Arthur William Whitney was born to Ed and Edith Whitney in 1914. A native of Ypsilanti, North Dakota, he grew up in the Ypsilanti community.
Evelyn Anderson was born on May 17, 1917 at Oakes, North Dakota. Her parents were Per and Selma Anderson, who had originally come from the Scandinavian Peninsula.
Art and Evelyn were married in 1938, after which they farmed in the Ypsilanti area, and Evelyn taught school for many years in Ypsilanti and Jamestown.
They had two daughters, Carolgene and Colleen.