Lucile Speer Interview, March 17, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucile Speer describes serving as a delegate during the 1971-1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. She explains the non-partisan aspect of being a delegate and how delegates were seated alphabetically by last name rather than by political affiliation. Speer notes that the Constitutional Convention delegation had the same number of delegates as the House of Representatives had members and that the election process was the same. She mentions a number of different delegates by name and her interactions with them, including Torrey Johnson of Busby, Montana, who held a large barbecue for all the delegates at his ranch in Eastern Montana. Speer also explains the process by which a delegate could comment on proposed changes. She recalls the most contentious debate of the convention was about the Environmental and Natural Resources Bill.


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Oral History


Statehood; Non-partisan constitution; Environmental and Natural Resources Bill; Eastern Montana; Cattle ranches, Montana; Busby, Montana; Speer, Lucile – Interviews; Speer, Lucile -- Political activity – Interviews; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana. Constitution (1972) – History; Montana. Constitution Revision Commission.; Montana. Constitution Convention Commission.; Constitutional history – Montana; Johnson, Torrey, 1916- -- Political activity; Natural resources -- Law and legislation -- Montana – History; Environmental law -- Montana – History; Local elections -- Montana – History; Legislative bodies -- Montana -- Committees -- History; Montana -- Politics and government -- 20th century; Legislative committees; Convention delegates; Non-partisan delegations; Cross, C. Louise

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 046-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)]

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:01:02 minutes

Local Filename

OH_046_009.mp3; OH_046_009.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, March 17, 1981