Lawrence Randolph Outten

The eldest child of John P. and Lida R. Outten was named Lawrence Randolph. He was born at New Church, Virginia, January 26, 1892, while his father was the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church in that town. After attending several public schools in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, he became a student of the Wilmington Conference Academy at Dover, Delaware.

In 1909 he matriculated at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and was graduated in Dentistry with the class of 1912, with the degree of D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery. During his summer vacation and for a while after graduating, he served as a Purser on the Wilson Line, between Wilmington and Philadelphia. After passing the examinations of the Delaware State Board, he began the practice of Dentistry in Wilmington, and continued to practice there until 1917.

When the United States entered into the World War, he enlisted for service in the Dental Department, and was commissioned a First Lieutenant. In 1918 he began to practice Dentistry in Laurel, Delaware, and continued there for about 20 years, when he moved his office to Selbyville, Delaware. In 1949 he moved back to Laurel, but because of his health, he built an office on Fenwick Island, near his cottage, and continues his work. He is a member of the American Legion and the Delaware Dental Association, a member of the Junior Order Sons of America, and the Rotary Club of Selbyville, Delaware, he is a Past Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Delaware.

On the first day of June 1912, he was graduated from the University of Maryland, and on the same day, he was married by his father in Baltimore, to Miss Mary Ada Ensor of Reistertown, Baltimore County, Maryland, and they were the parents of two children, Randolph Noble and Julia Gladys.

Noble Outten was born in Wilmington, June 8, 1913. He was graduated from the Laurel High School in June 1931, and the next year he was a student at High Point College at High Point, North Carolina. He was six feet tall, and played basketball and football well, he was also a member of the Laurel Band, and played the sausaphone and saxaphone. He was taken sick in October 1932 and died July 3, 1933, in the twenty-first year of his age. The passing away of this handsome, stalwart, and promising young man was an unmitigated shock and an irreparable loss to our entire family circle. He was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Laurel.

Gladys J. Outten, their daughter, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, August 26, 1915, and she attended the High School at Laurel. On March 28, 1936, she was married to Lloyd B. Sirman of Laurel, and they were the parents of three children; William Nobel was born on Christmas Day, 1936; Benjamin Lloyd was born November 15, 1939, and Lawrence Edward was born August 1, 1947.


Written by Rev. John Perry Outten converted to Hypertext by Karen Stephens