Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
April 19, 1950
Story of Visit of Johnny Appleseed
Mrs.B..I read that old book here a while back. According to Mother,
he'd go West in the f a l l with his appleseeds. And then he'd go
back in the Spring--well it was bad weather there in Ohio and—
shoes—just wrapped his feet in rags or old tow-sacks. And he
never had a nickle in his l i f e . He wouldn't have money.
Anybody offer him anything he wouldn't take i t . People was
good to him and they got to where they knew him, I reckon.
He made two or three trips there at my grandfathers. And he'd
Mitch. .And to pay f o r his room and board he usually planted the appleseeds.
Mrs.B..He just give them some appleseeds. And then just before
l e f t Ohio, I think I was about four years old, we moved from one
place to another, and we'se just about, I guess, three-quarters
of a mile from my grandfather's home—where my mother was raised.
And there was appletrees on that place there that I wouldn't be
surprised i f they wasn't some of his. Oh, they'se fine apples.
I often wish I could just get a-hold of some of them apples. we
had in Ohio, Belflour and Sheeprose and a Shannon—-Pippin, a
Winesap and several different kinds. Trees there was just like
Mitch..Well, you say Johnny Appleseed did v i s i t your home there.
Mrs.B..My grandmothers--my mothers.
Mitch ..Your grandmothers.
Mrs.B..She was just a g i r l . And there was a piece in the paper here a
while back said he started out in about 1800. Any rate, they
book claims that was the way he got his—his name is Johnny
Miers—Johnny Miers. And his brother told him, Now, if you
start out with these apple seeds, they'll all nickname you and
they'll call you Uncle Johnny Appleseed. He went by that name
all his l i f e.
Mitch..Do you remember anything that your folks said about him—when
he visited there?
Mrs.B. .Well, not only—he just stayed with them and they treated him
alright and fed him as long as he'd stay until the roads would
get better and he'd go on—further on. Make his way back. He's
from Pennsylvania. That's where he'd start from.
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