Monday, January 4, 2016
Better Known as Johnny Appleseed, by Mabel Leigh Hunt
Johnny Appleseed (born John Chapman) was, to be fair, shoddily dressed in his adult years. He took only what he needed, and when given more he would cheerfully give it to some one else. He wore no shoes, and traveled everywhere by foot. Johnny made numerous friends on his travels, largely in Ohio and Indiana. He collected seeds whenever possible, and kept them (with saplings) in the bag he always carried with him.
Johnny's dream was to create orchards of apples in territory yet to be settled, so that new homesteaders would have food waiting for them. He would often sow orchards on occupied land for the owners as well, with a portion set aside for people he would send to collect trees later. If people were willing to pay for the trees, he would accept the money and put most of it toward publishing tracts and literature about the Swedenborgians, a small Christian sect that he wholeheartedly followed.
I was glad to have had the opportunity to have my history corrected with regard to this fascinating figure.