Some folklore tales told about Johnny Appleseed

    Some tales woven into folklore about man known to generations of Americans as Johnny Appleseed

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 19, 2014 at 9:54 a.m.

    Some tales told in folklore accounts about the man known as Johnny Appleseed:

    — Wore his cooking pot as a hat to save having to carry it while traveling.

    — Extinguished a fire he had built when he realized mosquitoes drawn to the flames were dying. He didn’t want to kill living creatures.

    — Went barefoot year-round, even in ice and snow, and entertained children by pressing hot coals or needles into the leathery soles of his feet.

    — Found a bear and its cub inside a hollow log where he had planned to sleep and decided to let them have it.

    — Ran barefoot about 30 miles from Mansfield to Mount Vernon to warn of impending Indian massacres in the War of 1812.

    — Wore a coffee sack with holes for his arms and legs.

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