E. D. Woodburn, junior member of the law firm of Woodburn & Woodburn, Holton, Kans., is a native of the Sunflower State and a son of Rev. John Allen Woodburn, a sketch of whom appears in this volume. E. D. Woodburn was born in Jackson county, July 28, 1873, and received his early educational discipline in the public schools of Jackson county. He then entered Campbell University at Holton, and after completing the regular course attended Baker University for a time. He then engaged in teaching, and for five years taught in the Mayetta schools, during a part of which time, he was also engaged in reading law. He then entered the law office of Crane & Woodburn at Holton where he studied for two years, and on January 6, 1903, was admitted to the Kansas bar. He then became a member of the firm of Crane & Woodburn Brothers, and upon the withdrawal of Mr. Crane from the firm, January 1, 1914, the firm continued as Woodburn & Woodburn. This is one of the leading law firms of northern Kansas and has a large clientage. They have a large practice in both the State and Federal courts, which is by no means confined to Jackson county. Mr. Woodburn was married July 28, 1894 to Miss Lillie B. Askren, a native of Jackson county. She was educated in the public schools and Baker University. Mrs. Woodburn is a daughter of William K. and Mary N. (Kerrick) Askren, natives of Illinois. They came to Kansas in 1871, settling in Jackson county, where the father was successfully engaged in farming and stockraising until his death. He was a veteran of the Civil war and never fully recovered from impaired health which he sustained during his service. His wife now resides on the old homestead in Jackson county. To Mr. and Mrs. Woodburn have been born four children: Alta Pearl, died January 1, 1913, aged seventeen years; Juanita A., a student in Campbell College, Holton; Vera A., a student in the Holton schools, and Kerrick, who died in infancy. Mrs. Woodburn and daughters are members of the Christian church and Mr. Woodburn is a teacher of the "Dynamo Class" of the Christian church, which has a membership of 177, and has been organized about a year. Politically he is a Republican, and has taken an active interest in local politics, having served as chairman of the Republican County Central Committee three terms, and has frequently been a delegate to various political conventions.Pages 238-239 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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