Oral history interview with Norma Jean Crago, 2007 November 5.


Oral history interview with Norma Jean Crago, 2007 November 5.

Crago was living in rural Union County, Iowa when she was diagnosed with polio at age 11. She talks about spending nearly a year in Children's Hospital (including being treated by Dr. Steindler) and a rehabilitation home in Iowa City; realizing that the paralysis in her legs was permanent; keeping up with school work while in the hospital and convalescing at home; struggling with attending high school and transportation with her physical handicaps; the economic impact of the disease on the family; and going to work for Des Moines accounting firm Allen and Co. She speculates about how she contracted the disease and the fact that two of her siblings may have had a mild, undiagnosed case of the disease.

Transcript and interview log: 19 leaves + newspaper clippingsSound recording: 2 sound cassettes


SNAC Resource ID: 7547911

Iowa State Historical Society

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Iowa Polio Stories Oral History Project.

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The State Library of Iowa hired Kate Scott to coordinate an oral history project to document the history and impact of polio in Iowa. Interviewees represented counties across Iowa and ranged in age from 55 to 96 and included medical personnel, family members and friends of the afflicted, and polio survivors. The project was carried out in conjunction with the State Library's Center for the Book All Iowa Reads selection for 2007, The Splendid Solution by Jeffrey Kluger. From the descr...

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Crago, Norma Jean, b. 1928,

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