Oliver and Donna Graves came to Stutsman County from Minnesota, and settled in the Woodworth area.
Oliver's mother had come by covered wagon to North Dakota, and his grandparents had come from Norway by ship.
Donna Mae's father, Robert Peters, came to Bloom Township, near Jamestown, with his parents, where they homesteaded. They came from Germany. Donna's mother was born near Carrington, where her father had filed a homestead claim in 1882. She was also of German ancestry.
Oliver Graves and Donna Mae Peters were married, and they came to the Ypsilanti community in 1950 from Jamestown, having purchased a farm formerly owned by Ellef Mohn.
Both Oliver and Donna were active in church and community affairs. They had four children: Patricia, Rex, Jay, and Tim.