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 […]
William was an immigrant from the village of Cheadle, England (south of Manchester). He became a successful businessman in the painting industry in San Francisco. William and Ellen Jenner were married in 1861. Together they had three sons, William Jenner (“WJ”), Edgar Kirk, and Albert Isaac Worthington.
Pioneer Businessman in Quilcene and Seattle, WA Edgar Kirk Worthington was born in 1868, the third son of William and Ellen Jenner Worthington in San Francisco, California. Edgar (“Ed”) actually attended and graduated from the University of Washington instead of attending high school. That was an option for students at that time, as the U of […]
William’s family has lived in the Quilcene Worthington home since 1907. Two daughters and 6 sons lived in the home and attended Quilcene Schools. All graduated from QHS and attended College or University. Oldest adult son Robert attended the University of Washington and Yale.
From: Jennifer Jackson’s Port Townsend Neighbor Column, Peninsula Daily News WHEN MARI PHILLIPS was 7 years old, it was a special treat to be invited to play at Ellen Worthington’s house in Quilcene. After being dropped off at the front gate, Mari would walk down the path to the front door. Admitted to the hall, […]