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Title: Anton P. Ness Papers

Dates: 1880s-2007

Collection Number: Mss 10939

Quantity:
5.5 feet

Abstract:
Consists of business records, correspondence, testimonials, photographs, ephemera, publications, financial material, and legal documents relating to lands that Ness owned, his practice of spiritual healing, and personal life.

Provenance:
The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Anton Ness Papers from his daughters Eloise June Kvam and Evelyn Bauman in June 2006 and July 2009.

Property Rights:
The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights:
Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access:
This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation:
Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Transfer:
One box of Ness’ personal belongings including: a hat; two brushes (one with a decorative holder); sewing thread box (1870s?); a wooden stamp with Anton’s portrait; a handkerchief; Merle’s box full of : two samples of mentholatum (sometime after 1906), bullet shell, five coupons, pencil, arrowheads, a marble, jacks, ship from battleship or Monopoly, a decorative pin, a button, a Hoover pin, and a tiny lock; A smoking pipe; eyeglasses case (Dr. I. O. Melom, Eye Specialist, Sacred Heart, MN); eyeglasses case and eyeglasses (J. T. Larson, Jeweler and Orthodontist, Mandan, North Dakota); eyeglasses case and eyeglasses; empty eyeglasses case; cigarette holder; spring; unidentified piece of metal; Pin “24th Annual Convention N.S.A. St. Paul, Minn. State Capitol”; Ever-Ready Safety Razor with instructions and blades (post 1906); Five Parker Pens and instructions for operating; One ink pen; A dog collar; One letter opener; and a lock with keys (sterling Lock Co, Minneapolis, Minnesota).

INTRODUCTION

Consists of business records, correspondence, testimonials, photographs, ephemera, publications, and a memorial sermon for Mr. Ness. Children are Carroll P., Evelyn Ness Bauman, Paul H., and June Ness Kvam. Collections are also located at Vesterheim Genealogical Center. July 22, 2009 accession consists of financial material, legal documents and correspondence relating to lands that Ness owned, his practice of spiritual healing, and personal life. The bulk of the collection consists of financial ledgers, legal documents, cashed checks, and correspondence about his various business dealings. The collection also contain letters, post cards and photographs collected by Ness during his travels, and of friends and family. Ness was born May 14, 1880, near Clarkfield, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, and passed away in Mandan, North Dakota, April 13, 1940.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Anton Olaus Ness, later Anton Peter Ness, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter (Peder) A. Ness, born on May 14, 1880, near Clarkfield, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota. Karen “Caroline” Johnson Baaken and Peter (Peder) A. Ness married at Arendahl, Minnesota, on March 20, 1872. Anton was the third born of this marriage, and had seven siblings: Lise Maline, John Andreas, Anna Ragnilda, Oscar Martineus, Realph Severin, Emelia Susanna, and Ludvik Realph.  Karen, or “Caroline,” passed away on October 7, 1896, at Clarkfield. Peder remarried Anna Marie Ericson (born near Granite Falls, Minnesota, likely on June 14, 1874, and died about 1919).

Anton Peter was educated in Clarkfield, and at the Willmar Seminary in Willmar, Minnesota. He lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a time while he worked in the real estate business. He also was associated with a Dr. Sheldrop of Minneapolis, and worked in Chicago for one winter. Anton P. Ness married Miss Elsie Caroline (Lena) Haugen at Tracy, Minnesota, on January 15, 1913. Elise was born in Tracy, January 23, 1886.

In late 1915, or the spring of 1916, the couple moved to a farm west of McClusky, North Dakota. It was here that Anton began his faith healing. With the number of patients rising steadily who were coming to the farm seeking treatment, Ness established an office in the city of McClusky on November 8, 1918. Previously, neighbors had come to him for advice and relief. The number grew until Ness had no time for his farm. The family moved to the city August 1921, to the Boling House, because of the increasing number of patients coming to him for help.

A newspaper clipping reports that in 1922, Ness charged $3.00 per treatment, and saw about 25 patients a day. By that time, the newspaper reported, Ness had held 20,000 sessions with patients. By 1930, about 125 people come to him each day for treatment. Before 1922, and again in the mid 1920s, Anton stopped charging fees and instead accepted donations if patients could afford to give. A typical business day began at 6 am, when Ness would appear and dispense cards on which the day and hour of appointment was written. It was common for people seeking treatment to sleep outside or in automobiles overnight in the summers, in order to be first in line the next morning to receive the card. For nearly his entire working career, Ness began work at 7 a.m., after handing out the cards at 6, and ended at around 6 p.m., with a bit of time off for lunch.

In the fall of 1924, the family moved to Mandan, North Dakota, because of better railroad and hotel facilities, and because Ness would have more privacy when not treating patients. Another motivating factor was that the Commercial Club of Mandan had offered financial assistance, and several lawyers in Mandan had agreed to handle his business affairs, including R. C. Oliver. A newspaper article, “M’Clusky Miracle Man to Open Offices Here Tuesday,” from the Mandan Daily Pioneer, August 30, 1924, claims that Ness treated over 30,000 patients during his time in McClusky, between November 8, 1918, when he opened his office, and the fall of 1924 when the family moved to Mandan.

The Ness family moved into the Harry Center residence on 5th Avenue Northwest, and the office was located at the Lewis and Clark hotel in rooms 239-241. Mrs. Ness served as his secretary. McClusky residents attempted to keep the Nesses from moving to Mandan, and a petition requesting the Nesses to relocate to the town of Mercer was delivered to the family, signed by 94 Mercer residents.

As a healer, Ness made numerous trips to various cities and towns in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Montana. He had patients visiting him from the Midwest United States, the West Coast, and beyond. Although he was not licensed to practice medicine, the amount of testimonial letters sent to Ness from former patients revealed the significance of his place in North Dakota.

Anton P. and Elise had eight children: Merle Paul, Carroll Peter, Evelyn Addie, Emil Ralph, Paul Haugen, Emil Anton, Eloise June, and Peter. The first born, Merle Paul Ness, was born in Tracy, on November 29, 1914, and tragically died in a car accident at age 16 in Valley City, North Dakota, on June 15, 1930.

Carroll Peter Ness was born in Mercer, North Dakota, on November 2, 1916. Carroll P. grew up to be a farmer and owner of gas station. On November 28, 1949, Carroll married Ruth Lucille Olson (born in Rolette, North Dakota, on May 4, 1922) at Rolette, North Dakota. The couple lived in Clarkfield, and had four children: Merle Paul (born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, August 20, 1952), Steven Peter (born in Aberdeen June 10, 1955), Richard Bradley (born in Wagner, South Dakota January 14, 1958) and Charles Phillip (born in Montevideo, Minnesota on September 1, 1961).

Evelyn Addie Ness was born in Mercer, North Dakota, on September 25, 1918. On December 19, 1937, she married Quintin Robert Roberts in McIntosh, South Dakota. Quintin was a car salesman, born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, December 31, 1900. Evelyn and Quintin had one child, Winnifred Elsie Roberts, who was born in Hollywood, California, on March 6, 1939. Quintin Roberts died at Mandan, February 28, 1940, from heart problems. On November 17,

1957 in Canby, Minnesota, Winnifred married Curtis Alden Severson, who worked in the public works discretion, and was born in Cottonwood Minnesota, November 29, 1938. The couple lived at Clarkfield, and had three children: Natalie Ann Severson (born in Montevideo, June 1, 1958), Connie Denise Severson (born in Montevideo, July 3, 1959) and Brent Curtis Severson (also born in Montevideo, on February 10, 1964). Evelyn Addie married a second time at Walnut Grove, Minnesota, on September 12, 1959, to John Wolfgang Bauman. Bauman was a gas station manager, who was born in Springfield, Minnesota, June 24, 1912. The couple lived at Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

Emil Ralph Ness was born and died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 25, 1920. Paul Haugen Ness was born in McClusky, North Dakota, on November 6, 1921. Paul was an insurance man, who married at Steelton, Pennsylvania, on September 7, 1946 to Ruth Lillian Essick (born in York, Pennsylvania, July 22, 1921). The couple lived at Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and had three children: Anton Paul, Carol Ruth, and Marda Marie. Anton Paul Ness was born in Montevideo, on July 29, 1947. He was a corporate lawyer, who never married, and lived in Carlysle, Pennsylvania. Carol Ruth Ness was born in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, on January 14, 1950. She married Samuel Charles Brenize, a computer operator shift manager (born at Phillippi, West Virginia, December 22, 1944), at Wellsville, Pennsylvania on September 27, 1970. Carol and Samuel lived in York Springs, Pennsylvania, and had two children: Nicole Renee Brenize (born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, March 27, 1971), and Keith Charles Brenize (born in Harrisburg, September 29, 1973). Finally, Marda Marie Ness, the third child of Paul Haugen and Ruth Lillian, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on September 7, 1958.

Emil Anton Ness was born in Mandan, June 16, 1925, and passed away months later in Mandan on October 6, 1925. Eloise June Ness was born in Mandan, June 5, 1927. She married at Montevideo, July 1, 1951, to Spencer Odell Kvam. Kvam was a farmer, born at Montevideo, on August 29, 1924. The couple lived at Granite Falls and had three children: Spencer Henry Kvam (born in Montevideo, January 28, 1954), Karen Mari Kvam (born in Montevideo, March 20, 1955), and David Alan Kvam (born in Montevideo, March 7, 1957).  Finally, Peter Ness was born in Mandan on September 25, 1928, and passed away that same day in Mandan.

Anton P. Ness passed away on April 13, 1940, at his home in Mandan, North Dakota. His funeral was held on April 15 in Mandan at the Charles Wesley Burns Methodist Church, with Reverend A. R. Henry, Pastor, officiating. Following the Mandan services, the body was taken by train to Tracy, where another service was held on April 17, and Reverend I. O. Melom of Montevideo, officiated at the services. Ness was buried in Tracy. Anton P. was survived by his widow, two sons, Carroll and Paul (Mandan), two daughters, Mrs. (Evelyn) Quintin Roberts and Miss June Ness (Mandan), a granddaughter, Winnifred Roberts, two brothers, Ralph Ness of Clarkfield and John Ness of Morris, Minnesota, and three sisters, Miss Lise Ness of Montevideo, and Miss Ann and Miss Amelia Ness of Minneapolis.

Lise Maline Ness, Anton’s sister, was born in Arendahl, Minnesota, on January 22, 1872, and was a housekeeper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lise passed away in Minneapolis in about 1942. John Andreas Ness was born in Clarkfield, June 15, 1876, and was a farmer. On December 28, 1905, John married Adeline Estenson, who was born in Stony Run, Minnesota, on June 27, 1884, and died in Washburn, North Dakota, on October 18, 1942. John Andreas also passed away in Washburn, North Dakota, January 18, 1950. Throughout his lifetime, John A. and Adeline lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, Mercer (North Dakota), Hancock (Minnesota), and Washburn (North Dakota).  Anna Ragnilda Ness, Anton’s sister, was born in Clarkfield, December 4, 1881, and was a housekeeper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anna R. passed away in Minneapolis on July 4, 1952.

Oscar Martineus Ness, Anton’s brother, was also born in Clarkfield, on May 10, 1884. Oscar was a farm machinery salesman and farmer, and married Gudrun Hofstad, born in Osterdahl, Norway, June 14, 1886, at Tracy on October 2, 1913. Oscar and Gundrun lived in Clarkfield, and had one child, Clinton Preus Ness, who was born at Clarkfield, August 19, 1914. Clinton married Beata J. Johnson April 10, 1946. The couple lived in Hopkins, Minnesota, and had no children. Clinton P. was a corporation officer and tree trimmer. Realph Severin Ness was born in Clarkfield, June 13, 1886, and passed away months later in Clarkfield, on August 8, 1886.  Emelia Susanna Ness, Anton’s sister, was born in Clarkfield on February 21, 1888, and lived there until she died on December 23, 1966.

Finally, the youngest, Ludvik (Realph) Ralph Ness, Anton’s brother, was born in Clarkfield, on April 21, 1892. Ludvik Ralph was a farmer, who married at Montevideo, on November 7, 1923, to Emma Josephine Iverson, who was born at Clarkfield on December 17, 1900. Ralph and Emma had two children: Kermit Preus Ness, and Ardine Melvin Ness.  Kermit P. was born in Clarkfield. November 9, 1924. He was a teacher, who married Marion Gervais Fossen, born at Clarkfield June 11, 1925, at Clarkfield, on December 23, 1945.  The couple divorced in 1971. Kermit P. remarried at Granite Falls, on June 3, 1972 to Lynn Marie Aadland, born at Granite Falls, on December 20, 1949. The couple lived at Granite Falls. Kermit P. had no children from either marriage. Ardine Melvin Ness was born in Clarkfield, on June 6, 1929, and passed away at Granite Falls, on March 19, 1972. Ardine M. was a salesman, who married Margaret Mae Gehant (born at Canby, Minnesota, on September 2, 1927) at Clarkfield, on August 15, 1948. The couple divorced in 1959. Ardine lived in Spicer, Minnesota, had no children. Ludvik Ralph died in Montevideo, on July 27, 1951. His widow, Emma Josephine (Iverson) Ness, remarried at Hazel Run, Minnesota, March 14, 1956, to Steward Edmand Johnson (a farmer, who was born at Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on December 23, 1888). The couple lived at Clarkfield.

SOURCES:    
“Cancer Causes Death of Mrs. Hattie Kreutz,” Mandan Daily Pioneer, August 30, 1924: 1.
“Crowds Flock to Anton Ness, the Healer,” The McClusky Gazette, August 12, 1921: 1.
“Harvey Woman Cured by McClusky’s ‘Miracle Man’ of a Prolonged Illness,” Harvey Herald,
August 19, 1921: 1.
“McClusky Miracle Man to Open Offices Here Tuesday,” Mandan Daily Pioneer, August 30, 1924:
1.
“McClusky’s Miracle Healer,” by Tessa Sandstrom, Dakota Datebook, August 19, 2006.
“Mandan Boy Killed In Car Accident,” Valley City Times-Record, June 15, 1930: 1.
“Mandan Faith Healer, Hurt in Crash, Better,” Fargo Forum, June 17, 1930.
“Mandan’s Faith Healer,”Capital City Safari. William Jackson. Valley Star Books (Dickinson,
ND), 2002. 18-23.
“Merle Ness Killed-Father Badly Injured,” Mandan Daily Pioneer, June 16, 1930: 1.
“Ness Boy Dies After Automobile Hits Pole,” Mandan Daily Pioneer, June 16, 1930.
“Ness Rites Held Monday,” Mandan Daily Pioneer, April 13, 1940.
“Ness, Wonder Healer, Resumes Work,” The McClusky Gazette, June 22, 1923: 5.
“Roberts Funeral Held Thursday,” Mandan Daily Pioneer, March 1, 1940: 5.
Sheridan County Heritage ’76, McClusky, ND: 1976.
“Wells County People Treated by ‘Healer’,” The McClusky Gazette, August 19, 1921: 1.

 SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Anton P. Ness Papers, 1880s-2007, five and one half cubic feet, contain financial material, legal documents and correspondence relating to lands that Ness owned, his practice of spiritual healing, and personal life.  The bulk of the collection consists of financial ledgers, legal documents, cashed checks, and correspondence about his various business dealings. The collection also contains letters, post cards and photographs collected by Ness during his travels, and of friend s and family.

Twelve series have been established for the Anton P. Ness Papers.  Series one consists of material and documents pertaining to land that Ness owned; Series two is comprised of a variety of financial materials from his healing practice and from land ownership; Series three contains correspondence; Series four encompasses records related to Anton P. Ness’ death and funeral; Series five incorporates materials from Merle Paul Ness’ life, death and funeral; Series six is made up of administrative and personal materials; Series seven constitutes patient payment information

on index cards; Series eight covers patient information and documents; Series nine consists of material related to Ness’ invention, the Ness & Siverson Fence Post; Series ten includes publications; Series eleven is made up of post cards; and finally, Series twelve contains photographs.

Series I, Land Owned by Anton P. Ness, 1906-1940, is found in box 1 and measures approximately one half of one cubic foot. Materials within this series focus on specific land parcels owned by Anton P. Ness, and are divided into eleven subseries based on the county where the property was located:  Chippewa and Renville Counties in Minnesota; Divide, Grant, McLean, Mercer, Morton, and Sheridan Counties in North Dakota; property in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; and general information about Ness’ land.

Within each county subseries, the records are arranged by the specific land parcel, for example, Divide County: NW¼ 9-162-97, means the northwest corner of section 9, township 162, range 97, in Divide County, North Dakota. After the arrangement by county and exact location, the files are organized chronologically so that ownership of the land before Ness is clear. Some of the land was purchased by Ness outright from the owners, while other land was given to him for a modest sum to be paid over time, under an agreement. Correspondence relating to specific parcels of land owned by Ness was incorporated into this series to give an overall picture of the process of buying, paying taxes on, and owning the land. Although materials from series one date back to 1906, the bulk of records in the series date from the 1920s to the 1930s.

Series II, Financial Materials, 1915-1940, is located in boxes 1, 2 and 3, and spans about two cubic feet, including one oversized financial ledger which is located separately from the boxes. Series II is focused on the financial records kept by Ness during his years as a farmer and healer while living in North Dakota. Many of the materials in series two relate to loans taken by Ness to pay for his growing portfolio of land owned (see series one for specific locations).

The series begins in 1915, and contains a well maintained inventory of Ness’ financial dealings. Cashed checks from loans, agreements, and everyday living expenses are prevalent. Ness kept detailed lists of his finances, and payments, interest, and balances on loans and accounts with merchants. Bank booklets and detailed ledgers kept by Anton P. and Elise C. Ness, and by Joseph P. Hess, President of First National Bank, Mandan, North Dakota, who served as trustee for many of Ness’ business dealings, are also located in series two.

Contracts are included in this series, including one between Ness and the Mandan Commercial Club, and another between Ness and R.D. O’Rourke, G.A. Renden and L.A. Tavis, relating to support for moving to Mandan, and providing business managers in Mandan, respectively.

Material related to income and property taxes are prevalent in this series. Records of mortgages, loans, and life and automobile insurance that Ness took, mostly in the1930s, are included in this series.  People of note that Ness dealt with financially or that his financial records include, in addition to Joseph Hess, are the Hjelle Brothers (General Merchandise, Jamestown, North Dakota), Merle P. Ness, Calcedonia Giarratana, and Carroll Ness, who helped handle the family’s finances after Anton’s death. Ness and Giarratana co-owned property in Montana, but the specific location is not identified. The two men took out a five year loan from the Northern Pacific Railway Company Land Department to help pay for the Montana property. Correspondence between the Giarratanas and the Nesses can be found in series three.

Series III, Correspondence, 1919-1959, is located in box 3, and measures approximately three quarters of a cubic foot. Series three includes the following subseries Anton Ness’ communications regarding: financial matters, requests for financial assistance, his healing practice (or from or about patients), personal life, and miscellaneous.  Some of the personal correspondence continued after Mr. Ness’ death in April 1940, and is addressed to either Mrs. (Elise) Ness or Carroll Ness, their son.

The first subseries in series three, financial correspondence, adds a depth of information to the records in series one and two. Beginning in 1924, the financial correspondence subseries continues to 1946, without any major gaps. The bulk of the finance related correspondence deals with debts Anton P. Ness owed, or financial endeavors he was engaged in, including taking out loans and selling cattle. In a letter from August 24, 1936, from Mrs. Gordon G. Williams, Ness is criticized about his business dealings with a man named Mr. Nigey, and his effect on the financial situation of the Williams family.  A letter about Ness, from Abe P. Ness (or Hess) to J. R. “Ray” Madsen, dated July 23, 1936, combines the personal with the financial, as Abe details his deteriorating relationship with Ness. Also of note is correspondence from April 24, 1937, in which the trust beneficiaries of the Herman Hollst Estate propose releasing and discharging Ness as the trustee. Many other interesting items are located in this subseries, which paint a broader picture of Ness’ financial dealings.

The second subseries in Series three (correspondence) consists of two folders of requests for financial assistance. The first, dated March 17, 1934, is from John P. Ness, Anton’s brother. The second is from Benno Koch, who lived in Germany, dated from 1937 to 1938.

The third subseries in series three contains correspondence relating to Ness’ healing practice and his patients.  Several letters from a lawyer and from the Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners deal with licensing issues, and the legality of claiming to treat people without a medical degree. The bulk of the correspondence in this third subseries begins in 1925, after Ness had moved his practice to Mandan, North Dakota, and continues through Ness’ death in 1940. The exceptions are two letters, one dated from May 1922, when Anton Ness still worked out of McClusky, North Dakota, and another letter from July 10, 1997, addressed to Eloise June Spencer Kvam, Ness’ daughter, from Elfreda Ziniel, whose cousin Katherine Bailey was a former patient of Ness. 

The majority of correspondence in this third subseries is either original letters from patients, or letters from patients which were typed up by the Nesses and bound into booklets. For the purpose of organization, the pages were removed from these booklets and arranged chronologically, to give an impression of the amount of patients Ness saw from year to year. The pages were already unbound from the booklets before they were separated, and the booklet covers are located at the end of this subseries.

The fourth subseries in series three, correspondence, contains personal correspondence. Sympathy letters, cards, and telegrams to the Nesses, and later to Mrs. Ness, after the death of their baby son in 1920, the death of Merle P. Ness in 1930, and the death of Anton P. in 1940, are included in this series. Besides correspondence of sympathy are letters to Mrs. Ness from her children, letters to Mrs. Ness and children from Anton, invitations to high school graduations, anniversaries and weddings, Christmas cards, birthday cards, an Easter card, friendship card, and thank you notes. The personal correspondence subseries begins with the death of the baby son in 1920, and skips to 1925. From 1925 on, the subseries has few gaps, and continues to 1959. 

The final subseries in series three, is miscellaneous correspondence. This subseries only contains one file folder relating to a meteorite that Anton found and sent in to be tested. The letter explains that the sample sent in was not a meteorite.

Series IV, Anton P. Ness death and funeral, 1940, is located in box 3 and consists of six file folders. All materials relate to Ness’ death and funeral. Specifically, Series IV contains a receipt for funeral services, payment for funeral services (cashed check), memorial sermons delivered in Mandan, North Dakota, and Tracy, Minnesota, donations in Ness’ name to the Radio Station WCAL, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and a memorial record booklet which was not filled out.

Series V, Merle Paul Ness Life, Death, and Funeral, 1921-1930, is located in box 3 and spans nine file folders. Materials in this series relate to Merle Paul Ness’ school records, health, certificates of participation in Boy Scouts, and his funeral in 1930. This series specifically contains report cards, certificates of grade promotion, attendance reports, certificates of attendance, health cards, Boy Scout certificate cards, a memorial card, and a banner and card made by Merle’s friends and classmates.

Series VI, Administrative and Personal Materials, 1907-1975, is located in box 3 and consists of fourteen file folders and one oversized scrapbook. Specifically, Series IV contains: a souvenir given to graduating pupils in 1907 from Lena (Elise) Haugen, before she became Mrs. Ness, a 1913 calendar with the Ness’ marriage date circled, a petition to the Nesses requesting them to relocate to Mercer, Anton Ness’ hunting licenses, application for fishing licenses, and automobile registration cards, a list of people Mrs. Elise C. Ness sent cards to, Mrs. Ness’ will, a family history, an unidentified address written on an envelope, a listing of “friends who called,” a Christmas card sent to patients and friends from Anton Ness, mounts for photo corners, and an oversized scrapbook of newspaper clippings, programs and cards. The oversized scrapbook is located separately from the fourteen file folders in box 3.

Series VII, Patient Payment Information, 1920-1940, is located in boxes 4 and 5 and measures one cubic foot. Both boxes consist of patient names, locations, and payment information on 3 x 5” note cards. The cards have been reboxed, but remain in their original order.

Series VIII, Patient Information/Documents, 1920-1929, box 6, includes five file folders. The five folders contain affidavits of former patients regarding the effectiveness of Ness’ healing, a write-up of one patient’s information, and Ness’ generic correspondence replies to patients.

Series IX, Invention, 1918-1921, is located in box 6, and consists of one file folder of correspondence, illustrations, brochures, a blank application for foreign patents, leaflets, patent abstract, and a certificate, all from The Ness & Siverson Fence Post, which was patented in 1920.

Series X, Publications, 1920-2007, box 6, includes eight file folders. Topics covered by publications in this series include: shorthorn cattle, oil, gas, and natural gas prospects in Montana and the Dakotas, comets and meteors, the North Dakota state capitol, and owning your own farm. The publications span from about 1920 to 1953, without large gaps, and then jump to a Fargo Forum newspaper section from 2007. Brochures, a press release, booklets, a memoir periodical, and newspaper clipping are the types of records in series ten.

Series XI, Post Cards, 1890s-1980s, box 6, measures one quarter of one cubic foot. This series contains post cards of the Ness family, friends, and relatives, businesses, Ness farms, and an unidentified homestead. Also included in this series are post cards collected by Anton P. and Elise C. Ness, of: rodeos, rope-skipping, coyotes and pups, Professor Sauerkraut and his Little German band (KFYR Radio Entertainers), travels to Canada and throughout the United States. Several of the post cards from states in the United States are addressed to Mrs. Ness from their son Carroll.

Several photographs made into post cards by Nancy Christenson are also in this series. Nancy Christenson Hendrickson was born February 26, 1886, and was the 6th child of Swedish immigrants. She was the first to be born on the family homestead along the Heart River near Mandan. Nancy attended school classes during the winter, but learned mostly from the many magazines her family subscribed to. In the 1920s, responsibility for the homestead fell to Nancy as her mother fell ill. She worked as a seamstress and engaged in animal photography. Many of her photos won awards and were sold in newspapers and magazines. Nancy met and married Herman Aspens in 1927. Herman died of cancer in 1934. Nancy married her second husband Carl Hendrickson in 1935 and lived on his homestead. Carl died in 1970 and Nancy remained alone on the homestead until her death in 1978 (biography from www.digitalhorizonsonline.org; Nancy Hendrickson images are online at www.digitalhorizonsonline.org and her papers, MSS 10200, Nancy Hendrickson Papers, are available for research at the State Historical Society of North Dakota­).

Series XII, Photographs, about 1880s-1980, is in box 6, and measures approximately one third of a cubic foot. Portraits and photographs of Anton P. Ness, Elise C. Ness, their children and siblings, friends, Anton with a patient, Anton and Elise with the Montevideo Chief of Police, farms, homes, patients waiting for treatment, Ness’ office in Mandan, unidentified individuals, Anton P. Ness’ and Quintin Roberts’ funerals, and the cemetery where Ness was buried in Tracy, Minnesota, are all in this series. Although the photographs begin in the 1880s, most date from the Ness wedding in 1913 to Anton’s funeral in April of 1940. Several photographs in series ten are of Mrs. Ness and family, and date from long after Anton’s death, from about 1947 to the 1950s, and in 1980. 

SERIES DESCRIPTION

Series I.            Land Owned by Anton P. Ness, 1906-1940, Box 1
Series I is divided into eleven subseries, based on where Ness’ land was located: Chippewa County, Minnesota; Chippewa County and Renville County, Minnesota; Divide County, North Dakota; Grant County, North Dakota; McLean County, North Dakota; Mercer County, North Dakota; Morton County, North Dakota; Sheridan County, North Dakota; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Anton P. Ness lands (general).

The materials in this series are organized alphabetically based on location, beginning with Minnesota, then North Dakota, then Canada, and general.  Series I consists of records on about Ness’ land. Specifically, official foreclosure abstracts, contracts for deeds, quit-claim deeds, legal agreements, warranty deeds, correspondence, certificates of ownership, record covers, abstracts of titles, receipts, tax statements, assignments of rents, mortgage deeds, satisfaction of mortgage certificates, and other related materials, are found in this series.
           
Series II.          Financial Materials, 1915-1940, Boxes 1, 2 and 3
Series II is organized chronologically and contains certificates, cashed checks and notes, bank booklets, receipts, lists, contracts, account statements, financial ledgers, tax returns, agreements, and related materials. Financial materials which relate to specific parcels of property owned by Ness have been organized into Series I.

Series III.         Correspondence, 1919-1959, Box 3
Series III, Correspondence, is divided into five subseries: financial correspondence; requests for financial assistance; correspondence related to Ness’ healing practice, or from or about patients; personal correspondence, and miscellaneous correspondence.  Some of the personal correspondence continued after Mr. Ness’ death in April 1940, which are addressed to Mrs. (Elise) Ness.

Series IV.         Anton P. Ness Death and Funeral, 1940, Box 3
Specifically, Series IV contains a receipt for funeral services, payment for funeral services (cashed check), memorial sermons delivered in Mandan, North Dakota, and Tracy, Minnesota, donations in Ness’ name to the Radio Station WCAL, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and a memorial record booklet, which was not filled out.

Series V.          Merle Paul Ness Life, Death, and Funeral, 1921-1930, Box 3
This series includes report cards, certificates of grade promotion, attendance reports, certificates of attendance, health cards, Boy Scout certificate cards, a memorial card, and a banner and card made by Merle’s friends and classmates.

Series VI.         Administrative and Personal Materials, 1907-1975, Box 3
Contains: a souvenir given to graduating pupils in 1907 from Lena (Elise) Haugen before she became Mrs. Ness; a 1913 calendar with the Ness’ marriage date circled; a petition to the Nesses requesting them to relocate to Mercer; Anton Ness’ hunting licenses, application for fishing licenses, and automobile registration cards; a list of people Mrs. Elise C. Ness sent cards to; Mrs. Ness’ will; a family history; an unidentified address written on an envelope; a listing of “friends who called”; a Christmas card sent to patients and friends from Anton Ness; mounts for photo corners; and an oversized scrapbook of newspaper clippings, programs and cards.

Series VII.        Patient Payment Information, 1920-1940, Boxes 4 and 5
Both boxes consist of patient names, locations, and payment information on 3 x 5” note cards. The cards have been reboxed, but remain in their original order.

Series VIII.      Patient Information/Documents, 1920-1929, Box 6
The five folders in series VIII contain affidavits of former patients regarding the effectiveness of Ness’ healing, a write-up of one patient’s information, and Ness’ generic correspondence replies to patients.

Series IX.         Invention, 1918-1921, Box 6
One file folder of correspondence, illustrations, brochures, a blank application for foreign patents, leaflets, patent abstract, and a certificate, all for The Ness & Siverson Fence Post, patented in 1920.

Series X.          Publications, 1920-2007, Box 6
Brochures about shorthorn cattle, a press release about oil and gas prospects in Montana and the Dakotas, a booklet about comets and meteors, a brochure about the North Dakota state capitol, a publication about natural gas in Montana, a booklet about owning your own farm, a brochure for the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, and a section from the Fargo Forum, all make up this series.

Series XI.         Post Cards, 1890s-1980s, Box 6
This series contains post cards of the Ness family, friends, and relatives, businesses, Ness farms, and an unidentified homestead. Also included in this series are post cards collected by Anton P. and Elise C. Ness, of: rodeos, rope-skipping, coyotes and pups, Professor Sauerkraut and his Little German band (KFYR Radio Entertainers), and travel to Canada and throughout the United States. Several of the post cards from states in the U.S. are addressed to Mrs. Ness from their son Carroll.

Series XII.        Photographs, 1880s-1980, Box 6
Portraits and photographs of Anton P. Ness, Elise C. Ness, their children and siblings, friends, Anton with a patient,  Anton and Elise with the Montevideo Chief of Police, farms, homes, patients waiting for treatment, Ness’ office in Mandan, unidentified individuals, Anton P. Ness’ and Quintin Roberts’ funerals, and the cemetery where Ness was buried in Tracy, Minnesota.

BOX/FOLDER LISTING

BOX 1

1. Finding Aid

SERIES I: LAND OWNED
Chippewa County, Minnesota
2.  Land Owned, Chippewa County, MN: Lots 1 and 2 and the north 28 feet in width of lot all in block “P” of the original plat of Montevideo. Also sublot 1 and the north 21 feet in width of sublot 2 in 18-117- 40, Official Foreclosure Abstract, Alice Bacon 1936
3. Land Owned, Chippewa County, MN: Lots 1 and 2 and the north 28 feet in width of lot 3 all in block “P” of the original plat of Montevideo. Also sublot 1 and the north 21 feet in width of sublot 2 in 18-117- 40, Contract for Deed: Alice Bacon and R. S. Bacon to Fred and Nellie Hughart, 4/1/ 1927
4. Land Owned, Chippewa County, MN: Lots 1 and 2 and the north 28 feet in width of lot 3 all in block “P” of the original plat of Montevideo. Also sublot 1 and the north 21 feet in width of sublot 2 in 18-117- 40, Quit-Claim Deed, Anton P. and Elise C. Ness to Fred and Nellie Hughart, 4/8/1940
5. Land Owned, Chippewa County, MN: Lots 1 and 2 and the north 28 feet in width of lot 3 all in block “P” of the original plat of Montevideo. Also sublot 1 and the north 21 feet in width of sublot 2 in 18-117- 40, Agreement between Anton P. Ness and Fred and Nellie Hughart, 4/11/1940

 Chippewa County and Renville County, Minnesota
6. Land Owned, Chippewa County and Renville County, MN: S½ of SW¼ section 11; S½ of SE¼ section 11; SW¼ section 12, NE¼ of NW¼ and Government lots 2 and 3 section 13; NW¼ of NW¼ and Government lots 1-5 section 14; all in 107-41, Assignment of Contract for Deed: Walter M. Falkenhagen to Elise C. Ness, 12/22/1936
7. Land Owned, Chippewa County and Renville County, MN: S½ of SW¼ section 11; S½ of SE¼ section 11; SW¼ section 12, NE¼ of NW¼ and Government lots 2 and 3 section 13; NW¼ of NW¼ and Government lots 1-5 section 14; all in 107-41, Warranty Deed: Charles M. and Florence V. Kern and Elise Ness, 12/23/1936
8. Land Owned, Chippewa County and Renville County, MN: Correspondence: about Falkenhagen Farm, to Anton P. Ness from John Haave, attorney, 12/24/1936
Divide County, North Dakota
9. Land Owned, Divide County: NW¼ 9-162-97, Certificate of ownership, 4/14/1906
Grant County, North Dakota
10. Land Owned, Grant County: 7-132-86, Record cover: Hess Section, Grant County, subject to mortgage, $4,000 to Joseph P. Hess (President of First National Bank, Mandan, ND), trustee n.d.
McLean County, North Dakota
11. Land Owned, McLean County: SW¼ of NE¼, W½ of SE¼, SE¼ of SE¼  32-146-78, Abstract of Title: Gustavus C. Morgan, 2/6/1908
Mercer County, North Dakota
12. Land Owned, Mercer County: E½ of NW¼ 20-135-79, Farm lease agreement: Joe Koppy (Fort Rice) and Anton P. Ness, 4/13/1934
13. Land Owned, Mercer County: NE¼ 23-144-88, Record cover: Mercer County, Lena Ness n.d.
14. Land Owned, Mercer County: NE¼ 23-144-88, Redemption receipt for late tax payment for the year 1926, Mercer County Treasurer’s office, 12/13/1927
15. Land Owned, Mercer County: NE¼ 23-144-88, Receipt for payment of 1927 taxes, Anton P. Ness, 11/19/1928
16. Land Owned, Mercer County: NE¼ 23-144-88, Receipt for payment of taxes, Mercer County Abstract Company, 4/11/1929
17. Land Owned, Mercer County, NE¼ 23-144-88, Tax statement for delinquent taxes from 1929-1932, sent to Joseph P. Hess, trustee, 4/4/1934
18. Land Owned, Mercer County: NE¼ 23-144-88, Treasurer’s office notice of due taxes for the year 1933, 4/4/1934
19. Land Owned, Mercer County, NE¼ 23-144-88, Correspondence from Joseph P. Hess to W. E. Bridge about property as coal land, 12/15/1934
20. Land Owned, Mercer County, NE¼ 23-144-88, Correspondence from Baukol Noonan Lignite, Inc. about coal land two miles north of Beulah, 3/9/1936
21. Land Owned, Mercer County, NE¼ 23-144-88, Delinquent Tax Receipts for payment of 1929-1935 taxes, First National Bank, Mandan, 4/1/1936
22. Land Owned, Mercer County, NE¼ 23-144-88, Agricultural Conservation 1939    Program – Western Region, farm plan and estimate sheet
Morton County, North Dakota
23. Land Owned, Morton County: lots 5 and 6, block 50, original city of Mandan, Assignment of rents, 11/14/1929
24. Land Owned, Morton County: lots 5 and 6, block 50, original city of Mandan, Marie Miluck: home loan application information, contract for deed, correspondence regarding her loans, and maps, plats and lists of Ness’ property 1929-1939
25. Land Owned, Morton County: lots 5 and 6, block 50, original city of Mandan, Mortgage deed: Anton P. and Elise C. Ness, 4/10/1933
26. Land Owned, Morton County: lots 5 and 6, block 50, original city of Mandan, Satisfaction of mortgage, 3/19/1936
27. Land Owned, Morton County: lots 5 and 6, block 50, original city of Mandan, Warranty Deed: Anton P. to Elise C. Ness, 6/2/1936
Sheridan County, North Dakota
28. Land Owned, Sheridan County: lots 9 & 10, block 3 of East McClusky, Mortgage deed: Anton P. and Elise Ness and Harry Dickinson, trustee, lots 9 & 10, block 3 of East McClusky, 8/29/1924
29. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SE¼ 19-146-78, Abstract of Title, 10/23/1926   
30. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SE¼ 19-146-78, Warranty Deed: George and Jennie Harms, Platteville, WI, to O.S. Hjelle, Sheridan County, ND, 11/27/1926
31. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SE¼ 19-146-78, Mortgage Deed: O.S. and Ella M. Hjelle to George Harms, 11/27/1926
32. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SE¼ 19-146-78, Satisfaction of mortgage: George Harms to O.S. and Ella M. Hjelle, 3/19/1929
33. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SE¼ 19-146-78, Warranty Deed: O.S. and Ella M. Hjelle to Anton P. Ness, 5/6/1929
34. Land Owned, Sheridan County: NW¼ 19-146-78 and SW¼ 19-146-78, Record cover: “Gentle Land,” Sheridan County, Anton P. Ness purchased on contract, nearly all unpaid, contract to Sullivan n.d.
35. Land Owned, Sheridan County: NE¼ 28-146-78, Abstract of Title: J. R. and Charlotte Crowley to Anton P. Ness, 8/15/1928
36. Land Owned, Sheridan County: NW¼ 29-146-78, Record cover: W. (William) H. Doyle land, Sheridan County, Anton P. Ness cost $3,000 – paid n.d.
37. Land Owned, Sheridan County: NW¼ 29-146-78, Warranty Deed: W. H. Doyle (Platteville, Grant County, WI) to Anton P. Ness, 12/6/1927
38. Land Owned, Sheridan County: NW¼ 29-146-78, Abstract of Title: W. H. Doyle, 12/7/1927
39. Land Owned, Sheridan County: N½ NE ¼, N½ of S½ of NE¼ 30-146-78, Abstract of Title: University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, and Anton P. Ness, 11/19/1927
40. Land Owned, Sheridan County: E½ SW¼ and lots 3 & 4, 30-146-78,  Record cover: “Julia E. Bappe [Sioux City, Iowa] land…bought through Victor L. Ohem, Cost $1600 – paid clear” n.d.
41. Land Owned, Sheridan County: E½ SW¼ and lots 3 & 4, 30-146-78, Abstract of Title: Julia E. Bappe to Anton P. Ness, 5/18/1929
42. Land Owned, Sheridan County: E½ SW¼ and lots 3 & 4, 30-146-78, Warranty Deed: Julia E. Bappe to Anton P. Ness, 5/24/1929
43. Land Owned, Sheridan County: E½ SW¼ and lots 3 & 4, 30-146-78, Correspondence: from Victor L. Thom (attorney) to Joseph P. Hess, abstract correction, 8/3/1929
44. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SW¼ 29-146-78 and SE ¼ & S½S½  of NE ¼ 30-146-78, Record cover: “Old Farm…Sheridan County Anton P. Ness Cost $9360.00 Pd $4,000 to be paid by O.S. Hjelle” n.d.
45. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SW¼ 29-146-78 and SE ¼ & S½S½ of NE ¼ 30-146-78, Warranty Deed: William J. Hunt to Anton P. Ness, 7/7/1915
46. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SW¼ 29-146-78 and SE ¼ & S½S½ of NE ¼ 30-146-78, Abstract of Title: William J. Hunt to Anton P. Ness, 7/22/1915
47. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SW¼ 29-146-78 and SE ¼ & S½S½ of NE ¼ 30-146-78, Deposition: George McFadden says W. J. Hunt and William J. Hunt are the same person, 8/31/1915
48. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SW¼ 29-146-78 and SE ¼ & S½S½ of NE ¼ 30-146-78, Correspondence: about asset #283, W. J. Hunt collateral payments and returned checks, H.A. Streeter, Receiver, First National Bank of Turtle Lake, Mandan, ND, 9/20/1931
49. Land Owned, Sheridan County: SW¼ 29-146-78 and SE ¼ & S½S½ of NE ¼ 30-146-78, Warranty Deed: O.S. and Ella M. Hjelle to Anton P. Ness, 9/17/1928
50. Land Owned, Sheridan County: W½ 28-146-78 and NE¼ 32-146-78, Warranty Deed: O.S. and Ella M. Hjelle to Anton P. Ness, 11/14/1927
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
51. Land Owned, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: lot 3, block 8, “Belvedere” suburb, Edmonton, Duplicate Certificate of Title: Alberta Land Registration District, 6/1/1912
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
52. Land Owned, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: lots 36-39, block 11, District Lot 625, Correspondence: Inskster, Ward and Company, Limited, Agents for The British Canadian Loan & Mortgage Operation, Limited and Western Estates Limited (two copies), sent 6/22/ 1912
53. Land Owned, North Vancouver, British Columbia: lots 36-39, block 11,  District Lot 625, Indenture, Certificate of Title, and Duplicate Certificate of Title: The British Canadian Loan and Mortgage Corporation Limited (Grantor) and Anton P. Ness (Grantee), 7/22/1913
Anton P. Ness lands (general)
54. Land Owned, General: Anton P. Ness Lands: Abstract: E½ section 30-146-78 and W½ section 29-146-78 n.d.
55. Land Owned, Anton P. Ness Lands: Correspondence from H. A. Peters, Office of Register of Deeds, Sheridan County, McClusky, ND, regarding abstract of Anton P. Ness land 192-
56. Land Owned: Anton P. Ness Lands, Correspondence: to First National  Bank (Mandan) from H.A. Peters about Anton P. Ness lands, 10/11/1928
57. Land Owned: Anton P. Ness Lands, Map of 146-78 payments, etc.               n.d.

 SERIES II: FINANCIAL MATERIALS
58. American Shorthorn Breeders Association Registry Certificates    1915-1927     
59. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                           1916
60. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (The First State Bank, Mercer, ND) 1917-1920
61. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                           1918
62. Receipt of payment, Lizzie Ness, 2/23/1918 as collateral, 4/26/1918
63. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                          1919
64. Receipts of payment                                                                            1920-1921
65. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                          1920
66. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                          1921
67. Joseph P. Hess (President of First National Bank, Mandan, ND) booklet of expenses/individuals paid 1921-1923
68. Cashed check and notes to James C. Henson (?), 10/20/1922
69. Ness’ loan from First National Bank, Mandan: guarantee of 20 men of $150 each toward Dr. Ness’ $3,000 loan repayment due 2/28/1925 to the lender; correspondence to L.A. Tavis, Mandan, ND about loan to Ness which Tavis agreed to guarantee (carbon copy); and list of people who signed and paid 1923-1925
70. Listing of payments, interest, and balances on a loan 1923-1932
71. Contract between Ness and Mandan (ND) Commercial Club about Dr. Ness’ relocation in Mandan c. 6/1/1923 and remain there for 10 years and the Club’s agreement to actively cooperate with him in this endeavor, 3/30/1923
72. Contract between Ness and R.D. O’Rourke, G.A. Renden and L.A. Tavis, the three agree to act as Ness’ business managers in Mandan, 3/30/1923
73. Elise C. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, ND)   1924-1925
74. Statements of accounts: Wentz & Son Meats, Fish Fruits and Groceries; 1924 Anton Baron General Merchandise; Dr. F. Brown; the McClusky Livery & Dray Line
75. Bill of sale from Anton P. Ness to Ralph P. Ness, 5/3/1924
76. Receipt of payment to Red Trail Transfer, Mandan, ND, who helped the Nesses move to Mandan, 8/27/1924
77. Financial Ledger (A-Z, old debts, office expenses, personal, farm expenses, farm income, farm equipment, O.B. Hjelle (cashier, co-owner General Store, Jamestown), life insurance, Lierboe debt, Minneapolis T.M. Co., Salzer Lumber Co., donations, Williams Land, Orwoll debt, automobile, taxes, land, Lyman Lot, J. P. Ness, Turtle Lake debt, W.H. Doyle Land, interest, and income from profession)  1925-1927
78. Income and disbursements lists                                                         1925-1931
79. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                             1925
80. Miscellaneous notes and receipts                                                       1926-1939
81. Ness’ cashed checks                                                                             1926
82. Elise C. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, ND)   1927
83. Listing of income and disbursements for                                           1927   
84. Income tax return, 1927 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government) 1927
85. City property tax receipts                                                                         1927
86. Listing of payments and correspondence from O.S. Hjelle to Ness, 4/13/1927
87. Indenture agreement, Mary Timmerman and Elsie C. Ness, 5/17/1927
88. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, ND) 1928-1929
89. Receipts and Disbursements booklet, 1/1928-10/1929                  1928-1929
90. Listing of checks paid toward loan interest                                         1928-1934
91. O.S. Hjelle notes receivable to Anton Ness                                         1928-1934
92. List of payments made                                                                            1928-1934
93. Financial Ledger (A-Z, Income from profession, office expenses, personal expenses, bills payable, interest a/c, livestock a/c, interest, automobile a/c, home, bills payable, farm expenses, furniture and fixtures, First National Bank, taxes, Thorberg property – Hospital,  life insurance, Machinery and farm equipment, bills receivable, farm income, donations, profit and loss, O.S. and B.C. Hjelle, Ralph P. Ness, Joseph P. Hess [President of First National Bank, Mandan, ND], Conrad Johnson, Henry Schultz, old debts, grain a/c, Emelia and Annie Ness, Minnesota farm, War Finance Corporation, old farm, Winter Land, Davidson farm, Mussen farm, Beulah Land, Lyman land, and Minnesota Project) 1928-1935 
94. Preliminary financial statement, and correspondence                            1928-1935
95. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, N.D.), 1-7/1928

BOX 2

1. Listing of trial balance, 12/31/1928
2. Income tax return, 1928 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government) 1928
3. Tax payment receipts                                                                                    1928
4. Expenditures                                                                                                   1929
5. Internal Revenue Service adjustments listing                                          1929
6. Tax payment receipts                                                                                     1929
7. Expenditures 1929-1931
8  Receipts and Disbursements booklet, 11/1929-4/1931                         1929-1931
9  Receipt for payment of premium on life insurance (Merle P. Ness), 5/1929
10. Agreement: Anton P. Ness sells to T. R. Quam one used Packard coupe 1929
11. Payment reminder for Merle P. Ness, New York Life Insurance Company, 1929
12. Loan certificate, 11/14/1929
13. Income tax return, 1929 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government) 1929
14. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, North Dakota)  1930
15. Listing, checks paid by bank 1930-1931
16. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan)                 1930-1933
17. Joseph P. Hess cashed checks 1930 and 1935
18. Settled payment receipts 1930-1936
19. Charge receipt, payment to Flasher State Bank, 4/4/1930
20. Payment of life insurance money to Elise C. Ness after death of Merle P. Ness 1930
21. Payment note to First National Bank of Mandan for Mr. Hjelle, Mercer, N D, 7/31/1930
22. Cashed check for membership and listing in Police and Sheriffs Association of America Official Guide and Directory, 11/15/1930
23. Income tax return, 1930 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)   1930
24. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan)                  1931-1932
25. Receipts and Disbursements booklet, 5/1931-12/1932                        1931-1932
26. Checks to F. L. Nigey 1931-1934
27. Hjelle Brothers (General Merchandise, Jamestown, ND) Correspondence, financial information from The First State Bank of Mercer, check receipt (12/15/1930), statement of condition, and summons and complaint (Finch, Van Slyck and McConville, a corporation [plaintiff] vs. O.S. Hjelle and B.C. Hjelle, individually and as co-partners doing business under the firm name of Hjelle Brothers [defendants]), 2/26/1931
28. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (The First National Bank, Glendive, MT), 2-6/1931
29. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (Exchange State Bank, Glendive, MT..), 2-7/1931
30. Hjelle Brothers Stock certificates, B.S. and O.S. Hjelle $100.00 each, 9/8/1931
31. First State Bank, Mercer, listing of time certificate owners, cashier’s checks, loans and discounts, unpledged, and individual deposits, through 1931
32. Income tax return, 1931 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government) 1931
33. Life insurance loan 1932-1933
34. Promise of payment to Anton P. Ness, 2/1/1932
35. Income tax return, 1932 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)   1932
36. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, North Dakota)  1933-1935
37. Receipts and Disbursements booklet, 1/1933-8/1935                                    1933-1935
38. Listing of amounts advanced by Anton P. Ness (some to Fred Hughart) 1934-1937
39. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan)                         1933-1938
40. Receipts of payments, Anton P. Ness and Calcedonia Giarratana to the Northern Pacific Railway Company 1933-1940
41. Listing, expenses 1933
42. Anton P. Ness booklet of expenses/individuals paid                                 1933
43. Anton P. Ness booklet of cash                                                                        1933
44. John P. Ness (Pickardville, North Dakota) financial notes for the year 1932, sent to Anton, 2/1933
45. Cost and fees for purchase from Central Co-Operative Association Live Stock Selling Agency, St. Paul, Minnesota, 8/1933
46. Income tax return (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)      1933
47. Listing, income/disbursements                                                                     1934
48. Listing, disbursements (continued)                                                              1934
49. Income tax return, 1934 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government) 1934
50. Financial Ledger (A-Z, received from profession, farm expenses, personal expenses, office expenses, interest a/c, Thorberg Property, home, taxes, home furniture and fixtures, livestock, and farm equipment and machinery ) 1935
51. Chattel Mortgage, First National Bank of Mandan, North Dakota:            1935-1936       correspondence, financial statements, application, documents and receipts
52. Ledger of payments to employees (Riverside Hotel, Montevideo, MN.) 1935-1940
53. Financial Statement of Anton P. Ness to the Federal Land Bank of Saint Paul, 3/12/1935
54. Life Insurance payment receipt, and loan statement, 4/1935
55. Booklet – loan payment records, 5/1935
56. Settlement work sheet, 9/11/1935
57. Federal Land Bank loan notice of allowance, 9/23/1935
58. Receipt: expenses for Thorberg property, from Anton P. to Joseph P. Hess, 9/31/1935
59. Checks to Anderson Fire Shop and Ted Ockert and listing of financial information, 11/1935
60. Income tax return, 1935 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)   1935
61. Fidelity and Casualty Company of New York Automobile Casualty Policy     1936-1937
(OVERSIZE) Financial ledger (totals, farm wages and labor paid, operating statement [receipts],  compromise settlements made on bills payable,  profession, and farm operations) 1936-1940
62. Cashed notes to Joseph P. Hess, trustee                                                          1936
63. Notes, undated and 3/1936
64. Loan 1699 – Refinancing loan 1143, 5/11/1936
65. Change and Designation of Beneficiary forms and correspondence (Life insurance policies), 5-6/1936
66. Additional tax liability owed for 1924, 12/18/1936
67. Income tax return, 1936 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)   1936
68. Anton P. Ness paid checks                                      1937-1940
69. Receipt – Al’s Service Garage, Mandan, ND, 5/1937
70. Court record, estate of Herman Hollst, 12/17/1937
71. Income tax return, 1937 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)    1937
72. Conditional Sale Agreement, Western Auto Company, 7/15/1938, satisfied 3/20/1939
73. Agreement: Automobile sale, 7/1938
74. A.P. Ness account listing (1935-1938) with McDonald Hotel, Mandan, ND 8/1/1938
75. Riverside Hotel expenses and profits listing for the year                                1938
76. Income tax return, 1938 (State of North Dakota and Federal Government) 1938
77. Ness’ cashed checks 1938
78. Bismarck Implement Company: sale contract, account balance, correspondence, and unsigned notes 1939-1940
79. Ness’ cashed checks 1939
80. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan)                         1939
81. Listing of insurance policies of Anton P. Ness, 10/5/1939
82. Statements of payments due (Anton P. Ness and Calcedonia Giarratana), Northern Pacific Railway Company, Northwestern Improvement Company Land Department, 11/17/1939
83. Contract: Five year, loan from Northern Pacific Railway Company Land Department to Ness and Calcedonia Giarratana, 12/11/1939
84. Income tax return (State of North Dakota and Federal Government)             1939

BOX 3

1. Ness’ Cashed checks                                                                                        1940
2. Anton P. Ness bank booklet (First National Bank, Mandan, ND), 1-2/1940
3. Carroll P. Ness mortgage, interest statement, 2/1940
4.  Personal property insurance, North British & Mercantile Insurance Company, 6/18/1940
5. Memorandum of Settlement, Carroll P. Ness and O.S. Hjelle, 10/22/1940
6. Posters: “Public Sale October 22, 1940 at the Anton P. Ness Farm, 30-146-78, 15 miles southwest of McClusky, North Dakota Sale Starts at 10 a.m. Carroll P. Ness, Administrator of the Estate of Anton P. Ness,  Deceased, is authorized to sell all Personal Property, which consists of a full line of farm equipment, household utensils, livestock, etc.” (seven copies) 1940

SERIES III - CORRESPONDENCE
Financial
7. Correspondence: to Hedahl and Company regarding Ness’ debt to the Winters and to businesses in McClusky by unknown author, 9/13/1924
8. Correspondence: from Mercer State Bank about checks to Nels Ness, 11/3/1925
9. Correspondence: from O.S. Hjelle                          1927-1929
10. Correspondence to Ness from National Securities Company, note and mortgage to Western Auto Company 1927
11. Correspondence: Agricultural Loan Agency of the War Finance Corporation, 1/27/1927
12. Correspondence: to Joseph P. Hess from O.S. Hjelle, 1/11/1928
13. Correspondence: between Arthur L. Netcher, attorney, and O.S. Hjelle, about Peterson (Musson) land, 10/1928
14. Correspondence: to H.W. Butler from Gustav Schmidt, about sale of yearlings, 3/15/1933
15. Correspondence: to Joseph P. Hess from John P. Ness, 3/21/1933
16. Correspondence: from Northern Pacific Railway Company Land Department to Anton Ness and Calcedonia Giarratana, 12/1933
17. Correspondence: payments on sections 23 and 27 14N 56E, from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Giarratana, 12/1933
18. Correspondence: from Joseph P. Hess                                                      1935-1936
19. Correspondence: from Percy Vittum & Company, Inc. Livestock Commission, Saint Paul, MN, regarding sale of three cars of Ness’ cattle, 8/16/1935
20. Correspondence: to Federal Land Bank, farm loan application J184904, 9/4/1935
21. Correspondence: between Joseph P. Hess and J. R. (Ray) Madsen about Ness’ Federal Land Bank loan, 12/1935
22. Correspondence: regarding lawsuit against Hjelle Brothers, 2/6/1936 
23. Correspondence: Joseph P. Hess needs money for the McNamee Estate, and cashed checks to Hess, 4/16/1936
24. Correspondence: Federal Land Bank loan rejection, 5/8/1936
25. Correspondence: loan 1699, 5/11/1936
26. Correspondence: Life Insurance premiums and loan, 5/20/1936
27. Correspondence: cancelling and remittance of life insurance policy (copy), 6/5/1936
28. Correspondence: Abe P. Ness (or Hess), Grand Island NE, Hotel Yancey, 7/23/1936
29. Correspondence: to Hjelle Brothers from R. R. Smith, director of the State of North Dakota, Office of the Tax Commissioner, Sales Tax Division, 8/11/1936
30. Correspondence: from Mrs. Gordon G. Williams (about a Mr. Nigey), 8/24/1936
31. Correspondence: legally protested check, 9/30/1936
32. Correspondence: to J.H. Brown, 11/18/1936
33. Correspondence: Herman Hollst Estate, trust beneficiaries propose releasing and discharging the trustee, Anton P. Ness, 4/24/1937
34. Correspondence: to J.R. (Ray) Madsen, 5/27/1938
35. Correspondence: and receipt for payment to M.O. Siverson, 1/9/1939
36. Correspondence: from Northern Pacific Railway Company, past due payments on Montana Contract No. 17420 and Missouri Division Contract 7748N, 11/23/1939
37. Correspondence: to J. H. Cook, Eastern Land Agent, Northern Pacific Railway from J. R. (Ray) Madsen, 1/12/1940
38. Correspondence: Northern Pacific Railway Company to J.R. (Ray) Madsen, MO Division Contract No. 7748N, 1/23/1940
39. Correspondence: to J.R. (Ray) Madsen from H. H. DeWall, Farm and City Real Estate, Morris, Minnesota, about refinancing of loan after Ness’ death, 4/15/1940
40. Correspondence: to J.R. (Ray) Madsen from P. M. Meehl, attorney, about refinancing of loan after Ness’ death, 5/2/1940
41. Correspondence: from C.M. Youmans Lumber Company, Hazel Run, MN, regarding balance on Anton P. Ness Account, 5/9/1940
42. Correspondence: to Mrs. Ness from Mrs. Giarratana about property they co-owned, 3/18/1946
43. Correspondence: to Carroll P. Ness about interest owed on Montana estate, 7-8/1946

Requests for financial assistance
44. Correspondence: from John P. Ness, Hancock, Minnesota, 3/17/1934
45. Correspondence: Anton P. Ness, Joseph P. Hess, Benno Koch, and J.S. Fevold, about payment to Koch in Germany 1937-1938

Healing practice, or from/about patients
46. Correspondence: H.L. Hoidale, lawyer, Minneapolis, MN, to Ness, investigation into licensing of magnetic or spiritual healers, and legal precedents regarding Ness’ consideration to move to Minnesota,  11/15/1919
47. Correspondence/testimonial from Mrs. Otis Nelson, Glendive, Montana,  5/14/1922
48. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1925
49. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1926
50. Correspondence: from a Gertrude, from Mayville, North Dakota, 6/17/1926
51. Correspondence: from Mrs. William Bodewin, Denhoff, ND, 10/21/1926
52. Correspondence: from Envoy H. E. Rolfe, Salvation Army, Thief River Falls, MN, asking for absent treatment, 11/21/1926
53. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1927
54. Correspondence: Oscar Iverson, 1/23/1927
55. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1928
56. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1929
57. Correspondence: from patient, Mrs. W. C. Hearl, Clinton, MO 10/18/1929
58. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1930
59. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1931
60. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1932
61. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1933
62. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1934
63. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1935
64. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               1936
65. Correspondence: Frances Krush, Wilton, ND                               1936-1938
66. Correspondence: Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners to Mr. Anton P. Ness, Mandan, ND, warning that because Ness has not medical degree, he must cease designating himself “Doctor” and claiming that he has cured patients of cancer of the board will take “further action,” 8/3/1936
67. Correspondence: Mrs. Anton Horner, Columbia Falls, MT requesting Dr. Ness’ assistance (trichinosis), and Dr. Ness’ response, also newspaper clipping, 12/1937
68. Correspondence: from patients and former patients                                      1938
69. Correspondence: from patients and former patients                                      1939
70. Correspondence: from patients and former patients                                      1940
71. Correspondence/testimonial written to Eloise June Spencer Kvam from Elfreda Ziniel, whose cousin, Katherine Bailey, was a former patient of Dr. Ness (Bailey’s story is included), 7/10/1997
72. Patient testimonial letter transcripts                                                               n.d.
73. Patient testimonial letter transcripts booklet covers   1925-1936
74. Thank you notes from former patients (addresses unknown)                         n.d.     

Personal
75. Sympathy letters and cards, death of baby son, 6/1920
76. Correspondence: to Mrs. Ness from her children, 10/22/1925
77. Invitation: to Pearl Krush High School graduation, Mandan High School, 6/3/1926
78. Christmas cards (dates unknown, addresses unknown)                           1930s
79. Birthday cards and telegrams                                                                          1930s
80. Sympathy cards after Merle’s death, 6-7/1930
81. Correspondence: Sympathy after car accident (for Merle’s death and Anton’s recovery), 6-7/1930 (written to either the Ness family or Pearl Krush) 1930
82. Correspondence: to Elise about Merle from Boy Scouts of America, 3/9/1931
83. Invitation: to Eva Krush High School graduation, Wilton High School, 5/21/1931
84. Wedding Announcement: Eva Haluzak to Luke Boozenny, 10/25/1931
85. Invitation: to Katherine K. Krush High School graduation, Wilton High School, 5/25/1933
86. Invitation: to Pauline Lucille Makowski High School Graduation, Mandan High School, 6/1/1933
87. Invitation: to Anne Adeline Ness graduation, University of North Dakota, 8/10/1933
88. Correspondence: to Elise (Lena) and children from Anton                            1934-1939
89. Invitation: to Pauline Krush High School graduation, Wilton High School, 5/22/1935
90. Christmas card to Elise (Lena) and children from Anton, 12/1936
91. Invitation: to Frances Krush High School graduation, Wilton High School, 5/25/1938
92. Wedding Announcement: Miss Ida Kvale announces marriage of Anna Marie Bier to Conrad Carl Johnson, Mandan, North Dakota, 12/18/1938
93. Sympathy cards, death of Anton P. Ness (undated, and without envelopes)   1940
94. Telegrams of sympathy and miscellaneous about Anton’s death, 4/1940
95. Correspondence: Sympathy after Anton’s death, 4/1940
96. Correspondence: Sympathy after Anton’s death, 5/1940
97. Invitation: to Helen Beeks High School graduation, Wibaux County High School, 5/15/1940
98. Correspondence: Sympathy after Anton’s death, 6/1940
99. Correspondence: Sympathy after Anton’s death, 7/1940
100. Correspondence: Sympathy after Anton’s death                                            1941
101. Wedding announcement: Anne Adeline Ness to Glenn Calhoun Harnden, San Diego, CA, 5/9/1943
102. Invitation: to Olga M. Brezden High School graduation, Underwood High School, 6/4/1943
103. Invitation: to Delores M. Krush High School graduation, Wilton High School, 5/21/1947
104. Invitation: to Anton N. Krush High School graduation, Wilton High School, 5/25/1949
105. Wedding announcement: Eva Krush to A. Whitney Wright, First Presbyterian Church, Wilton, ND, 9/1/1949
106. Wedding announcement: Ardyce Joleen Hill to Leo G. Feltman, Grafton, ND, 7/2/1951
107. Thank you for wedding gift from Ardyce Joleen (Hill) and Leo G. Feltman, ca. 8/1951
108. Invitation: to Jeanette M. Boozemy High School graduation, Butte High School, 5/27/1954
109. Invitation: to Gene A. Christianson High School Graduation, Bismarck High School, 5/27/1954
110. Thank you: for the graduation gift, Gene A. Christianson                            1954
111. Thank you: from Jeanette M. Boozenny, 6/4/1954
112. Wedding announcement: Jeannette Marlene Boozenny to Clifford Docktor, 9/18/1955
113. Invitation to Oreen Ann Christianson High School graduation, Bismarck High School, 5/24/1956
114. Wedding Announcement: Oreen Ann Elle Christianson to Robert Allen Cushman, Trinity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND, 3/22/1957
115. Invitation: to Lynn A. Christianson High School graduation, Bismarck High School, 5/22/1958
116. Wedding announcement: Pauline Krush to Kenneth Marvin Johnson, First Lutheran Church, Bismarck, 9/10/1958
117. Thank you from Pauline and Marvin Johnson                                               1958
118. Invitation: 25th Wedding Anniversary open house, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold S. Christianson, Bismarck Municipal Country Club 1959
119. Correspondence: Sympathy after Anton’s death                                            n.d.
120. Friendship card                                                                                               n.d.
121. Easter card n.d.
122. Christmas Card from Pearl Krush                                                                  n.d.
Miscellaneous
123. Correspondence: about Meteorite                                                                  1936

SERIES IV: ANTON P. NESS DEATH AND FUNERAL
124. Anton P. Ness funeral services receipt, 4/13/1940
125. Cashed check for Anton P. Ness funeral expenses to Evelyn Roberts, $200.00, 4/13/1940
126. Memorial sermon for Anton P. Ness funeral (six copies), 4/15/1940
127. Sermon delivered at Tracy, MN, for Anton P. Ness funeral, 4/17/1940
128. “In Memoriam” gifts to Radio Station WCAL, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, in memory of Dr. Ness” $4.00 donation (with envelope), 8/16/1940
129. Memorial record booklet from Kennelly Funeral Parlor, Mandan, ND (not filled out) 1940

SERIES V: MERLE PAUL NESS LIFE, DEATH AND FUNERAL
130. Merle Ness school records: report cards, certificates of grade promotion, attendance report, and certificates of attendance 1921-192(7?)
131. Merle P. Ness health card, North Dakota Tuberculosis Association, 7 years old 1921?
132. Merle P. Ness health card, Central School, 10 years old                                1924?
133. Certificate card, Merle Ness is a Tenderfoot Scout of troop 50, Bismarck Area Council Boy Scouts of America, 3/1/1929
134. Certificate card, Merle Ness is a Second Class Scout of troop 51, Bismarck Area Council Boy Scouts of America, 3/1/1929?
135. Merle P. Ness certificate of membership in Eagle Patrol, Troop 1, Mandan, ND and envelope, 10/31/1929
136. In Loving remembrance of Merle Ness, died June 15, 1930 (card)                 1930
137. “Our Pal” banner (handmade by Merle’s classmates?) 1930
138. “With Deepest Sympathy, Your Gang” card                                                   1930

SERIES VI: ADMINISTRATIVE AND PERSONAL MATERIALS
139. Souvenir to pupils, 1907 class at Hazen Public School, district 3, township 144, Mercer County, ND, from Miss Lena Haugen, Teacher (later Mrs. Elise Ness)
140. 1913 calendar with Ness’ marriage date circled                                              1913
141. Petition to Mr. & Mrs. Anton P. Ness requesting them to relocate to the town of Mercer, and signed by 94 Mercer residents, early 1924?
142. Anton P. Ness’ North Dakota Hunting Licenses 1927-1929
143. Conrad Johnson North Dakota Hunting License 1929
144. Application for Non-Resident fishing license, Minnesota 1929
145. Anton Ness’ state of North Dakota Automobile registration cards 1931-1933
146. Mrs. Ness’ list of people she had sent cards to (probably after Anton’s 1940 death)
147. Elise C. Ness will, 12/8/1975
148. Ness family history/genealogy n.d.
149. Address (unknown) written on envelope n.d.
150. Listing of “Friends who called” with envelope n.d.
151. Christmas Card, sent to friends by Anton P. Ness (three)                              n.d.
152. Mounts for photo corners, three packs                                                          
(OVERSIZE) Scrapbook – newspaper clippings, programs, cards, and miscellaneous 1913-1940

BOX 4

SERIES VII: PATIENT PAYMENT INFORMATION
(loose) Index cards with patient names, amount owed, and dates of payment 1920-1940

BOX 5

(loose) Index cards with patient names, amount owed, and dates of payment 1920-1940

BOX 6

SERIES VIII: PATIENT INFORMATION/DOCUMENTS
1. Affidavit of Howard Wasson, Turtle Lake, North Dakota, swearing that after 12 treatments from Dr. Ness in March 1919 he was cured of the sleep problems he encountered for two years following a hernia operation, 2/20/1920
2. Affidavit of Mrs. J.E. VanFleet, Solway, Minnesota, swearing that after six treatments from Dr. Ness her lengthy problems with kidney trouble disappeared, 2/27/1920
3. Affidavit of R.C. Oliver, McClusky, North Dakota swearing that he recently received treatments for chronic stomach trouble from 4/1/1919 to 9/1/1919 and was entirely relieved, 2/28/1920
4. Patient information, Miss Nona Conradson, Taylor, North Dakota (visited Dr. Ness 1/1928), 4/19/1929
5. Anton P. Ness correspondence replies to patients                                          n.d.

SERIES IX: INVENTION
6. Patents on The Ness & Siverson Fence Post; correspondence, illustrations, brochures on foreign patents, blank application for foreign patents, leaflets, brochure on information for inventors and manufacturers, patent abstract, certificate 1918-1921

SERIES X: PUBLICATIONS
7.  American Shorthorn Breeders’ Association, Chicago, Illinois, brochures: “The Relation of Successful Agriculture to Shorthorn Cattle,” “Judging Shorthorn Cattle” and Condensed “Rules of Registry” 1920? 
8. Press release “Oil and Gas Prospects in the Cedar Creek Anticline and Vicinity, in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, Results of investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey,” release for 1/11/1922 
9. Booklet: “Comets, Meteors, and Meteorites” by Chester A. Reeds, reprinted from Natural History Magazine May-June 1933, Guide Leaflet Series, No. 77, The American Museum of Natural History, New York, 1933 (also includes Ness’ notes about minerals in North Dakota)
10. Brochure: North Dakota State Capitol                                                1936
11. State of Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Memoir No. 3, Natural Gas in Montana, by Eugene S. Perry, Montana School of Mines, Butte, Montana, 12/1937 (mailed to Ness from Mrs. Giarratana) 1937
12. Booklet: “University and School Land Department State of North Dakota Buy Now For Security, Own Your Own Farm,” 8/1941
13. Brochure: Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior and the National Park Service, rev. ed., 1953
14. Fargo Forum newspaper section B, 9/11/2007  

SERIES XI: POST CARDS
15. Post card: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ness                                                                189-
16. Post cards: Elise C. Haugen (Ness)                                                              1910
17. Post cards: Elise Ness and children 1915-1920
18. Post cards: Ness children 1917 & 1927?
19. Post card: Anton with Howard (?), Clinton P., and Merle outside home   1915?
20. Post card: Anton Ness and Pauline Krush (Anderson) of Wilton, 1/11/1920
21. Post card: River Side (Riverside) Hotel, Montevideo, Minnesota               1908?
22. Post card: Eva and Luke Boozenny wedding photograph                           1931
23. Post card: Automobile and horses on farm (Ness farm?)                          1918?
24. Post cards: unidentified children                                                                     1920s?
25. Post card: unidentified men at homestead 188-
26. Post cards: Rodeos, by Nancy Christenson                                                  1924
27. Post cards: Rodeos, by R.R. Doubleday 1913-1924
28. Post cards: Rope-skipping, by R.R. Doubleday                                      1924
29. Post cards: Coyote pups, by Nancy Christenson                                          192-
30. Post card: Professor Sauerkraut and his Little German Band, KFYR Radio Entertainers 1938?
31. Post card: The Boston Oyster House, Chicago’s Historic Restaurant in the Morrison Hotel, Chicago, IL 1933
32. Post card: Missouri River Bridge, Sioux City, IA                                         1938
33. Post card: Long Allen Bridge over Red River, Alexandria, LA                   1940
34. Post card: Birdseye View, Ismay, MT                                                      1920?
35. Post cards: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, NY 194-
36. Post cards: Medora, Chateau de Mores, Hotel Gardner, Lewis & Clark Hotel, oil rig in Williston Basin, trail in ND badlands, calf round-up time at ranch, 1915-1980s
37. Post cards: Oregon 1910-1930
38. Post card: The Alamo, San Antonio, TX                                                    1951   
39. Post cards: Washington 1900-1920?
40. Post cards: British Columbia and Alberta, Canada                                         190-
41. Post cards: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada1900-1920?
42. Post cards: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada                                              1900?
(LOCATED AT THE END OF BOX 6, LOOSE) three panoramic post cards of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 1900-1920?

SERIES XII: PHOTOGRAPHS
43. Portraits and photographs: Anton P. Ness 1909-1940
44. Portraits: Anton P. and Elise C. Ness wedding portrait, 1/15/                     1913
45. Portrait: Anton P. Ness with brothers 1912?
46. Portraits and photographs: Ness children 1920s-1930s
47. Portrait: Ness family 1929?
48. Portraits: Elise Caroline Haugen Ness 1913 & 1980
49. Photograph: Elise Ness outside home 1940?
50. Photograph: Elise Ness mowing lawn, Clarkfield, MN 195-
51. Portrait: Anton P. Ness with patient, Alice Gingler (Madison, MN), Hanson Studio, Montevideo, MN, 4/16/1933
52. Photographs: Merle P. Ness with Boy Scouts                                                  192-
53. Photographs: Ness family and friends                                                             1930s
54. Portrait: Anton P. and Elise C. with Montevideo, MN, Chief of Police (Hanson Studio, Montevideo, MN) 193-
55. Portrait: Anton P. Ness and George Beeks                                                     193-
56. Photographs: “home place” and waiting patients& 1915-1924
57. Photographs: Ness stucco home, McClusky, ND (several with Anton and Elise) 1921-1924
58. Photograph: Ness’ office in Mandan                                                              1925?
59. Photograph: “East place”                                                                                192-
60. Photographs: “South farm”                                                                            192-    
61. Photographs: ND farm scenes, unidentified location                    1915-1930?
62. Photographs: Theodore and Rena Haugen’s farm (Elise’s brother), Tracy, MN 1947?
63. Portrait: Ralph and Emma (Iverson) Ness wedding portrait, 11/7/1923
64. Photographs: Kermit Ness and Ardine Ness (Ralph Ness’ sons) 1930-1940
65. Portrait: John P. Ness and wife wedding, St. Paul, MN, 12/28/1905
66. Portrait: Clinton Preus Ness, Granite Falls, MN, 5/13/1920
67. Portrait and photographs: Pearl Krush (Hanson Studio, Montevideo, MN)  late 1920s-30s
68. Portrait: Marie Miluck,                                                                                   195-
69. Portrait: Ella M. Kenyon, Krem, Mercer County, ND, 4/8/1907
70. Photographs: funeral of Anton P. Ness, 4/1940
71. Photographs: Tracey, Minnesota, cemetery                                                    1940
72. Photograph: Unidentified couple wedding, Tracy, Minnesota, 8/24/1938
73. Photographs: unidentified women 1920s-1940s
74. Photograph: unidentified men smoking pipes ca. 1905
75. Photograph: unidentified man on death bed, taken 9/29/1909
76. Photographs: Quintin R. Roberts funeral, 2/1940
           

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