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Norman Clayton Herbrandson 1916-1948


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 1/29/2014 at 01:03:48

Third Polio Case Reported In County
Estherville Man is Stricken
Norman Herbrandson, 32-year-old Estherville farmer, was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital in Sioux City yesterday, the third polio case from this vicinity in less than a week.

Herbrandson had not been feeling well for three days and Saturday night he became suddenly worse complaining of a severe headache and pain in his neck, Mrs. Herbrandson said this morning.

Herbrandson, who farms a mile northwest of Estherville, was flown to Sioux City by Harry Coffie yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Herbrandson also made the trip and returned home. Herbrandson’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Herbrandson of Estherville, were planning to drive to Sioux City today.

No report on his condition was available at the Sioux City hospital, because, attendants said, such information is not discernible for at least 72 hours. Kenneth Kollasch, four-year-old Estherville boy who was admitted there Wednesday was said to be in a satisfactory condition, however.

Funeral services for Richard Logue who died of the disease Thursday were held yesterday in the Estherville Methodist church. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 26, 1948)

Herbrandson Rests Well During Night
Norman Herbrandson, Estherville polio patient under treatment at St. Joseph’s Mercy hospital in Sioux City, rested well during the night, his sister, Lillian Herbrandson, reported this morning. He remains in the iron lung in which he was placed yesterday morning after his lungs ceased functioning, she said. He was able to drink a glass of milk last night.

Paralyzing effects of polio have concentrated in Herbrandson’s lungs, his sister said, so that he breathed with extreme difficulty until placed in the iron lung. He swallows easily, however. It was on Thursday and Friday of last week that he first complained of pain in his lungs, saying that he felt almost as if his lungs had been scalded, Miss Herbrandson said today. He continued his farm work however and worked all day Saturday before seeing a physician Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Herbrandson, Herbrandson’s parents, and his wife are still in Sioux City, but Clarence, Carlton, Earl and Lillian, brothers and sister of the sick man, have returned here. While in Sioux City they saw Kenneth Kollasch, four-year-old Estherville boy, also confined there with polio, and said he seemed to be feeling quite well.

Five patients were released yesterday from the hospital’s polio ward and one was admitted. Four persons are being treated there now. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 28, 1948)

N. Herbrandson Is Estherville’s 2nd Polio Victim
Death came to Norman Herbrandson at Sioux City Wednesday afternoon at 4:45. He had been rushed by plane to St. Joseph’s Mercy hospital as soon as it was discovered he was a polio patient.

His condition was serious from the start. He had been ailing for a few days in advance and then he became very suddenly and seriously ill. After being placed in the iron lung he never regained consciousness but for a few minutes, according to friends and relatives who were with him. On Wednesday morning the family was called to Sioux City which indicated he was failing rapidly.

Norman Clayton Herbrandson was born on June 16, 1916 in this city. He was a resident of this vicinity all his life. He was a young man of ability and highly respected by all who knew him. He was married and had two children.

His war record was exceptional. He was a participant in the Normandy invasion and many of the French and European campaigns. He was awarded many ribbons, medals and other citations for his efficient service and bravery.

He is survived by his widow and two sons, DeWayne, 6 and James 1.

The funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 from the Estherville Lutheran Church, the Rev. C.M. Hanson, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carinon [Carlson] of Ames. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, July 29, 1948)

City Suffers Second Death From Polio
Norman Herbrandson, 32, died at 4:45 yesterday afternoon in St. Joseph’s Mercy hospital, Estherville’s second polio victim in less than a week. He had apparently rallied somewhat after being placed in an iron lung Tuesday morning, but at 1 p.m. yesterday relatives here were informed that his condition was critical and they were able to reach Sioux City before he died. His parents and wife have been with him since Monday.

After not feeling well on Thursday and Friday of last week, Herbrandson became suddenly worse Saturday night and was flown to the Sioux City hospital Sunday afternoon. Another Estherville polio fatality, Richard Logue, 13, died there last Thursday.

Norman Clayton Herbrandson was born on June 13, 1916, in Estherville and lived in and around the city all of his life, attending Estherville schools and working for the Railway Express company before the war. On May 20, 1941, he was married to DeEtta Gross of Rockford, Ia., and on Nov. 21, 1942, he was inducted into the army where he served as a medical technician with the Ninth Field hospital.

Herbrandson went overseas on Sept. 12, 1943, participating in the Normandy invasion, and Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European campaigns. Returning to this country on October 13, 1945, he was discharged 15 days later on October 27. On returning to Estherville he began farming one mile northwest of Estherville and also worked for the Railway Express in his extra time.

His service decorations included the European, African and Middle Eastern theatre ribbons, one silver battle star, four overseas service bars, good conduct medal and meritorious services unit plaque.

Survivors include his wife and two sons, DeWayne, 6, and James, about a year old. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Herbrandson, three brothers, Earl, Carlton and Clarence, all of Estherville, and three sisters, Lillian of Estherville, Mrs. S.E. Carlson (Florence) of Ames and Mrs. O.C. Culbertson (Ruth) of Bowan, N.D.

A brother, Irvin, preceded him in death in Dec. 16, 1939, at the age of 31.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Estherville Lutheran church of which he was a member. Rev. C.M. Hanson will officiate assisted by Herbrandson’s brother-in-law, Rev. Carlson, a minister in Ames. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 29, 1948)

Out-of-town relatives who attended the Norman Herbrandson funeral Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Gross, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Gross, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Ausrud and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gross, all of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Ivie Gross of Fort Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Knoop and Katherine of Marble Rock, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gross of Grand Meadow, Minn., Mrs. H. H. Wibben of LeRoy, Minn., Miss Harriett Gross of Mason City, Rev. and Mrs. C.C. Culbertson and family of Bowman, N.D., Rev. and Mrs. S.E. Carlsen and family of Ames, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Guge and family of Clear Lake, Mrs. Anna Arneson of Fairview, S.D., Mrs. Viola Myher of Evanston, Ill. and Lester Herbrandson of Canton, S.D. Others attending from far away were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grady of Rockford, Lester Culbertson and Herbert Culbertson of Wells, Minn., and Mr.[missing line.] (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, August 2, 1948)


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