Saturday, August 1, 2009

William John WORLEY with history of his parents Catherine WILLMORE and Henry WORLEY

William WORLEY at age 90

William John WORLEY (Bishop) is the great-grand uncle of Camilla SMITH.

(Utah Since Statehood, By Noble Warrum, Charles W. Morse, W. Brown Ewing, p. 456-459.)
[photo p. 457]
William WORLEY

p. 456
William Worley, a contractor and builder of the firm of Worley & Nelson at Logan, was born July 19, 1864, in Birmingham, England. His father, the late Henry Worley, was also a native of Birmingham and emigrated to the new world in 1869. He at once made his way to Logan, Utah, where he resided until his death, which occurred December 21, 1914, when he had reached the venerable age of eighty-eight years. He came to America with his wife and nine children and before leaving his native country he learned the trade of making glass buttons. Upon his conversion to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, he gave up everything in his native country and with his family started for the new world that he might cast in his lot with the people of the faith. After reaching Utah he followed agricultural pursuits and stock raising and in this was very successful. He was a most devout man and by reason of his integrity and enterprise in business and his loyalty to every cause which he espoused he commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact. The mother of William Worley was Catherine (Willmore) Worley, a native of Staffordshire, England. They had a family of twelve children, nine of whom reached adult age. Five of the sons and four daughters came to America with their parents. The mother, who was born August 4, 1822, died at the age of eighty-four years.

William Worley whose name introduces this review was educated in the public schools of Logan and in the Brigham Young College, which was then located in the fourth ward and was called the Lindquist Hall school. It contained several rooms, with the city jail underneath, and this school constituted the start of the Brigham Young Academy. When seventeen years of age Mr. Worley began earning his own living and was first employed at the carpenter's trade, which he has since followed. For the past twenty-six years he has been engaged in contracting and through this entire period has been associated with Mr. Nelson. They constitute the oldest contracting firm of northern Utah and have a business second to none. They have erected all of the principal public and industrial buildings and churches in this section. As contractors they have erected the following which in part stand as monuments to their skill and handiwork. They were the builders of Nibley Hall, the Eccles residence, the Whittier school, the Woodruff school, the Richmond and Lewiston tabernacles, the mechanical arts building of the Utah Agricultural College. They had the contract for the paving of the Logan city street, which was the first paving done in the city, the contract amounting to ninety-four thousand dollars. They also built the addition to the county courthouse.

From 1883 until 1893 Mr. Worley was employed on the Utah Northern Railroad, later the Oregon Short Line, beginning as a helper, and prior to the time when he resigned his railroad position he had been advanced to foreman, acting in that capacity for a considerable period. His ability in the line of carpentering and building has brought him prominently to the front, and in addition to his work in this connection he is now the president of the Logan Hardware Company.

On the 10th of December, 1885, Mr. Worley was married in Logan Temple to Miss Alice Pearson, a native of Logan and a daughter of John and Mary Ann (Potts) Pearson, both of whom have passed away, the father dying in Logan at the very notable old age of ninety-two years. Mr. and Mrs. Worley have become parents of twelve children, eight of whom survive: La Verne; Dr. W. R. Worley, of Salt Lake, who served on a mission in London for twenty-six months; Dr. Eugene Worley, of Hyrum; Margaret; John Clyde, who was a lieutenant in the United States army during the recent European war; Catherine Blanche; Dorothy; and lrma. One son, Lester, died November 20, 1918, at the age of twenty-seven years.

The family home is at No. 338 West First South, and in addition to owning this property Mr. Worley conducts a large farm adjacent to Logan, which is well stocked with thoroughbred cattle. He was a member of the board of directors of the Cache Valley Condensed Milk Company which later was taken over by Bordens Condensed Milk Company. He certainly deserves much credit for what he has accomplished. He started out a poor boy and worked at all times at hard labor without the assistance of influential friends or capital. Step by step he has worked his way upward and his orderly progression has brought him to a most creditable position as a representative of the industrial activity of his part of the state. ln politics he is a democrat and has twice been elected a member of the city council of Logan. He belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the first ward and has been first counselor to Bishop N. W. Merkley and also served as counselor to Bishop Anthon Anderson for twelve years. He was superintendent of the second ward school prior to serving in the bishopric, with Bishop Anderson. His activities have been broad and varied in character, touching the general interests of society, his aid being always given on the side of reform, progress and improvement.

[William Worley, was Bishop of the Logan 1st Ward, Logan Stake, Utah, from 1920 to 1930.]

Utah Since Statehood, By Noble Warrum, Charles W. Morse, W. Brown Ewing, p. 456-459.) [photo p. 457]

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