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From: mary stickney <>
Subject: a picture of Robert Roy Rogness - at long last
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 14:28:20 -0600
Please take a moment to look at this picture. Ask your older relatives if they know him.
My name is Mary Lee Rogness; I was born in Iowa City Iowa.
I am looking for information on my father who died when I was 2. His
name is Robert Roy Rogness, born 02/15/1927, died 11/22/1963. He married
my Mother in 1957 in Iowa City Iowa.
I am getting conflicting information as to what his parents names are.
He would not talk about his side of the family to my mother. He would
get mad and change the subject, every time she brought it up. He would
only say he was born in Gold Stone Montana. I ordered a birth
certificate from Montana, and there was not one on file. I also ordered
a birth certificate from Michigan and there was not one there either.
He applied for the Social Security Card in Rugby North Dakota on May
On his Social Security Card application it says:
He was born Big Rapids Michigan
Father: Robert John Rogness
Mother: Alice McKinzie
On his and my Mothers marriage certificate it says:
He was born Gold Stone Montana
Father: Gulleck Sven Rogness
Mother: Rose Swenson
My mother met my father in 1956 , got pregnant and married him in 1957.
they went to the First Church of the Nazrene.
My mother was 2 months pregnant when they got married (I did the
math). They were married up until he died in 1963. He left my mother
with 3 kids , 2,4, and 6 years old, and 8 months pregnant with a fourth.
My youngest brother was born 2 weeks after our dad died.
He is dead because he refused to go to the hospital. My mother called an
ambulance after he fell off the top of his Semi truck and was knocked
He also refused to buy any insurance of any kind.
We drew death benefits from that SS# , so I know it is the correct one.
We lived at 1205 S. Riverside Drive, Iowa City Iowa, up until he got to
sick to work. Then we moved to 603 1st avenue, Iowa City iowa. He was
there 2 months then had to be put in a nursing home, until he died.
He died the same day as Kennedy was assassinated.
I have been told (by my uncle of course), that he bought and sold guns.
My Uncle has told me that my mom did not want to get married.
he also told me this story:
My Dad and my grandfather were in a bar. After my dad left , a guy came
up to my grandfather and told him "I knew Bob, when he lived in
California and had 4 kids."
my uncle also used to ride with my dad in the moving van (American Red
Ball), my dad was always looking for a place that had Western Union services. Also , when my
father was in the hospital with the brain tumor that killed him, some
lady called our house looking for him, several times.
Of course , my Mother claims, she knows nothing.
I asked her what she did with his things when he died she said "he did
not have anything"
I do not know any of his family. If he has brothers or sisters. Where
he went to school.
Who his parent are , or even what he looks like.
one mom story:
I kept all the pictures in a brown paper grocery bag, and let you kids
play with them, they got ruined and I tossed them.
"I do not know what happened to all those pictures"
My father used to write to the Government allot. My uncle was at our
house one day when he got a reply from the White house. To a letter he
had written, saying "So and So" was worse than Hoffa"
My uncle could not remember the So and so's name.
My dad also told my uncle that "My parents were killed in a covered
wagon accident in 1897"
I know nothing except that he was in or around Rugby ND in 1954.
There is a Rogness Farm in Wells county , near Rugby. They did not
claim him either.
Rugby ND is walking distance from Canada and the border is not guarded
He showed up in Iowa City in 1957, drove a truck for a lumber company.
Married my mother. Then drove a truck for Red Ball Moving and Storage.
> My mother just called me and said that she remembers , her and my Dad
> driving to Caldwell Idaho.
> When my oldest brother was 11 months old (July 1958). He cried in
> the truck , when they were getting close to Idaho. And never said why.
> He had her stay at a hotel , and he went out everyday. At the end of
> one week , he said "I cant find any work , lets go."
> However , my mother does not think he went there for work. I think
> he may have went for a funeral. I need to find out who died in July
> 1957 in Caldwell Idaho, or the surrounding area.
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