In 1909 Willie died tragically of blood poisoning in the prime of his youth, shortly after his graduation from the 8th grade at Quilcene School. He was the eldest son of WJ and Grace Worthington, and big brother to sisters Grace, Mariette, Robert, Harold, Norman, John, and Kenneth.
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Named after her mother, Grace Worthington attended Wellesley College near Boston, Massachusetts, from 1915-17. Grace also earned her MA in Education from University of California at Berkeley. She married Lawrence Swabey of Kirkland, WA. Wellesley Peak The first Quilcene forest ranger for the U.S. Forest Service was Mr. G.A. Whitehead, who became a life-long friend […]
WJ was the eldest son of William, Sr. and Ellen Jenner Worthington. WJ was always close to his brother, Edgar. Edgar made frequent visits throughout his lifetime to WJ’s family home in Quilcene. WJ and Ed were business partners all their lives in a variety of ventures. In the late 1880s WJ (also known as […]
William Jenner Worthington married Grace Amelia Legg of Speedville, NY in 1892 in Seattle. They had eight children: their daughters Grace and Mariette, and six sons Willie, Robert, Harold, Norman, John, and Kenneth. Grace’s father, born in 1850, was Edwin Emmet Legg, a school teacher in Speedsville, NY whose ancestor fought in the American Revolution.
Robert Worthington, son of William Jenner and Grace Amelia (Legg) Worthington, was born in Quilcene in 1900. A 1917 Quilcene High School graduate, he later graduated from the University of Washington in the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and obtained his MA in Forestry from the U of W in 1932. He also pursued a doctorate […]
Eilleen Worthington (1919- 2012) was from Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, WA. She was a charter member of the Quilcene Historical Museum, and donated the land for it. She was the second wife of Robert Worthington, who was divorced when he met Eilleen in 1973 when they were hiking in Norway. Eilleen Worthington lived in Quilcene […]