johnny appleseed

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“Harvey,” asked Shirley, “Have you ever read about Johnny Appleseed?”

“What makes you think of him?” wondered her befuddled husband.

“Today’s Johnny Appleseed Day,” she explained. “Jonathan Chapman was a famous pioneer nurseryman, Swedenborgian missionary and friend to the Indians. Unfortunately he had a lot of weird ideas. He had views that PETA would like, and was, as an adult, supposedly engaged to a ten year old girl.”

“What’s the good news then?” her spouse couldn’t understand.

“He’s quite a prominent figure in the annals of early American agriculture,” she pointed out. “You should learn more about him.”

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18 comments

  1. Well, he may have been friends with people from India, but he did a lot of harm to Native Americans (and I’ve not heard of his friendships with the folks from the East). Not much good to like in Johnny Appleseed, but I suppose folks will continue talking about him because he had some adventures that they envy. Horrid to learn about the engagement to a child! I like him even less now.

    Still, thanks for the timely story. It’s a shame people so scandalous have days unto themselves, but one must come up with reasons to celebrate, mustn’t one?

    All my best,
    MG

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