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Latah County Oral History Collection

Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century


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Abe MacGregor GOFF(b. 1899)

Residence:Moscow, Washington, D.C.Occupation(s): Lawyer, state legislator, U.S. Congressman, chairman of Interstate Commerce Commission
Family Origin:Moved to Moscow to attend university; father homesteaded near Rosalia,Wash


Interview #1, 11/13/1974

Topics:Prohibition in the county: moonshining, drinking and evangelism. Arson and robbery cases. Teddy Roosevelt's Moscow speech (1911). World War I at university; working through school. Family move west; father's fight against rustlers. Naming of Moscow. 11-13-74 1.8 hr 28p
Duration:1:20:57Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Prohibition University of Idaho WCTU alcohol arson bootlegging businesses churches elections families football harvesting homesteads illness lawyers legislators local histories moonshine orchards pioneers politics presidents sports stores stores trials world wars
Locations:Moscow Colfax Washington Washington, D.C.

Interview #2, 11/26/1974

Topics:Moscow court cases. Successful enforcement of prohibition. Depression in the county. Serving as legislator and congressman. 11-26-74 1.6 hr 36p
Duration:1:28:12Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression Native Americans Prohibition armed forces banks lawyers legislators moonshine politics railroads trials wine world wars
Locations:Moscow Boise Potlatch Onaway Washington, D.C.