John Chapman was born September 26th, 1774. He began building a network of apple orchards in New York and Pennsylvania, eventually moving west to Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Some say he was a champion of man, very religious and a friend to every animal he met. Others say he built a network of orchards that he came back and claimed later taking land away from farmers he had helped to plant orchards. There is probably some element of truth to both legends but either way, he was responsible for an apple boom in America in the early 1800’s that is well remembered over 200 years later.
How to celebrate – Have an apple. Read about Johnny Appleseed. Wear a frying pan for a hat.