Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
NOAH H. RING is to be named as
one of the pioneers of Washington and like that sturdy class, he, too,
has labored with distinction in industry and energy, accumulating his present
holding thus. He lives at Kahlotus, where he owns a half section
of land, largely farmed to wheat. He has a fine residence and a choice
well, besides other improvements, as orchard and so forth.
Noah H. Ring was born in Blackbrook, Clinton
county, New York, on December 31, 1854, the son of Nelson and Harriet (Furguson)
Ring, natives of Vermont and New York, respectively. The father died
recently, but the mother still lives in New York. They were the parents
of eleven children, whose names are given below, Mary, Margaret, Nelson,
deceased, Julia, Joseph, Edward, Mitchel, Noah H. and Zoah H., twins, Frank,
deceased, and Anthony. Our subject gained his educational training
from the public schools in St. Lawrence county, New York, and as young
as fifteen he began to earn his own living and to do for himself.
In 1877 he went to Illinois and there labored for one year. Then
he came on to Washington and located at Walla Walla, and since that time
he has been identified with interests of the Evergreen State. He
was associated with the well known financier, A. M. Cannon, in early days,
and is well acquainted with the old timers. In 1902, Mr. Ring sold
his interests in the Walla Walla country and came to Franklin county and
took a homestead where he now lives. He owns a half section of land
in Adams county, which he secured in 1900. The entire estate is devoted
to wheat and is very productive. Mr. Ring also gives some attention
to raising stock and has a band at the present time.
The marriage of our subject and Miss Sarah
L. Smith was consummated on July 26, 1893. The wife is a daughter
of Alexander and Sarah (McMillan) Smith, natives of Prince Edward Island.
The father died some time since, but the mother is still living with Mr.
Ring. They had nine children, James L., John D., W. B., W. S., Charles
W., Emma I., Sarah L., Margaret A., and Alfred A. To Mr. and Mrs.
Ring, five children have been born, named as follows: Nelson A., James
L., Mina, Ruth M., and Reta E. In political matters, Mr. Ring is
a Republican and always manifests a keen interest in the affairs of the
community and state. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., while he
and his wife belong to the Methodist church.