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Among the most prosperous commercial men of Sacramento is Mr. Woodburn who, for years conducted a wholesale liquor house at No. 417 K street and who, as a progressive citizen, conscientious in his efforts to contribute his quota toward the development of the community, has won the commendation of his associates.

James Woodburn, father of Elwood J., was a native of New Hampshire, and enjoyed cousinship with Horace Greeley, famous in the world of literature and philosophy. In 1852 he immigrated to Amador county, Cal., with his family and later removed to Humboldt county, where he engaged in the hotel business and mining with success. On disposing of his interests iie located in Sacramento, having secured a position as salesman with Powers & Henderson. Afterwards, he became associated with E. L. Billings, liquor dealer at No. 417 K street, taking over the business upon the death of the latter and successfully conducting his duties until 1901, when he passed away at his home. His wife, formerly Ann Wolfolk, a native of Missouri, survived him but five years, her death occurring in 1906. Of their six children, three are living: Elwood J., born in Sacramento, January 9, 1881; Charles G., of Alameda; and Mrs. Dora B. (Woodburn) Duden, who now resides in Los Angeles, Cal.

Upon completion of his public school course, Elwood J. Woodburn entered the University of California, graduating high in the class of 1902, and having decided to learn the business in which his father had been so long engaged, immediately became identified with it, devoting himself faithfully to every phase of the work presented to him. Upon the death of his father, he took full charge of affairs, his wise judgment and careful attention to details enabling him to meet with continued success.

Mr. Woodburn was united in marriage in Berkeley, with Miss Eugenia Mouser, of Sacramento, the bond between them becoming still more precious upon the birth of their son James Tryon.

By virtue of his college career, Mr. Woodburn enjoys member- ship in the Sacramento University Club in which he takes an active interest, and is widely known as a young man of excellent business ability and congenial personality. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011