Year and All Hail the New Year! Wonder what it will bring to this World. We are Very Thankful dear God for Thy Great Love and Protection.

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