Joe and John O’Rear make good.

This is a family legend about Uncle Joe and Uncle John O’Rear. When their father died,they were young men, the youngest of the children, and as all of the older children had married and moved away, they were left to take care of their mother, on the old home place on Hinckston Creek. This place bordered on the Calk place and it was said that there had never been a fence between the two farms. The Calk place at that time was owned by their Uncle tom Calk. Like many of the O’rears and Calks, he was somewhat proud and overbearing, with a bluff manner and a deep gruff voice. Tom Calk at that time was one of the largest landowners in Montgomery County and was considered to be a well to do man for his time. It is said that not long after their father died Joe and John were over near the edge of the Calk place one day when they made Tom Calk wake up, and seeing a calf that belonged on the O’Rear farm said in his usual gruff overbearing manner, though no doubt with good intentions "You boys had better sell me that calf, you need the money." Many years later, when Tom Calk and his sons had passed away, the Calks found it necessary to sell some of their land lying along the Fogg Pike. Uncle Joe and Uncle John went to the sale and purchased the land, although they did not need it, just to show the Calks that the calf had turned out pretty well after all.

As narrated by Judge E.C. O’Rear about 1948.