ID YOU KNOW???
On early British sailing vessels, sailor
were sometimes allowed to bring their wives (and
sometimes their mistresses),
When a birth occurred aboard ship, most babies
were delivered in a screened-off area on the gun
deck. Some of the newborns actually slept in
hammocks slung from a cannon barrel
Since the actual father of such children was
sometimes in question, a �SON OF A GUN� came to
have connotations of uncertain parentage.
�JOHNNY APPLESEED� was actually a real person,
John Chapman. His father was one of the
minutemen who met the British at Lexington and
Concord in 1775.
John was apprenticed to an orchardist as a
teenager. He and his younger brother headed west
for Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1792.
the way he planted apple trees in mini
nurseries, intending them as food for other
settlers headed west.
In 1805, Johnny�s brother joined their father
when he came out to Ohio; and from then until
the end of his life, John spent most of is time
alone, constantly wandering Ohio, Indiana and
He planted orchard nurseries wherever he went,
leavingthem in the care of a neighbor. His
religious beliefs also gave him a deep
compassion for animals.
When he heard a horse was about to be put down,
he�s buy the horse, buy a few grassy acres
nearby, and turn the horse loose to recover.
If the horse recovered, Johnny would give it
away to someone needy, getting them to promise
to treat it humanely.
Johnny returned to his orchards every year or
two, to collect his earnings from those who�d
promised to care for them and sell the apples.
Even though Johnny spent his life trying to give
his money to the needy, when he died he left an
estate of over 1200 acres of nurseries to his
sister, worth millions even at that time.
THIS IS THE TRUE STORY OF
JOHNNY APPLESEED ! ! !