Winfred V. Working was born in Brownton, Minnesota, on October 31, 1884. His family moved to Grand Forks shortly after his birth. The family then moved to Henderson, Minnesota, where he graduated from high school in 1902. He attended the University of North Dakota from 1904 to 1907, but did not graduate.
Working wrote for several different North Dakota newspapers, including the Adams County Record, Cavalier Chronicle, Walsh County Record and Northwest Pioneer. He frequently wrote about state and local history.
He married Isabella Gimblett in Drinkwater, Saskatoon, Canada, on March 17, 1914. Winfred Working died on January 4, 1959, at the hospital in Grafton.