George Mellum was the son of Nels and Jane Mellum. He was born on July 27, 1905, and attended Ypsilanti School, then continued to live on the farm with his parents.
Waunita Madden, daughter of Owen and Margaret Madden, was born on May 23, 1901, in Olwein, Iowa. She moved, with her parents, to North Dakota in September of 1904, and lived on a farm three and a half miles east of Ypsilanti, in Stutsman County. She attended school in the Ypsilanti District, and graduated from Montpelier High School. She taught school for one year in the Winfield School District, and four years in Ypsilanti Primary Grades. She then worked at the Farmers State Bank of Ypsilanti for three years until her marriage.
On May 22, 1928, George and Waunita were married. They lived in Ypsilanti, and George worked at the Ypsilanti Equity Elevator. In 1931, the elevator started a bulk oil station of Skelly Oil products, and George began driving the oil truck, a job that he kept until 1963, when he retired due to poor health. At that time, they moved to Jamestown.
George and Waunita were the parents of six girls and one boy: Beulah Mae, Shirley, Douglas, Donna, Delores, Marlys, and Sharon.