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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.
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.
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
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011