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Lizzie Sherman & the Sherman Hospital

21 E. Pleasant St., Waukon, Allamakee co., Iowa

Unless otherwise credited, the information on this page was compiled by S. Ferrall
(additional information is welcomed)


Miss Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Sherman, d/o Herman Sherman & Henrietta (Helming) Sherman was born in Jefferson twp., east of Waukon on December 22, 1867. She is mentioned in local and surrounding area newspapers ... most often as a nurse conducting home nursing. No mention has been found (at this time) of Lizzie having receiving formal nurses training, other than the 1910 census gives her occupation as a 'trained nurse'. Despite not finding documentation, Lizzie may have attended nursing classes, or assisted in the offices of local physicians prior to caring for people in her home. Her place of business & residence was known as the Lizzie Sherman Hospital or Sherman Hospital. Lizzie never married.

1900 U.S. census, Makee twp.: Lizzie A., age 31, is living in the household of her widowed father Herman. No occupation is noted for her, so she is likely caring for her 73 year old father.

1905 IA State census: Lizzie Sherman, Waukon, age 37, occupation: Nurse

1910 U.S. census, Waukon, Liberty St.: Lizzie Sherman, age 37, single, living in household of her 83 y/o father, occupation: Trained nurse, private homes

1925 IA State census, Waukon, Pleasant St.: Lizzie A., age 56, owns her home, education: 6 yr. rural high school [no college or university education noted]

1930 U.S. census, Waukon, Ward I, E. Pleasant St.: Lizzie A., age 61, single; owns house valued at 4400; occupation: Practical nurse, homes

Death Certificate data [condensed by S. Ferrall]
Elizabeth Sherman, DOB 12/22/1867 in Jefferson twp., Allamakee co. IA; DOD 4/7/1950 in Waukon, Allamakee co. IA, cause: broncho pneumonia w/bronchial edema, underlying causes: Diabetes & Myocarditis, other conditions: Fractured hip (1yr); life-long resident of Allamakee co.; marital status: Single; usual occupation: Practical Nurse; father: Herman Sherman; mother: Henrietta Helming; informant: Mrs. Lydia Depping; burial 4/9/1950, Ebenezer cemetery; funeral director: Martin, Waukon.


Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Sherman gravestone, Ebenezer cemetery.
~contributed by Gloria (Sander) Payne

Miscellaneous newspaper & other mention of Lizzie Sherman or the Sherman hospital

Miss Lizzie Sherman, the nurse, was summoned to Howard, S.D. last week to assist in caring for her sister, Mrs. Wm. Stock.
~La Crosse Tribune, April 13, 1910; pg 10 (Waukon, Ia. column)

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Paul Theodore and Lydia Esther (Flage) Helming became the parents of a baby daughter, Alice Ruth Helming, born at the Lizzie Sherman Homes in Waukon, Iowa on March 14, 1922.
Source: obituary for Alice Ruth (Helming) Huffman. Alice died on January 30, 2017. She was the widow of William “Bill” Huffman, who was deceased at the time of her death. ~contributed by Connie Ellis

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Miss Lizzie Sherman of Waukon, Ia., is here visiting her sister, Mrs. S. Dehne and her niece, Mrs. Frank Hubbard.
~Mitchell Evening Republican (South Dakota), September 19, 1924, Howard S.D. column; pg 16

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A baby boy was born Monday of last week to Mr. and Mrs. William Christopherson of Near Dorchester. The little one was born at the home of nurse Lizzie Sherman in this city, who is caring for the mother and child.
~Allamakee Journal and Lansing Mirror, Wednesday, April 17, 1929

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County Auditor L. L. Swenson and wife are the proud and happy parents of an 8 pound baby boy, their first born, which came to them Monday. The mother and child are getting along nicely at the home of nurse Lizzie Sherman.
~Allamakee Journal, January 7, 1931 (Waukon Column)

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Frances Barker is helping at the Lizzie Sherman hospital at Waukon.
~Postville Herald, Thursday, June 25, 1931; pg 6, Frankville column

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Janice Jean Duvel, the only child of Edwin and Leona (Snitker) Duvel, was born at the Lizzie Sherman Hospital in Waukon, Iowa on June 8, 1936. ~Source: Obituary for Janice J. (Duvel) Winter who passed away on May 17, 2023 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon, Iowa ~contributed by Connie Ellis

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Helen Anita Dahlen, twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dahlen, died May 9, at the age of 11 weeks and three days. She was born February 18, at Sherman hospital at Waukon. ~Decorah Journal, Thursday, May 11, 1939; pg 1 (Glenwood, Winneshiek co.)

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Mrs. Jas. Vickery and baby returned home from the Sherman hospital, Waukon, Thursday and are getting along nicely.
~Postville Herald, Thursday, September 28, 1939; pg 6

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Wanted - A girl who wishes to learn nurses training at Sherman Hospital, Waukon, Iowa. Miss Lizzie Sherman
Waukon, Iowa
~Decorah Journal, Tuesday, January 2, 1940; pg 8
Note: several similar Help Wanted ads appeared in this & other nearby papers during the 1940's

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Mr. and Mrs. John Quinn became the parents of a son, Oct. 14, at the Sherman hospital, Waukon. Mrs. Quinn was formerly Miss Florence Hexom.
~Decorah Public Opinion and Decorah Republican, Thursday, Oct. 24, 1940, Glenwood column; pg 10

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Jerry Lee Bollman [was born] at the Sherman Hospital in Waukon, Iowa on January 21, 1941. (He was the son of Everett L. & Dora Bollman of Franklin Township) ~obituary of Jerry L. Bollman, The Standard, August 6, 2019 ~contributed by Connie Ellis

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Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Larson became the parents of a baby girl, Thursday, Nov. 12. Mother and baby are receiving care at the Sherman Hospital, Waukon.
~Decorah Public Opinion and Decorah Republican, Thursday, November 18, 1942, Glenwood column; pg 14

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Waukon, Ia. - Life seems to have become just one fracture after another for Miss Lizzie Sherman, aged Waukon practical nurse. She was returned to the general hospital here recently from the University hospital at Iowa City where she had been treated for some time for a seriously fractured arm and shoulder. While convelescing at the local hospital she fell and fractured her hip and on Friday was returned to the University Hospital.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, June 21, 1949; pg 18


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