Mail Tribune 100
Nov. 22, 1914
C.F. Cole, district traffic superintendent of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company, with headquarters in Eugene, has been looking over the interests of his company throughout Southern Oregon, and while in Medford has been going into matters in connection with the long distance office still maintained here.
Mr. Cole has many friends in Medford who have been perturbed over his apparent, distracted condition of mind displayed on the present trip, and it has just leaked out what the disturbing elements are. Mr. Cole recently formed a partnership with an acquaintance in a business venture of some importance whereby the firm, in anticipation of the sudden rise in cost of mohair owing to the European war, secured a flock of Angora goats in preparation of supplying the deficiency in imports formerly coming from Belgium.
In order to keep down expenses, and incidentally be in shape to meet competitive prices, the newly formed partnership decided to personally drive the herd of Angoras home themselves, a distance of about 20 miles. the drive proceeded without incident until an open door of a roadside farm house attracted the attention of the flock, which proceeded immediately to take possession. the entire herd of angoras filed through the house, upsetting and eating a large supply of apples, chair tidies and bric-a-brac generally so dear to the aesthetic palate of the goat.
In the confusion resulting from the noise of screaming women, barking dogs and yelling farm hands, the flock scattered to the hills and adjacent mountains, and up to the present time only about half the herd has been recovered.
Mr. Cole still has hopes of recovering the whole herd before the war is over, and the price of mohair goes back to normal, and his many friends throughout the state have busied themselves in advising him by wire and letter of stray goats being seen all the way from the California to the Washington state lines.