Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HARRY W. WENTWORTH, M. D.
For years the magnificent and health giving climate of Chelan has been
known to the dwellers of that favored region, but it remained for Dr. Wentworth
to open up for the benefit of those seeking health a sanitarium here.
In the spring of 1900 the doctor came hither to enjoy an outing amid the
beauty that nature strewed with so lavish a hand when she set this gem
of the Cascades. No sooner had he discovered the rare opportunity
here proffered than he at once set about establishing here a sanitarium,
which is destined to become one of the favorite places for rest and recuperation
in the northwest. Away from the noise and commotion of the rushing,
restless world, enveloped in the purest air that nature distils, surrounded
by all the beauty her art can furnish, supplied with all the resources
and delicacies of forest, stream and field, within easy access of the marts
of the world, its location is unsurpassed. The initial building is
one of eighteen large airy rooms, surrounded with pleasant verandas and
supplied with all the later appliances known to the medical science.
A complete set of surgical appliances, first-class electrical and X-ray
apparatus, besides all accessories to make the institution both a perfect
pleasure, rest and health resort are some of the equipment that Dr. Wentworth
has supplied. The institution indicates the man and it will be no
surprise to our readers when we note the extensive research and training
that have fitted Dr. Wentworth for the responsible position he is now holding.
After a liberal education in the classics and arts, he entered the Harvard
Medical College, after which he attended the Jefferson Medical College
of Philadelphia, where he graduated. Following this, Dr. Wentworth
took post-graduate courses in Philadelphia, New York and Boston, and consumed
six years in this important and interesting research. Two years were
then spent in practice at Chelsea, Massachusetts, after which he again
spent some time in postgraduate work in one of the leading medical institutions
of the land. Dr. Wentworth is a specialist in ear, nose and throat
diseases and ailments of a nervous character. He is also especially
skilled in gynecology as well as in diseases of children. The vast
fund of technical erudition the doctor has gained, besides, being naturally
endowed with marked capabilities in addition to expertness and skill, makes
him one of the most prominent and successful men of the medical fraternity
in the northwest. A detailed account of his early life will be interesting
in this connection.
Harry W. Wentworth was born in Boston on October
11, 1869, the son of Henry N. and Margaret (Hill) Wentworth, natives of
Maine. Sir William Wentworth landed in Massachusetts in 1828 and
from him comes the family of our subject. One of the family was governor
in New Hampshire for twenty-five years, and the noted man of finances,
"Long John" Wentworth, of Chicago, was another member of this prominent
and leading family. The parents now live at Chelsea, Masachusetts.
Mrs. Wentworth, who was Miss Hill, comes from one of the oldest American
families and to them were given great tracts of land on the St. Croix river.
Our subject was reared in Boston and there received his literary education.
He has two brothers, Royal S. and Frank W., and two sisters, Ida M. and
At Seattle, on March 30, 1901, Dr. Wentworth
married Miss Lois, daughter of Orson and Rosamond (Duncan) Simmons, natives
of Wisconsin and Montreal, respectively. The father comes from a
prominent New York family related to the Burrs, from whence sprang the
famous Aaron Burr. The Simmons are a leading family in Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. Simmons are now residing in Seattle. Mrs. Wentworth
was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on July 20, 1884. One child has been
born to Dr. and Mrs. Wentworth, Mary M., on June 24, 1903. Dr. Wentworth
is prominent in fraternal affiliations, being a member of the A. F. &
A. M., the R. A. M., the K. T., the K. of P., and the I. 0. 0. F.
Dr. Wentworth has recently purchased an additional thirty acres on Lake
Chelan and will build a larger sanitarium.