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 […]
Edgar’s Worthington’s wife, Mabel L. Robertson, was from from El Paso, Texas. She had a daughter, Minnie, who Edgar adopted. By 1910 the family lived in Seattle, where Minnie, who adopted the Worthington family name, attended Queen Anne High School. Later in life, Edgar and Mabel moved to Los Angeles for retirement to be near […]
Ellen came with her family from Ohio in 1852. They took a ship to Panama, crossed the Isthmus of Panama by mule and canoe, and then took a ship up the Pacific coast to San Francisco. William Worthington and Ellen were married in 1861. Ellen’s father, Elijah Kirkham Jenner, born around 1812, was a dentist […]
Kenworth was officially established in 1923, named after the company’s two principle stockholders: Harry Kent and Edgar Worthington. However, neither was part of the company’s formal beginnings. In the beginning: The Gerlinger Motor Car Company Edgar Worthington and his mother, Ellen, had residences in both Seattle and Quilcene. The early 1900s brought dramatic change to […]
Fuller Paint company distributed mirrors, paints, oils, window glass, brushes, varnishes, turpentine, glue, gold leaf, artists’ materials, throughout the western United States, and were pioneers in their product formulations and business efficacy. William Worthington, Sr. was in business with W.P. Fuller, who later established the Fuller Paint Company. A huge merger in 1868 made Whittier, […]
Edgar Kirk Worthington married Mabel L. Robertson of El Paso, Texas. Together they raised a daughter, Minnie Kathleen Robertson (1894-1955). By 1910 the family lived in Seattle, where Minnie, who adopted the Worthington family name, attended Queen Anne High School.
Millard Fillmore Hamilton came to Quilcene in the 1880’s. With his business partner Squire McArdle, he platted the original Quilcene townsite. Legend has it that Mr. Hamilton purchased 80 acres from the Native American widow of Joe White in 1883, for the going market rate of $1/acre. On a portion of that gently sloping riverside […]