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Re: Early Jack Calk (1846), Clarke Co., Alabama
Posted by: marinell mulford copeland (ID *****4307) Date: April 07, 2002 at 07:13:27
In Reply to: Early Jack Calk (1846), Clarke Co., Alabama by Cinda LeBus of 165

I have some information on Earley Jack that may or may not be correct as the research was done in the late 50's and early 60's.
Earley Jack was the son of Elijah and his second wife Mary Younce. He may have had a sister but it is not known for sure. My information says that he was born in 1822 and that Elijah was 51 when he was born. Clark Co. Ala. has a marriage listed of Earley Jack Calk to Rebecca Cox Aug. 5, 1845.
This next part is a story that is written in a family history I have about Jack.
"Jack Calk studied medicine when a young man. This doubtless was useful when he "operated on himself" and removed his own vermiform appendix, many years later. Yes, Uncle Jack performed an appendectomy on himself, and lived to tell about it. This has been thorouhly verified. There are many variations as to how, etc., but he did it all by himself, but did call a physician later when he suffered from the shock. I have been told a lot about the incident by "old timers" of Downsville, La., where Uncle Jack lived for about 60 years. He was a rugged individualist, did things on his own, seldom asked for an help. It has been said that long ago Downsville had no public meeting place of any kind...he built one, then went to the people and told them it was built for Downsville, and that church groups and others could use it, but if any disputes arose, or the building was used for a wrong purpose, he would burn it down. He was inventive, mechanically inclined, made good furniture, did many things. He contrived labor=saving gadgets and machines, and many old-timers tell of the "totem poles", images, or statues he made and placed in his front yard. Some said he used the Caricatures to shame people's sinful ways of foolishness, others said he told the kids the images were to keep ghosts and devils away.(I expect Uncle Jack was having fun.) Mrs. Gertie Mae Rush Giddens, a great-grandaughter of Uncle Jack and a grandaughter of Jane Hester Pardue, has in her home a chair made by Uncle Jack Calk...I have seen this chair and it is a masterpiece of work. Earley Jack Calk died at Downsville, April 27, 1912, aged 89 1/2 years."
This was written by Frank White a deceased historian of the Calk family.
I hope this is of some help.
Marinell


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