Buildings: Early Efforts
Hungerford-Levine and Patricia A. Schechter
the Portland YWCA's pre-World War I accomplishments, the construction
of the Taylor Street building at SW Broadway in 1908 was outstanding.
The product of a joint fundraising effort between the YWCA and the YMCA,
the two organizations shared a city block and even a "party wall" for
fire protection between their two edifices. The early leadership scored
another success with the donation of land in 1918 from Mrs. Jacob Kamm,
a founding board member, for the construction of a boarding residence
at SW Main and 14th Avenue. All of these early efforts benefited from
the leadership of Jessie Honeyman, founder and first president of the
board of directors of the Portland YWCA.
Cornerstone of Taylor
own words capture her ambition and work ethic: "A
task without vision
is drudgery. A vision without a task is a dream. A vision with a task
is victory." Born Jessie Millar
in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1852, she grew up to become a successful teacher.
In 1876 she married Walter James Honeyman of Dundee, and the two came
to Oregon in 1883. The Honeymans raised four sons and two daughters
in Portland and ran a successful business. By the turn of the century,
Honeyman had connected with other prosperous matrons living in and around
downtown Portland through women's clubs, both religious and secular.
Her leadership of the early YWCA board was complemented by her presidency
of the Travelers' Aid Society during the Lewis and Clark Exposition
of 1905, a position that well suited her to coordinate protective and
benevolent efforts for women in the city. The highpoint of Honeyman's
YWCA career was the construction of the Taylor Street building.
Oregonians know the name Honeyman through the downtown hardware store
that bears the name or are familiar with the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial
State Park, 555 acres located south of Florence, Oregon. The park was
dedicated to honor work Honeyman completed later in life, coordinated
through Oregon's Garden Clubs and Oregon Roadside Council's beautification
programs. She died in 1948 at the age of 93.
Quoted in Ernestine Moffitt, "Jessie M. Honeyman: Woman of Spirit,"
Northwest Magazine, 5 August 1979, p. 31.
Today | Programs | African-American
| Asian-American Women | World
War II | Religion, Race, & Reform |