The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987 Page: 372
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fairs. Devine, Landrum, and McFarland, for example, won prizes for
their Angoras at fairs in San Antonio and Dallas in the 188os. Many of
the breeders advertised in agricultural newspapers, and they promptly
inserted notices of such prizes in their advertisements.41
As these pioneer Angora breeders became better known to each
other and to the public, they began to coalesce into a recognizable sub-
community to which the larger community of stock raisers in Texas
looked for information on Angoras. Not all of the prominent breeders
agreed on every matter pertaining to Angoras, nor were the early
mohair men able to keep a growers' organization together; they did
know how to raise Angora goats, however, and were willing to talk
about it. The fact that some breeders did not always see eye-to-eye on
Angora matters did not bother at least one subscriber to the Texas Wool
Journal, who wrote in 1883, "keep your Angora men talking, for al-
though they do not all agree, very much valuable information is being
given to the public...." 4
These "Angora men," the early breeders and promoters of mohair
goats in Texas, laid the foundations from which the Angora goat and
mohair industry in Texas would develop into world prominence in the
twentieth century. Between 1859 and 1900, they found a place for An-
gora goats in Texas and successfully exploited it. They imported stock,
developed high-quality herds, disseminated crucial information, and
promoted the industry among other stock raisers. Haupt, Devine, Par-
ish, Fink, Landrum, McFarland, Black-they were all, most clearly, in-
dividuals with a propensity for agricultural experimentation. Con-
fronted with the latent environmental opportunity of the Edwards
Plateau, they fashioned an occupation that was profitable, enduring,
and personally satisfying.
4aTSF, VI (Nov. 2, 1886), 8; ibid. (Nov. 16, 1886), 8; ibid., VIII (Dec. 11, 1888), 6.
'"TS, IV (Oct. 21, 1884), 1.
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