J.N. GILBRANSON. – There is no European country to which the United States is more in debt than to the Scandinavian peninsula. From there we had Ericsson, whose invention of the Monitor is deemed by many to have turned the tide of war in 1862. From the country of Ericsson we have also many of our best citizens. One of these is Mr. Gilbranson, who was born at Christiana, Norway, in 1834, and came to Chicago in 1854. He resided in Missouri until the war broke out, being actively engaged in his business of contracting and building. Returning to Chicago, he continued to work in his line until 1880, going in that year to Minneapolis, and opening a sash and door factor under the firm name of Jansen, Gilbranson & Co.
In 1886 he sold out to his partner and came to Spokane Falls. He has since made that city his home, buying property and erecting for himself a very fine residence, a view of which appears in this work. He is a man who, to his natural industry, has added experience and linked intelligence, thus forming enterprise. He is one of the men of whom the city is proud, and to whom it looks for its great undertakings. He was married in Iowa to Miss Anna Johnson, and has one daughter.