The Real Johnny Appleseed: 90% Hoosier Hero and 10% Daffy Duck
Animals to the extreme. Chapman wouldn’t harm a fly. Literally. Numerous accounts document how forcefully Johnny Appleseed cared for animals. In one story, he forced a family to extinguish its cabin fire so that a swarm of mosquitos would not singe their wings. And, of course, he became an ardent vegetarian.
Savvy saint, savvier businessman. In the frontier days of the Midwest, simply planting trees on a plot of land established ownership. By the time he died, Chapman had amassed 1400 acres worth of valuable tree nurseries, mostly in Indiana and Ohio. His sister inherited the property, but lost almost all of it to taxes and a fledgling economy.