09/26/2005: A Birthday Legend...
“One of the nation's folk legends was a real person John Chapman, far better known as Johnny Appleseed thought to have been born on -September 26th -in 1774 in Massachusetts.
For almost 50 years, he roamed the wilderness, devotedly planting apple trees and even whole orchards in a five- state region from Pennsylvania to Indiana. He slept outdoors, walked barefoot and carried no weapons. His clothes were made from sacks, and his hat was a tin pot, which he used for cooking.
For his gentleness and courage, he was respected by both American Indians and settlers. Some of his trees are still bearing fruit. For well over two centuries, Americans have loved apples.
We each eat 16 pounds of apples a year an amount topped only by bananas.
US News Wire.
Karen on 09.26.05 @ 08:12 AM CST