Edward Whitney, the son of Phinias and Caroline (Shear) Whitney, was born on September 22, 1892, at Ypsilanti, North Dakota, in the Graves house that was destroyed by a cyclone in 1909.
He grew up in the Ypsilanti area, and married Eda (Edith) Augusta Schultz on May 11, 1910. Edith was born on September 7, 1890 in Marion, and was raised in that community.
Edward was always looking for more and better land, so he made several moves, all in the Ypsilanti community, before moving into Ypsilanti in 1945.
Ed died in 1976, after which Edith moved into a mobile home in Ypsilanti for a while before moving to Central Dakota Nursing Home in Jamestown, where she was still living in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.
Ed and Edith had six children: Ida, Floyd, Arthur, Irene, Vernon, and Linda.