Marcum spent almost three decades as a teacher and librarian at Sand Gap Elementary. Marcum was recently honored at Renfro Valley (April 20th, 2013) for 56 years of performing on the stage at the old barn dance. More recently Ralph has played a prominent role in nurturing Kentucky and US history (spe cifically his role in Civil War Era weaponry and ways of life). Kentucky State Representative Marie Rader has said of Marcum, “Ralph is a man that can live in many centuries. Transport him back into the 1800’s and he would be just fine. Place him in the 1900’s or last week and expect him to flourish. I suspect that if one could transport him a hundred years into the future he would still be going strong and do ing well.”
Ralph is a Jack-of-all-Trades and one could find him build ing a long rifle, leading a canoeing party down the Rockcastle River, participating in a long-range shooting match in Montana, editing a journal, contributing to the local newspaper, restoring classic Harley Davidson motorcycles or collecting items for his authentic western town (Hooten Holler) located down Indian Creek. Judge Marcum is the only permanent resident of “Hooten Old Town,” standing like a page from a chapter written in the old west.