City of Portland’s Health Bureau Office, 1966

Mrs. Payton’s nursing staff standing in front of the City of Portland’s Health Bureau Office, 1966.

 

City of POrtland (OR) Archives, Mrs. Payton’s nursing staff standing in front of the City of Portland’s Health Bureau Office, A2012-005, 1966.

 

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5 thoughts on “City of Portland’s Health Bureau Office, 1966

  1. Nurses make healthcare work, it’s a tough job. Doctors think they run everything, but it’s nurses that do the bulk of the difficult work;
    I salute all the women here, it’s a shame we don’t know more names.

  2. On July 1, 1962, the Oregonian reported that Mrs. Margaret Payton, director of nursing for the City Health Bureau, represented the field of nursing and medicine in the Altrusa Club (a “professional and executive women’s club”). A year later (on June 20, 1963), the paper said, “Grace Black, nurse and occupational therapist, will receive the gavel as new president [of the Portland Rose Toastmistress Club] from Mrs. Margaret Payton.”

    Numerous instances of the reports of the City Health Bureau deal with statistics of polio, mumps, bronchitis, flu and eye health in the decades surrounding today’s photo. Clean air and mosquito control also fell under the Bureau’s purview. On December 31, 1966, the Oregonian reports, “The Health Bureau will be taken over by newly elected Commissioner Francis J. Ivancie in 1967.” There is discussion in June, 1967 of the county’s taking it over, and on November 1, 1967 the Oregonian places the bureau “on SW 5th Avenue” in a description of the listings in a county telephone directory. (The headline was “Consolidation Already Here”)

  3. Found it! 104 SW 5th. Now the parking garage across from Big Pink. It was mentioned in a May 1966 Oregonian article.

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