11 thoughts on “St. Vincent’s Training School, 1911

  1. Perhaps a training school for nurses, since St. Vincent Hospital was already in existence by 1908? It’s a beautiful building — looks like maybe in the West Hills.

  2. The nurses seen in this photo may have been the entire class of women graduating in 1911 from this school. To my eye, it appears that there is a man with a mustache (second from left) in this photo (possibly an instructor or physician or both). The history below shows that doctors had a low opinion of nurses at this time.

    The date on this photo is recorded as December 31, 1911, online.

    “The three earliest Portland schools were located in
    hospitals with religious affiliations. Good Samaritan
    Hospital, a hospital of the Episcopal diocese, began its
    program, the first in the Northwest, in 1890. St. Vincent
    Hospital, a Roman Catholic hospital, began its
    program in 1892. Portland Sanitarium and Hospital, a
    Seventh Day Adventist institution began in 1897.
    These three hospital-based programs, like the
    Multnomah Hospital Training School made the
    successful transition to collegiate programs.
    The transition was not an easy one for these generally competing schools. However, they formed the necessary coalitions around affiliation agreements, graduate education
    , and professional standards to advance collegiate nursing education,
    albeit slowly, in the state.”

    “Despite the availability of graduates from the courses at Good Samaritan, St. Vincent, and Portland Sanitarium and Hospital, it was not the practice to hire trained nurses as staff for hospitals at this time.”

    The above from this site: https://www.ohsu.edu/sites/default/files/2019-04/history_complete%20%281%29.pdf

  3. Starting in the 1890’s (before today’s building was built) there were articles in The Oregonian with lists of the nurses graduating from the St. Vincent’s Hospital Training School. Typical classes seem to have graduated fewer than ten nurses at a time, and the ceremonies included music, speeches by doctors and church and city authorities such as bishops and mayors. Early in the 20th century classes were larger.

    An interesting story appeared in the June 12, 1914 issue (p. 14): “GIRL BREAKS TRADITIONS: Buffalo Bill’s Granddaughter Forsakes Stage for Hospital. Colonel William Cody’s (Buffalo Bill’s) granddaughter, Miss Marguerite Cody Duffy, was graduated Tuesday evening from the St. Vincent’s Hospital Training School. Miss Duffy’s aunt was Mabel Cody, an English actress of note…. Contrary to all traditions of her family, Miss Duffy chose a life of service in a hospital in preference to the stage.”

    As for location, none of the articles gave street addresses for the training school, but in 1908 (June 23, p. 2) it was reported that: “At the graduating exercise of the class of 1908 of St. Vincent’s Hospital, held last night in the new hall in the training school building, diplomas were presented by Archbishop Christie to the 12 members of the class.”

  4. Unlikely a December 31 photo. The desciduous trees are well leafed, and the attic windows are open for ventilation, which tells me it’s a warmer time of the year. Possibly spring if this is indeed a graduation picture.

  5. I don’t know if it was a training school, but I was hospitalized there in 1962 for a shoulder separation. They were some mean nuns at that place I can tell you. It was the most frightening place I’ve ever been in.

  6. I believe Cornell Road became Westover Rd. at this location. I also believe this building may have sat next to the St. Vincent Hospital also on Cornel/Westover Rd. Westover Condominiums occupy this site today. A very narrow parcelat the toe of the hillside. A very handsome building. I wonder who the architect was? I would not be surprised if it was Whidden and Lewis who designed the building. They were still the pre-eminent architectural firm, know for their Colonial Revival style.

  7. A story in the Catholic Sentinel form June of 2000 wrote that St. Vincent’s when they moved from their original hospital at NW 12th between Marshall & Northrup to their second location on NW Westover they started the nursing school in 1892 and the first to graduate the 3 year school in 1895 was Agnes Johnson.

    A 1908 residence a short distance from the old hospital site on NW Westover shows that in 1932 the house was on Cornell and by 1934 the house was on Westover. The name change must have happened during readdressing of Portland in the early 1930’s.

  8. Bob a call for bids in the Oregonian in 1894 for interior finishes for the hospital direct they be sent to the architect Justus F Krumbein.

  9. Thanks Dennis. Excellent research. According to the Architectural Heritage Center’s Educational Manager Val Ballestrem, as reported in Google, Krumbein (1847-1907) was a German immigrant and had a 3 decade career in Portland. He was urged to come to Portland by his cousins, Ferdinand and Charles Smith of Smith and Watson Iron Works. Krumbein had many impressive works including the Kamm and Ladd Block buildings the Oregon State Capital that burned in 1935. Since he passed in 1907 he would not have designed the Nurse’s Training Building.

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