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The way it was: Lincoln Day Dinner -- 1954
State Sen. Frank Mockler of Dubois, left, welcomed the crowd to the Fremont County Lincoln Day Dinner. Seated from left were Ruby Bartels, Mrs. Jay Thrailkill, Wyoming State Auditor E.T. Copenhaver and guest speaker Scott McLeod of the U.S. Department of State, pictured at the American Legion Hall in Lander on Feb. 12, 1954. File photo

The way it was: Lincoln Day Dinner -- 1954

Feb 18, 2013 - Staff

Fremont County Republicans assembled at the Lander American Legion Hall for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in 1954, with a top U.S. State Department official as the keynote speaker.

R.W. Scott McLeod was administrator of the Bureau of Security of the State Department. Speaking during the height of the "red scare" furor inflamed by U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, McLeod compared 1950s security threats to slavery, proclaiming infiltration of the U.S. government by "drunks, dope fiends, sex perverts and communists" to be the greatest threat faced by the nation.

Ralph Linn of the rural Lysite area was the dinner chairman. Master of ceremonies for the evening was State Sen. Frank Mockler of Dubois. Introducing McLeod was Wyoming Republican Party State Chairman Ewing Kerr, who was named a federal judge the following year.

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