Not every woman by any means can fill “Mother” Eivers’ place as assistant in charge of the police emergency hospital. To stand the work of treating the accident cases and handling of the riff-raff of the police dragnet one must be big. “Mother” is not small, by any system of calculation. She is as jovial and happy as she is rotund, and self-sufficient.

When Mrs. Eivers went to the police station four years ago to take charge of the nursing in the emergency hospital, the old heads wagged.

No woman had ever been there before. She couldn't stand it, could she? She could not go out in the paddy wagon, could she?

Mrs. Eivers let them know she could.

— Profile of Ellen Eivers, charge nurse at the Portland police emergency clinic, July 14, 1921