Elmer Kurtti was from Minnesota, the son of August and Mary Kurtti. Hilda Erdahl was also born in Minnesota, the daughter of Ole and Rogna Erdahl. She came to North Dakota with her parents in 1917.
Elmer and Hilda were were married in 1939, after which Elmer worked in the shipyards in San Francisco, California.
In 1945, they came to the Ypsilanti area of Stutsman County, North Dakota, and lived on the Jim Berge farm. Later, he was employed on the well machine for Vaught Hardware and Reuben Scherbenske. They moved to Ypsilanti in 1959, living in the Hank Erdahl house, later purchasing and remodeling a school house for their home. Hilda was cook and janitor at the Ypsilanti School for twenty years.
Elmer passed away in 1975. At the time that the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published in 1982, Hilda was still living in their home in Ypsilanti.
Elmer and Hilda had three children: Donald, Norman, and Elmer, all of who served in the military.