Lucile Speer Interview, March 24, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucile Speer reminisces on the final days of the 1971-1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. She notes that higher education issue was solved by a compromise of allowing the Montana Legislature to continue allocating a certain amount of the state’s budget for higher education, but creating a Board of Regents that determined how the money was spent. Speer recalls how a special committee was appointed for planning the final day of the convention with a closing ceremony that was open to the public. She offers a vivid account of how emotions ran high that day due to concerns from members and supporters of the Farm Bureau over changes to the constitution that they felt would hurt farming interests. Speer tells how Governor Forrest Anderson supported the constitution and got it signed before the Farm Bureau could file a suit against it. She recalls how every delegate signed the constitution, but that a number of delegates, particularly those from Eastern Montana, worked with the Farm Bureau to defeat it when it was put to the Montana public for a vote. Speer describes her frustration with Leo Graybill for referring to her as “Mrs.” rather than “Ms.” during the convention proceedings.


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Oral History


Statehood; Speer, Lucile -- Interviews.; Speer, Lucile -- Political activity -- Interviews.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana. Constitution (1972) -- History.; Constitutional history -- Montana.; Montana. Constitution Revision Commission. Anderson, Forrest Howard, 1913-1989. -- Political activity; Graybill, Leo -- Political activity. Johnson, Torrey, 1916- -- Political activity.; Higher education and state -- Montana -- History. Montana. Board of Regents of Higher Education -- History.; Pressure groups -- Montana -- History.; Mineral industries -- Political activity -- Montana -- History.; Farmers -- Political activity -- Montana -- History.; Local elections -- Montana -- History.; Mansfield, Rachel K., 1916- -- Political activity.; Legislative bodies -- Montana -- Committees -- History; Montana -- Politics and government -- 20th century; Montana Farm Bureau; Convention delegates; Holland, David L.; Etchart, Mark; Closing ceremony; Gysler, E.S. "Erv"; Wilson, Archie O.

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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

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University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 046-010

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Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)]

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:52:56 minutes

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OH_046_010.mp3; OH_046_010.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, March 24, 1981