Robert Ervin

ROBERT ERVIN, ABRAHAM LINCOLN IMPERSONATOR

A Telegram News Online article states, “No man has brought the past into the present so it can live on into the future like Bob Ervin.”

In the Telegram News Online article the writer notes that Jackson County's most noted historian has spent countless hours recording the happenings of Jackson County in years gone by, and for his devotion to Jackson County's past, he received the 2010 Community Pride Award from the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Ervin has become the symbol of history in Jackson County, and has provided a gift that will be treasured by future generations," said Randy Heath, Executive Director of the Chamber. "These kinds of contributions are truly priceless."

Ervin, who is a retired history teacher at Jackson High School, said he was honored to receive the award and is intrigued by doing historical research.

"It is enjoyable to discover new facts, something you never knew or had thought about," he reflected. "It is satisfying to bring that to the public."

Ervin said it is exciting to see the newly discovered facts in an organized fashion, facts that had been hidden for years.

"After I retired, someone asked me a question and I didn't know the answer, so I looked it up," he answered as to how he began researching Jackson County's past. "Then you find all of this forgotten material, one thing builds on another and then you have the satisfaction of seeing it in print."

He has written three volumes, and is currently working on a fourth, that chronicles our local history and is considered by many to be the definitive and reliable history of Jackson County.

He has authored a detailed book on Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's 1863 raid through Jackson County and has contributed many articles for newspaper publication as well as co-authoring a series of articles about the history of the Jackson High School Alumni Association.

With the Jackson Historical Society, he has been a key player in the development of the Powell Memorial Plaza, which includes the Powell Memorial and the Round House. He has also been active in the Coalton Historical Society, which he has served as president.

Ervin is also credited with giving a stunning portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, reciting the Gettysburg Address from memory during his appearances.