The Associated Press
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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