|Biography/History||Anton P. Ness was born May 14, 1880 near Clarkfield, Minn. He was educated in Clarkfield, and at Willmar Seminary in Willmar, Minn. He moved to Vancouver, B.C. to work in the real estate business, and worked with a Dr. Sheldrop of Minneapolis, and also in Chicago. He married Elise Caroline (Lena) Haugen in 1913, and the two moved to a farm near McClusky, N.D. They had eight children: Merle Paul, Carroll Peter, Evelyn Addie, Emil Ralph, Paul Haugen, Emil Anton, Eloise June, and Peter. In 1915 or 1916, Anton began doing faith healing. He became increasingly busy with his healing, to the point where he had no time for farming. In 1924, the Ness family moved to Mandan, N.D. to take advantage of better railroad and hotel facilities for the patients. It was estimated that Ness treated 30,000 patients between the time he started in McClusky and before moving to Mandan. Ness operated out of the Lewis and Clark Hotel in Mandan, and his wife acted as his secretary. Ness also traveled and healed throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Montana. Anton P. Ness died in Mandan on April 13, 1940.|
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.
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.
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.