Lucile Speer Interview, January 20, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucile Speer names many of the people involved in the Montana Farmer-Labor Institute including Executive Secretaries Pete Rudiman and John Swackhamer, and Presidents Don Chapman and Leonard Kenfield. She discusses member of the Teachers Union in Bozeman—Karl Kraenzel and Paul Dunbar—and Harry and Gretchen Billings, editors of the People’s Voice, who published articles about the Institute. Speer recalls Perry Melton, a member of the painters union, as a notable figure during this time and also Joseph Kinsey Howard, a member of the newspaper guild. She describes how the Workers Education Bureau helped organize the Institute and that the national Federation of Labor financed it. Speer also explains the events of Phillip O. Keeney’s firing from the University of Montana Library.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana Farmer-Labor Institute; Pete Rudiman; John Swackhamer; Don Chapman; Leonard Kenfield; Karl Kraenzel; Paul Dunbar; Edmund Freeman; W.P. Clark; Harry Billings; Gretchen Billings; People’s Voice; Perry Melton; Painters Union; Joseph Kinsey Howard; Newpaper Guild; Workers Education Bureau; National Federation of Labor; Phillip O. Keeney; George Finlay Simmons

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project, OH 046, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 046-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:01:50 minutes

Local Filename

OH_046_002.mp3; OH_046_002.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, January 20, 1981