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Sam and Myrtle Rogness

Husband's Full Name:  Sam A. Rogness

Husband's Place of Birth:  Pierce Co, North Dakota

Husband's Father's Name: Andrew Jonson Rogness

Husband's Mother's Name: Liva Berg Rogness

Husband's Siblings' Names: John, Anna Hauge, Selmer,

Anton, Elmer, Martin, Jacob, Lars, Lars

Wife's Full Name:  Lilly Ruth Pepple Rogness

Wife's Place of Birth:  Fessenden, ND

Wife's Father's Name:  Gottleib Pepple

Wife's Mother's Name:  Katherine Pepple

Wife's Siblings' Names:  Emil, Lena

Children's Names: Richard and Allan

2nd Wife’s Name:  Myrtle Mary Mortenson Rogness

Wife’s Parents Name:  Christ and Anna Smith Mortenson

Wife’s Siblings’ Names:  Doris, Chester, Elsie, Clifford


A retired Manfred businessman died in a Fargo hospital on November 30, 1971. Sam Rogness was born in Pierce County.  He was reared on a farm north of Manfred and later worked for a time in a garage in Fessenden. He married Lily Ruth Pepple in 1927. She died in 1944. Sam and Lily had two sons, Allan and Richard, both now deceased.


On July 15, 1948 he married Myrtle Mortenson in Harvey. For many years Sam was the Standard Oil bulk distributor in Manfred. He was later a grain buyer at Manfred elevators until his retirement in 1963. He served on Vang Lutheran Church boards, Manfred Township Board and was a member of the Sons of Norway. He died in 1971.


Myrtle Mortenson Rogness taught the lower grades in Manfred for over 30 years. Following her retirement she moved to Harvey, living for a time independently in an apartment and later living with her twin sister Elsie Martenson. Myrtle passed away February 28, 2006 at the age of 94 years.

Their home is now the headquarters for Manfred History and Preservation, Inc. 

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