Collected by Mary Celestia Parler Told by Mrs. Laura Bement
Elm Springs, Ark.
September 20, 1953
Johnny Appleseed visits Her Grandfather
and other early recollections.
•••the farm was on one side of the road and his mill was on the
other.And he'd come along there in the spring of the year and it'ud
thaw and freeze, and he just wore rags on his feet.
(That was Johnny Appleseed?)
Um-hum. And sometimes he'd stay a week at a time at my grandfather's.
This was in Ohio. They claimed that he went as far as Illinois one trip*
But now there was a piece in the paper here a while back said he was
buried right on the line between Indiana and Ohio. He just tuck sick and
died there, I reckon, and they claimed he was buried there in an old
(Did your grandfather say he planted any appleseeds at his house?)
Why then my father bought a farm. I was just eight years old when he
left Ohio. And I can remember a l i t t l e about the C i v i l War, not much, I
can just remember about the last of it. But our farm was I guess mebbe a
mile, I don't reckon i t ' a s that fer, but I went to my f i r s t school right
close to my grandfather's place. I was six years old then and I can
remember that place, but when my grandfather had sold out there and went
to Iowa City* My relations is all in Iowa City on my mother' s side of the
house. And this farm then was on the one side of the road -- I reckon
tag the'as springs under there but ' t ' a s cold in there in the wintertime
That was my f i r s t schoolin. That was eighteen and sixty-six* And it'ud
freeze over, the pond would, and mebbe a foot thick of ice. And the folks
that lived there, their name was McClure, I can remember them, but grand-father
left there long before I was born. But he had a l i t t l e rockin chair
that Isuppose he had a l i t t l e sister, I don't remember that, but he'd
bring that rocking chair out and put me in it,and him on skates - - them
old-fashioned skates —- and he'd just go round and around and around that
pond pushin me ahead of him. Now I can remember that.
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