Edna Austin

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  • Henry Warren Austin (January 22, 1864 - June 25, 1947) born and died in Oak Park, Illinois married 1904 Politician and businessman.  Attended Oak Park and Chiago public schools; attended Wiliams College. Served as president of Oak Park Trust and Savings Bank.  Also served as presodent pf tje Cicero, Illinois School Board and as treasurer of the village of Oak Park.  Served in the Illionois House of Representatives 1903 to 1909, and the Illinois Senate 1915-1923.
  • 1910-1995: Wallis Austin 1911-1954: Marian Austin Fisher 1916-1965: Lewis Francis Austin
  • February 14, 1879
  • Fergus Falls, Minnesota
  • July 13, 1964
  • Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1904-1935: 1022 Lake St., Oak Park, Illinois

    1935 - 1964: 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park (same house, moved in 1935)
  • Oak Park, Illinois
  • Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, Illinois

    19th Century Club, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Chicago Woman's Club

    Contemporary Club, Chicago, Illinois

    Council on International Affairs, Oak Park/River Forest, Illinois: founder

    Fort-Nightly, Chicago, Illinois

    Immigrant Protection League, Chicago, Illinois

    19th Century Club, Oak Park, Illinois

    Oak Park-River Forest and Austin Art League, Oak Park, Illinois

    Oak Park/River Forest Day Nursery, Oak Park, Illinois:  founder

    Oak Park/River Forest Symphony, Oak Park, Illinois


  • 1902-1904: teacher, Oak Park elementary schools
  • Daughter of Joseph and Ida May Harris.

    She was a member of First Congregational church of Oak Park, a life member of West Suburban Hospital Auxiliary, a life member and past president of 19th Century Club, a member of Infant Welfare, and of the Oak Park-River Forest and Austin Art League. She was a friend of Community Lectures, Civic Theatre and the Oak Park orchestra symphony.
    Mrs. Austin served on the high school board and participated in the expansion of facilities of the Oak Park elementary schools. Her membership in Chicago organizations included the Contemporary club, the Fort-nightly, and the Woman’s Athletic club.
    Besides 60 years of participation in village civic work, Mrs. Austin was also involved in international affairs. She founded the Oak Park Council of International Affairs, served on the board of the Immigrant’s Protective League and supported the erection of a chapel for the YMCA of Jerusalem.