Charles Ervin
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    Born: July 02, 1887 in Cutler, Perry County, Illinois
    Died: November 12, 1974 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
    Father: Mathew James Ervin   born: March 03, 1855         died: May 30, 1937
    Mother: Martha Ann Osborne  born: March 17, 1860          died: June 09, 1890

    Married: Josephine Alice Lange       Date of marriage: September 08, 1922
    Place of marriage: Kansas City, (Argentine) Wyandotte County, Kansas

    Children:  LaVergne Rae          born: October 19, 1925 in Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas

                     Martha LaDean        born: September 08, 1927 in Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas
                                                      died: December 20, 2007 in Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada
My Present Past
A genealogical experience
Charles Ervin began his railroad career as a Fireman with the Illinois Central Railroad at East St. Louis, Illinois
in 1907. He moved to Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas in 1909 and was hired by the Atchison Topeka &
Santa Fe Railroad, also as a Fireman. He lived with Louis, an Engineer with the A. T. & S. F and Nannie Yengst,
his Aunt and Uncle at 211 Spruce in Argentine. On August 28, 1918, he was promoted to Engineer with the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in Argentine. After serving in WW1, he moved back to Argentine and was
residing with Lorenzo and Ruth Hutchinson at
2119 Ruby in Argentine, which was only five houses south of 2019
Ruby, where his future wife, Josephine Lange lived. He and Josephine were married September 08, 1922 in
Argentine, Kansas. In
1925, they were living at 1416 Ruby Avenue in Argentine. By 1926 they were living at
3225 Barber Avenue across the street from Edward, Sadie, George, Dorothy and Ruth Engel. Charles and
Josephine's last residence in Argentine (Kansas City, Kansas) was at 1517 South 15th Street, right behind the
old Franklin Elementary School. Charles Ervin retired from the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1963
after 54 years of service to his company. He was active in the Argentine American Legion Post and Veterans of
Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Ben Hur Masonic Lodge, a life member since 1916 of the Abdallah
Temple, Kansas City, Kansas and the Scottish Rite Bodies, Kansas City, Kansas. He was also a member of the
National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees and the Four Score Club of Kansas City, Kansas.
Charles Ervin died November 12, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri and is buried with military honors next to his
wife Josephine, at
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas.
1907 Engine Permit Charles Ervin Illinois Central Railroad
1907 Engine Permit Charles Ervin Illinois Central Railroad
1910 Census                       Charles Ervin Argentine, Kansas
1921 Roster of Railroad Men        Charles Ervin
1929 Dorothy Engel's Address Book
Charles Ervin, Engineer on left
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
Argentine, Kansas Yard
Engine #1882: 2-6-2 Prairie Type
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive 1903