A biography/family history of David A. Ring, Harlem, MT,is included in "Montana, Its Story and Biography", Vol 3, pages 937 & 938.
David Ring was born, 12 Mar 1868, London, England, son of William Ring, who was born in London.As a child, David Ring immigrated with his parents to Owen Sound, Ontario. William had two other sons: Jacob (Toronto, Canada); William (who drowned in the Missouri River, 1911, Great Falls, MT.He was not married).
David was raised on a farm at Owen Sound and at the age of 15 he began sailing the Great Lakes on a tramp steamer and later on a Canadian Pacific steamer. At Sault Sainte Marie, MI, he left the life of a sailor and in 1888 he joined his brother on a ranch at Toston, MT. After a short time he moved to Helena, MT, where he was in the pipe fitter business.Later, he and his brother, William, moved to Great Falls, MT, then to Fort Benton, MT, where they were in the pipe fitting business. In 1889, the two brothers moved to homestead six miles east of Harlem, MT.When Fort Belknap moved from Chinook to Harlem, the brothers went to work for the government. David was timekeeper for the contractor and William was a teamster. They worked for the government in various jobs for several years. When he left government service, David opened a the first plumbing business in Harlem, MT.After leaving the plumbing business he became an undertaker. He also was an agent for the Continental Oil Company and served three terms as a Harlem alderman.
On 7 Oct 1904, at Fort Belknap Indian Agency, David marrried Miss Vista Boyd, born at Poplar, MT, daughter of George Boyd, a Government scout who came from WI to MT in the early days, and died at Fort Assinniboine, MT.Three living Ring children:James, David A., Jr., Preston.