The son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nicholls, Stanley was born on a farm east of Ypsilanti, North Dakota in 1894. He grew up and attended Ypsilanti area schools.
Ruth Gomsrud was born in 1897 in Hartland, Minnesota. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gomsrud, who moved with their family to Ypsilanti when Ruth was seven. Her parents farmed east of Ypsilanti.
Stan and Ruth attended the same country school in the Ypsilanti area for several years. Stan then served in the Air Force during World War I, while Ruth taught school in the Ypsilanti community for four and a half years.
They were married in 1919, and farmed for two years before Stan was appointed rural mail carrier, a position he held for twenty-nine years. Since roads were not built for winter car travel, Stan traveled by horse and sleigh during the winter. Later, he built a special snow plow but it didn't prove successful. Then, he drove a Model A Ford with immense tires, which allowed him to complete the route by car in the winter, as well. He also served as the community veterinarian.
Ruth kept busy with family duties, church work, the Homemakers Club, and Royal Neighbors.
Stanley and Ruth moved into Ypsilanti in 1922. Stanley passed away in 1950, and, in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published, Ruth was still living in Ypsilanti.
Stan and Ruth Nicholls had six children.
Maida married Gene Sjoberg. Fred's wife was named Margaret. Joyce was married to Bob Kloubec. Ellen married Floyd Orr. Gene was married to Jeannine Lund. Patricia married Gerald Holden.