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Ernie Jack

Ernie Jack likes to tell stories of his childhood and of life in a small town on the Ohio River. The boat traffic, steel mills, coal mines, and railroad all gather together the culture and rich history of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Appalachia.

Audiences of all ages can set back, close their eyes, and experience the colors of the WV sky, smell the coal smoke in the air, and hear the clicking of the steel wheels of an empty box car being hopped by a hobo. They can hear the splashing of the water and heavy fog move in as a slave is transported across the dark river on his way to Canada.

Ernie's audiences become a part of history through his stories, which focus on the life and history of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia.


Ernie Jack informed the audience about the life of a hobo during the 2001 WV Storytelling Festival. His spiel included authentic costume and visual presentations.

Contact Ernie Jack:

170 Ninth Street

Wellsburg, WV 26070

 (304) 737-1599

email: sajack@weir.net